Stove Shopping


25 Nov Stove Shopping


Charmian can’t come to the blog right now. She’s out looking for a new stove.

Here’s her I-might-as-well-blow-the-wad wish list. How many features do you think she’ll actually get? Remember, she’s going for a 24″ natural gas model, not a standard 30″, and had to surrender her dream of owning an Aga to financial reality.

She wouldn’t mind a range that has:

  • various sized burners
  • elements that convert to a grill
  • a self-cleaning oven
  • a convection oven
  • a rotisserie

In reality, she’d settle for an oven with:

  • a functional timer that can be heard more than 2 feet away
  • enough insulation to prevent items on the back ledge from melting
  • a broiler that’s level and stays on its tracks
  • a door handle to hang dish cloths from

Shopping for an apartment-sized appliance can leave you feeling more like a game show contestant than a consumer. For every feature you select you’ll have to let something go. “Sure you can have the oven racks, but they’ll cost you the element knobs.”

After a day of comparison shopping, Charmian will return with feature-envy, a library of marketing material and a headache. Help her make a realistic decision. What range features would you give up and which ones would you fight for?

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  • Roxanne
    Posted at 16:02h, 25 November Reply

    I’d KEEP — various size burners, grill function, self-cleaning.

    The rest, I could live without.

  • Roxanne
    Posted at 16:02h, 25 November Reply

    I’d KEEP — various size burners, grill function, self-cleaning.

    The rest, I could live without.

  • cheryl
    Posted at 17:44h, 25 November Reply

    I keep various size burners, too, self-cleaning (a must) and convection. All the current models will have the timer, even racks, insulation, so don’t sweat those. As for the grill, I use a $30 2-burner cast iron grill/griddle (it’s reversible) from Lodge that I love. I’d never want built in grill b/c it takes up space and is tough to clean, and with only 24 inches you want as many normal burners as you can get. My $.02.

  • Barbara
    Posted at 18:21h, 25 November Reply

    I made the HUGE mistake of giving into my husband and getting an electric Ceran top..NEVER again. definitely various suze reners, self cleaning, I like my convection but could live without. I like the idea of the grill function and I think you can get the manufacturer made over lay that is removable. ..gosh I want a gas stove (yes you do detect a bit of whining there)

  • terry
    Posted at 22:39h, 25 November Reply

    I would definitely keep the various sized burners and self-cleaning (!!!) but not so hot on the grill function. We have the option of switching out two of our burners for the grill feature but I have only used it once (6 years ago). It was too hard to clean afterward. :)

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 10:53h, 26 November Reply

    I lust for an Aga cooker. Really, it was always the best part of the Two Fat Ladies show.


  • Christie's Corner
    Posted at 17:34h, 26 November Reply

    Wonderful feedback.

    Cheryl, your $30 Lodge griddle sounds like the perfect grill solution. Roxanne, do you do this or is yours built in? Terry, this sounds like a great compromise. I can see why you don’t use that feature often.

    Barbara, my mother had a ceramic top and I hated it so much I swore I would have gas or nothing. You’re allowed to whine. My husband has no say in the stove (other than “yes, dear”). He can barbecue.

    Anonymous, I too suffered Aga lust, although I blame Nigel Slater, not the Two Fat Ladies. I have come to terms with not having one. I am not eying up a Blue Star.

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