Today something arrived which we've been rather excited about: a brand new KitchenAid double oven gas range! We went to our trusted local place just down the street where we've received wonderful service and today they arrived with their truck, just in time actually since we were just done painting the baseboard in the kitchen!
We're glad we chose to have it delivered since it's pretty heavy.
Bringing it into the house.
Hooking it up to the gas line and showing us how it works.
Isn't she a beauty! When we first walked into the store, we didn't exactly have it in our mind to get a double oven, however once we saw this baby we were in love. And it does make sense too - we'll probably end up using the small one a lot more frequently (it will use less energy and heat up faster) since it's perfect for one baking sheet or one casserole, and if you have more things to cook, you can just heat up the lower unit, or both! So that allows you to cook two things at different temperatures at the same time.
It's actually a gas stovetop AND a gas oven (the lower one being convection too!) At first we were going to get a gas stovetop with an electric oven. However, as it came to our attention that you need 220 volts for the oven, and since we just moved our designated spot for it, we didn't have a dedicated 220 outlet where we just had put the gas line in. So, not wanting to spend even more money having an electrician come to the house and set it up, we were happy to find out KitchenAid made this model with a gas oven, thereby only needing a 120 outlet for the electrical panel.
One thing we really liked about this particular model right away was how sturdy the knobs were. Some other ranges we had been looking at (yes, they were cheaper...) had much flimsier knobs which almost felt like they would fall off with much use.
Another thing we really liked about this unit was how it has a stainless steel backing on the burners, not a painted surface which many other ranges have. This way, it won't scratch as easily and it will be really easy to clean. Plus it looks really nice too.
OK, so to rub it in further: we also really liked how this one had a long center burner. Some gas stoves only have four rather small burners. This one has five and the middle one is long and perfect for using a cast iron griddle. Oh, and did I forget to mention that the front left burner goes up to 17,000 BTUs? Much better than many other models we were first looking at.
Nice and sturdy all together.
On the side here we're actually planning on building a little cabinet to get some more counterspace as well as storage space. We're going to use leftover black granite tile for the counter top, so that should match nicely. We're really happy with went with a local place buying this unit, instead of Home Depot or something similar. Yes, this range was a bit more expensive than the ones we were first looking at (they did have cheaper models too though, so pricewise they were not that different overall), however you notice the difference in quality in so many areas. Plus, the guys delivering it were so friendly and said: if you ever have any issues, call us right away. Just like you would expect a friendly local place to do, I wouldn't think a large home improvement store would act like that!
So now we're looking forward to cooking, learning how to cook using gas, and having a stove hooked up for the first time in two months! Goodbye take-out. Hello beautiful gas stove.