nxr or ar performer... owners please chime in
We still have a few months before we move into our new home and still are deciding on the appliances. We have decided to go with a 30" instead of a 36" gas range given that we do not need 6 burners and the extra oven size doesn't make sense. We have a budget of up to $3500 for the range and now have it down to a NXR or AR Performer. The Performer will max our budget after adding the 4" back, but it has open burners. The NXR is much more affordable, seems like a simple cooking machine honestly that has some nice components and most issues that seem to happen (outside the quality of the SS on the sides which I couldn't possibly care less about since it will never be seen) can be fixed by any decent repair guy with "stock" parts since it is so basic in its technology. The NXR has sealed burners and I would need to buy the center grate but it would still be less than $2100. Our questions are two fold:
1.) We would love to hear from the actual users/owners of each product on their overall rating for both the burners (simmer - hi) and the oven for roasting and baking. Additionally, how long have you owned your NXR or AR Performer and what issues have you had and how were they handled.
2.) We have not had a gas range in over 15 years (since college) and we would like to hear the real world pros/cons for sealed vs open burners.
It seems that they truly "don't make 'em like they used to" in regards to durability/reliability with appliances. Our last house was only 6 years old and almost every appliance was replaced in it or had warranty work on them after they failed to function properly. I like gas, but what is really making us look at higher end gas ranges is the simplicity of them. We just want something that performs great and is reliable. We are not worried about "resale value" or buying a premium name just for the name. I appreciate your time and feedback! Thanks in advance.