Kitchen & Bath
Pro-Style Gas Ranges
I predict that the candidate who promises a
commercial range in every kitchen will be the next president.
But it's a tall order to fill with prices for pro-style stoves
soaring from $2,000 to infinity and beyond. Fortunately,
according to a popular consumer reporting agency, there are
several high-performance stainless-steel stoves under $1,500
that actually outperform far pricier brands. One of these
models, the 30-inch Profile JGBP85SEHSS, retails for about
$1,300 and includes cast iron burner grates, two high-output
(12,000 BTU) burners, a self-cleaning oven, and a warming
drawer, among other features.
Range of Ranges Arranged.
With sizes including 24-inch,
30-inch, and 36-inch widths, this line of pro-style ranges will
suit almost any kitchen, and at a reasonable price. The 36-inch
Pro-Series P36S338BP features two high-power burners, at 15,000
and 12,000 BTUs respectively, three 9,100 BTU burners, and a
precise simmer burner that adjusts between 600 and 6,000 BTUs.
Sealed burners and continuous cast iron grates facilitate use
and maintenance. The oven can be controlled down to 150°F
for warming service. A standard-feature removable griddle spans
the middle burners for cooking diner-style and stores in an
integral compartment when not in use. List prices range from
$1,600 down to $800 for a 24-inch, four-burner model.
Peerless-Premier Appliance, 800/858-5844,
Ironically, true professional equipment is not what
you get in the typical pro-style range, but rather a unit
designed from the ground up for residential use. The maker of
BlueStar "genuine restaurant ranges" claims to produce the sole
exception to that rule. And, from the looks of it, this stove
means business. The model RCS304BSS is 24 inches deep for
built-in compatibility and features "commercial stainless-steel
construction." The all-gas stove has a recessed, ceramic
infrared broiler and automatic electronic ignition with
infinite-setting push-turn controls. All burners crank out
15,000 BTUs under "full motion" cast iron, porcelain-enameled
grates that allow pot movement without lifting. The
30-inch-wide basic model shown lists for $2,200.Prizer-Painter,
This gas range kicks pro-brand butt in independent
reviews, and is available in stainless steel as a $180 option.
An immediately obvious feature of the Gemini MGR6772BDS 30-inch
range is its double oven, capable of simultaneously cooking
separate dishes at separate temperatures. Hooked up to natural
gas, there's a single stovetop burner capable of 16,000 BTUs
(14,000 BTU on liquid propane); that's hot enough to scare even
the largest lobster. Another burner simmers at 5,000 BTU while
the other two deliver 9,200 BTUs. Other features include a
continuous grate and top-mounted controls. Separate upper and
lower oven controls feature an electronic scrolling keypad for
easy reading. The stove lists for $1,650 in stainless.
Basin in a
It's been a while since this vanity's debut
— ten years, in fact. To celebrate, this base from the
Starck 1 series is being re-issued with a "genuine Macassar
ebony veneer." This darkest of woods is interspersed with
contrasting bands of yellow and brown, giving it a striking
appearance. Brace yourself: The vanity lists for $5,250.
One advantage of a one-piece cabinet of
this size is that more cubic inches can be dedicated to
function instead of lost to the redundant partitions of a
multiple cabinet assembly. The Harbour Court production
vanity is large enough for two basins and plenty of
storage behind a solid hardwood or thermofoil
faade. Drawers feature 3/4-inch dovetailed
construction and full-extension undermount slides. Custom
options are delivered with the same turnaround as any
other cabinet order, according to the company. Prices are
in the middle range.
Add water and this cabinet grows into a vanity and then some.
The Brighton Arch style shown features "linen" white full
overlay thermofoil door and drawer fronts, concealed hinges,
and 3/4-inch wood drawer construction. With bathroom storage
and organization in high demand, multiple fitted cabinets
provide an ideal solution. The installation shown costs
approximately $8,900 for the cabinets and molding.
Wellborn Cabinet, 256/354-7151,
report a slight decline in the carved country cabinet look.
Clean, uncluttered lines characterize this Practically Basics
vanity. The model shown features a white frost finish on solid
beech. And although they may never be moved, the two armoire
units on wheels are free to roll into the bath, bedroom,
kitchen, or river with a body inside. The cabinets are built to
order and are priced accordingly.Plain & Fancy,