My wife and I are about to replace our 30-year old drop-in Frigidaire electric
stove that came with the house.
1. Is it better to stick with a drop-in, rather than slide-in stove/oven, even
though the selection of drop-in's is limited 2 or 3...and the price is
2. My wife likes the flat top surface, rather than burners. Manufacturers
several hundred dollars more for the flat top. Is it worth the difference?
Also, how does the flat top surface hold up to scratches, cast-iron pans,
3. Any big difference in quality and reliability between the top major brands?
One factor to be aware of going in, is that with the ceramic flattop
ranges, if it does break, it ain;t cheap to fix. A friend recently
put a Hotpoint one in a vacation house he occasionally rents out.
First renter put a quarter size chip and 6" crack in it. It still
works though. I checked online to see how much it would cost to
replace. It was $300 for the assembly. The stove only cost him
It is easy to clean though and pretty neat. It heats up very fast.
And I think you'd have to do something pretty stupid to crack it, but
if I had crazy kids or a rental unit, I don't think I'd get one.
They're great for people who like to constantly spill large amounts of food.
Some spillage is inevitable, but some people can totally wreck an entire
kitchen just making scrambled eggs, so I guess these flat stove tops are
perfect for those people.
Well, I know this is highly unlikely to happen, but she might want to ask to
see the instruction manual for one of these stoves, and take a few minutes
to read about "how to clean" and "which pots you can't use" - ***BEFORE***
buying the thing.
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