low end electric range
my stove had died. the oven died a while ago, and the last burner just gave up the ghost this week. I am planning a kitchen renovation in about 3 years, but right now finances are committed elsewhere.
Aside from having an oven that works reasonably well and four burners that heat up, what are the features that you would consider essential in a relatively low end range? something that i will end up putting on craigslist in 3 years.
Oh, I'm in a condo, gas is NOT an option.
Well, I've used electric now for 26 years. I've had coil, I've had cast iron burners, and now I have a tempered glass, and the latter is by far the best electric cooktop I've ever used. I wouldn't have coil burners. I really hate them. I preferred the slow heating cast iron burners to the coils. But, to each his own. But surely a lower cost glass top is available? And I also agree about convection. And the oven should have a self clean function.
As a landlord and property manager, I buy more appliances in a year than most people do in a lifetime. Sear's Kenmore has great service and usually a local source of spare parts. I recommend the series with two large and two small coil burners. I do not recommend getting the extended warranty due to the short time you plan on having it.
General Electric has also been a slightly less expensive option, but the warranty work is through a local contractor and may be hit or miss.
If your upgraded range will be electric, I have had a very pleasurable time with the Kenmore professional series with the controls on the front, not in the back. The coils heat faster and the oven is precise on temperature and heated for me past the setting on the dial when on full. It is currently waiting in storage until I move off the boat. I checked a few months ago and the $1200 15 years ago is now about $3000.
Or spend $50.00 on Craig's list every year or so. Another viable option.
KaimukiMan, If I were in your shoes, I would head to Sears and get a basic range with the exposed coils. They are easy to replace when/if necessary. I would also steer clear of convection in order to hold the cost down. Self cleaning? Why not. If your are going to sell it in 3 years, make sure you get something that will meet your needs and that you won't lose too much on when you sell.