I currently have a fancy schmancy stainless steel smooth-top slide-in range, Kenmore branded (made by Frigidaire; looks about like this one: http://www.frigidair...FGES3045KF.aspx
although mine is older). The previous owner of our house installed it. I hate it. The only pans I have that are really flat enough to work well on it are made of cast iron, the surface is slow to heat up, the oven is even slower (20+ minutes to get to 350F; over half an hour for 450F), and the convection fan in the oven prevents the use of cookie sheets inserted lengthwise). The controls are accessible to my 17-month-old, unless I go through the tedious task of locking the panel. The smooth top always looks dirty, unless I use the special cream cleaner on it. The range's only redeeming feature to me is that it's pretty, and that happens about once a month when I spend the time scrubbing the gook off the smooth top.
I'm considering buying a used freestanding Kenmore 790.94213405 (similar to this Frigidaire: http://www.frigidair...FFEF3015LS.aspx
) for $200 (should I offer less?). Instead of the 7 minutes it takes to heat 1 quart of water on the fancy range, the coils do the same in 4 minutes. The oven was at 350F in 12 minutes, even with its concealed element. A cookie sheet fits. Controls are out of reach of the toddler's inquisitive fingers. I'll have to cut the counter top that was installed to fit the slidein range, but that's no hard task.
Am I nuts to go back like this? Would it be a horrible mistake? Really, I want to COOK on my range, not look at it.
Be as serious or as funny as you like in the comments. I really appreciate all of you, and mention this site to every DIYer I meet.
Edited by dbiberdorf, 18 September 2012 - 10:15 AM.