Hi there comrade ChowHounds! We are so happy that we found out about this website and this is our first posting.
So we are doing it! After much consideration as to whether we should stay or go, we have decided to stay where we are for a few more years and invest some of our money in a kitchen reno.
We are on a budget and are looking for the best appliances we can afford. This is not going to be our dream kitchen but we cannot spend another two or three years roughing it in our old dilapidated one. We are trying to also find a good, reliable and efficient contractor. We have a few quotes and references already.
Any assistance would be greatly appreciated. We have been reading some of the blogs but anything new and noteworthy would be great.
We want a good gas range for no more than $4000.00. We are also looking at second hand Wolf ranges. Are there issues with buying discontinued residential ranges? Is it difficult to switch from propane to gas? We found a second hand one that claims all you need is the correct line cable. Are there servicing issues we should be aware of?
We are also looking for a refrigerator. We want a 36" wide or smaller counter depth stainless steel model and I think the side by side style is easier to view and organize items but my partner thinks the French style is better. Is this just a preference issue or are there real considerations we should take into account?
Any thoughts on Kitchen Aid? I read somewhere that a few years ago there were issues with the seal on the side by side models. If this is true, have these issues been resolved? We are looking at a few places to purchase these major appliances both privately and through Toronto appliance stores like Tasco, Caplans and Sears. So far we have only seen items online and at Sears, IKEA and the National Home Show. I have also been watching programs like Kitchen Equipped and others for ideas.
Also, we also want to find a good Energy Star model. Did anyone make it to the Green Living Show and/or learn more about this?