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Looking for an oven but can a good one be had for less than $900?

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Johnny L Feb 28, 2010 10:22 PM

A friend of mine is telling me that he can help me get a 10% discount on top of the 10% Friends and Family sale at SEARS.

I can't afford any sort of high end Viking stuff so I was looking at Kenmore electric ovens.

They go for less than $800 currently and that fits my budget. Can I do any better? I don't know much about ovens since being in a Chinese household most of my life I never had one but the cooking I do now requires it more and more and a toaster oven won't cut it forever.

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    Beckyleach RE: Johnny L Mar 1, 2010 07:24 AM

    Of course, there are many, many variables and I can't predict your specific needs--as you don't get specific <g>-- and many manufacturers, but a small "for what it's worth":

    I've lived my life with champagne tastes on a beer budget, and am pretty happy with the oven I bought last summer for just $800 (even though, of course, it's nowhere near my Dream Oven). It's a five burner gas model, continuous cast iron grates, full European convection, self-cleaning range by Frigidaire. So far, so good!

    http://www.ajmadison.com/cgi-bin/ajma...

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      Beckyleach RE: Beckyleach Mar 1, 2010 07:26 AM

      Further information, from one of the customer reviews of this oven:

      The big surprise for me was that the Convection Fan in the oven is actually heated by an electric coil - so this oven is a Dual Fuel Oven in that regard. The Fan is not the super power fan that full electric ovens have - but is does circulate heat from an electric heat coil which not only causes faster cooking - but also even baking which was a big problem with my old Hotpoint.

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        Chemicalkinetics RE: Beckyleach Mar 1, 2010 08:03 AM

        Wow convection too! That is pretty cool.

        JohnnyL,

        Are you looking for just an oven unit or a range with an oven?

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          MikeB3542 RE: Chemicalkinetics Mar 1, 2010 08:39 AM

          We have a similar Frigidaire unit -- 4 burners, not five. We have had about a year and are very satisfied. The high output and simmer burners on the stovetop work well.

          It's not a true convection oven, but does have a blower that mixes the oven air and seems to keep temps even throughout -- less need to flip and turn things during baking.

          What you will be satisfied with depends a lot, I suppose on what you expect.For most, these units work just fine.

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            jeanmarieok RE: MikeB3542 Mar 1, 2010 12:40 PM

            I have had the same Frigidaire that Mike describes for a couple of years, and it's fine. I cook and bake a lot, and it does what it's supposed to, and we like it. I wish I had a gas range with an electric oven, but I can't do gas where I live.

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      Jemon RE: Johnny L Mar 1, 2010 08:19 AM

      Check out craigslist.org and get a used one! You can find some great stuff if you know where to look. I have a vintage gas oven I got from someone on craigslist, a 1953 Wedgewood... I love it and wouldn't trade it for the world. It's 40" white and chrome, with really high output burners and a very accurate oven.

      1. woodleyparkhound RE: Johnny L Mar 1, 2010 09:14 AM

        Consumer Reports top electric ovens in the Best Buy category were the GE JB700DN[WW] ($700), and the Kenmore 9641[2] ($700). I don't own a Kenmore oven, but I bought a Kenmore refrigerator. The fridge is fine, but I had a lot of trouble with Sears in terms of delivery and other customer service issues. I would hesitate to purchase from them again. Still, if you can get a great deal from them you might want to bite the bullet and pray.

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          Beckyleach RE: woodleyparkhound Mar 1, 2010 09:59 AM

          A friend of mine has been waiting THREE weeks to get her Kenmore washing machine repaired. Twice the Sears folks have cancelled on her, with very little warning, for flimsy excuses. Caveat Emptor.

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            Mother of four RE: woodleyparkhound Mar 2, 2010 07:53 AM

            I agree with you on Sears service. In one word, HORRIBLE!!!

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            pweller RE: Johnny L Mar 1, 2010 10:02 AM

            Consumer Reports generally advises people to stay away from the 'pro' ovens anyway, as they indicate they are usually not very reliable and are don't work any better than a consumer grade oven.

            I think you can easily get a nice quality oven for less than $900. Currently, I have a 'builders grade' oven (i.e. cheap as possible) in my home, which I am considering replacing. At a minimum, you'll want to get a self-cleaning oven, as they tend to be insulated better than the cheap-o non-self cleaning ones. Ovens can be had for as low as $350, and some of them will be reliable, but they don't have a quality 'feel' to them.

            Also, you can look at some of your local appliance showrooms/dealers. There is a local place that has a display model GE stove at a clearance price of $500 - it is about a $1500 unit new. So, there are some deals out there.

            Consumer Reports tends to like Kenmore appliances, if that means anything to you. One of their highest rated ovens for the past few years is made by Hotpoint, and is about $600. It's nothing fancy looking, but it does perform well according to them.

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              Johnny L RE: pweller Mar 1, 2010 11:21 AM

              thanks for the advice guys!

              I mostly plan to use the oven for baking, roasting, braising, broiler, pretty much anything since I'm pretty experimental with my cooking.

              The only thing I'm not sure about is whether I want a unit that has a stovetop as well.

              The new kitchen I'm setting up, I may want to get separate burners since I'm afraid low-end ovens won't come with powerful enough ones.

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                Chemicalkinetics RE: Johnny L Mar 1, 2010 12:35 PM

                JohnnyL,

                Good choice. If you don't need a new stove, then you don't need it. $900 should get you a nice oven.

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                  woodleyparkhound RE: Chemicalkinetics Mar 2, 2010 06:59 AM

                  I guess I am a stove Luddite, but I have never heard of buying an oven and burners separately. I'm interested in this concept - can you provide a little more info on this? Would the burners sit on the oven as though it were a countertop? Who makes these separate appliances? Thanks!

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                    Chemicalkinetics RE: woodleyparkhound Mar 2, 2010 07:17 AM

                    Hi Wood,

                    To be honest, I am not an expert in this. All I remember is that when I was a kid the two houses which I lived in have double ovens as separate units from the stoves. I believe separate wall oven is considered better and is quiet common. Here are some from GE:

                    http://products.geappliances.com/Appl...

                    but I am sure many others make these.

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                      misterlau RE: woodleyparkhound Mar 2, 2010 07:20 AM

                      Haven't you ever seen kitchens with in-wall ovens and a range on the counter or island? I think the majority of cooking show kitchens have in wall ovens. I'm betting you've seen them before, but just haven't really noticed.

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                        CocoaNut RE: woodleyparkhound Mar 2, 2010 09:36 AM

                        Separate ovens, as other have said, are "built-in". The "stove" part is referred to as a "cook-top" and is installed into a counter-top (sometimes an "island").

                        About 3 years ago, I bought/replaced a built-in oven (oven w/micro on top). Compared to a conventional "range" (oven with stove), they are quite expensive and not necessarily any "better" than what you'd get w/a comparable range (brand and features), plus, the installation is more labor intensive as you have to customize the oven to the hole in the cabinet. The up side, as Johnny L expressed, is that you can choose a separate cook top with a much higher BTU rating than what is likely to come with a range.

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                          woodleyparkhound RE: CocoaNut Mar 2, 2010 11:06 AM

                          Oh, right, wall ovens -- DUH! I have never lived with one or used one so I wasn't picturing that, but I've see them a lot on TV and in model kitchens. Thanks! Unfortunately, in the kitchen I'll be putting a new stove in some day, I won't have room to do that, but would love to have a higher BTU cook top.

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                            Johnny L RE: CocoaNut Mar 4, 2010 07:54 PM

                            actually I thinking of just getting one with a stovetop already for convenience sake just because my father recently purchased us a wok burner (crazy BTU, never have to worry about having too much water in the wok again).

                            I'll probably have to wait until the 23rd of the month before I get one since I need to set up my 2nd kitchen.

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