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Carolyn Gracz
about 1 month ago • Madrona

Gas ranges

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?😊
14 replies
1 day ago
I assume $600 is a typo? I bought this one last year and I’m quite happy with it. Not sure whether it’s cheaper than a similar Viking... maybe you just need the range top not the whole range...
  • about 1 month ago
How large - 36? 48?
  • about 1 month ago
30 inch
  • about 1 month ago
Ah so a 30” cooktop without the oven might be in the $600 range... the Miele is $1100
  • about 1 month ago
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.
  • about 1 month ago
Yes, I saw those on Wirecutter. What brand do you have and how do you like it? Patrick and I were talking about how 'low tech' ours is, no digital display, just knobs, which we like.
  • about 1 month ago
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.
  • about 1 month ago
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.
  • about 1 month ago
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.
  • about 1 month ago
  • about 1 month ago
I'd recommend looking at Blue Star - I don't know if it would be much cheaper than Viking but it's a lot less than say, a Wolf range
  • about 1 month ago
We have the GE Monogram range and we have a Thermador at our house in IL. I love the Thermador!
  • 20 days ago
Thank you all for your recommendations!
  • 20 days ago
I second the Blue Star - it's not self cleaning, but it's very powerful. And it comes in a ton of fun colors!
  • 1 day ago

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