30" Gas Bertazzoni Range vs. Verona vs. American vs. ???

drloripaloozaNovember 19, 2012

I am barely able to swing my budget to afford a red Bertazzoni -- just found out -- and I am very excited. I must admit I am looking at aesthetics as a big consideration. I have just come across the Verona online, knew nothing at all about it, have never seen one in person. Prior to this, I was looking at ranges around $2500 such as KitchenAid, GE, etc. I like the idea of knobs only, though. I am also nuts about the idea of a RED range.

I like to bake -- just simple things such as pies, cakes, cookies. Haven't taken up breadmaking yet. Most of our daily cooking is done on the rangetop, a lot of sauteing, stews, etc. Our current stove is a Magic Chef of unknown age, knobs only, little heat output or control over burners and very, very uneven oven heating. As you can see, anything is going to be an upgrade for us!

Some of my concerns include service, even heating, etc. I understand that the oven is quite small, but I don't think that is a concern. I should be able to hack something for the once-a-year turkey, and my guest list is small: 6-8 people. No 20-lb turkeys. I am not too concerned about heat output from the oven as I live in a cold climate (VT). I love the idea of a higher output burner and a simmer burner.

I will be converting this range to propane. I also cannot have an externally vented hood -- I will be using a recirculating one.

Thanks in advance.

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Bump. I don't have any advice to offer, but hopefully someone else will...

    Bookmark   November 22, 2012 at 5:56PM
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It sounds like a Verona would be perfect for you.
The oven size is not as small as you may think- interior DIMS on the dual fuel model are W25"x D15.5" x H13".
The RED, or BURGUNDY- as Verona calls it- is gorgeous.
It is a professional quality Italian-made range at a fantastic price point.
The Convection fan is great for even baking and heating.
Service is provided through a nation-wide network of qualified European appliance experts and all parts are housed in the NY warehouse.
Best of luck with your decision.

    Bookmark   January 21, 2013 at 4:09PM
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I've seen a Verona (and I've also seen the two other brands) in person and wasn't as impressed with the quality as I was with the Bertazzoni, nor were the sales people at the local dealer. The American really has a strong build to is. Verona would be the last one on my list.

    Bookmark   January 21, 2013 at 4:53PM
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I don't have the oven, just a Bertazzoni cooktop, but it's running on propane without any difficulties. The simmering is great and I have no trouble stir frying either.

    Bookmark   January 21, 2013 at 5:28PM
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