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48"gas range- comparing apples and oranges?

kikif | Nov 10, 201306:51 AM

Just moved, and in need of new appliances as I remodel. I have set aside a 48" spot for a new range (the little $40 craigslist stove looks kind of silly there in the mean time.) Although they aren't my favorites, I can get by with the current fridge and dishwasher for a while still. But a new stove is top priority.
Reading different review sites, it feels like comparing ranges is like comparing apples to oranges. And for every rave review, there is an equally bad one. Maybe someone out there has some insite to help me to compare (or atleast a good fruit salad recipe :)
There are some things I know I want, and some things I want to avoid.

Want list: 8 burner. Oven that fits commercial sheet pan. Reliable.

Avoid: Noisy oven. (last range was a Thermador bought in 2007. DH hated the fan that came on every time the oven was on and didn't turn off until the temp was below 325.)

Unsure: Open vs. closed burners. I have a bad habit of boiling over when making rice, pasta, etc. What will be easier clean up and maintenance for a messy cook?

I thought I had it narrowed down to Blue Star, but then went to a show room and looked down past the burners. Then I noticed the Capitol. But they didn't seem to know what I was talking about when I asked about oven fan noise.

Need to decide soon so I can study spec sheets and get the gas line brought up at the right place. Oh, I'm just north of Boston, so if anyone knows of a knowledgable showroom with good pricing....

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