Kitchenaid, Costco BlueStar or Costco NXR 36" range?

renosarefunOctober 14, 2013

We're in the process of selcting all our appliances which we will be purchasing next weekend and when it comes to the range we trying to decide between the; I know there are several night and day differences between the kitchenaid and the Bluestar-NXR in regards to electronics, sealed vs non sealed, btu capacity, dual fuet etc, which is the reason for my thread. My biggest concern with the Kitchenaid are the lcd display, while it outperforms the other two ranges in options, it maybe the first item to break down. I only considered it since it's pricing would be in line with the ranges sold at Costco.

1. Costco.ca 36" Blue Star non sealed burner all ng range. (image shown)

Features:
�5 x 15,000 BTU burner
�1 x variable simmer of up to 57.2�C (135�F)
�30,000 BTU oven burner
�Push-to-turn infinite setting NOVA� top burner controls
�Heavy-duty control knobs
�Full motion grates
�Ceramic infrared broiler
�Heavy-duty commercial stainless-steel construction
�Automatic electronic ignition and re-ignition system
Convection oven
�Extra large oven capacity
�LP gas conversion kit included
�Interior oven light
�Removable drip tray
Low-profile backguard
�Accommodates a full-size commercial baking sheet: 45.7 cm x 66 cm (18 in. x 26 in.)
�60.9 cm (24 in.) depth for compatibility with standard kitchen cabinetry

2. Kitchenaid, 36" sealed burner Dual Fuel KDRU767VSS

Specifications
Performance
Fuel Type Dual Fuel

Cooktop Features
Left Front Burner (BTU) 20000
Right Front Burner (BTU) 20000
Left Rear Burner (BTU) 15000
Right Rear Burner (BTU) 15000
Center Rear Burner (BTU) 5000
Center Front Burner (BTU) 15000

Oven Features
Cooking System Convection plus Steam-Assist Oven
Total Capacity 5.1 Cu. Ft.
Convection Bake Yes
Convection Broil Yes
Convection Roast Yes
Bake Yes
Cleaning System Self-Cleaning
Hidden Bake Element CleanBake� Hidden Element
Sabbath Mode Sabbath Mode
Delayed Cooking Yes
Warm Hold Yes
Bread Proofing Yes
Convection Element Wattage @240v 2800

Design
Cooktop Material Porcelain
Grate Material Cast Iron
Delayed Cooking Yes
Oven Lights 3

ELECTRICAL
40 Amps. 240/208 V.

3. Costco.ca 36" NXR sealed burner all ng range.

Features:

�2 x 15,000 BTU spill-proof sealed dual burners, with precision adjustment to 650 BTU ULTRALOW� simmer burners
�2 x 12,000 BTU spill-proof sealed burners with ULTRALOW� simmer burners
�2 x 9,000 BTU spill-proof sealed burners with ULTRALOW� simmer burners
�22,000 BTU U-shaped oven bake burner
�16,500 BTU infrared broiler burner
�7 control knobs with stainless steel bezel
�3 heavy duty, full-motion cast iron cooking grates
�Heavy-duty commercial stainless-steel construction
�Electronic ignition and automatic re-ignition
�Convection oven for faster and even temperature baking
�5.2 cu.ft oven capacity with two included racks (broiler pan included)
�Stainless steel drip pan
�Blue porcelain oven interior with halogen lights
�Fully-adjustable heavy-duty legs
�4-in. stainless steel backsplash

Specifications:

�Dimensions (W x D x H): 90.2 cm x 73.7 cm x 99.1 cm (35.5 in. x 29 in. x 39 in.)
�Weight: 138.4 kg (305 lb.)

Please don't consider price in determining your choice.

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DJ493

I would say Bluestar. I'm curious do you live in or near Canada? Last I checked Costco only offered Bluestar in Canada.

    Bookmark   October 15, 2013 at 3:03PM
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renosarefun

Thanks for the reply DJ493;

Yes I live in Canada and at present the Costco 36" RCS Bluestar is selling for $3199.99 free shipping and it's not on sale.

Things my wife doesn't like about the Costco Bluestar;

Highest burner rating is 15k
Doesn't have a self clean oven.
Only two racks in the oven.
Not able to tell oven temperature

    Bookmark   October 15, 2013 at 3:19PM
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tyguy

I would put bs's 15k burner up against ka 20k burner anytime, any place.

No self clean is a disadvantage to some for sure.

Buy an additional rack.

Buy a good quality over thermometer.

    Bookmark   October 15, 2013 at 11:55PM
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renosarefun

My wife and I went to a dealer that had both models in stock in a mock up kitchen and were told the following.

The BS range has a better flame but the 20k btu burner of the KA is much stronger then the 15K star shaped burner of the BS.

The side and front panels of the BS will get much hotter then the KA due to less insulation.

The BS oven was not concidered to be a "true" convection oven when compared to the KA, which for me, I didn't really understand.

The fact that the burners as well as oven will be much more work to clean was a real turn off for my wife. Keep in mind we have two kids at home that also like to cook but make a real mess while they're at it and don't like to clean up afterwards.

The 15K burners on the BS were not strong enough for some homeowners, but that boils down to cooking styles/personal preference.

The BS is not able to view cooking temperatures, but that is not a deal breaker, only a set back.

I believe my wife is going to go with the KA.

    Bookmark   October 16, 2013 at 8:18AM
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llaatt22

Personal preference is important and a powerful factor.

Good judgement comes from experience
Experience comes from bad judgement.

Buy an extended warranty on anything that proclaims "self cleans" and contains electronics.

Here is a link that might be useful: Unlucky casualties

    Bookmark   October 16, 2013 at 10:15AM
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