Two Questions: Electrolux Double Oven and cleaning stainless steel stoves
I'm in the middle of the planning stages of my kitchen remodel. Because of space considerations, and the desire to have the occasional use of two ovens, I had settled on one of the GE Profile Double Ovens contained in a single oven platform.
You can see a link here: http://www.geappliances.com/products/...
When I was shopping recently, however, I discovered that Electrolux has begun a huge rollout of kitchen appliances. From what I've read, they've been one of the leading European appliance manufacturers for the past 70 years, best known in the States for their vacuum cleaners. The new Electrolux seems to blow the GE Profile out of the water (at least through it's appearances, which everyone knows can be deceiving). I'm wondering if anyone on Chowhound has any experience with these ovens. I'm leaning heavily towards this--it looks like it has all the functions I would ever want, plus some, and it's aesthetically very pleasing.
You can check it out here, if you're curious:
As well as at the Electrolux website here:
The one downside for me is the fact that the top is stainless steel...I'm a messy cook! :-)
Those of you who have stainless steel, how difficult is it to clean? As I've been contemplating it, I've thought that perhaps a good idea would be to use one of those hand held steam powered cleaners with the varying nozzles to get the caked on gunk off without resorting to using a scotch pad that might mar the surface.
I'd appreciate any feedback, and thanks ahead of time!
New to the US.
Lots of high-tech electronics.
Odd ALL SS top. (typical prostyle ranges use a matte black top as SS is not the ideal material for the top)
Luxury-this & luxury-that.
This things has "over-priced, troubleprone, hard to get parts, impossible to clean" written all over it.
Now, I could be wrong, and they could turn out to be the Lexus of appliances, but if it was my money I'd hold off a few years until they have a track record. I wouldn't worry about them getting more expensive, 'cause I've got a feeling that the competition from the pro-style ranges will keep them from moving the price up, and there are an awful lot (too many... Samsung? LG?) companies in the appliance business...
I can't help with any Electrolux comments, but I recently bought a stainless steel cooktop. It cleans easily with a warm soapy sponge even if the spills are from the day before. If I feel like polishing it, I just use a microfiber cloth. The cooktop surface is a solid piece of formed stainless, with sealed burners. No panels with crevices.
Never use any thing abrasive on stainless.
I was a little nervous about buying another relatively new import, the Bertazzoni, but it's been flawless. However it's a simple gas cooktop, with no electronics other than the ignitors. I'd try to find some reviews in the countries where Electrolux has been around for a while.
Well, Electrolux is the largest manufacturer of appliances....IN THE WORLD. (For the past 80+ years)...
I sell their appliances, and I've been in this biz for over 20 years, even owning my own appliance retail store.
I can tell you this: Electrolux appliances are built very well, (solid)... and they offer features that GE (and other companies) could only dream of. For instance, Electrolux has very smooth, slow-closing oven doors (they do not slam shut), knobs are heavy, (sturdy steel), roller-bearing oven racks, 18K BTU Power boil burner, which can also go to a "simmer"...(this feature is only found on Viking, Wolf & Thermador ranges), "Perfect Turkey" setting (for use with meat probe), stainless top (easy to clean, AND only found on Bosch, Bertazzoni, & very high-end ranges).....Parts are VERY EASY to get, as well as repair....
Yes, they may be fairly new to the US, BUT, don't let that trouble you. Frigidaire/Electrolux stand behind their products, and the company I now work for, have VERY FEW service issues with their products.
Use a simple sponge & hot water (with mild soap) to clean the top, and stainless polish.....BTW: A hand-held steamer works wonders on anything in the house, including the range!
Frigidaire / Electrolux seem to put a lot of thought behind their products, with very innovative features, sleek design, and good quality construction. Also seems like the folks at Frigidaire/Electrolux actually cook, and know how to design a functional, user friendly product based upon actual input from people.
....NO, I do not work for Electrolux, I just love their products, and think they offer the best bang for the buck in this price range. Not that there's anything wrong with GE, but, I'd take the new Electrolux ranges any day of the week!
Will share my stainless steel cleaning tips. a) ALWAYS use non abrasive. b) a variety of things work well. Bar Keeper's friend, Simple Green bbq/grill cleaner foam, just plain soap and water, Orange Wipes with one side working as a degreaser. I clean by whichever method appeals for the moment and then always use a soft cloth to buff/polish. I have also used a ss polish which deters finger prints made by Mrs Meyers.
I have a stainless steel range. Almost everything wipes up easily with a soapy dish-cloth. Micro-fiber cloth or dry small-celled sponge works well to remove streaks. If there are severely baked-on stains around the burners, any sort of oven cleaner will do the trick to get them off. For best results (and this is regardless of stainless steel material or not) try to wipe up any spills before turning the burner on again, but that's not always possible.