Went Appliance Shopping Saturday
Doing some of the necessary leg work prior to the pending kitchen romodel. There are way more appliances to consider than I would have thought. I'm really leaning towards the Thermador cook top with the "star" burnners. Anyone have one and what has been your experience.
Also, I'm not hung up on matching appliances, although we have gone on kitchen tours where that was common, but what about appliances with doors, like the fridge, oven, and dishwasher, should they match as the handles are the most prominant feature from a design stand point or does it really not make any difference? I don't want the kitchen to look pieced together, but I also want the best appliances for each task. The stovetop really doesn't matter I don't think, because there is no door. None of our appliances match now, but it's a 28 year old kitchen and just about everything has been replaced at one point or another. We're thinking about an Electralux frige, that's all frige and we've had very good luck and are very pleased with our Kitchen Aid dishwasher. Which leave the convection oven/speed oven up for grabs. What do you design savey ChowHounds think?
I have had 2 Thermador ranges with the star burners. They worked wonderfully, the advantage being they bring heat to the center of the pan for more even heating. The one minor drawback is the clicking sound on the simmer mode. Some may find it annoying, I never really did. The sealed burners were easy to clean. The only real problem I ever ran into was the ignition getting "soiled" and never igniting the burner. I had to use a small piece of fine grained sand paper and rub it gently to clean it. Hopefully they have fixed that now.
I am a kitchen designer and I have always told my clients there is no need to "match" appliances. Get the appliance that does the job you need it to. If you are using appliance panels to match your cabinets, it becomes even less of an issue. I like the Kitchen Aid dishwashers, they have been around a long time and seem to be very realiable. Thermador makes some good ovens, if you are a real baker and can splurge, Wolf makes a wonderful convection oven that does a Great job. I like the Sharp microwaves, they have given me good service over the years.
JEN10, thank you for your response, I was hoping a real kitchen designer would have some valuable input. I'm working really hard to overcome the engineer's need for semitry and things matching. And just as I get past that, we take a kitchen tour, they have these once a year where I live and you get to see 6-8 really nice homes typically that are newly constructed and tour the kitchens. Most of these new homes have matching appliances, not all, but most. And then I'm back in that quandry of match or best product for the job.