Random things I've learned...
You all have been an immense help to me in my process of buying new appliances. So in hopes that some of this information may help folks, I thought I'd share a few things I've learned and my impressions of some appliances in the past few days. I'll begin by saying I'm not Julia Child or Giada Delaurentiis, so I'm certainly not an expert on these things.
I looked at 30" wall oven microwave combos. I thought I'd really like the Viking D3. I loved the ability to "customize" the knobs and bars on the Viking to match my cherry cabinets--it's definitely a very cool look. I then looked at the 30" Thermador Masterpiece wall oven microwave combo. For me, it was like walking from a Kia used car lot to a Mercedes car lot. The fit and finish of the Thermador was in another league from the D3. The salesman said the D3 is the entry-level Viking and he was right. Just pulling the racks out of the Thermador, they felt sturdy and highly engineered. The D3 felt flimsy by comparison. One other thing about the Thermador is they don't offer covered pans to go in their warming drawers. Does anyone have any thoughts about whether other manufacturer's pans are compatible?
Re: induction cooktop. I didn't like the Viking's looks with the squares on the cooktop surface and the clunky knobs on the right hand side...so it was out. I looked at the Wolf 30" induction and it was nice. I looked at the Thermador 30" induction and it's really a toss-up with the Wolf for me.
A frustrating point: Thermador is currently offering a free dishwasher (the promo is until the end of 2012) for buying two other Thermador appliances. I positively like my Bosch dishwasher and am not in the market for a new one. I expressed this to the first sales guy and he said, "Well, Craigslist the new one or replace your old one." I don't want to do this. I went to another retailer and they offered to give me $600 credit for not taking the dishwasher, so I think I'll go with them. I wish they would offer me more, because they said the "free" Thermador dishwasher is a $1595 value. I'm not sure how hard to push them on their $600 offer?
I welcome your thoughts, suggestions, whatever. Again, thanks for helping with these decisions. :-)