I would respectfully disagree with stainless being trendy. Going with a peach colored stove might make sense to you today......but you will walk into your kitchen some morning and wonder....what the hell was I thinking when I bought THAT. With a stainless stove you can change out your cabinets, counter tops, etc with no worrys about "matching" the range. I think stainless gives you a better chance of the kitchen not looking "dated" in a few years. We all have friends with European kitchens, that looked just like something they saw in a magazine, that now look old and out of style. Ranges are like good suits....the new and fancy are rarely better than the tried and true. I'm not advocating peach, or some 70's green, but I do think the stainless thing has been soooo overdone. If you can find a classy color, I would do that over stainless. Stainless used to be distinctive. At one time, it was the only way you could get a near professional stove or refrigerator. It also fit very well in homes with a modern aesthetic. Now, it's everywhere, and at every pricepoint. I think it also screams gaudy, nouveau riche if not done correctly. My personal preference would be to build an almost entirely stainless, professional kitchen. But, it's the real world, and such kitchens can be a little cold to strangers and loved ones alike. By the same token, putting a big, sparkly, professional style stainless stove into an otherwise warm, traditional kitchen calls undue (IMO) attention to the stove and breaks up the aesthetic of the room. My picks for range colors are bolder reds, blues, and best (IMO) black - the most traditional. Think Le Creuset type tones. Anyway, the important thing is performance. So Manton, for a guy who sometimes talks about 1/16" measurements sometimes being important to him, I'd go one step further and find out which maker has the best service in your area. If you want a great deal of flame control, it might be nice to have a technician who will be able to diagnose and fix any flow control problems you think you might be experiencing.