Bella (and others),
I was at the the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show in Chicago earlier this year and tried/tested just about everything. I still stick with my earlier post, but here are a few caveats:
On the ranges, I really like DCS the best with their new sealed burners. They go from 17,500Btu down to 140 degree simmer (you can hold your hand over the flame and not burn your hand. Their range/cooktop grills are also very good and have dual-sided grates for really good flareup control. Built like a TANK. Agree with NY Cook's comments - Viking is a MARKETING company, rather than a well-built product company. Do not buy KitchenAid for now, as their pro-style ranges/cooktops have their top burners all ***-backward (simmer burners up front with saute burners in back - WRONG!).
On the refrigerators, yes, SubZ has dual compressors, which you will pay about $800 more for vs. a KitchenAid. They claim food will last longer in their units, which my Kitchen Designer, Don Silvers, says is true (he has a SubZ in his home). For big families, I recommend the ColdTech units (www.coldtechusa.com
). 40 cubic feet, dual compressors (quiet), 30 cubic feet refer, 10 cubic feet freezer.
Wall ovens - The new Wolf wall ovens are really the Cadillac of the group. Dual convection fans in each oven and they are built like TANKS. DCS is also good with their gas radiant broilers (similar to the infrared broilers in the ranges).
Dishwashers - Miele and KitchenAid are very good. Fisher & Paykel is OK as long as you remember to keep the JetDry reservoir full. All 3 very quiet. KitchenAid will be coming out early next year with an in-sink dishwasher that can do primarily a load of glasses/plates in only 18 minutes. Granted, not a 2 minute cycle as in restaurants, but a lot faster than most residential dishwashers.
IceMakers - I like KitchenAid as they produce "clear" ice similar to restaurants, rather than the cloudy stuff you get in your refrigerator.
Wine Coolers- I like SubZ, as you can acutally have 2 different climate zones in the same cooler. Not cheap at over $2,000 each for a 24-inch undercounter model. KitchenAid is OK. Stay away from U-line. Marvel is OK.
Good luck, CMVnatural:chef: