What Kind Of Stove Do You Have…..
My stove or really the oven died. I have had a middle of the road Maytag stove for years, I bought it in 2002. It has worked well has had the Mother Board replaced twice and has had other service issues that I have had to fix but all in all it has been a pretty good stove. Not being able to bake is not good, my stove top works fine and the broiler still works but my oven is caput.
What kind of stove or range do you have and do you like it? I plan on getting a new one in the next couple of months. I am toying with the idea of taking the plunge and getting a Viking or Wolf. There are so many choices. One thing I don’t want again is a stove with a computer board. The heat destroys it and I use mine almost every day which gives it a very short life span. I don’t have a wall oven, my range has to do it all. Do I want duel fuel, convection. I just don’t know at this point and am researching the options.
I want to hear from you all, tell me why you would recommend the stove you use or why you wouldn’t. Just like when I purchased my new blender, which by the way is fantastic, I am looking at the myriad of products available and it’s really confusing, they all make grand promises and sound good but are they really?
Would love to know your thoughts and recommendations!! Because I do A LOT of cooking the stove has to be a real workhorse, durable, reliable, able to leap tall buildings, well not really but I really want a stove that will last.
If I was not limited with space or by money, I would definitely own a commercial Viking. they’re just so cool! But when I got new appliances finally a few years ago, I actually opted for a Dacor stove (no oven underneath) that isn’t commercial, because it’s about half the size, and I wanted more countertop space. I also, even when I catered, have never used 6 burners at one time! Good luck!
Thanks Mimi, I need a 30″ stove, it has to fit in the space I currently have. I have heard of Dacor but don’t know anyone that has one. Good to hear you like yours, I will look into that. Thanks so much.
We are in the same boat, my friend! ❤
I had been toying with the idea of a Wolf or Viking too. A dream of mine for such a long time. We were recently shopping for stoves, and I was really disappointed to see that they're not self cleaning ovens. I know that it's making me sound lazy, but I am. I am lazy. 🙂 If an oven can clean itself, I'm all for it!
So now, we are leaning more toward a Bertazzoni. The only problem is, I wish that I could stand at the stove and cook for a day on it, so that I know if I'm really going to like it or not. And I'd really like to know someone who could tell me Yes! It's a wonderful range! But I don't know anyone who has or currently owns one!
I've used a Wolf many many times at my friend's house…and I do love it. But it all goes back to that darn self cleaning thing.
I know what you mean, I want self cleaning. They are just too hard to clean and quite frankly I don’t have the time. I also was looking at the Bertazzoni but heard parts are not easy to come by and repairs are very expensive. It’s so hard to know what to do.
We did an apartment remodel a couple of years ago and I went on a limb and treated myself with a new kitchen. We live in an apartment building and do not have an exterior exhaust, and adding one was expensive so I decided to forgo Viking and Wolf. This decision haunts me to this day. Just like you, I craved Viking or Wolf and in retrospect I should have taken the plunge. I have a Gaggenau electric cooktop (accompanied with Miele recirculating hood). The cooktop is actually quite wonderful and I am happy with it (but it is not gas and it is not Wolf, ha ha ha). I have two Miele ovens, big and small, and they are a complete disaster. Both had problems from the start, and we had the Miele crew doing non-stop repairs (same happened with the Miele dishwasher, as a matter of fact the hood is the only Miele appliance that did not die within 6 months). Before we did the remodel, I had a KitchenAir gas range for 12 years and it was really good, no fancy features, but a good workhorse and not a single problem. We gave it to our friend at it is still running. I do not have experience with the quality of Viking and Wolf, so that thing aside, my five cents is that you love to cook and you cook a lot, so if you really, really want Viking/Wolf and you can take a plunge, you should do it, as it looks like it will make you very happy.
Thanks Aleksandra, I am also looking at Kitchen Aid, I know they make good products. I have heard that about Miele before and will steer clear because of that. A dream of mine is to do a full kitchen redux and have 2 wall ovens, Thanks so much,
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I am stuck with an electric stove top. If you ask me, I love a gas stove top and a completely no hassle clean up.
For the oven, I guess I am pretty much okay with any good one and a big no no for any technically advanced and programmed machine. I like to keep it simple…press bake and adjust temp and hit start…
Oh geez hate electric so hard to regulate temp. I totally agree keeping it simple no computers is the way to go it’s 500 each time I have to replace the board.
That just kills me Suzanne
I meant replace the board.
Hi Suzanne, four years ago I replaced my built in oven with a double unit from Viking. The units outside insulation didn’t work and I had burn marks in my walls. That was scary! Viking replaced the unit and I’m very happy with my double oven. The convection – bake works great. The Viking guy told me never to use the self cleaning function because it will cause problems with the motherboard and fan unit. I clean the oven by hand which sucks.
For the stove top I have a 5 burner gas unit from Wollf. I had the repair man out twice because the automatic ignition wasn’t working. I don’t remember using all burners at once.
I love those commercial Viking ovens but they don’t fit into my kitchen. Good luck in finding the right one for you.
I was hoping to stay away from anything with a computer board after having to replace them multiple times on my stove. I also have to be able to use the self clean feature from time to time. Thank you Gerlinde, this was very helpful information. I have also had to have the electronic ignition replaced twice but on my stove it’s not costly and I chalk it up tot he price of using the appliance a lot.
I will look around a little bit and see what I can come up with.
A couple of years ago I changed my electric stove to gas and I love it. I will stay with gas forever!
I will always use gas, had an electric stove only once in my life and almost burned my house down. My stove is gas thank goodness..
Hi Suzanne, I’m also in the process of looking for a new gas stove and have read several good reviews on the Samsung 5-burner gas stove with convection oven… It has a lot of cool features such as Proof, Dehydrate, etc. I’m a long way from making a decision but just thought I’d throw that one in the ring for you to consider. I’ve to hear what you decide on.
I have Samsung tv’s did not know they made stoves. Good quality and I will look into that thanks so much!
I have this Falcon range and I just looooove it. The oven is electric and the hobs are gas…
I have never heard of Falcon will have to look into that thanks so much.
I have a separate stove top from my ovens (yes, I have two!). All are made by Siemens. I have a 5 burner gas stove and 2 waist height multi function ovens – and I use them all every day and love them!!!
I have heard of Siemens have to check that out. Thank you!
🙂 German engineering!
Good luck! hope you get one that is awesome!
Thank you Lynz hope so too!
I’ve worked with many brands and can’t say I can recommend any specific one
Sorry, I’ve sent the response before finishing: some of the best brands broke easily, while others kept on going for years. It’s mostly about luck, and how much you use the oven.
One thing I did notice is that “self cleaning” tends to kill the oven quicker. I’ve heard the same from professional technician, so so I recommend using this option not too often. Good luck! 🙂
I agree Gerlinde it just doesn’t seem to matter how much or little it costs or who makes it it is the luck of the draw. Thank you.
Suzanne I have Double Oven Range, I love it, the small oven up top I use to quick things and it doesn’t heat up the entire kitchen. and if I have to bake 2 different things at 2 different temps. its great…I hope you find the one that works best for you!! 🙂
Thanks so much Amy! My head is spinning so many choices.
Big investment Suzanne shop around!
It is a big investment and thats exactly what I am doing. I decided rather make a hasty decision I would have my old one fixed and shop around. Thanks Cheryl.
It is so cute and I dislike that you again have to repair but like you I use my ovens so much. I went commercial 6 burner Gas in back (summer) kitchen, and SS glass top electric in new kitchen. Most things I prefer gas to electric as you do. Either way it is a big decision and I know you’ll research well beforehand. Hugs, Cheryl
The family like to joke I don’t have a stove, I have an extension to the library. I once had some books on top of the stove which I shoved in the oven out of the way when I needed to unpack something. Since I only ever use the microwave they stayed there for a while.Someone looked inside and found them and my reputation for eccentricity has never been worse.
xxx huge Hugs xxx
Ha, David, I have friends that don’t use theirs either. It’s additional kitchen storage. No books but glad you didn’t fire it up with those books inside it would have been terrible.
David, I have to dust my stove… Seriously. 🙂
Suzanne, I’m happy to see that you’ve gotten a lot of feedback. I have a confession to make… The reason I stopped baking (years ago) is because I can’t disable that awful alarm on the ovens, that goes off when the temperature gets to the right degree. I’m that sensitive to that kind of noise. Ridiculous much? 🙂
My egg allergy limits me a lot on baked goods anyway. Maybe that’s why I don’t just “get over it” with the noise.
Anyhow, that old fashioned stove in the photo looks pretty good to me. No way it has an alarm! 😀 (And I hope I’ve made you laugh.) Happy hunting and Mega hugs!
My you are sensitive, yes that alarm can be annoying for sure. Not ridiculous at all, some people are very sensitive to those types of noise. Mine is smoke alarms that need batteries, they beep constantly until you change the battery. I often find that in vacant houses that I show and it drives me nuts. It happened to mine and I couldn’t reach the smoke alarm, I have 12 ft ceilings so I stood on a step stool with my broom and knocked it off. I never put it back up.
Didn’t know you had an allergy to eggs, there are plenty of great vegan recipes for baked goods with no eggs. I love the old fashioned stoves, no computer, just heat that can be adjusted thats all you need. Thanks Teagan.
What a bummer, Suzanne, but also what an opportunity!! 🙂 We have a GE Profile and are quite pleased. Gas burners, gas and convection oven. We’re very space-constrained so it’s just a single with four burners but it’s spacious! Keep us posted. How are you liking your blender?
My refrigerator is GE profile and is really good. I know you use your stove a lot too, have you had to replace the computer board yet? Love my blender it’s really great! Thanks Em!
Hi Suz, We’ve had the stove since 2008 and have not yet replaced a thing! xo
That says a lot knowing how much you cook thank you
I just bought a brand new Whirlpool. It does have a convection option. It has a large glass in the door which makes it easy to see in. The knobs are right in front on a flat surface (no reaching over hot burners to use them). There is nothing sticking up in the back either (the whole top surface is flat). The new technology allows the user to clean the oven with merely water (it works well). Viking or Wolfe would have been my choices if I had the money. Good luck with your purchase!!!
I will look at the whirlpools that are available. They are a quality product and are certainly less than a Viking or Wolf and repairs are less costly. Thank you so much!
I have to say that having had three ovens at three different houses, the fan-forced oven we have is the best. Our first convection oven needed the thermostat re-setting all the time as it aged, the second convection oven had uneven heat distribution, but the fan-forced has been great. I think ours is a bosch? I hope that helps. 🙂
It does thank you I have to investigate Bosch, I know their dishwashers are good but have heard very little about their stoves. I have heard of problems with convection and am inclined not to go there but have to educate myself on fan forced. I don’t know that much about them. Thank you so much.
Oooh, a new oven is exciting Suzanne, though know what you mean about it getting confusing with so many options out there. I know that the ovens available here in Australia will be different from those in the USA, but just in case… I’d recommend staying well clear of Glemgas ovens, if ever you come across them – we have 2, side by side in our kitchen and they both have had continual problems. Can’t wait to be able to replace them, most likely with a Falcon Range Cooker (made in the UK), just beautiful and more importantly, apparently they work wonderfully!) All the best with your choice!
Thanks Margot, Falcon was mentioned previously here today, Never saw them in the US will have to look them up and see if they are even available here. Will stay clear of Glengas for sure.
I would love to have a Wolf! Next house 🙂 🙂 🙂
(Right now I also have a Maytag – a Gemini electric double oven – but am anticipating my next move…lol)
The Maytag has been ok, I wouldn’t classify as great but adequate. I have heard that Wolf has surpassed Viking in reliability and performance. Thanks Linda.
I agree..the Maytag is adequate only..I’m excited for you!! 🙂
Suzanne, I can relate to looking through so many companies and models after I just replaced my refrigerator and dishwasher.Phew!
I have a Thermador electric cook top that works fabulously but I want to replace it with a gas cooktop because I love gas cooking. I am happy with the thermador electric wall ovens. I have to get a cooktop that fits and had liked the Dacor one but when a friend said that it is very hard to keep clean, I backed off to do more research:) I am heartened to see a positive comment in this thread about Dacor range. So thank you for this post. It is helping so many of us too.
Good luck with your cooking range.All these appliances cost so much that it is an investment and it has to be something we are happy with because we use them everyday.
Thank you Sandhya, a stove/range or any big kitchen appliance is an investment and one not to be taken lightly. The sheer number of brands/products is so confusing. I think referrals from personal experience not necessarily what is written on the product sites is invaluable. I felt that giving myself time and doing the necessary repair was the way to go and the only way I could make an informed decision. Thank you so much.
Hi Suzanne, I’m in Oregon for the summer and my stove here is 30 years old. However, in Phoenix I have a stove that we purchased in 2007 when we remodeled, it is a GE gas stove and I would not recommend it, we had problems from the get go.
I have a gas cooktop and no way would I go back to electric. Oven-wise I am very spoilt – I have two! One is only for baking and one is for everything else. Both are electric. My dream is a red oven 🙂
Hi Suzanne– I’ll weigh in. We got a Kenmore with side by side ovens– but it has had problems (including the mother board!) And Kenmore just 7 years after we bought the stove no longer had the parts to fix it!! Wish we had jumped in and gotten a bette one. Let us know what you decide!
In my last house I had a kitchen Aid architect series stove and it was the most fabulous stove ever. In five years – not a single glitch and I also use my stove daily. Plus it was so solid and I felt like it made me a better cook. My friend’s super expensive Wolf was serviced twice in the time I had my stove. Maybe just lucky but I’d have that stove again in a heartbeat. Plus now it comes with a double oven too.
I never heard of the architect series have to look into that thank you!
Hopefully this link works! http://www.kitchenaid.com/shop/-%5BKGRS505XSS%5D-402227/KGRS505XSS/
It looks great, noticed it is dicontinued but will see if I can find, Here is the stove I am considering http://products.geappliances.com/ApplProducts/Dispatcher?REQUEST=wtbresults&Sku=PGS950SEFSS
Hi Suzanne, I just have a simple GE gas range, and like it but we will be hopefully moving in a year and looking at the options out there, too. I will be reading through the comments to see what everyone has to say as well. I think I would also like a stove that leaps tall buildings! 🙂 Good luck with your search!
I thought I had made a decision but then saw another stove I really liked. Still thinking and researching.