Originally Posted by cz9h3d
If I'm going to spend some more money (now), I want a slide-in range - although slide-in essentially seems like a way to increase the price a few hundred. I like to learn and research the heck out of things.... and I'm not finding a lot of online resources - or getting that excited about researching ovens, refrigerators, etc. I kind of feel like since I know I'm not going to spend the big bucks on subzero, viking, etc, just give me something that looks good for the best price...
Like you, I'm pretty tempted to buy a couple of appliances in order to take 10% off of my total kitchen order. And like you, I'm not terribly impressed with most
of the IKEA appliances. Yep...like you--I totally research my purchases, too.
Initially I was expecting to purchase all of our appliances from IKEA. Gas range, micro/hood, fridge and dishwasher. Unfortunately, I didn't find the features we wished for on the range either. Specifically, we wanted a slide-in and we wanted a continuous grate on top. No joy with the IKEA ranges. So...
...we decided to purchase the slide in range (go to Sears and look at GE, Amana, Maytag and KitchenAid). We purchased a KitchenAid.
For dishwasher, we wanted hidden controls and, again, no joy at IKEA. We found a $599 Frigidaire at Sears. Both, by the way, were on sale 10% off recently. They (Sears) often has 10% off sales or other rebates.
As for the other stuff...we decided to buy the IKEA Luftig hood and the IKEA fridge. Why? The fridges are pretty good looking with typical (read "generic") performance. And although the micro/hood combo was tempting, we liked the way the Luftig hood would look over the slide in range. We purchased a stainless steel microwave from Sears (again with the 10%sale) for about $120 bucks and plan on building it into our IKEA cabs.
So, we'll report when all is installed and complete. And we'll probably wind up saving about $1000-1200 bucks because of buying an IKEA fridge and hood.
Food for thought anyway. Good luck with your project!