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36" or 48" Range with French Cook Top? Anyone?

EatinginAustin | Nov 6, 201704:42 PM

Hello, fellow Chowhounders! We are renovating our kitchen and are in search of a new range to replace our existing 30" Viking. We are happy with the Viking, for the most part, but since we are renovating thought it would make sense to take this opportunity to upgrade to a larger range. 36" is probably ideal, but we could go up to a 48" range.

Ideally I would love to have 4 burners (at least one with 16,000+ BTU) with a French cook top. I have found very few 36" ovens with this feature. Blue Star makes one in its RNB series, but I'm not in love with the look of the vents on the bottom drawer. Wolf only makes a French cook top in the 60", which is way too big for our kitchen (and of course very expensive). Viking doesn't seem to make a French cook top for any of their ranges. Anyone know of a manufacturer (other than La Cornue, which is way out of budget) that makes a 36" or 48" range with a French cook top?

Another requirement is a large oven capacity. We already have a Dacor double oven with warming drawer combo that we will be re-using, so do not need two ovens in our range; we'd much prefer a large capacity oven on the range so we can accommodate larger items. So, either a 36" range with large oven, or a 48" range with a large oven and smaller warming oven on the side would work, but two equally-sized ovens will not work since they will not be any bigger than the Dacor ovens.

Finally, since Blue Star is new to me, wanted to see if anyone had any experience with this brand. Since they are relatively new to the consumer market, I do worry about "brand recognition" in terms of resale value of our home.

Thank you in advance for your thoughts, commentary, and advice!


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