Jul 17, 2007 6:36 pm
I'm planning for budgets and start the reno the my downstairs kitchen.
What stove do people see as adding value to a house - ie not over the top and not yuk.
I have natrual gas and price is an issue.
I'm thinking a 4 + wok burner and oven underneath for space reasons.
Is a wide stove that much more desirable - add value to house?
Does the commercial look big stove really entice people to a house.
Your thoughts and recommendations?
Re: Which Type of Stove2
Jul 17, 2007 8:33 pm
For me priority no 1 is ease of cleaning... in my rental house we had a white upright which was horrible... drop a drop of soup and it'll burn.. then in other rental we had a glass cooktop.. fantastic.. presently I have a glass cooktop.. black (gas operated) which cleans very easily.The spill trays go into the dishwasher.. even for the next one I am getting the same.. I would recommend you to decide based on how much bench space is available. I have found 3 burner Goldline cooktops to be cost effective and efficient (4 burner one can only place2 large pots at a time) their 3 burner cooktop (GL-3) is what I have and will be getting for the next house.
hope this helps
Re: Which Type of Stove3
Jul 17, 2007 11:55 pm
I am going a bit over the top with brands (though I got serious discounts for ex-display stock) but I decided to stick with a stainless 4 burner including wok. Having said that it is a Highland one so even the small burners are more powerful than the average bear so to speak and it has very good low control. I figured that the amount I saved going to a 4 burner paid for the extra quality which gives me the variability of a 5 or 6 burner. How often does one really need that many burners on at once. One issue I found with 5 burners is the space between them for your pots and pans. They add a burner but not an equal amount of space. Also I have read on either this or similar forum that if the glass breaks or chips on the cooktops that replacement can cost an arm and leg. The reason I stuck with stainless even if cleaning is harder.
Re oven under bench....personal preference. I prefer a wall oven and sticking with a standard 60cm one but I have a decent sized hooded BBQ when it comes to parties and want to buy Neff which isn't cheap either for all its other features not relating to size.
I have been warned that freestanding cookers are cockroach traps as you have to pull them out to clean them underneath and crumbs can fall between cooker and bench.
I'm going for the quality brands for their usability and functions rather than size I guess.
Just my two cents...good luck.
Re: Which Type of Stove4
Jul 18, 2007 12:42 pm
Wide ovens will only appeal to people who cook a lot - I will be going for one as we have a big family (12 in the immediate on hubby's side, about 60 on my side) and I can never do a roast & veggies for the family in my oven at the same time!
I also do all our baked goods - bagels, muffins, biscuits, pita breads etc - so need a good sized oven.
Re: Which Type of Stove5
Jul 18, 2007 4:08 pm
Yak_Chat - we have just finalised our appliances. We have selected a 70cm gas hotplate (5 burner) and 70cm electric wall oven (in an oven tower with a microwave above). During our research, we discovered that the 70cm oven had exactly the same capacity as the 90cm oven. We also discovered that the bench cutout for the 70cm cooktop is only 60cm. Our appliances are Smeg and both suit our space requirements perfectly. I think that there are a couple of other companies out there that do 70cm - Bosch is one that comes to mind.
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