Needs: Dishwasher, Range, Hood vent
Goals: Appliances that look great and have some positive name recognition and performance that might additionally help with resale appeal. Keep the budget reasonable...not high end, but certainly not 'cheap.'
The initial choices:
Dishwasher: Bosch Integrated, stainless ($1105) or custom panel ($1035), 500-Series.
This is the series dishwasher we have...We actually have 2. They're quiet, good performers, and have adequate cycle options for almost any dirty-dish circumstances.
Hood vent: Zephyr Cyclone ($420)
We had a Zephyr Whirlwind hood in our last house over our ceramic-top electric range. It was quiet and did a decent job for being the bottom of the line in the Essentials Power Series. For this one, I went up a notch for more CFMs, a quieter decibel rating, and 2 halogen lights instead of 1 incandescent.
Range: Bosch HEI7282U Electric Range, slide-in ($2400)
I think Bosch should be a reliable choice with a good history for True European convection, and they boast 'Ultra Speed' ribbon technology for burners that are supposed to respond more quickly than the typical electric burners. There is a full-extension warming drawer underneath the oven. I had considered the Electrolux range with the 2nd oven in the bottom, but read too many negative things in a discussion on the Gardenweb Appliances Forum about the usefulness of that shallow oven you have to crawl on the floor to access. I'm not sure I'd find a warming drawer that much better at floor level...but oh, well, it might be nice for the future owners to have. What happened to storage?
Previous posts that may be of interest:
|Remodeling In-laws' Kitchen, |
Part 1: The Before
|In-Laws' Kitchen, |
Part 3: The Final Plan