Selecting a Range - Are there any good choices??
We are starting a major renovation on our recently purchased soon-to-be (hopefully) dream home. I've been spending ever free moment researching each aspect of our project and have made a lot of decisions/progress. However, one area where I seem to have "analysis paralysis" is the selection of a range. We have our kitchen design and we need to submit our cabinet order but can't till we definitively lock in on a range.
We are not serious chefs but we enjoy cooking, will use the range daily and hope to improve our culinary skills over time. Our requirements are all gas, professional style, preferably 36" but would choose a quality 30" over a mediocre 36". We would prefer open burner but that is not a "must have". Manual clean is fine. Limited electronics on the range. We hope to keep the price in the $5k range.
We have "decided" on a range several times over the last month - only to then read some recent very negative reviews on our choice, enough to return us to the ranks of the "undecided". Here's the list of what we have considered:
- NXR 36
- Bertazzoni 36 (liked the look and the range hood promotion)
- Blue Star RCS 30 (our local dealer said they were no longer going to carry Blue Star due to increasing problems with quality and poor responsiveness from the manufacturer)
- Wolf GR304 (we really liked the discontinued R304 model but the Wolf Distributor confirmed there are none available in the area)
I could sure use some advice on this to help me make a good decision! It sure seemed easier the last time I bought a range - just went to the appliance store and picked one that had the features and design that looked good and went with that. I doubt I spent more than an hour on the whole process and it worked out just fine.
Thanks for the help!