We've had a Bluestar 36" 6 burner range since October 2010. Pricey to be sure, but without a doubt, it's the best invesment we made when we renovated our kitchen. With almost no electronics except for the burner ignitors and oven glow plug, there's little to go wrong. The 22K BTU open burners are about as close to a commercial range as you can get in a residential setting. In my opinion it's easier to keep clean than my previous sealed burner range, but you should keep in mind that there is no self clean oven option. It is a workhorse that will easily last 30+ years. Do swing by the factory if you can.
From what I've read, you snuck in under the wire. Bluestar has, apparently , started charging for color within the last 8 or 10 months. I've had mine since 2010 and also did not incur an upcharge for color.
Dixie, Thanks. We really like our new (2010) kitchen. We were never big fans of stainless and since our kitchen was going to be black & white we went with black appliances. The range, incidentally,is available in 190 colors for an upcharge of about $300. The door heat problem seems to be an issue from the past. Even then there was some controversy as to wether or not there was an actual problem, with some claiming the door was too hot and others not. My range is a V1. The V1 is an updated model in which Bliustar corrected the ills of the past. If you decide on a Bluestar you'll get a V1 as they've been producing them since amout May of 2010. So no, my oven door is fine. It gets no more warm than any other range I've ever used. You can find more info at the gardenweb.com appliances forum. If you need more info from me, feel free.
I've had a Bluestar 36" 6 burner range since october 2010. It's a great piece of equipment and as close as you can get to a commercial range in your residential kitchen. The open burners distribute heat evenly and the range is easy to clean. Even in the event of a boil over. And I've had a few of those. While it's not inexpensive, it was the best investment I made for my new (2010) kitchen. It's also available in any of 190 colors for an upcharge of about $300. Here's a shot of mine.
Well the kitchen was completed in October and I'm loving my Bluestar 36" 6 burner. This thing is a cooking machine. I got the V1 model which is supposed to fix the problems that people experienced in the past. So far no igniter, door or other problems.