Thanks all. For reasons I can’t explain, my husband really liked the Bluestar after I forced him (against his will) to go to appliance store. Of course, I don’t think he knows how to operate the range we’ve had for 10 years, so maybe I shouldn’t put too much weight on his opinion.
I agree Wolf is better known … and that’s kinda important, although we aren’t planning to sell in the near future. And I love those red knobs - yep.
Fridge is only thing I don’t need to replace, but the few people I know who invested in Sub Zero love them. Anyone see the Sub-Zero with glass doors? That’s a lot of pressure. I think doors should hide stuff.
Wish Viking would get their act together, but reliability problems continue to plague that brand.
I have wondered about additional pre-heat time with larger range. I will take a look at Miele. They seem to have an excellent reputation for quality control, but they are expensive and not as “mainstream”
I had someone suggest Kitchen Aid Pro, but they are as expensive as Wolf! GE Cafe looks very nice and the 30" interior is actually larger than some 36" Pros. Not to mention, that my current GE low end range does everything I need it to … I guess this isn’t about usefulness, though. I’m trying to find sweet spot between cool-factor and reality that I have absolutely no practical need for professional range.
If I were honest about my cooking needs, I would be spending all my energy finding the best microwave.