36 AG range questions
I have been reading nearly ALL the previous posts on this forum re 36 pro style ranges.
We are a family of four with two girls 6, 10. I would say we are average cooks. We currently have an all electric GE profile 30" w glass cooktop. It had worked fine over the last 3 years. We are now in the process of moving and are in the middle of a full kitchen remodel. The kitchen we are remodeling had a 48" AG thermador circa 1999. For a variety of reasons we have decided to replace this range with a 36" AG range.
Reading through the forums I have read really good and really bad things about nearly all brands.
I have looked at or considered the following AG, 6 burner manual clean with convection.
Bluestar RCS 36. $3159
Bluestar RNB. 36. $5600
Thermador pro harmony AG 36 $5130
American Range 36 $ unsure
Viking $ unsure
Capital precision "L" $ 4700 lowes
The issue I have is the prices are all quite compared to our current GE profile ( obviously a different category).
For an average cook what is my safest bet?
We have ruled out ( kitchen aid, GE, JENN air)
Many reviews comment on poor durability and service on the bluestar. Has there been significant changes in mfg and service in the last few years??
What is the reason for the $2000 price difference between the RCS and RNB? I called the cust service they said top burners and color options??? There must be more for the $$$ diff?
What about the complaints about door temp with kids with a BS???
I am not opposed to spending $5-6k but I hate to waste money or spend unwisely. We are set on a 36 " as our cabinets are nearly done.
Please help with some direction and suggestions.
I am becoming obsessed and have spent hours and hours researching but still can't pull the trigger.
Open vs sealed burners??? Cleanup of either. ??
We are getting a bit scared away from the RCS due to the low price... There must be a quality difference ??? Leaning toward the thermador as that's what came out of our new house ( we never used it)
We want a great looking range that we can cook the basics to start and more as we become more comfortable with it. Want reliability and consistent temps inside and on top.
Brand name is not so important as long as the above hold true.
Sorry for the run on but we need help!!! :-).