Researching 30" Gas Ranges
I'm in the middle of a remodel and am researching stoves to replace our 20 year old stove that just died. I have some musts and some nice to haves. Would love to hear people's suggestions as there is an overwhelming number of choices.
- under $2000
- continuous grates
- self cleaning
- Stainless steel
- 5 burners
- 1 oven, ideally with warming drawer
Nice to have:
- cast iron grates
Also suggestions on the various brands would be helpful.
Any thoughts on the pros and cons of porcelain tops?
What about sealed versus unsealed burners?
Thanks in advance!
I have yet to see a range at that price point with anything resembling a real warming drawer. They're usually just minimally heated drawers that try to keep cooked foods at temp but don't do that very well, so I'd skip that from the wish list.
We just replaced an 11 year old GE XL44 gas range with a Frigidaire Gallery 30-in, 5-Burner (sealed gas)(With included changeable Griddle or Grate for 5th burner), continuous grates - heavy cast iron, Freestanding, 5-cu ft Self-Cleaning Oven, Broiler, Convection Oven, Timed Bake, Gas Range (Stainless) Model #: LGGF3043KF. Got it from Lowes marked down from $999 to $699, still on sale. Doesn't have a warming drawer. Just a storage drawer on bottom. Doesn't come with a broiling pan, so save your old one.
The old stove had 4 burners with a porcelain top. The new one has a continuous grate top. We like the continuous grate top much better.
Had it about a month and very happy with it.
Second the recommendation to look at Frigidaire ranges like these:
They're better at their lower price point than a lot of the more expensive "prosumer" lines like GE Cafe or Profile. Haven't seen a warming drawer or 5th burner worth much in any under 2K models of any brand though. Also recommend posting your query on GardenWeb.
Two years ago I purchased a Kenmore gas range from Sears. It has everything you require except no warming drawer and it is 36" wide. On sale, the price was $1700 or so. There is no convection but the grates are cast iron. I am continually amazed at how well this range has worked for me.
Another thought about your requirements: I am wondering whether there is enough room on a 30" range for five burners. Sure, the manufacturer might put them there, but they would be awfully close together. If you actually used them, you probably would be restricted to small pans and narrow pots.
Finally, my range has sealed burners and a glass top. I have found it amazingly easy to keep clean and vastly prefer this arrangement to the traditional non-sealed burner design.
I'm a HUGE fan of a brushed steel top with sealed burners. I've owned gas on glass, on porcelain, open burner with polished steel, but my all-time favorite cooktop was a GE Profile with cast iron grates and a brushed stainless well top.
Cleanup and overall appearance was leagues beyond anything else. Better still, it kept it's good looks. I wish I had that range today.