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HELP! Gas or dual fuel?

superdork21 Jun 5, 2010 08:17 AM

I'm going to be moving into my house approximately 10 weeks from now and needed to buy all new appliances. I walked into my local neighborhood appliance store, and they sold me on a few items I wasn't considering before. I come home and google them and wasn't happy with what I found.

I ended up with a GE Cafe Dual Fuel Range. I'm not a big baker, but I love roasting meats till they become brown. So i'm not really sure whether an electric stove or a gas stove is better. I can still change it, I just need it to be free standing. The idea of the griddle is nice, but I didn't know that it only had medium and low settings! I also hear it scratches easy. Any suggestions for the kind of range I can get that'll give me a powerful gas cooktop, nice even cooking in the oven, something that can roast my chicken and meats and possibly broil them nice, and something with professional looks (not really thaaat importnant, but nice to have)

Let me know!!

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  1. Paulustrious RE: superdork21 Jun 5, 2010 10:12 AM

    Your first post I see.

    My preference (and I stress this is mine) is for a convection electric oven and gas cook top. My experience with gas ovens was not a happy open. In terms of a griddle, I prefer to but a separate cast-iron griddle plate that straddles two burners. It is easy to clean and can be used on the range, in the oven or on the BBQ; and you don't lose two burners to an occasional griddle.

    In terms of your GE cafe I knows nozzing.

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      superdork21 RE: Paulustrious Jun 5, 2010 10:19 AM

      Hopefully won't be my last!

      That's what i've been hearing; gas cooktop, elecric oven. In that case, any suggestions on a 30" dual fuel gas range thats really good?

      1. re: superdork21
        islandgirl RE: superdork21 Sep 24, 2010 04:20 PM

        Bumping this one up as I"m in a similar quandry

        1. re: islandgirl
          rainey RE: islandgirl Sep 24, 2010 11:39 PM

          I got a dual fuel and I've been extremely happy with it. I only had a gas oven once. I didn't care for it and I hated the boiler.

          I passed on the griddle or grill features for extra burners and appropriate cookware. If I had been able to have a cooktop bigger than the 36" I had space for I would have considered a French top. (But, since major appliance dealers don't give you the opportunity to test their features -- something I don't think I'll ever stop being angry about -- I'm not sure it would be worth the $$$).

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