Goodbye KA - Where to go from here?
I am following advice and starting a new thread (so sorry for the re-post). I could really use some advice from the GW experts before I make some serious appliance errors. Here's the backround:
Until yesterday, I had been looking at the following (all KA):
30" double ovens with convection
36" six burner range top
36" wall mounted vent hood
30" warming drawer
2.0 cf built in microwave oven
side by side 24.5 cf counter-depth fridge
undercounter bar fridge with front ventilation
Also, an Avanti dual zone 149-bottle wine fridge
We are a family of four, and I work part time (which really takes away from my kitchen research). I love to cook and especially to bake, but am not a chef. We live in a 1960's ranch style house. We usually host the big holidays at our house. This is a complete gut and expansion of our kitchen into our existing dining room. It will measure approximately 12 by 32 (plus an additional 12 by 10 breakfast area). The kitchen will be transitional - modern farm kitchen with a little bit of everything else.
I prefer a range top and double oven to a range. Strangely, I have an aversion to built-in fridges. I want really good appliances at a really good value, if possible. They don't need to be the best money can buy. Not Wal-Mart, and not Saks. I would like the Nordstrom of appliances (did I really just type that?). I will be using these appliances for the long run (this is the long run house), so reliability is a must.
I love the look of the KA appliances, but quality seems to be an issue. From the research that I've done, Electrolux may be a good option for oven and range top. Bosch seems to have fans and is probably within my range (ha). Dacor is also promising. I think Wolf is a stretch for my budget, but I am open to considering it if the money is better spent here than on, say, food.
I'll probably stick with the KA fridges and DW, unless anyone strongly disagrees. :)
I appreciate any advice you can provide!