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ehall's picture
I am renovating my kitchen and would like any advice you can give on cooktops and ovens. We've been looking at Wolf and Viking. Are these appliances worth the money? Also, I am getting a gas cooktop but was advised to go with electric oven. Also, are steam ovens worth having and can they replace a microwave? I'd appreciate any info.Thanks.

Elaine Hall

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appliances (post #71747, reply #1 of 3)

Hi Elaine!

Hey, I saw your previous post, but I'm sorry to say I don't have much to add. For the Viking/Wolf/Garland type appliances, if you have the money and the space-- and love to cook, then I say go for it! My understanding is that these are generally excellent appliances-- if you are a serious cook. Think about it this way-- every time you cook a fabulous dinner at home instead of going out to eat, you probably save yourself at least $30, depending. Multiply that by a few years worth of cooking-- and these things will last-- and you have quite a tidy sum.

We just redid our kitchen, but we don't have the space or cash for a serious range, so I went with a not-as-expensive Electrolux range-- but we only had room for a 30-inch range. That said, I'm glad I got the best range that could fit in my kitchen-- I love that thing and use it every day. Sometimes all 5 burners are going at once!

For gas vs electric ovens, I don't think it makes that big of a difference-- do you do a lot of baking?

Cheers, Jen

ehall's picture

Kitchen (post #71747, reply #2 of 3)

Thanks Jen for the information. I do alot of cooking and baking. I make all my own bread and desserts.

We looked at Wolf appliances the other day and the woman mentioned a "steam" oven rather than a microwave.

Any ideas on that?

Elaine Hall

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steam? (post #71747, reply #3 of 3)

Hi Elaine!  Mmm-- homemade bread and desserts are the best. Have you read "Make the Bread, Buy the Butter"?


As for the steam, perhaps it injects steam for making a better crust on your bread?

Cheers, Jen


P.S. Feel free to post some of your baking creations!