Posted on | September 7, 2008 | 9 Comments
After our first official week in the house we are pretty sick of eating out. I really need to pick out a gas range but I am having a pretty tough time choosing. Not because I have so many choices but rather nothing meets my expectations.
I’ve been shopping about 4 times now, scoured the internet, newspapers, and craigslist. I’ve checked out Wolf, Viking, DCS, GE, and Electorolux. I didn’t really like any of them. To me Wolf or Viking was the best but a totally killer to our budget at about $5,300 for a 30″ range. I love to cook and consider it one of my main hobbies so laying down a bit of dough doesn’t bother me. I need a stove that I love and can take a beating. I’m not so concerned with looks but rather utility. The higher end stoves seem to have less gadgets and electronics and turn up some serious heat. Lower end stoves have lots of unnecessary electronics, gadgets, and devices I will never use. I am frustrated by the quality and the outrageous prices.
Last night I was searching for an alternative that might meet my expectations without completely blowing my budget. I came across Garden Web’s appliances forum which offers some great advice from real consumers. I read over a number of posts with the same complaints as me: no quality at a reasonable price. What other reader’s recommended was looking at Blue Star or American. Both stoves are heavy duty restaurant quality stoves but about $1,500-$2,000 less then a Wolf or Viking. I was intrigued.
I did my research and found that Blue Star might best suit my cooking style and needs in a stove. Sunday morning Greg and I headed over to Eurostoves in Beverly, MA to check them out. A super helpful staff showed me a few different stoves and actually let me turn the stoves on! What a freakin miracle…someone actually let me test drive a product that I am considering spending some major cash on. (I wanted to test the GE Cafe because I heard rumors of loud fans and gas burning out due to rear fans. I thought if I could test it I would find out for myself. Try to find a showroom that they actual allow you to use it. Totally crazy and such a poor way to showcase a product!) I love the Blue Star. I love the continuous grates, the 22,000 BTU burner, an oven large enough for commercial baking sheets! I wanted to buy it on the spot but of course I am hestistant because it is still pretty pricey at $3,799. Is is worth the price if I can’t find anything to complain about?