Our oven has died. Although it had been sick a long time, it finally cooked its last meal a few days ago. Lucky for us, the oven had really good timing — it was on its last legs during a recent visit from my parents and they decided to take pity on Mark and me by offering to buy us a new range. You know, pity gets a bad rap; sometimes you just gotta love and embrace it.
Charlie keeps saying, “The oven is broken. We have to get it fixed.” And I keep saying, “No, Charlie. We’re not getting it fixed. WE’RE GETTING A NEW ONE!” Then he asks me to calm down.
Here’s our cooking configuration. We have a kitchen island and the current electric range is embedded in it.
I’m actually not so happy with this configuration and never have been, but changing it would basically necessitate an entire remodel of the kitchen which, if you’ve read this blog more than once, you can pretty much guess is out of the question. So this is where the new range will go. The decision now is just which range will go there.
I tend to get a little obsessive about big-ticket-item purchases (which, in this case, is kind of crazy given that I’m not the one actually paying for the range, but I will be living with it and I really want to love it). My problem is that I tend to suffer from buyer’s remorse. Big time. To compensate for this, I do lots and lots and lots and lots of research before we make any significant purchases. Thank God I married Mark because Mark has zero interest in researching big-ticket purchases, so he basically sits back, lets me tear the Internet apart looking for information, waits till I narrow down our options to just a few, and then calmly sweeps in and makes the final decision (I don’t do well with final decisions which is sort of tied to the whole fear of buyer’s remorse thing).
So I have been researching ranges for about a week now and, quite frankly, I know an obscene amount about them. In fact, yesterday I was talking to a salesman about ranges in a store that doesn’t sell appliances. No sir, that salesman sells something else entirely but we started talking about ranges because that’s about all I can talk about right now. Anyhow, a customer overheard us talking and she said to me, “Excuse me, it sounds like you know a lot about ranges and I’m thinking about buying one.” Then she asked me a whole bunch of questions about ranges and it pretty much goes without saying that I knew the answer to every single one.
But enough about me. I’m interested in hearing from you. Do you have strong opinions about cooking appliances? Do you prefer ranges or separate cooktops and wall ovens? What are you thoughts on gas versus electric? If you like electric, do you prefer coils or smooth-top? Have you tried induction ranges or stovetops? What about duel-fuel ranges (gas stove, electric oven)? What are your feelings on kitchen ventilation systems? Do any of you go without a venting system?
We’re just a day or so away from choosing our range and I’d love to hear everyone’s thoughts. For now though, I have some more Internet research to do.