Capital Culinairian Rangetop vs. Blue Star Rangetop Series 48"

valrussAugust 22, 2012

I am wondering if anyone as any first hand experience with either of these range tops? I have read other posts on here, but none that directly compare the two. I would love to know about pros, cons, maintenance, customer service, or any other pertinent information.

Also, did you purchase yours locally or online. (We do not have a local dealer.)

This will be a new construction and we have never had a professional gas range top.

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deeageaux

If you end up buying the BS you will probably need to buy from a regional dealer.

What general are do you live in(ie suburban Milwaukee, southeastern Montana)?

    Bookmark   August 22, 2012 at 1:06AM
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deeageaux

Question 2

Are you going with all burners or adding grill and/or griddle?

    Bookmark   August 22, 2012 at 1:08AM
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racmrc

My wife and I have been reading and visiting dealers for both the CC and BS for some time. We finally decided we wanted a 48" rangetop with 24" grill. Here's what key things we found (of course our opinion):

1. Appearance:
CC has a really nice high-end residential finish
BS has more of a commercial heavy appearance

2. Burners:
CC: has open burners and all are the same size and big (23k)
BS: has open burners with 3 different sizes standard (2-22k, 1-15k, and 1 simmer). BS also allows for custom burner sizes and locations (at a cost)

3. Grates:
CC: one piece cast iron per burner (wok will need a wok ring)
BS: 2 piece cast iron per burner (no wok ring needed - remove the inner grate)

4. Burner Cleaning: (both have drawers at the bottom of rangetop to collect spills)
CC: also has stainless shields under grates to prevent spills from dropping down into rangetop
(if spills drop past shields - all 4 grates may need to be removed to clean)
BS: remove a single grate to access spills that drop into the rangetop

5. Grill:
CC: 30k with ceramic rods over burners cased in stainless and has cast iron grates
BS: 30k with stainless shields over burners and cast iron grates

6. Costs:
Similar

7. Service & Support
Neither has an authorized dealer close by where we need it installed.
(However our local BS dealer put in writing they would support it even if they needed to drive the long distance)

8. History (this may not be exact but how it appears based on all the research)
CC: some people have issues with simmer (adjustments may fix this) - others have stated they need a smaller burner
BS: Garland is a long time commercial range and they sold the residential part which is now BlueStar. A few years back, BS seemed to have some quality and support issues, especially with the ovens. It seems these issues may have been corrected.

9. Reliability
Overall both seem to be good.

So what did we do and why:

We purchased the BS 48". The key determining factors for us were the burner sizes, grill design, and support. We really liked having different size burners since we have a variety of items we cook, especially the small burner for lots of delicate simmers. The CC burners may be fine for simmer but with this amount of money, it was just too much of a gamble for us - especially since BS had a variety of burner sizes. Also, when I look into our outdoor Weber grill, which really does a good job, it has shields over the burners similar to BS instead of ceramic rods. Maybe others have rods or the rods may even be better - I don't really know but liked the similarity of the BS to the Weber.

Conclusion:

Both CC or BS would probably been fine for us. The CC looked better but we liked BS having variable size burners, a grill setup similar to our outdoor Weber grill, and the support our local BS dealer offered.

We ordered the BS a couple weeks ago and 11 days later it arrived. Hope to have it operational in about a month. Maybe I'll post details and pics later.

    Bookmark   August 22, 2012 at 8:09AM
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cottonpenny

Here's a few threads I started when I was making that decision.
http://forums.thathomesite.com/forums/load/appl/msg112159083261.html?18

http://ths.gardenweb.com/forums/load/appl/msg0112210715919.html

I ended up ordering the BS rangetop with 6 burners. It was mostly the look that decided it for me, honestly. I was a little bit worried about the simmer, too, because it would be a big headache for me to go through multiple adjustments that some CC's seem to need to get a good simmer.

But really, I think it's splitting hairs and they are both good.

Here is a link that might be useful: other thread

    Bookmark   August 22, 2012 at 10:22AM
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valruss

Thank you for your feedback and for sharing your research and opinions. We are still trying to decide, but thankfully have a few months to do so. We are in Chattanooga, TN. Closest dealer is 2 hours away. Prices we got on internet so far:
48" range top with griddle
CC- $4280
BS: $3880

Does that seem about right?

Thanks again!

    Bookmark   August 26, 2012 at 12:31AM
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valruss

I've read sooo many threads at this point that I've totally lost any timeline. Has the CC fixed their simmmer issue with a smaller burner....less holes etc..? Totally confused :((
I'm really leaning towards the BS as it seem there are really no complaints about simmer and any issues seem can be fixed by my DH since there are no local dealers.
Anyone have any good websites I can order a BS from?
Now I've got to get educated on ventilation and MUA...no clue.

    Bookmark   August 27, 2012 at 12:19AM
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