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Old 06-16-2006, 11:24 PM   #1
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Need Help - Gas Range Recommendation

Hi everyone! I'm buying a new house this summer and one of the first things we are doing is redoing the entire kitchen. I'm hoping to finally get the kitchen of my dreams, which means plenty of counter space, storage and a new range! All the other appliances, well, I'm not going to be picky.

Which range would you recommend?

I heard bad things about the GE Monogram, Thermadore, and Viking. I can spend up to $5K, since all the other appliances will be budget to middle of the road.

I do all sorts of cooking, but right now I'm doing a lot of baking, including bread. Any comments would be GREATLY appreciated!!! TIA!

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Old 06-17-2006, 05:50 PM   #2
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Look for high output burners and a convection oven. Consider a dual fuel range-gas for the burners and electric for the oven.

Look for a precise simmer burner and grates that span at least two burners so you can slide heavy pots from a high output burner to a simmer burner without having to lift the pot.

Consider a six-burner stove if you do a lot of cooking for larger groups. Or a grill/griddle combo between the two banks of burners.

Good luck!
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Old 06-17-2006, 07:36 PM   #3
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Thanks Andy! Can you recommend a specific brand/model? TIA
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Old 06-17-2006, 09:07 PM   #4
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What bad things have you heard about Viking?
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Old 06-17-2006, 09:52 PM   #5
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No brand recommendations.

There are websites that can help you evaluate different brands.
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Old 06-17-2006, 10:48 PM   #6
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Personal opinion:

GE and drugs, just say no!

( used to work for a division of GE, suffice to say I wasn't thrilled with the business techniques )

Again, personal opinion. If I ever own a GE appliance it's because it was already part of the purchase of a residence.
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Definitely d. Look for highest btu you can find and afford.ual fuel, gas top electric-convection oven
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Old 06-18-2006, 07:00 PM   #8
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Sorry Andy! I didn't know that this was a "no brand" forum. I'm a newbie. I looked at a couple of brand comparison websites like "Consumer Reports" and "epinions". Can you direct me toward another website?

Thanks for the info, everyone else!

BTW - I saw the negative review on the Viking from Consumer Reports.
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Old 06-18-2006, 10:24 PM   #9
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Sorry Andy! I didn't know that this was a "no brand" forum. I'm a newbie. I looked at a couple of brand comparison websites like "Consumer Reports" and "epinions". Can you direct me toward another website?

Thanks for the info, everyone else!

BTW - I saw the negative review on the Viking from Consumer Reports.
I was not telling you brand names were prohibited. Just that I couldn't really recommend any because I didn't have any real knowledge on the subject. Sorry for the misunderstanding. You can talk about specific brand recommendations all you want.
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Old 06-19-2006, 10:28 PM   #10
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OK, got it! Sorry I'm such a dunce! Anyway, I'm thinking about a KitchenAid, since I heard that they have a steam feature for bread. I was also thinking about a Viking, mainly because I can put more than two of my huge stockpots on the stovetop.

I know that it sounds silly, but being able to fit large stockpots, at the same time, is a big deal for me. I do quite a bit of perserving, and I'm sick to death of only doing two pots at a time.....

Any comments appreciated!!!
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