Our Viking gas range is at the end of its fabulous 20 year life. It has been a workhorse for us but I'm thinking of moving on. We had an expensive repair a few years ago, and now we're looking at another repair of at least $600. It would be wonderful to have a self cleaning, new range that isn't as pricey as the Viking, but will hold up to sustained, heavy use, with at least a few 15,000-18,000 BTU burners. What say you, Fresh Chalkers?😊
I've been thinking about this too since our range is a bit long in the tooth. Unfortunately we need to find another 48" monstrosity to replace it... You, on the other hand, have lots of choices for a 30".
Wirecutter likes the GE JGS760. They also like the Bosch 800, which is pricier. They used to recommend the LG LSG4513ST, which is the top pick from Good Housekeeping. But apparently many people have complained about the LG's convection setting so Wirecutter stopped recommending it.
We have an (old) Viking too. It's low tech and we like it that way. I've used many, many appliances in vacation rentals and I'm always drawn to the simplest devices. They are the easiest to operate and by far the most reliable.
I still have fond memories of the microwave at my parent's house that just a dial and two buttons. Even just the addition of a clock creates extra work since I have to set it several times a year.
Hey Sam McKelvie, thanks for your recommendation. The $600 is the repair quote we just got for the Viking. We understand the replacement will cost more than that, even if we lower our price point from the Viking. I've heard good things about Miele.
Yeah my was a replacement for a 1986 48” Viking. I loved the range on the Viking though it was relatively hard to clean; also it was a gas oven and I vastly prefer an electric oven. I picked Miele partly because it matched the other appliances in my kitchen. The range is purely old school. It is probably too digital on the oven part but I have really liked the integrated batteryless/wireless meat thermometer probe.