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Shopping for a new Range - Gas, induction, or electric. Special case. Need Advice!

livetocook | Sep 27, 201107:03 PM

So, we just bought a new house (YAY!!) and the range that comes with the house is pretty old and definitely needs to be replaced. I've spent the last 3 days researching and now I'm at a crossroad. Which way do I go??

Here's our situation:
We plan on using the current kitchen and only making some minor changes. Then in about 10yrs we plan on demolishing the whole thing and building our dream kitchen.

My first thought was to go gas. I've never cooked with gas b/f and thought this was a great way to test whether or not we'd like it enough to fork over the big bucks when we remodel and buy that 6 burner (minimum) range. So if we went gas, we'd buy a 4 burner range BUT, have to put a gas line into the kitchen b/c it's set for electric. This is gonna be a bit of work since the basement is finished and they decided to forgo the drop down ceiling (ACK!) Soooo....that's gonna be a bit messy but, we could do it! We have the people who could help and the time b/f moving in.

Then I started reading up on induction and WOW, I was almost pretty much sold, until I tried to find ranges where we live. So we're in Canada, no biggie but, man alive there's maybe 4 or 5 stores that have them and it's slim pickin's. Lowest price I could find was just under $2K, on sale. That's a little ouch considering I just saw a Bosch 5 burner gas range for $1300 (not on sale).

And now I've come full circle and I'm back to electric. Yup, the old ceramic flat top, "can get by with" range that I've been cooking on for 5 yrs now. (And boy do I HATE cleaning that thing! Grrrr). Thing is, I know they are under $1000. Boooo. I've even contemplated going back to the coil b/c I hate cleaning that thing so much!

So, if you were moving, knew the range had to be replaced, would you go up a few models and buy something pretty decent/nice.. even if you knew you'd be remodeling in about 10yrs and most likely would not use this range in the new kitchen. (Right now, for the dream kitchen, I'm leaning towards a 4 or 5 burner induction cooktop with a single gas burner and a double wall oven....but, that could change!! :)) )

Oh and we wouldn't be breaking the bank spending the $2K for a range. I just don't want it to be a waste of money. Hmm..

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