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30 inch vs 36 inch range

butr4what | Jan 14, 2014 07:33 PM

I would like to install a new range in my kitchen. Currently I have an ancient 4 burner electric Thermador cooktop and a tiny 24 inch wall oven. I bake quite a bit and it is not unusual at all for me to have 3 or 4 pots and pans going on the stove at the same time. I originally thought that I would take out the cooktop and the cabinet below it and install a 36 inch freestanding gas/dual fuel range. I will have to run a propane line but I think the cost will be reasonable to do so. My budget is about $3000 so I have been looking at the Bertazonni, Verona, and Smeg. I went to look at them this past weekend and was surprised at how small the ovens seemed for the size of the range. The stainless steel also seemed pretty flimsy in comparison to the Thermadors and Vikings. Because of my disappointment in the build quality of these ranges, I started considering a 30 inch 5 burner gas range. I was really pleasantly surprised to find out that there are many 30 inch options with 5 cu ft or more oven space. My reservations with the 30 inch range are that obviously it will not cleanly fit the space. I will have to do some type of fill-in for the countertop and cabinet surrounding it. I also don't want a ton of bells and whistles on my range. I just want it to cook well, evenly, and last a long time. Every little electronic gizmo just seems like yet another thing that can go wrong. I really don't even care if it has a clock. I saw a 36 inch Thermador range that I liked but just can't afford the $7000 for the range plus the high powered hood that would be necessary. I don't want to spend a ton of money on a pro-style range just because of it's size. It just seems silly when the 30 inch ranges seem to have what I need. Should I scrap the idea of a new range until I'm ready to do a full remodel, get a 30 inch that will probably do what I need at a reasonable cost (but not look so hot), or save up to get the 36 inch range that may be overkill?

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