BUYING A NEW HOME RANGE- HELP!!

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2009/10/28 22:47:50 (permalink)

BUYING A NEW HOME RANGE- HELP!!

AM LOOKING AT 30 INCH FREE STANDING  DOUBLE OVENS..SO FAR ,TO US ANYWAY, THE BEST SEEMS TO BE MAYTAG...A CLOSE SECOND IS ELECTROLUX THOUGH THEIR DOUBLE IS REALLY SMALL, 1.5 cubic
 NOW I AM RETHINKING THE DOUBLE- ALWAYS THOUGHT IT WOULD be nice , but with what I have seen you do have to sacrafice some cooktop features to have a double ...ah hell , maybe we should just get a deluxe hot plate...any ideas/feedback most appreciated
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    cavandre
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    Re:BUYING A NEW HOME RANGE- HELP!! 2009/10/29 08:26:29 (permalink)
    Have you tried looking at the reviews on Home Depot ?
     
    Are you looking for gas or electric?
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    Re:BUYING A NEW HOME RANGE- HELP!! 2009/10/29 10:41:15 (permalink)
    Also try Consumer reports.
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    Re:BUYING A NEW HOME RANGE- HELP!! 2009/10/29 11:32:20 (permalink)
    You're in CA?  Make a trip to Pacific Sales in Southern CA...  It will be worth the trip.
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    Re:BUYING A NEW HOME RANGE- HELP!! 2009/10/29 11:43:11 (permalink)
    How much do you plan to spend and how serious a cook are you?  If you've got the budget, Blue Star is hard to beat -- they have by far the highest BTU burners and best flame pattern.  Also, the rangetop is modular so you can spec whatever combo of burners, griddles, grills (the latter are completely uselesss IMHO) etc.  They've had some issues in the past with igniters, but nothing chronic.

    Gardenweb.com has an appliance forum which is fairly useful, but bear in mind that like most forums, its dominated by complainers -- those that like the products generally don't feel the need to post.
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    Re:BUYING A NEW HOME RANGE- HELP!! 2009/10/29 11:45:35 (permalink)
    New Home Range?- Is that where the deer and the antelope play?
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    Re:BUYING A NEW HOME RANGE- HELP!! 2009/10/29 13:01:38 (permalink)
    at saps' comment.
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    Re:BUYING A NEW HOME RANGE- HELP!! 2009/10/29 14:20:13 (permalink)
    Some random thoughts. If you're buying electric, glasstop burners limit your pot/pan size to the burner. Some have controls to vary the burner. If you choose glasstop, choose a model that's recessed like the Maytag to contain spill overs. If you can get gas, do so. Electic burners are a pain for heat regulation. Glass burners require perfectly flat/capsule bottoms to work best. If gas, try to find one with the highest possible BTU output for your large burners. Regulations prohibit commerical output burners. You want the eveness of the oven. Covered heat element/burners seem nice for cleaning, but affet the oven's eveness. While we're on the subject, choose a model with a convection fan. You'll never regret the added expense. That bottom oven? Are you over or under 50? It's not worth it all things considered including your back. Better a storage space for large pans. You'd be better off investing the extra bucks into a combination microwave/convection oven overhanging the stove which you'll probably find you use quite a bit.
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    Re:BUYING A NEW HOME RANGE- HELP!! 2009/10/29 15:49:25 (permalink)
    I bought the GE Profile double oven electric range when I remodeled my kitchen last year.

    http://www.geappliances.c...ons/double_oven_range/

    The upper shallow height range is the best range by far for baking pizzas. It is designed for baking fresh made or frozen pizzas and has custom settings for both. It heats up to 550 degrees. I use a stone in the top oven to bake my pizzas and artisan type breads. The bottom range is a combination conventional and convection. We use the top oven probably 90% of the time and the bottom one when having large holiday meals and the turkey of course.

    The top range glass has one right/front burner that you can select 6-9-12" burner size and the left two burners have a bridge  element so you can use a long griddle with both. There is a fifth warming burner as well. All in all it is pretty versatile. You are limited to the type of pots and skillets you can use. We have a set of perfectly flat ware with heavy thick bottoms.

    The range/oven was not cheap but neither was any of my kitchen. It may be our last kitchen we build ourselves and we did not go cheap this go around.

    ps. We have an all electric house with no gas available.
    post edited by Davydd - 2009/10/29 15:51:21
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    Re:BUYING A NEW HOME RANGE- HELP!! 2009/10/29 16:21:28 (permalink)
    well thanks all..it will be gas ( cannot belive i left that out)...will check out your suggestions and thoughts...am still leaning toward the maytag but will check out blue star too...one think I hate are all the electronic gizmos, but guess , like in cars, its hard to escape that now
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    Re:BUYING A NEW HOME RANGE- HELP!! 2009/10/29 16:54:44 (permalink)
    Blue Star is about as electronic-free as it gets now.  Other than the piezoelectric igniters (which they need to have since pilot lights are generally outlawed in residential apps) there's nothing much but cast iron & steel.  These are meant to be used, not looked at.

    If you're ambitious, check out the Blue Star freestanding salamander -- runs to 1,350 degrees.
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    Re:BUYING A NEW HOME RANGE- HELP!! 2009/12/04 00:53:41 (permalink)
    HEY THERE - THANKS FOR ALL THE NOTES.ENDED UP WITH THE MAYTAG STAINLESS  GAS DOUBLE AND HAVE HAD IT FOR THREE WEEKS NOW AND JUST LOVE IT,,,THANKS AGAIN GANG !
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    Re:BUYING A NEW HOME RANGE- HELP!! 2009/12/04 01:18:16 (permalink)
    OK. GLAD YOU LIKE IT.
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    Re:BUYING A NEW HOME RANGE- HELP!! 2010/04/08 05:46:35 (permalink)
    Hi
    Once try this 30-Inch Double-Oven Free Standing Gas Range (Color: Stainless)...This Versatile double-oven range bakes, broils, toasts and warms - and fits in the same space as an ordinary range and it have Removable knobs for easy cleaning...you can get this at affordable price ...
    Good luck ...




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    post edited by vaughan22 - 2010/04/08 05:48:05
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    Re:BUYING A NEW HOME RANGE- HELP!! 2010/04/20 10:18:38 (permalink)
    Our neighborhood does not have gas, so I am limited to electric, but how I longed for a nice blue flame below my pots and pans, but no more.  I recently replaced a glass top electric range with a GE Induction, and I can't believe the difference it makes.  Water boils in a fraction of the time of what it takes on Wolf range my parents have (which is much faster than my mother-in-law's Viking).  The only drawback is that several of my pots and pans are not ferromagnetic and require the use of a special plate to use (this is an issue mostly for my wife since these are her favorite pots).  Now time to replace my old ill behaved dishwasher.
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