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30" gas cooktop brands

gourmanda | Sep 29, 201301:57 PM

First, thanks to those that replied to my earlier thread! You've been a big help in weeding it down to, I think, 3 brands. In looking at specifics, I'm not sure how much difference I will notice in a 20,000 BTU burner and a 16,000 BTU burner. Are we talking a 5 minute difference in boiling a stockpot of water? Or 30 seconds? I've never purchased a gas cooktop so really need guidance.

Second, from reviews and our price point ($1000-ish) I'm looking at the Bosch 800 series, GE Café (thanks for that recommendation!) and a Dacor model that boasts a "perma clean finish". Any opinions on brand reliability and/or customer service?

Lastly, I've heard that the models purchased at the Big Box Stores are often inferior to those purchased at either local shops or the supplier directly. Any of you know if there is truth to this comment?

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