thank you, XXXXX XXXXX like to stay in the moderate price range (1500-2500), but most importantly I am willing to pay for good performance but NOT for status names, eg wolf, viking. Size is 30", style = slide in, color probably stainless, might consider white. I am completely redoing the kitchen, will need all new appliances, don't care if they're all the same brand, tho would want them all the same color, and stainless can be a problem in the refr. (or not--some that look like stainless don't have the same problems, ie fingerprints and don't hold magnets.)
The features i care about in the range are:
1) a low burner;
2) continuous grates
3) grates that are not flimsy, but also not so huge and heavy that they are hard to pick up and clean. Some divide the whole surface into just 2 grate units, some divide them into 3 or even 4 units. The more units, the easier to pick one up to clean it.
4) grates that don't have huge gaps in them so pans can tip into the gap, nor so high off the top of the range that pans tip over the edge.
5) pan under the grates easy to clean; think this means porcelain not SS
5) don't need 5th burner
6)prefer controls in vertical plane, same as oven door; they will get too spattered in 'new look' where they are horizontal in same plane as the burners.
7) warming drawer would be nice
8) dual fuel preferred
Again, most important is quality of workmanship and good warranty/service/support--does anyone do this anymore?
And specific question i asked expert 1 that he also didn't answer: Consumer Reports says GE is best or second for gas or dual fuel: Do you agree GE is at least 'one of the best'? Also, Kitchen Air or JennAir have been best on some of the design features i want (grates, etc.) but CR ranks them low reliability. One salesman i talked to said Jenn Air set out to revive its reputation last fall, but maybe its too soon for CR to have looked at them--do you have an opinion on Jenn Air and Kitchen Aid in gas slide in ranges?