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Which of these ranges would you buy (or avoid!)?

7 years ago

I've been reading this and the kitchen forum for years in anticipation of a new kitchen. The information on here is incredibly helpful. Finally the time has come and I have to make decisions - thus my first post. Decisions are not my strong suit.

Please save me from myself and tell me which of these ranges you would buy or if you would definitely avoid any of them. It seems like there are negative reviews for every range.

Looking for an all-gas range with convection oven and pro styling. My budget maxes out at $3,000. Reliability is important to me - I've had JennAir and Kenmore gas ranges in the past...never needed a service call. I cook multiple meals a day, but am not a professional chef by any means. I have a young child, so the safety features I read in a review of the GE Cafe (locking out the control panel and the knobs) were appealing, but maybe these are standard features among ranges with the front control panel? I don't care about 4 versus 5 burners. I'm not convinced that the fridge and stove need to come from the same line, but they will be very close to each other in the kitchen, so that it is a consideration. If these are all junk, I would probably give up the pro styling...

So I've narrowed it down to:

Frigidaire Professional 36'' Freestanding Gas Range
FPGF3685LS - $2499 MSRP

KitchenAid 30-Inch 4-Burner Gas Slide-In Range, Pro Line
KGSS907XSP - $2349 MSRP

BOSCH 30" Gas Slide-in Range Benchmark� Series
HGIP054UC - $2699 MSRP

GE Cafe Series 30" Free-Standing Range with Baking Drawer
CGS985SETSS - $3099 MSRP

Thanks in advance for any advice anyone can offer.

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