Do you own a brand new 2013 48" All Gas Wolf Range?
My head and heart was all set on an all gas self-clean open burner capital range until I discovered price wise it costs than 48 Wolf. Now I am all confused...
Consumer reports gave the new a Wolf terrible review. It also appears is if Wolf decided to get rid of open burners and update the models not for overall improvement but for cost savings and as a result the quality of the brand has been sacrificed. I looked at the new Wolf, I thought it was nice looking- I don't mind the updated knobs or oven doors- etc. What I did mind is the shiny black surface of the sealed burners and all I can keep thinking about now is the time I will spend getting rid of grease smudges. Also, looking at the boittom of the range it looks like Wolf means business but when your eyes go to the top the new grates and the entire cooking surface have quite a "wimpy" appearence compared to the knobs and the oven doors which look mean and serious.
I know there are so many debates about open burners vs sealed burners and I have been told over and over again that wolf has superior burners (even sealed) and is the best at overall cooking- also, repuatable from a service perspective,they hold their value-- all that good stuff.
Here is what I am having a hard time digesting:
1.Sealed burners: Open vs sealed cooking isn't really something I care about rather than the cleanup. I've owned shiny black surface sealed burner ranges before-- and there is nobody out there that can tell me it's easier to clean a shiny black sealed surface vs cleaning drip trays and cast iron burners. NOBODY. When you're a crazy person like me and obsess over smudges on surfaces shiny black flat out sucks. I would have to steam clean the range surface to get it to my standards of clean twice a week. Also, every basic domestic range has a sealed burner system. I feel like open burners look mean and serious-- open buners are what makes that commerical home range special.
2.The new design of the Wolf- was getting rid of all gas open burners a mistake for them? Are the new Wolf ranges an insult to the brand- in terms of quality and performance?
3. Would I regret paying more for a range (like capital) that isn't on par with Wolf from an overall quality perspective?
5. Who owns a new 2013 model Wolf? Did you own an older model in the past? How does the new model compare?
A few side notes-- I know Capital is a newer company so the hisory isn't there. I am aware Blue Star has "history" but I hate the sold door on the second oven on the 48"- I don't think blue star is attractive enough for the kitchen unless it's really dolled up which I don't want to do. The other open burner options like American or Five Star aren't for me... I don't care about gills or griddles. The range choice would be all burner.
Also, the store I am working with is desperately searching for the last model of an Open Burner range if there is one out there still. If they can find one, 100% I know that's the way to go.
I would love to hear your thoughts-- it's a big purchase that I will have to live with for a while so I would LOVE to hear what you have to say!