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Cooktop or Range?

post #1 of 6
Thread Starter 
Hi all,

Weighing the +/-'s of cooktops vs. ranges. I'm attracted to the 36-48in range with a double convection oven, but at that price I could get a 36in cooktop and a real nice double wall oven. Which do you prefer to work with?


-Derek
post #2 of 6
It all depends on what brand you are looking at, but in most cases the cooktop and the cooktop portion of the range from any given brand are in fact the same unit. For instance a viking pro cooktop is bolted to an oven body and now you have a viking pro range. So in this case you preference is the style rather than the function.

The odd case in this scenario is that some brands will offer a much more feature rich wall oven than what is included in there range. So for a given feature you may be left with purchasing a brands wall oven.

A range and a secondary wall oven may be a good bet, or look for a range with one oven and a small helper oven.

As far as reviews, as in your other post: talk to your local service company and get recommendations from them.

Some brands, such as wolf, offer live kitchens in their show rooms where you can check things out on your own. The best thing to do is check out the websites of the brands you are interested in and contact local dealers, in this case.
post #3 of 6
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the reply Ryan. You kinda confirmed what I was thinking with the ranges being a cooktop with an oven bolted on.

I like the Euro styles so I've been looking at Aga, Bertazzoni and Fratelli Onofri so far. But it seems the ranges are much more $ than if you were to go cooktop and then buy a smaller (27in) double wall oven. Styling though is important as this will be our home for the next thirty or so years.

About my other post on finding reviews, it comes from talking with local appliance shops. I may ask about "Brand X" and they say "Yes, yes, top of the line, good stuff" Whatever they are selling is the best it seems. I know there are reviews galore about Wolf, Viking and whatever Sears or Home Depot sells, but I'm trying to find non-biased opinions about the brands I mentioned above.

I've found a few things about Aga's 36in duel fuel ranges, not much positive so far, that coupled with their price pretty much removes them from consideration. But with Bertazzoni or Fratelli Onofri I've not found much. I really love cooking and I plan to use what we buy, it will not be a wall ornament.


Thanks again!

-Derek
post #4 of 6
Well I would guess you are talking to selling dealers as apposed to servicers. And you may only have places that sell and service in your area, but see if you can find an independent servicer only. They won't necessarily have any allegiance to a single brand. If the sell and service, obviously they want you to buy what they sell so they can service it too.

You are considering brands that are kind of odd ball in the main stream. So you aren't going to find much by the way of reviews, hands on experience etc. You may find it better to choose something less obscure for peace of mind's sake, like the wolf etc.

A more common European brand to consider is Miele, they don't sell a freestanding range but they make wonderful ovens and cooktops. Another is Fisher and Paykel, customer service isn't their strong point but most of their products are quite good. They also make DCS, which is a viking/ wolf style product.

Also consider some of the AGA off shoots , such as Heritage and Heartland. You may have better luck finding support, show rooms, etc since these are actually domestic brands that have been bought out by AGA. Although I can vouch that their products haven't been great in the past. Do a google search for the AGA family of products, there are a few other brands that they now own in the americas AFAIK.
post #5 of 6
Thread Starter 
Ryan,

Thanks again for the pointers. I will call some local independent repair shops for their advise.

Yeah, I know I seem to be attracted to the odd ball brands :smoking:, Maybe in that regard I'm going for the looks, paticulary with the ranges. I'm kinda partial to color versus the stainless appliances. Plus it seems the Italian companies seem to have very competitive prices, they are around less expensive around here than Wolf or Viking for the same capabilities.

Getting back to cooktop versus range, still a hard decision, thankfully we have time before we need to throw down the cash.

Thanks again!

-Derek
post #6 of 6
That describes my GE dual fuel 30" range. I have five gas burners on the cooktop and two electric ovens. The upper one is quite roomy (convection); the lower one is a drawer in which you can easily put two 13X9" baking pans or a half-sheet pan. It cranks to 450 F, I think. For now it's a storage drawer. :D

I used to have a Viking gas range with convection oven. It wasn't self-cleaning. I do NOT recommend doing without that feature. (I dumped it after the oven burners rusted out for the second time and the oven igniter needed a third replacement.)
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