30" bluestar rnb @$4,400 vs. wolf ag r304 @ $3,200
I am finally at decision time after eliminating other choices that don't work for us--Viking with a bad repair/customer service history, CC just don't know if it is all it is cracked up to be, was ready to buy American Range until we discovered it is too deep for our configuration, and Bertazzoni because it doesn't have the superior broiler we desire.
I've found a floor model (assuming it hasn't sold already) of the soon to be discontinued "open burner" Wolf for $3,200. Or, I can pay full freight for the RNB (no discounts to be found on these anywhere as far as I can tell). I can afford either, but my frugality makes me ask if the RNB truly is worth the extra $1,200.
Super high heat blazing BTU burners aren't my primary objective in a range. So, I wouldn't choose the Bluestar just for that reason alone.
We want a reliable range that does an excellent job of cooking for the person who is not by any means a pro but a more adventuresome home cook than many. So, I want good control from a low simmer to a good sear. We want an excellent ceramic broiler, and I believe both of these have that. I want an even-baking oven but don't use full-size bakers sheets so that is not important. I am by no means a clean freak but want something that is relatively easy to clean. As far as service providers, we live in a major metropolitan area.
So, what do you think? And if you've someone who has actually cooked on both of these, I'd really, really like your impressions of your experiences. Thanks.