Dacor Distinctive All Gas 30 inch - initial impressions
I'm a little jaded now because of my history of failed range relationships so I'm not in love with it yet. I mostly like it so far.
The very best thing is the oven door. It's thin, stays thermally cool, doesn't have "things" to clean around - it's flat and the gasket is not on the door - it's on the oven frame. It's well balanced, feels light but solid, like a well made car door. The door is vented underneath the burners and then out the back. Almost all of the heat, fumes, moisture went out the back instead of out the front.
The next best-est is the grates. There are only two and both are 14" wide by almost 24" long. It's a wide, flat surface. After the nxr, it looks huge. They are well finished and won't scratch my pans. No noises like railroad engines grinding against the rails.
The oven works fine. I like that it doesn't have the famous blue porcelain. I like that they chose a porcelain color that looks like burnt on sugar - all my oven spills will blend right in.
I have a couple of small things I wish were different about the oven. It could have a second light on the right side. They use fixed porcelain rack supports, I wish they were removable for easier cleaning.
Baking test was ok - I first used a tube of pillsbury biscuits. They were done in the time stated and fairly evenly golden brown, not extra crispy or black on the bottom. Using the convection fan during preheat, seemed to be stable at about 15 minutes - 5 minutes longer than the preheat light went off.
The largest possible thing that can go into the oven is 24 x 17. So 20 x 15.5" Air Bake = good to go but a full sized commercial sheet pan won't fit. 3 racks come with it - two normal with a little pull handle in the center and one sliding with ball bearings.
The broiler, while not an infra-red, is pretty cool. It works for sure and has almost wall to wall coverage in the oven. AND the instructions specifically say never to clean it - if it looks bad you just run the broiler for about ten minutes and it should incinerate whatever was attached.
It has defendi burners. They work pretty well with the higher grates, together they deliver more heat to the bottom of the pan and less waste heat going up the side.
They are italian; molto bene; but the timings, and a little bit the expectations, need to change to accommodate the extra heat. I find that I'm used to a certain size flame delivering a certain temp and its all different now baby!
The 18k burner is a dual burner with the center burning hotter than the Isphording. Calling it a simmer-sear burner, although hokey, is pretty accurate. Does a nice simmer at the low end and a nice sear on the high end - the whole bottom of the pan becomes evenly hot.
I wish The 18k burner was on the right instead of the left. That is partly because of where I have counter space and partly because I'm right-handed but I'll get used to that after a while. I'm sure the big burner ended up on the left because the two 15k burners are lined up on the right hand side to be able to run a big griddle.
The pair of 15k burners are just fine. If you turn one all the way down, you get a nice place to finish cooking rice but they do not get as low as Isphording. Whether or not the 15ks can simmer might be dependant on pan size and construction, but I'll need to use a simmer plate if I'm pressed for another simmer location.
The last burner is a small diameter 10k burner which also does a nice simmer. The smallest pot that can still be effectively used is about 3". I made nice coffee in my little Italian pot that has a 3.5" base in a reasonable period of time.
The largest possible thing on the burners without impacting another burner is 13 x 14 inches on the front and 11 by 14 on the rear burners without crossing into the air space over the island backsplash.
Uncovered, I could boil 2.5 cups of stone cold water on the small burner in a 5" pot,in 7 minutes - no fooling full rolling boil.
On the medium burners, I could heat 7 cups of water in a teapot until the whistle blew in 8 minutes. For a gallon of water, I used a 6 qt pot with a 9" diameter on the large burner - mostly uncovered in 15 minutes. I will retry that using a 15k burner instead and see how that works.
I have no feelings yet about the porcelain top. Really dilute pinesol makes quick work of clean up.
The thing I miss most about the NXR is the front bullnose that kept crap off the burner knobs. I thought I'd miss the burners and I did; right up to the moment I first used the new burners.