The New Apartment: Things Bought My hope to one day assist someone doing research on appliances and things with an actual review and photos. Basically, this is what I was looking for when shopping.
The Thing: Gas Range Frigidaire 30'' Freestanding Gas Range 5-Burner Freestanding 4.2-cu ft Gas Range (Stainless Steel) (Common: 30-in; Actual 29.88-in) Lowes Item #: 276881 Model #: FFGF3049LS
Got Gas? We had to replace the stove/oven in our apartment. It didn't work. It was filthy. It had been built during the 1700's. It was haunted. There was a family of raccoons living in it. Parts of it were radioactive.
Here's my theory: Buy the simplest range you can find. We have friends who bought this gorgeous Italian range for a million dollars. It really was gorgeous - I recall the knobs. The knobs were gorgeous. That said, apparently it never worked correctly. Constantly being repaired.
Consumer Reports recommended this range. I liked two features on it (which are standard features these days, but this would be the most modern range we'd ever had):
(1) There is a single huge burner for ‘quick boil'. It's huge. Things heat up quick. I also use it for warming tortillas. (2) There is a small burner for simmering. Oh, it works great. Our old apartment had a pain-in-the-butt range that basically operated on two modes: Off or High. Simmering was a lost cause. This Frigidaire simmers like a pro.
Let's see. What else? There is a cool rectangular-shaped burned in the middle. I don't know what you do with it. Maybe a griddle?
The oven works great. There is a light (this is all very luxurious to us) and it heats up very fast and keeps a stable temp. There is a broiler below but we've never used it. I'm not sure we ever will - in our old range I think the boiler is where all the mice hung out.
Yay/Nay? Yay. I'm happy with this range. It's solid and heats things up in a most attractive manner.