Originally Posted by bethzaring
Nice range Greg
Thanks! Although it's not quite a range. I've never given it any thought until faced with the current dilemma (both cooktop and oven broken) I've come to realize that built-ins have advantages over stand alone ranges. If nothing else when you have stand-alone stuff you have to clean around and under it.
When I used to have a stand-alone range I would occasionally move it and clean under it, behind it, and the side that butted up against a counter. Gross! Particularly since stoves splatter grease and pets shed fur, so the two combine over time to produce a very yucky substance.
I'm glad to have built-ins now. Particularly since I bought quality stuff that is quite likely to outlast me. I also like the professional features focused upon easy cleaning. Cleaning this cooktop is virtually effortless compared to cleaning my old (non-sealed) stove.
Cleaning the stove required (1) remove the grates, (2) remove the burner toppers, (3) remove the burner cores themselves, (4) lift out two trays that each sat under a pair of burners, (5) clean all that stuff separately, (6) clean anything that spilled under the cook surface and got between the burners and trays.
Cleaning the Wolf cooktop requires (1) remove the grates and clean them if needed (dish washer works fine), (2) remove the burner toppers and clean them if needed (dish washer works fine). Everything else is sealed and stainless steel. Common kitchen cleansers such as glass cleaner or bathroom/kitchen cleaner work fine removing grease from the impervious steel surface.
One note about stainless steel appliances: While they are virtually impervious to most food spills they can be stained by acidic spills, which should be cleaned up quickly. Other than appearance an acid stain has no consequences. And the other thing, at least consumer stainless steel appliances have a "grain" and require special stainless steel cleaners to keep the surface looking factory new. And you have to rub your cleaning cloth along the grain not crosswise. Although if you ignore all this it won't affect the utility of your stainless steel, only the appearance.
That looks like a much better match for me. The Wolf "low profile" hoods are 10" tall. My GE hood is 5-1/2" tall, and my calculations and experiments show that the 10" hood results in a very low hood, low enough to be a problem. I see from the Broan spec sheet that their hood is 7-1/4" tall, a great improvement for me, losing less than 2" of line of site to my cooking surface. This is important to me because all this is around my eye level.
Both hoods extend to about the same horizontal footprint as the cooktop, farther than my GE consumer hood but acceptable if I can get the front lip high enough to not be too close to my face as I'm cooking.
I'll be sure to check out the Broan hoods soon.