Originally Posted by Manton
Does anyone feel very strongly that any of these brands is much better/worse that the others?
I am leaning toward Viking because: 1) All the burners max out AND do a low simmer; 2) It is available in eight or so colors, whereas it appears that all the others are stainless only.
I think that Viking and Wolf are roughly equivalent. Thermador, based on my experience, sucks. The Thermador oven that we have is the single most problematic appliance in our house, and it is not even close. Again, and not to beat a dead horse, I think that gas ovens are fine. Most, if not all, fine restaurants use them. They are simple and durable. I worry about dual fuel, and have never found something that I could not cook in a gas oven.
My kitchen is white lacquer and stainless steel, so I didn't really consider another color. If you need color, then Wolf would not be the right choice.