Advice on 30" Gas Range, 4k budget
Hello! This is my first post, I appreciate the information I have found so far and I apologize in advance as I am sure what I am about to ask has been covered many times before.
We are replacing a KitchenAid 30" gas range. It still works now so this is not a critical timing issue or anything. I am not a fan of the range we have, it heats unevenly in the oven, it doesn't hit the right temps, we've gone through 2 sets of oven grates and the newest set is already falling apart. So, moving on from Kitchen-Aid.
I like the Viking RVGR that I saw at a local store today because I can put a grille/griddle attachment over the middle burner. Unless I am convinced otherwise, I'd love to have something like that in whatever range we choose. I cook with a lot of heat and use cast iron quite often for searing steaks, pork tenderloin, and we've recently gotten into more asian stir-fry type dishes as well. I cook on our stove 5-6 times a week sometimes multiple times a day. I don't use the oven as much.
Our kitchen layout does not allow for a cooktop, sadly. We also have the dreaded OTR microwave that we are thinking of scrapping for a stainless range hood. Any suggestions on that front? Is it safe to assume any 30" hood will fit where the Microwave once was? So far the only appliance I've had my hands on is a Viking. I saw on here several owners do not like the customer service they have received and even some reports of QC issues. I do not want to spend $3700 on a range I can't depend on. I will spend more to get something that I can rely on, if need be.
Any thoughts on what I should be looking for brand-wise? I do not mind shopping online. A local place sells Dacor, Viking, DCS, and Wolf, but they do not stock Dacor and the salesman said they have also had service issues with Dacor. I'm in a bit of a rush to get out the door but would appreciate anyone pointing me in the right direction. Also, 30" is about all we can deal with unless we literally want to remodel the entire kitchen (which is being discussed, but that's a 5 year plan type of thing). Thank you so much!
Edit - so this is funny, I didn't realize I just hit "preview" before leaving for dinner. I kept looking at the forum to see if anyone had replied and nothing... because I hadn't submitted it. The good news is that I did a bunch of research while I was out and it would appear that for us, getting something like the 30" NXR would be a great buy. I'm guessing the "5th burner" middle section with a griddle or grille isn't very popular on here for 30" models?