Hello sorry to be late in answering :( , no problems my wife and I purchased the 30 inch model(gas) as stovetop for our new condo(we are moving at the end of July/2004 ) and the hood(that is as expensive as the stove top).
For your question of gas versus electric (our stove will be electric we both agree that's the way to go) we prefer electric for the stove part, but we did try gas an the results are as good if not better.
The advantage we found for the 30 inche gas stovetop was for the BBQ part whic I love we live in Montreal Canada so winters are rough, now we will enjoy BBQ's all year long and my wife loves to cook.
We are buying a convection oven also ( that means 2 ovens, one electric and one convection ).
As for brand names as Imentionned we are in Canada so if you live in the United States you have a better choice I think .
I will come back with exact model numbers and brands if that could help
I'm no pro but the BBQ i've been enjoying for the past 35 years I'm the BBQ guy for all gatherings that require it, as for my wife she is a great cook :chef:
Hello the hood is as expensive as the stovetop but worth every dollar.
Hello you got a great deal on your purchase, thank you for the reassurance in Viking that's appreciated
We are going for the 30 inch model for the stovetop.
Hello thank you it's good to know you are satisfied with Viking also it's more than encouraging, as for the oven we are purchasing a convection and electric models(both).
Hello I will have a look at it but we want the 30 inch size(we have to respect the planners of our new home.
Thank you very much everyone for your input and comments ;)