Home on the Range

Choosing appliances for the new house was really fun.  I did a TON of research on the kitchen forums of gardenweb.com.  The forums were a great resource, especially when choosing our oven/range.  If you know us, you know that we love to cook, so getting an excellent stove was very important to us. When looking at stoves there are a few different ways to go. You can buy wall ovens and a cook top, like this:

Or you can buy a slide in or stationary range, like this beauty from, Bertazzoni:

We would have loved to go with the wall ovens and separate cook top, but space and budget considerations left us with the standard freestanding range option.

When choosing our range, we had to consider whether to buy all electric, all gas, or duel fuel (electric oven and a gas cook top).  Folks seem to say that electric ovens are great for cooking and baking, because of the heat precision an electric oven affords.  Electric ovens have a smooth cook top, which I tend to like.

However, it is also seems that you can’t beat the versatility of a gas burner for simmering on low or cooking at high heats.  I love these great open two ring burners made by Capital Culinarian:

So it goes without saying that a duel fuel range would be the best of both worlds.  Of course, that option costs extra money, so we had to make a choice.  We really wanted a pro-style 36″ range and most ranges of this size are gas or duel fuel.  After a few trips to various appliance stores, we narrowed down our search to American, BlueStar, Capital, and DCS 36″ gas ranges.  We ultimately chose the DCS 36″ 6-Burner Gas Range.

We got a great deal on the range from a local retailer.  We were also able to take advantage of a special that the appliance store was offering and they threw in this sweet double drawer dishwasher for free.

Now we have to find a refrigerator that matches the DCS brushed stainless steel.  Fun!


About littletownbigcity

I'm an arts educator, working in NYC and living in NJ with my husband and turtle. Follow along as my husband Mike and I venture through buying and designing our first home in a small town in NJ, about 30 minutes outside of Manhattan.
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