budget fridge and range options?
We are doing a DIY Ikea remodel of our kitchen this summer, and countertops are the area in which I'd like to splurge. I have never had high-end (or even close) appliances in my life and have never known what I was missing, so I just want basic appliances that won't break in a year so I can spend more $ on my countertop.
I need a 30" fridge- want a single door because it's close to the wall. I currently have a basic freezer-on-top model and would like to switch to freezer on the bottom. I don't need an ice maker- again, I've never had one and we don't use a lot of ice. We are going to go stainless steel (or fake stainless- but only GE makes one in 30"). A lot of people make a basic 30" fridge (GE, KitchenAid, Maytag, Amana, Whirlpool), but I can't look at any in person because no one seems to display them- I know most people are looking at bigger fridges. I'd like to stay around/under $1500.
As for a range, I don't even know what I want except that I don't want a chicken nugget button. :) The simpler the better. If I could get a convection oven it would be great. Want to stay around $1000- will be a 30" gas range.
Are there brands to recommend/avoid for each of these?