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I had a repair man in for my oven who told me to buy an inexpensive cook top because they have short lives. I am totally confused. He said I would have an issue as I don't have an exhaust as I have a microwave above the stove-top - which does have it'sown exhaust. PLEASE give me your advice from your personal experience.

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  1. Are you talking about a separate cooktop/ wall oven setup? Or a range? Gas/electric?

    I have never had to replace a range because it broke, only because we were upgrading. As far as I know, every range I've ever cooked on is still working.

    1. With advice like that, I'd be looking for a new repair person.

      1. i thought it strange as well - he was from Sears!

        I have a double wall oven - and want to replace the stove top.

        1. I have never heard of the lack of exhaust will break a stovetop. Granted that the lack of exhaust is bad for you (the human).

          1. Sounds like the guy was having a bad day and just wanted to pass it along. The bottom line is that EVERY manufacturer in the world, regardless of what they manufacture, turns out the occasional lemon. The goal in life for all of us is to NOT be the one who ends up with it. But it's all chance, so whatever will be will be. So... Check out all of the cooktops you can afford, and at least a few that you can't afford, and choose the one you feel is right for you.

            But there is one thing the crusty repairman was right about. A really good exhaust fan is well worth the price. Cook tops and exhaust fans are partners. Life is best when you have them both.

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            1. re: Caroline1

              In adition, a good exhaust hood will draw the vapors from the stove and VENT THEM OUT OF THE HOUSE. Blowing it through a charcoal filter and back in your face is not aceptable to me, and for that reason I will never have another appliance between my cooktop and the vent that draws it through the roof an outside.

              1. re: EWSflash

                i think my microwave, that is mounted above the cooktop, under the cabinets, has a good exhaust. Of course, when that goes I will be forced to address the exhaust fan and lose my micro.

                1. re: smilingal

                  For now, you need to open the windows. The exhaust fan will circulate the kitchen air to elsewhere, but the windows should be opened in order for the air to go outside.

                  1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                    hadn't realized that was necessary! It seems to dissipate without the window open! Thanks - I will do that the next time it is necessary - as I would imagine it will be helpful!

            2. so what ones do you recommend?