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RE: Do you use/like the griddle on your rangetop/cooktop? (Follow-Up #4)

posted by: susan3733 on 09.28.2009 at 07:49 pm in Appliances Forum

I love, love, love the griddle that's built in to my 48" GE Monogram range. I have 6 burners and the griddle. I just got the range a little over a month ago, but I use the griddle almost daily for all kinds of things - eggs, fajitas, pancakes, hot dogs, marinated/seared chicken breast, etc. I never thought I would use it this often, but it does a great job with almost anything you can think of and not just traditionally "griddled" foods. I find it's one of the best ways to get an intensely high searing heat down to a nice, puffing up kind of low heat, for just about anything.

I used to have one of those cast iron griddles that covered two burners that I used w/my last range, but this is waaaaaay better - hotter and more even.

I almost didn't get the built-in griddle but I'm so glad I did.

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RE: Griddle vs. Grill on a range... like 'em? How do you use them (Follow-Up #3)

posted by: susan3733 on 01.28.2009 at 04:44 pm in Appliances Forum

Here's my two cents -

Although we now live in sunny So Cal, we spent most of our lives in the northeast in Connecticut. When we lived in CT, we had a Thermador range with a grill, and we used the grill very frequently. I didn't care for other characteristics of the Thermador, but I did love having that grill and being able to grill regardless of the weather.

So, in your situation, I'd get a range with 6 burners and a grill. I would not trade off the space for the extra burners to put in a griddle...as the other poster said, you can either use a standalone electric griddle or you can put one of those big stovetop cast iron griddles over a couple of your burners and still have your 6 burners when you prefer to have them for other uses. Also, you'll have your grill, which will probably get more use than you imagine. Also, as the other poster said, make sure you have great ventilation because you'll need it with that.

That being said, ironically, I am leaning towards buying a DCS all gas 48" range with griddle because it has 5 burners and I don't need the grill...now that we live in So Cal, we grill outdoors year-round and it would be a waste to have one on the range top. Also, in the range I'm considering, the griddle is powered by gas and has a max output of 26,000 BTUs, which I imagine is pretty cool for searing stuff.

By the way, if you live near an Expo, I noticed that they have the GE Monogram 48" range with grill and griddle on the floor, in both of the two stores in our area. During their nationwide liquidation sale, all appliances are initially discounted at 10% and will be further discounted as the liquidation progresses. Might be worth taking a look at that if you have an Expo nearby.

Best of luck!

Susan

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RE: 48' Range...Viking or Wolf? (Follow-Up #10)

posted by: athomein1914 on 11.06.2008 at 12:19 am in Appliances Forum

If your wife wants color, she could have an infinite palette (no pun intended) with Bluestar, or at least 190 colors. You're lucky to be nitpicking among great ranges! As for the KD, I'd listen to her for design rather than appliance info if you love to cook. Your wife will still be with you in that kitchen in 5 years, not the KD, so maybe listen to her!

I wasn't impressed with the Viking as a machine when I was shopping around -- and I did want more btus on top. The other ranges are great.

I went with Bluestar for more heat (top + broiler) and that open star burner. I've been cooking on it years almost 3 years now and I love, love, love it. As others have mentioned, cleanup is nothing to worry about -- though I did worry during renovation. I broil constantly yet have little to clean up before cranking the oven to 500 to roast the next day. The fact that the burners come apart both to receive a wok sunk in the fire and to ease in cleaning is a huge plus in my day to day kitchen life as I'm a messy cook.

My local dealer gave me a decent price on the BS so I actually saved money over the better marketed Wolf/Viking ranges while increasing the range of my range. YMMV

If you don't particularly need extra heat there's nothing wrong with choosing a color, look, or feel as you get down to the wire. You're the one cooking in that kitchen -- and footing the bill.

Good luck!

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RE: 48' Range...Viking or Wolf? (Follow-Up #3)

posted by: teresa_b on 11.04.2008 at 08:24 pm in Appliances Forum

This will not help with your decision; however, I have a 48 inch BlueStar and love it, love it, love it. I was on this forum often until we moved into our new home in March and have not been back in awhile. I also wanted a color (I went with red), and everyone is very complimentary on my range. It is a focal point in my kitchen.

I feel the Bluestar will last forever as it has no electronics. After a small mishap where I boiled milk over and clogged the element, DH was able to easily disassemble it so I could clean the element. He is a little bit mechanical but not a lot mechanical. The grates are easy to pop into the dishwasher and the burners heat very evenly--no cool spots in the skillet or pan. Oven works great as well and I cannot believe how much oven space I have.

I also liked the price of the Bluestar, which was less than the Viking by over a thousand. With so many complaints about Viking's customer service, I felt that to pay so much more and suffer through a possible lemon, was not worth it.

Do NOT let your KD convince you on which brand to purchase. You will be doing all the cooking and living with your range for a long time. Your KD will not be cooking on it 2-3 times a day.

Good luck with your decision and I think it is great you are going with a color. What color are you considering?

Teresa

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