As you can see from my signature, I am not a chef, nor do I play one on TV.
What I am however, is someone who is in the process of building a new home. This is providing me with a once in a lifetime opportunity to install a Kitchen (note the capitalization-it represents the reverence I hold for my kitchen) like I have always wanted and could never hope for.
I want to install a 60" "commercial style" dual fuel range.
Because I want to, and Fair Wife (again note the capitalization) said I could.
Will I ever need all 60"? Probably (but not daily)....we have neglected to entertain often in our current home due to space restrictions and the new casa will be monsterous and I will be required to "perform" in the kitchen on a semi-regular basis.
THE MEAT OF THE ISSUE
I have seen ads for the FiveStar ranges and I have the opportunity to purchase one throught a home buyers club for around $5500 (2 electric ovens, 6 gas burners, a griddle and a grill). Problem is that I have never seen one "Hands-On". There is an authorized dealer within 50 miles of me for repair/parts as needed, but they do not keep them in stock, they are "spcecial order only."
Obviously price point is important. With full length backsplash, shipping, 60" hood and 900 cfm blower I'm looking at around $8000 total. No small chunk of change, but overall in the category...oprobably the lowest (That I have found) for a 60".
Now the dilemma. My research thus far has revealed a mix of issues. There are a few posters on 'other' sites that bash the FiveStar mercilessly. The postings are only from a couple of people however, but their tone is strong. On the other hand, there are propoonents and opponents of pretty much all of the other brands, but there are usually plenty of rebuttals for those.
There is little mentioned on-line about the FiveStar Ranges.
Does anyone out there have one, what is thier opinion of them?
I appreciate those who have other brands, but I will post a follow up thread about "the others" and request thier advice there, so please limit this to impressions of the FiveStar only.
But on the other hand, you gotta love cooking!!!!!!!!!