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Your Favorite 36" Range

remodelboy1's picture

Could I please get some feedback on 2004 ranges from owners?  I'm going to need a 36" range - probably all gas, but even after looking at the various models, I'm still having a hard time.  Here are most of the models that I am considering - Thermador (star burners), Viking, DCS, Wolf, GE Monogram.


I've gone through the archives looking for some help in selecting a 36" range.  When I do an advanced search for "range" or "kitchen range" or "thermador" or "viking" in the last year or six months, I get only a handfull of relevant threads (many entries are from the same thread).  I'm hoping to get some feedback about some of the manufacturers' newer features for 2004.  I even signed up for Consumer Reports only to find that their review was very limited as to the brands that they tested.

rozzie's picture

(post #54443, reply #1 of 15)

Hello,

There are various threads on this question. But I propose this question. Always, always ask about servicing the range. Is there a warranty and for how many visits? I purchased a Thermador five years ago, and I had the service guy to the house four times. The fifth time he had to come he said Thermador would give me a new range.

I like my Thermador, but not ever again will I buy that brand. Ask various service people what their recommendation is for product reliability. Then when you get the answers you like, ask to use the range of your choice, with your pots and pans.

Everyone at CT has great ideas and opinions....take it all in.

Li's picture

(post #54443, reply #2 of 15)

Check out Amy Albert's article on stoves in Fine Cooking #67.

The models she wrote about were 30-inchers, but most of them come in 36-inch and other sizes.

Edited because, well, it's late in the day.


Edited 10/13/2004 5:00 pm ET by Li

Only connect.

Gretchen's picture

(post #54443, reply #3 of 15)

Just saw an article in BA about GE's gas range--5 burners, no other space.  There were others also.

Gretchen

Gretchen
remodelboy1's picture

(post #54443, reply #4 of 15)

Sorry, I'm new to the forum - what is BA and is the Fine Cooking article available online or only in the back issue?

Gretchen's picture

(post #54443, reply #5 of 15)

BA is Bon Appetit.  I don't think you can read the Fine Cooking article on line.

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Astrid's picture

(post #54443, reply #6 of 15)

I would suggest that if you want really good baking results that you look into a gas convection type range. Faster and more even baking results.


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MER02's picture

(post #54443, reply #7 of 15)

I LOVE my 36" Dacor. Wouldn't trade it for anything.

MEANCHEF's picture

(post #54443, reply #8 of 15)

It's not like we all have 6 or 7 different ranges at home to test.  How does one have a favorite?

remodelboy1's picture

(post #54443, reply #9 of 15)

Dear Mean,


I was actually looking for responses from knowlegeable enthusiasts who:


1)  Have been involved in cooking for enough years to have possibly used more than one brand of range. 


2)  Used one model for a number of years, discovered all of its warts and recently done a ton of research, then purchased something that they are very happy with.


3)  Have friends with whom they have discussed, at length, the pro's and con's of eachother's ranges.


4)  Might work or know someone who sells ranges and can provide some objective feedback to help me decide. 


I've visited local appliance suppliers, but I can't tell if differing percentages available from the different manufacturers are influencing their opinions.  I'm posting here because, for the most part, the forum members seem to want to help and I believe that they help purely to spread the joy of cooking.


Edited 10/15/2004 1:23 pm ET by remodelboy1

MadMom's picture

(post #54443, reply #10 of 15)

Thanks, and amen to that!  I think that most of us have cooked on several models made by different manufacturers over our lifetimes, have gone to cooking classes, and have spent hours poring over the specifications before deciding on what to buy.  You don't have to own every cooktop on the market to know if you prefer gas or electric, sealed or nonsealed burners, how many BTUs, etc.

Things are going to get a lot worse before they get worse.
Lily Tomlin

MER02's picture

(post #54443, reply #11 of 15)

Dacor is my favorite because it is mine. :) MINE ALL MINE!

Seriously though, it seems perfect to me! Not to say that others aren't great, but this one is fantastic. I really do believe that past a particular line, you just look for the best deal that you can get and what works well for you might not be so hot for somebody else who has to spend $$ more for the same thing. Look around and see what deals are out there.

ashleyd's picture

(post #54443, reply #12 of 15)

I really do believe that past a particular line, you just look for the best deal that you can get


I sit here at some distance from all these ranges, cooktops and ovens and I wonder why all the fuss. Is it because there are so many excellent products and it's hard to choose, or is it because there's so much c**p and it's hard to find something worthwhile? In Europe most of the stuff we can buy seems to work well enough, it's just a question of style and features (and my own particular obsession how easy is it to clean). So you define your budget (and that seems to be a lot less than the US) and go see what's available. On the other hand I've heard a few people say they don't like European ovens, but I have no idea why. From my (limited) personal experience I'm not that impressed with American cooking appliances, but that could well be because the kind of apartments I rent always put the basic stuff in because nobody puts the good stuff in holiday lets. So anybody want to give me an honest appraisal of US cooking kit?


Personally I like the Bosch range and have my eyes on this Bosch oven as part of a minor kitchen upgrade but over here I'd pay less than $1000 but the equivalent product in the US (although it is about 10% bigger) is $1800. What's with that?



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PeterDurand's picture

(post #54443, reply #13 of 15)

"On the other hand I've heard a few people say they don't like European ovens, but I have no idea why."

I would rather have 2 electric wall ovens (plus a Miele strem oven ;-) ) instead of an AGA. (G)

Cheers,

Peter

 

MER02's picture

(post #54443, reply #14 of 15)

The only complaint I've ever heard about Euro ovens is that they aren't large enough. Now I don't mean large enough for everyday cooking, but most Americans are concerned about having an oven big enough for a 25lb turkey, two pies and two side dishes. That really gets us hot.

;) I am only half kidding.

ashleyd's picture

(post #54443, reply #15 of 15)

I thought (as ever!) size may be important. Most British ovens are 24 inches, where the Americans are 27 or 30 inches. I know the few things I cook there look tiny in those huge ovens! Personally that I would rather have two mid-size ovens than one big one, gives more flexibility, that Bosch combo has a normal (British) oven under a slightly smaller combi oven.


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Edited 10/17/2004 3:54 am ET by ashleyd

Age is unimportant unless you’re a cheese.