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BlueStar Platinum vs. GE Monogram 30-Inch Ranges (Reviews / Ratings / Prices)

by Jessica Petrino

If you are in the market for a professional-style range chances are you are a serious home chef, looking for an upscale industrial-style range. Whether it's looks or function, you have many options in the professional range market.

There are two kinds of professional ranges or pro ranges. Residential brands have designed their pro ranges with more features, whereas commercial companies have stayed true to the fewer features, more power of a commercial range.

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Topics: GE Monogram, Ranges, BlueStar

BlueStar 30 Inch Platinum Gas Professional Ranges (Reviews / Ratings / Prices)

by Steve Sheinkopf

BlueStar is a very different range than any other product currently on the market. In a world of highly technical dual fuel, all stainless ranges, BlueStar is a more powerful, customizable gas-only range.

It is a very different solidly made range, but only for a certain type of chef. We will look at the company as well as the features of their Platinum range along with some comparisons to other ranges. At the end, you can decide if BlueStar is right for you and your family.

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Topics: Ranges, BlueStar

Samsung vs. LG Front Control Gas Ranges (Reviews/Ratings/Prices)

by Jessica Petrino

Samsung and LG are two South Korean companies that dominate the household electronics industry. Both companies manufacture household appliances as well and are probably best known for their large capacity laundry and refrigeration.

Both brands tend to lead the way in the affordable luxury market when it comes to incorporating technological innovation. Let’s take a look at what each brand has to offer.

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Topics: Ranges, Samsung, LG Electronics

Affordable Convection Electric Ranges (Reviews/Ratings/Prices)

by Todd Rourke

When I was growing up, my mom would always bake cookies. She would put the sheets of cookies in the oven one at a time, with more anticipation for every batch that she would take out of the oven.

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Topics: Ranges, Electric Cooking

Affordable Gas Convection Ranges (Reviews/Ratings/Prices)

by Tam Nguyen

There are a lot of choices when you’re shopping for affordable gas ranges. A few years ago, features like convection, continuous grates, fifth center burner, and self-clean required an upgrade in price but now they are standard in most ranges.

In fact, the whole process of looking for a range has changed over the last 5 years.

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Topics: Gas Cooking, Convection, Ranges

What is a Drop-In Range? (Reviews/Ratings)

by Tam Nguyen

Appliances can be confusing, because the terminology is interchanged.

For example, cooktops and slide-in ranges have been incorrectly called drop-in ranges.

A drop-in range is quite simply a range without a bottom drawer.

It's mounted on a base cabinet, rather than seated on the floor. Drop-in's are mostly sold as replacement units in older kitchens.

We will look at the different types of ranges, the history of drop-in ranges and compare them to the other style of ranges. 

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Topics: Slide-In Ranges, Ranges, Freestanding Ranges

Bosch vs Electrolux Appliances: Who Is Better?

by Steve Sheinkopf

So, you are considering buying a kitchen suite of appliances. You don't want to spend a huge amount of money, but still want style.

There is good news. Whether you are renovating, replacing or rebuilding, Bosch or Electrolux should be considered.

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Topics: Bosch, Dishwashers, Refrigerators, Electrolux, Ranges

New Jenn-Air Downdraft Range (Reviews/Ratings/Prices)

by Neil Katz

A downdraft range has an integral vent, so it pulls the heat, steam, odor and grease through the range into the duct and to the outside.

Back in the 1980’s, GE, Roper, Modern Maid, Thermador and Jenn-Air all marketed a downdraft range. Downdrafts were popular, because it allowed you to place a range in an island or in the middle of the kitchen without requiring an overhead vent.

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Topics: Jenn-Air, Downdrafts, Ranges

Thermador vs. BlueStar 36 Inch Ranges (Reviews/Ratings/Prices)

by Jessica Petrino

To review, a professional-style range is a range that has a commercial appearance yet designed for residential use.

Professional-style ranges were popularized by Viking in the mid-1980s and 30 years later are still a top choice for high-end kitchen renovations.

You now have tons of choices from different companies like Viking, Wolf, Thermador, Miele, Dacor and Jenn-Air who all approach the stove from a more residential point of view. Capital, DCS and BlueStar are more commercial in their approach.

So from that perspective Thermador and BlueStar are very different. We will look at the companies, the products and then compare.

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Topics: Thermador, Ranges

Best Stainless Electric Freestanding Ranges Under $799 (Reviews)

by Steve Sheinkopf

It seems like the average price on an electric stove is $799. That being said, Frigidaire manufactures a great range at $549 (this month after $110 in rebates)..

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Topics: Ranges, Electric Cooking

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