Looked At A Bluestar Range Today....WOW!
After much agonizing the past couple of weeks over what range to buy, I have no more doubts left. The Bluestar wins hands down.
I found out yesterday that there is a wonderful appliance dealer within a two hour drive of me that has just about anything you'd want to see on display. He has all of the standard ranges like KitchenAid,etc. but also AGA, Wolf, Viking, a Capital Precision, DCS, Thermadore...you name it he had it I think. They pretty much left my husband and I alone for a while so we could look things over without any influence, and then came over to answer our questions.
Nothing came close to the Bluestar in terms of quality. The cooktop of the range is a beautiful system of well fitting black cast iron grates. Not one other range had the heft or quality of finish on their grates.
The oven has a coating that I can tell will not be a problem to keep clean. The doors have a nice feel to them and operate smoothly. The racks were very heavy duty...heavier duty than any other range. There is one full extension rack that can be repositioned. The others come out far enough to make me happy (as far out as any "normal" range does).
I looked at the Precision range that had the rotisserie in it. It looked like a pain in the neck to crouch into the oven to use it. I'll cook rotisserie chickens and roasts outdoors over wood or charcoal. The racks in that oven did not roll out very far enough in my opinion, certainly not enough to suit me.
I surprised myself in being so certain about the Bluestar, (as I truly thought going into this that I wanted the Culinarian). The Bluestar is a very attractive range (pictures do not do it justice), and it has a quiet elegance about it. My husband, who does not cook, but is an engineer, was impressed with the quality of the build. We're getting the 48 inch RNB with 8 burners. I'm very excited about it!