Dacor 30 inch gas range -- opinions?
We're in the middle of a kitchen remodel and looking to replace our old Whirlpool 30" gas range with something much nicer. Cost is an issue, but I'd rather spend the money and be happy with the performance since I love to cook and bake.
We have a small kitchen and are limited to a 30 inch range. No 220 outlet, so dual fuel is out. I don't care about self-cleaning, although I've heard that self-cleaning ovens have better insulation (at the expense of some interior space).
Initially looked at a Wolf, but am seriously considering the Dacor ER30G. Has anyone had experience with this model, or with Dacor gas ranges in general? I've seen some unhappy postings about Dacor quality and service on a couple of forums and I'm concerned about spending so much $ and ending up with a service nightmare. Not sure if the higher end range is worth it.
If not Dacor, then which other 30" gas only range would you recommend? We have a Bosch dishwasher and are very happy with it, but I've heard their ranges aren't as nice.
We're making a buying decision in about a week, so your experiences and comments are very much appreciated.
I'm in the same predicament and second the request for recommendations for good, pro-style 30" all-gas ranges.
After tons of research, I'm looking at BlueStar, Bertazzoni, Electrolux Icon and the Dacor. I'd love to settle on the Bertazzoni. It's gorgeous, beautifully made, and no one who has one seems to have complaints, but the oven is SO small (2.9 cu ft). People love their BlueStars, too, but I'm worried about oven-door-sticking issues with the 30" models. It's also a good 1.5" taller than my counters. Electrolux and Dacor have so many bad reviews for their products, but all the complaints seem related to electronics. I thought maybe the pro-style ranges without all that (except, of course, the igniters) might be OK.
I've pretty much scrapped the idea of self-cleaning because I've read in a number of places that the high heat SC ranges use for cleaning ends up putting such a strain on them overall that it shortens their lifespans significantly.
I'm hoping this post will put keep your topic up high in the recent posts list and we'll get some responses from some people who can give recs based on first-hand experience.
For us the size of the oven was important. It seemed that all of the "top of the line" stoves had relatively small ovens and i don't think it was because of extra insulation for the self cleaning so we chose the GE Cafe and are very happy with it.