Fool to get Aga Legacy rather then Wolf, Viking, BS or American?
We were at another appliance store again today. We went specifically to look at the American Range Performer because I want open burners and something simple without a lot of electronics, and I'd read good things about them here. Also in the running that we've already seen are Bluestar, Viking VGIC, and the basic Wolf R304. But, at the store what really caught my eye was a floor model 36" Aga Legacy that was significantly discounted.
As far as burners, the Aga is completely different from what I thought I was looking for. But, the looks are much more appealing because it would fit right in my more vintage-type kitchen. And, I'm not a big fan of stainless anyway, and all because my other applicances are white to go with the look of my kitchen! The Aga has sealed burners--5 of them (I know I said I wanted open burners). There are a 15,000; a 12,000; a 5,000; and two 9,200 BTU burners. The 2,300 watt broiler is hard to compare power on because this one is electric, and all of the other ranges I have looked at are all gas. It has the Aga characteristic three different size ovens with small capacities. But, we also have a wall oven, so this isn't as big a problem for me as it might be for others.
We are replacing a nearly twenty year old Jenn-Air open-burner downdraft with dual fuel, and I assume (maybe wrongly so) that anything I have looked at will be an improvement in burner performance.
Prior to seeing the American Range today (one 22000; a 18,000; and two 12,000 BTU burners with a 17,000 BTU broiler), we've also looked at and considered the Wolf R304 which has four 16,000 BTU burners and a 16,000 BTU broiler. We've looked at both of the newer model V1 Bluestar ranges--the higher end one with two 22,000 BTU burners while the cheaper RCS has only the 15,000 BTU burners--both have a 15,000 BTU broiler. And, we are considering the Viking VGIC with four 15,000 BTU burners and a 18,000 BTU broiler.
We could get this 36" AGA for a little less than the 30" colored Bluestar RNB. It would be about the same price as the 30" stainless Wolf or the 30" colored Viking. And, it would be more than the 30" Bluestar RNB or the 30" American Range.
I know I'd be trading off some performance for looks if I go with the Aga. But, I am also at the point in my research where I truly am starting to wonder how much difference all of these specs make and how many BTUs I really need. And, would I really even know the difference in cooking if I bought this rather than one of the more high powered models? Would I be a fool to go with this just because the appearance appeals to me as something unique? Reliability , of course, is another factor that is important to me. Anyone have any perspectives or experience? Thanks.