So my wife and I have decided to totally renovate the house, and we are in the beginning stages of planning our dream kitchen. As part of our wish list, we are going the route of a large open concept kitchen, complete with a centre island, breakfast nook and seating area...it should be nice. The only problem is that we aren't extremely knowledgeable about the high-end appliances that we are looking at. To put it in perspective, we're replacing the glass top Frigidaire range, and basic white GE fridge and dishwasher.
The only things that we have decided on for sure are the 36" Miele refigerator and Miele dishwasher.
The rest of the appliances are up in the air. We are looking for a duel-fuel 36" range (5 or 6 burners), a second wall mounted oven (obviously matching the range), ventilation hood, and dual-zone wine fridge to be located in the centre island. I'm sure that I can pick out the microwave :)
If anybody could kindly try and answer these questions:
1) We have narrowed the range/oven down to Wolf, Viking or Dacor. We have heard/read good things about the Wolf brand. The Viking ranges seem to have more reliability problems from what I understand. Dacor--they look good, but I'm not familiar with them. Opinions?
2) Should the hood match the range (as in the company). How many CFMs should I be looking for to handle the heat and cooking ventilation. Are chimney-style hoods less or more efficient, or is it just an esthetic difference.
3) Our sales associate was saying that a Kitchen-aid or Avant Garde wine fridge was just as good as the Sub-Zero or Miele, but at significantly less cost.
Buying these appliances can come out to the same price as buying an automobile, so I'm trying to do as much research as possible. What better place to look than the Chow boards that is full of people that love to cook and eat!!!!
Thanks in advance for any advice.