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Dec 5, 2011 10:13 PM

help - need a new range pronto

My lovely magic chef contractors special range that was here when we moved in stopped working this morning - the oven is no longer working so instead of repairing it (oven was always temperamental) we are going to go for it and get a range that I might actually like and not have to look inside each time at the thermometer to figure out what it is and keep fiddling with the dial to get it to the right temp ;)

It would be a 30" range - and I am lost! We looked at a few ranges years ago, but there is so much more on the market I thought some of you can chime in.

We currently have a gas hookup and I *think* I would prefer having gas plus electric oven, but that is not a show stopper. The budget is probably around 2.5K and I don't need anything truly professional, but I do a lot of baking and cooking and I would like to have a larger oven capacity. Some of the "pro" models I saw a while back seemed to have smaller oven spaces. The only pro oven I seemed to like was the American Range, but that was a few thousand out of my price range.

The GE cafe and Jenn Air are coming up as being something that might work.

Any ideas of where to start or other sites that might be helpful, brands to stay away from?


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  1. (I know you will get other opinions).

    I have a GE gas- continuous grates on top, five burners, gas oven, pretty much like this:

    Bought this after being "burned" (figuratively) on my last 2 electrics. Last electric cost $1100 and lasted 13 months- just out of warranty. The electronic control panel went bad and burned up the entire thing.

    I had a propane line run (already had a propane fireplace). Can't believe I actually cooked on electric for all those years.

    I have no complaints on this range, about 2 years down the road.

    BTW "gourmet" ranges like Wolf, Blue Star, etc, were not in the picture due to cost. I also cannot install a really great vented hood due to the limitations of my house, so hugely powerful burners were also out of the question.

    1. We've been waiting now for about 2 years for our old (20 yrs) GE Profile range to finally die in order to buy the GE Cafe gas/electric convection range. We've looked at all of them over the course of the last 2 years and agree that the GE has a larger oven than the "pro" models. The Cafe has everything we want from a range though a burner with a little more BTU's would be nice but truthfully, not necessary. It sounds like the range for you and if you can wait for a sale it will surely fall into your range (sorry for the pun). Good luck.

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      1. re: jnk

        Our electric outlet is 110 and it needs to be 220 for the electric/gas model - anyone know approx how much that conversion would cost? The dual option is about 450 more than the all gas, so if it is an expensive conversion might end up looking at gas only.

        Thanks in advance!

        1. re: morrang

          If the electrician can join two 110 lines that are near, around two to three hundred.
          If he has to start at the box, add a 220 (double) circuit, and wire to your kitchen-you will need a quote. I think a typical quote would be about five hundred or so at the very least. If it is an easy run, through a crawl space for example, closer to five hundred. If you have an older house and the panel has no room for expansion....... just stick with gas only.

      2. If I had my druthers, I'd own a nice gas cooktop and an electric, self-cleaning convection oven. If I could them both in one unit, and that's what I needed, that's what I would get, assuming I could afford it.

        When I have had to replace appliances, I've gone to local appliance stores and picked the brains of the sales people. I've gone several places to compare my perceptions and the lines they carry. I visit several stores. I've had the best luck in general with local businesses. Ask a million questions, and do research online. Get a copy of the Consumer's Report buying guide for an orientation, and descriptions and rankings.

        Ask your friends about their stoves, especially if they have purchased one recently.

        I can't give you specific advice about stoves, because I haven't bought on in over 10 years. But good luck. If you do your research first, you stand a good chance of getting what you want.

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        1. re: sueatmo

          Thanks all! I will be visiting two places weekend - I just wanted to have an idea of what was out there and look at the info before hand to might work to find out where which places carried them and know before hand some info. I just got the consumer reports info, so looking at that tonight. We are happy with an appliance store we used in the past and they have a larger showroom .

          When googling and searching on here for GE cafe the bertazzoni range seemed to come up a lot and for the plain color would probably be in our budget. They have it at the store we are going to - any opinions? I could not find the oven capacity, so it might not be something I would even consider once I see it in person.

          1. re: morrang

            Keep us posted on your choice. Good luck.

        2. Hello,

          While I don't have this range, a company called Five Star manufactures a dual fuel series. The link below may be useful and aid in your decision making since it offers an electric oven with a gas cooktop.

          1. I looked through ebay looking for a deal on a 30" range. This is what I came up with.

            The Capital Precision 30" Natural Gas Range.It is a very nice range.

            Normally $3900 + tax.

            Here it is $2850 delivered to your door.

            The oven cavity's height is usually irrelevant becuase most are not able to bake three racks evenly. You are usually just wasting time and energy heating up empty space. I think the Cafe and JA fall under this category.It would be a different story if you were shopping in the Wolf Dual-Fuel category.

            GE Cafe Oven Cavity 24" W x 20" D x 17.5"H
            Capital Oven Cavity 24" Wx 21" D x 14H

            In real world cooking that extra 1"depth is more usefull than extra 3.5" of height.

            Plus true European convection. Makes the heat just about as even as you will find in this price class.

            Only some European oven's are so small that that a large turkey would be a problem.

            If a 30" oven is large enough to hold a full size commercial baking sheet then there is a lack of insulation.The door can get hot.

            Plus the 19k btu burners on the Capital are about as good as it gets in this price range.

            Can also hold 140 degree simmer.

            Good Luck.