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Dec 6, 2012 06:28 AM

New slide in gas range--- does it simmer?

I need to buy a new slide in gas range, and I started researching it. My old range does not simmer anymore, but when I read the reviews I find out none of the new gas ranges truly can simmer. Can someone comment on this. Thanks. (I mean in the $1800-$2000 range, not in the $5000 +range) Ranges can be tricky!!!

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  1. You see this a lot, but I don't think that this is exactly true. They can all simmer if properly used, though various designs do have different trade offs that may or may not fit a person's given application. Whether a specific gas range can simmer for you really depends on what cookware you pair it (how well the cookware can even out hot spots, the diameter of your pots compared to the diameter of the burner, etc) with and how you cook.

    If your cooking style consists of a significant amount of simmering multiple pots at the same time, than you might want to consider a "French top" which excels at controlled simmering, but generally sucks compared to a regular burner configuration for most other styles of cooking.