My Thermador oven died on Dec. 23, just in time for Christmas! With 17 family members staying at my house and expecting turkey for Christmas dinner. Thank goodness for my next-door neighbor and her oven.
The repair person says a total fix will cost around $1000. When the oven went the pyrotechnics also killed the electronics, so replacing the baking element is just the beginning. The clock/electronics need to be rebuilt since Thermador doesn't make them any more. I also need to fix the oven light and the rear fan. Ugh.
The oven is 10 years old. A new oven with the features I want (convection, etc.) would probably cost around $5000. So I am on the fence about fixing vs. replacing but am leaning towards the repair.
If I do go for a new oven, should I stick with Thermador or maybe try a Viking or a Wolf? Do you have an oven that you just LOVE?? I bake my own bread, so my oven gets a lot of use. Right now I'm limping along with a toaster oven and my Advantium (halogen) oven.
I found a barely used 3 year old Kenmore Elite 30" double convection oven for $100 on Craigslist. No complaints with it at all, and I do mo baking than roasting. Breads, and pies are no worries now. The Original manufacturer for Sears was Frigidaire.
Craigslist has provided lots of kitchen goodies for me like; Hobart A120 mixer for $295, Hobart 14" buffalo chopper w/SS cart and food grinder for $100, and much more.
May also check with Freecycle, and it may sound funny, but your local E-Waste recyclers. I know one that got in a vintage Sunbeam W-1 waffle iron, the owner rescued it from the scrap pile.
I'm really sorry to hear about your oven but I do have a thought. People renovate kitchens all the time. You might well be able to find a working model of yours available for between $150-300.
http://www.searchtempest.com/. I bought a 5 grate 36" thermador gas cooktop for $250 and it is in great shape. And a GE profile 30" single wall oven for $75.
If you buy new
I love the Gaggenau side opening door,you don't have to reach over a hot oven door to get food. You can use any of the heating elements seperately. Has an air catilzyer that removes grease from air before exiting into your kitchen.Quick pre-heat and very even temps.20 year life span typical.
Wolf re-designed their ovens about six years ago with a focus to match world class quality. Difficult to say what the life span is of the new models but the quality of the door,racks,and knobs are top notch and so is the performance.
If you have a strong preferance for made in the USA products,Electrolux is moving their oven factory from Quebec to Tennessee in about six months.Although Wolf is an American company and Electrolux is Sweedish. Best of the mid-priced ovens IMO.
Thermador still makes their ovens in Tennessee but is now owned by Bosch-Siemens Home Appliance Group.I think you will find 10 year life typical.
I would go with Wolf or if you don't want to spend that much, Electrolux. The Wolf has the dual fans and a third element with dedicated convection mode that is a benefit if you pack your oven full. The Electrolux has the third element but not a dedicated mode for the third element only. I have the regular Electrolux wall oven and a Wolf DF range and like both. The Electrolux heats really quickly and I use it a lot because it is smaller. Both keep a very narrow temperature range.
Many also recommend the Gaggenau but I haven't baked in it. Viking does not get as many good reviews. You might want to read http://ths.gardenweb.com/forums/appl/