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The real skinny on flat top stoves?


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#1 gary

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Posted 25 July 2005 - 08:13 AM

I'm in the market for a new stove. Actually I'm hoping to find a used one off Craig's List. Anyway, I've been passing over the flat top stoves for no good reason and I'm wondering if I should consider them. Especially now that there seems to be a good deal on a new kenmore flat top stove on CL. Oh, is a stove a stove or should I look for and avoid certain brands?

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Posted 25 July 2005 - 12:01 PM

by all means avoid whirlpool unless you like a service truck parked in your driveway  whirlpool and it`s kenmore equal (665)  have various known problems right out the box however the rest are pretty good
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Posted 25 July 2005 - 12:18 PM

I'm trying to get a model number of the Kenmore in question. You're saying that all Kenmore models other than the 665 should be OK, right? Any thoughts on flat tops in general? Will my pots/pans all need really flat bases to work well with that style stove?

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Posted 25 July 2005 - 12:34 PM

Completely flat and they have to match the sizes of the burners also.  Flat and not warped or pitted.
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Posted 25 July 2005 - 12:45 PM

Thanks for your comments. I suspected that might be the case. One obvious feature I like about flat tops are ease of cleaning. Some quick window shopping at Sears the other day reveals that some coil stoves have ceramic drip "containers" without holes at the bottom, and thus seemed like good candidates for easy cleaning. What I'd really like to be able to do is toss the drip containers in the oven during a self cleaning cycle. Any recs on coil stoves with ease-of-cleaning features?

If it's not obvious already, we're not real big on stove cleaning at our house!

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Posted 25 July 2005 - 02:33 PM

If your are going to get an electric stove, the ceramic top is the only way to go. Other than the cleaning, there are good reasons to go smooth top.

The stoves with the coils have constant problems with the connections between the burner and the recepticle. The burners on the ceramic tops have wire connections that hardly ever fail. The burners seem to last a very long time, we don't replace very many.

The stoves with coil burners are on the low end of the product line, lots of crappy parts .

Go get you a smooth top stove.

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