First, please don’t think I’m being a manipulative wife. No doubt, some will think I am but I don’t feel like I am so . . I can live with all this with no guilt.
Most of you will agree that I cook a lot. I’d rather eat at home any day than go out. I think I spend more time in the kitchen than the average wife. It’s by choice – not something that is expected of me. Vince would be just as happy with a sandwich most any day, though he does appreciate the effort I put into our meals and I think he understands that cooking is as much of a hobby for me as is knitting.
When you figure that at most restaurants these days, not even taking into account the COVID risks of being out and around people, you’re going to pay at least $25 for any halfway decent lunch for two and upwards of $60 for an average or even low cost dinner in many places. I don’t think we’ve eaten dinner out anywhere in a very long time because neither of us drive after dark.
I’m not even going to discuss my dislike for the glass top stove because you all know how I feel about that. When we moved to MO the first time, in 2007, and I was stuck with that glass top stove, and I kept trying to figure out a way to get gas there, Vince promised me if I would just accept that one while we were there, I’d never have to have another one. When we found this house, that was my first question and since there’s already propane here, we will get a gas stove but the line has to be run through the sewing room ceiling (basement dropped ceiling thank goodness) so I have to at least get paths through there before the line can be added. Knowing what I know now, I wish I had done that before moving everything in there, but we didn’t.
My Stove Choice:
There was a particular brand that I’ve had my heart set on for years. It’s about three times the cost of the average stove but I felt like it was worth it. Vince and I have talked about through the years but he’s always said it was too expensive. I can get it in white with a lot of stainless so you would think it was white and will match the appliances in the kitchen, or you could think it was stainless so that when we start replacing appliances as they wear out, stainless will match. I told Vince . . if I get this one, even though it’s more expensive, we can keep the fridge, we can keep the fridge, wall oven, microwave, dishwasher, vent hood and sink and change those white appliances out as they break or need replacing. Vince liked that idea and agreed to go with that stove because it save money, at least in the short term.
I was so happy . . really, so very happy . . till I started reading reviews. Now, I feel like I should just go buy the average or low end of average stove, keep it for as long as it lasts and get rid of it – don’t expect anything special; don’t expect anything to last. We live in a throw away society and hoping for good quality and something that will last forever . . forget it. I wish Toyota made stoves! 🙂
At this point, I’m so disappointed, I’m thinking I’ll just keep that glass top.
The stove that I have in Texas, we’ve had for maybe 8 years. We’ve had to replace the knobs twice because some component of them is plastic and it breaks, Vince has had to replace two different parts in the oven and the repair people were out two different times to work on other things with the oven. I just don’t think that’s acceptable in an 8 year old stove, though most of the repairs happened within the first three years. That particular model, and it’s newer replacement models are consistently in the top rated gas stoves and I wouldn’t buy another one like it for anything. I’ve loved the stovetop but do not love the knobs and almost every stove we’ve looked at has that same plastic piece in the plastic knobs. Why??
I’ve talked to maybe five different appliance stores; told them I want a basic gas stove, with a gas oven, with convection and I want it to be rated near the top and be reliable and every single one of those places has recommended a different stove. It can’t be this hard . . can it? I guess the answer is “Yes, it can but it shouldn’t be!”
I give up! I’m not even thinking about a stove til after the first of the year. It will probably be at least that long before I have the sewing room ready for the plumber to come install the gas line.