New Stove

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    Feb 01, 2011 5:38 PM GMT
    My mother would like me to pick out a new gas range for her but I don't even know where to start for someone like her. She cooks daily but never to the extend I do. I lean towards Viking/ElectroLux or some high-end LGs but at 60 year grandmother doesn't need that anymore.

    I know there is Kenmore and Maytag but I didn't know if anyone had a good website or suggestions to attack this animal with.

    I know I need a gas, free standing range (self-cleaning of course) but I am more concerned with the brand (and personally don't want Kenmore as it is just GE with a different control panel).

    But please share your thoughts on your process.

    Thanks
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    Feb 01, 2011 6:22 PM GMT
    Here's a website that carries a vast array of appliances. It's a great reference for getting an idea of what's available out there.

    http://www.us-appliance.com/
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    Feb 02, 2011 3:37 AM GMT
    From what I've heard, LG has really good customer service when it comes to their appliances. I guess they're trying to capture the market here in the US. They've been making appliances for decades in other countries, so it's not like their stuff is junk anyways.

    Not sure who owns them now, but you also might to consider Whirpool. They also rebrand their appliances for Ikea. I think you can find a good deal either way.
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    Feb 02, 2011 3:42 AM GMT
    Look into the Maytag Gemini. It has two ovens. If she does family meals, she will use both, but for smaller stuff the small upper oven is really great.

    Well built and well insulated to be efficient.
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    Feb 02, 2011 3:43 AM GMT
    xrichx saidFrom what I've heard, LG has really good customer service when it comes to their appliances. I guess they're trying to capture the market here in the US. They've been making appliances for decades in other countries, so it's not like their stuff is junk anyways...


    LG window unit air conditioners are J U N K.

    they made a curvy, art-deco looking 8000 btu window unit. i went 3 before i got one that would out-last the warranty period.

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    Feb 02, 2011 6:00 AM GMT
    isn't Wolf like the nec plus ultra ?
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    Feb 03, 2011 12:13 AM GMT
    So many options.
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    Feb 03, 2011 1:03 AM GMT
    Whirlpool is the manufacturer for most Sears Kenmore stoves, dishwashers and laundry equipment. They also own and manufacture the following brands Maytag, Amana, Roper, KitchenAid and Admiral.
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    Feb 03, 2011 1:52 AM GMT
    Find a local appliance store that installs and services them. They should be able to meet prices at Best Buy but can give you better service. Bring your mother with you. The salesman may ask her questions about her use of the stove that you would not think of. Also the newer stoves allow you to mount a microwave above the stove instead of taking up counter space, if that is a factor. BTW - this is a long shot, but if she happens to have any pet birds, DO NOT get a self-cleaning stove, under any circumstances.
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    Feb 03, 2011 1:56 AM GMT
    I had an electrolux vacuum it was shiny and pretty then broke a month later. Soo I don't see electrolux in my appliance future.
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    Feb 03, 2011 2:03 AM GMT
    Doesn't sound like a Viking, Wolf or other "elite" brand is a good choice (IMHO, those elite brands for residential use are for suckers with too much money to burn, regardless).

    LG, as mentioned, is a solid company with great products, but they are on the high end of the price scale. It sounds like mom will be perfectly happy with a GE or Whirpool.

    Ikea has some great appliances now and freakishly low prices (made by Whirlepool, as mentioned previously). I've designed and built a few kitchens, and I have nothing but positive things to say about them. Take the money you save by getting an Ikea / Whirlpool range and use it to buy new cookware -- that will have way more impact on the cooking than the range will.

    PS Take shirtless pics with the range, when you buy it. Kthxbai.
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    Feb 03, 2011 2:07 AM GMT
    When it comes to gas stoves a nice feature is having sealed burners and grates that cover the entire surface instead of just single burners. You can just slide the pots across the top instead of having to lift them up..
    Those double ovens underneath are pretty neat,, the smaller oven above the big one.. but if you use the big oven more it's more difficult to get things out because it's almost down on the floor,, mom may have a problem bending over and hauling out a big roast.
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    Feb 03, 2011 2:11 AM GMT
    GE Profile
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    Feb 03, 2011 2:47 AM GMT
    have you considered looking at ranges with an induction cock top? they have become far more reliable then they used to be, are cheaper have better servicing if needed and are just as good as gas and in some ways better (awesome heat distribution it's very even)
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    Feb 03, 2011 3:06 AM GMT
    I just consulted my Consumer Reports guide, and it looks like GE for reliability, both for gas & electric, or a combination. Their Profile series is a bit more upscale, while Hotpoint is their economy line.