Costco 36 Bluestar RCS

italianchefJanuary 26, 2013


My wife and I are looking at purchasing a 36" BS range. We were going to purchase the 36 RCS from but while browsing at a local dealer, We were told that the quality of the Costco BS is not the same as the quality of a range purchased from an authorized dealer. Can anyone comment on the quality of the Costco BS and is there a difference in the quality between the RCS and RNB eg: Porcelain in the oven, welds, quality of SS. I can't imagine Blue Star building a lesser quality range specifically for Costco. If anyone has had a chance to compare the two ranges your experience would be appreciated!


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    Bookmark   January 26, 2013 at 11:15PM
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Dealers can order an RCS as well, just like the one at Costco. Some things, like a convection fan may be optional on the RCS.

The one thing they don't upgrade is the larger burner. And I was told years ago that the stainless gauge was thinner on the RCS.. the other differences are listed on the link above- ignition, drip tray, rolling oven trays etc.

Still the RCS is a great value.

Here is a link that might be useful: link to earlier discussion

    Bookmark   February 1, 2013 at 2:50AM
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The link provided by alexr may be useful to you -- some good points raised there by both RNB and RCS owners.

I'm very happy with my RNB, and would gladly do it all over again, but the RCS seems to represent good value for money, especially on some of the special Costco deals I've seen posted. Some specs are different between the ranges, and you can decide how much that matters to you, but I've never heard that they build them anywhere else, or to a different level of QC. I suspect, rather, that Costco has negotiated a good price on a particular lot -- they do that sort of thing -- and that it's being disparaged by a salesman who is either passing along an unsubstantiated rumor or being . . . er, creative.

    Bookmark   February 3, 2013 at 11:27AM
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Italianchef - did you decide to get the Costco Bluestar RCS?

I ended up phoning Bluestar about what the non-Costco dealers are saying about (dissing!) the Bluestar sold by Costco: it was most enlightening, and I encourage you to do the same, if you haven't made up your mind yet.

    Bookmark   March 15, 2013 at 4:43PM
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