Going big with the range
Hello all. I have read these forums obsessively and they are always so helpful but I need a bit more input.
My husband and I just bought our forever home and we are gutting it to the gills. We will be needed a new range but not just any range. We want to go big. We are both avid cooks and I am a fan of baking (breads, sweets, etc). We aren't looking to mess around here and are willing to put our money up for the right range. Now for the wish list:
We want to go "pro-style" because I like the integrated grill/griddle, the smaller oven along with the bigger one, and they are admittedly pretty sexy.
We are looking at the 48" ranges - 6 burners plus a grill/griddle. Anyone have a preference here? I am not afraid to go outside and grill in the rain/winter so I am thinking griddle since you can treat it like a mini flat top?
I'd like one that can boil quickly but importantly that lets things simmer as well (my mom's gas range can't simmer well and its a pain). I like to make sauces, soups, etc and simmering without boiling is important.
We want something that is going to last - we want to buy a stove like..once. ever. and love it. and for it to love us back maybe. (ok I am not asking too much am I?). If it starts acting up we like service people to not suck and to maybe come out and fix it (for free is nice). We like warranties and customer service. Also, we (read: my husband) are pretty handy so even something with parts available so we can fix stuff ourselves is a bonus.
After reading here I think I want the open burner which is limiting my options in the 48" category - but I am wiling to hear the other side of this coin if you want to try to switch me to sealed burners.
Also, I am interested in this dual fuel business...just throwing that out there.
So...help a girl out - I am researching myself in circles.