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Electrolux 30" dual-fuel freestanding range - big thumbs up!

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Electrolux 30" dual-fuel freestanding range - big thumbs up!

dmd_kc | Nov 29, 2009 07:59 PM

I just spent my first five days cooking on my new Electrolux 30" dual-fuel range, and I could not possibly be happier about its performance so far.

The biggest pros: The continuous cast-iron grates with five intelligently-placed burners. The dual ovens, which seem to hold temperatures perfectly. The controls, which are so easy to understand you don't really have to read the manual. The oven racks, which are on ball bearings and slide so far out that you can lift heavy dishes easily and safely as possible. It's very easy to clean, with an enameled pan below the grates, which lift completely out of the way.

Negatives as of now? Only two I can think of: The front-right high output/low simmer burner certainly goes from super-high to super-low, but there isn't a huge amount of throw in the knob in going from highest output to medium. It also takes a little bit of time to ignite, which can be a bit disconcerting. I've learned already you just have to trust that it WILL ignite, though with a fairly big flame. I'll call Electrolux tomorrow and make sure mine's working properly.

Also, the second, smaller oven is a drawer at the bottom of the range, which means you have to put dishes and lift them out from pretty much directly above. That means the backs of your hands may accidentally hit the hot sides of the drawers. I'm ordering a pair of Ove Gloves to protect my hands. This one is unavoidable, and I hesitate to call it a negative per se. It's more of a caution. Since its performance is so good, I imagine I will be using this small oven much more often than the large one in everyday one-dish cooking.

I am so, so, so, so glad I didn't spend three times the money on a bigger "pro-style" range, most of which come only in stainless -- which is not for me. If this one could get me through Thanksgiving so wonderfully, I can't imagine needing any more in the future.

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