Anyone bought a Bluestar or Viking range in past year?
I've read so many old threads about both and want some more current information from people who actually have bought one of these recently. I live in a large metropolitan area and have found a well-respected dealer with a good support network for both brands. I also trust his recommendations because he gave me balanced advice. He showed us the Wolf line also, and said in his experience all three brands are comparable.
I've decided I want open burners, and I don't want to spend a ton of money. Looks and name-brand recognition aren't my top priority, and I am not planning to sell my house any time in the near future. Right now I am probably deciding between these 30" ranges:
Viking VGIC (the lowest of their professional level) which I can get for around $3,300.
Bluestar RCS (their lowest level range) which I can get for around $3,000.
I have also contemplated, but they are much further down the list of possibilities, the more top-of the line Bluestar RNB model (around $4,400) and the Wolf R304 with semi-sealed burners (around $4,000).
In Viking's favor: Viking now has a 3 year warranty vs. Bluestar's 1 year. They have 4 simmer burners while on the Bluestar there is just one, with the others needing to be reconfigured with the grates to go to simmer. I think there is less of a problem with an extremely hot oven door than the Bluestar.
In Bluestar's favor: Bluestar has a bigger oven than the Viking's. I like the stove-top and the burner congifuration better on the Bluestar than the Viking, and it looks easier to keep clean than the Viking's porcelain enamel top under the grates.
I've read all of the old posts about Viking's poor service and Bluestar's horribly hot door. Supposedly the Viking quality and service is improving. Apparently the Bluestar hot door problem has been remedied.
If you have bought a Bluestar or Viking range in the past year (particularly the models I am interested in) what has been your experience? Would you buy the same again? Thanks.