I have imagined myself, a cooking geek, working some day on a huge restaurant-type stove, with many burners and two ovens, or perhaps a LeCornue, or even an Aga. When the real estate inspector discovered that the stove in my apartment-to-be was not only not working properly, but possibly dangerous, I was pleased to be given an appliance allowance by the seller- deducted from the purchase price of the apartment. Of course, I was excited by the prospect of actually choosing my own stove. For the first time ever, I would be able to pick one for myself.
In the past, I've always inherited whatever stove came with where ever I lived. This was very exciting. But it did require some dream adjustment, since I was not going to be in the market for a ten thousand dollar stove, or even one costing half that much. But, I quickly got over myself on that one, and looked forward to getting something sturdy, with some longed-for attributes.
So I went to the Scratch and Dent shop (twice), and after considerable dithering, this is the stove I picked out. In the end there were two in my price range that had the bottom line features I wanted, yet did not have an electric oven. I would have been quite happy, indeed even happier, with a duel fuel range, but it would have meant installing a different electrical arrangement, and paying a surcharge to the co-op association. (Our utilities being included in the monthly fee, an electric stove is extra.)
I wasn't planning on a stainless model, which I felt might be harder to clean than enamel, but everything I wanted was in stainless, so I dropped that thought. I Got a pretty good deal...about 45 percent off- I didn't see any serious dentage, in fact, I think its quite pretty.
Which, truth be told, is one of the reasons I picked it over its closest competitor, a Kenmore "Elite", which was also very nice, and had all my requisite bells and whistles.These being: a convection oven, and continuous flat burners- so you can move pots and pans all around, rather than just setting them on each burner. There is also one huge burner capable of delivering powerfully searing heat over quite a big pot, and another which that can be set to keep a very low flame going- something that can sometimes be iffy with gas burners. And three (!) racks, and a warming drawer.
I had done some reading on consumer ratings on stoves, and found that for every stove in my price range, there were disgruntled buyers...so that wasn't much help. I imagine that, like cars, there are lemons among most models, and I hope I haven't got one. It is a Bosch, and I like its style, which is very simple, with metal knobs and not too many electronic controls. It's to be delivered the day after I move..I'm pretty excited about it.