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Wolf vs Thermador 36"??

Hi Everyone,
Thanks for all your advice in this area. Through the process, I learned quite a bit about both Wolf and Thermador ranges and had concluded that I would buy a Wolf Duel Fuel because it seemed for what is about a $1500 difference, the oven has potential (if you need it), to do a lot more things and you can order Wolf DF with liquid propane from factory without needing conversion, etc. and risking a loss of BTU's.

All that being said, I was miraculously spared the expense for the moment when my fantastic (will stop at nothing to fix a broken oven over a 5 month period, even reviewing electrical diagrams with manufacturer to pinpoint problem) repair people at JB Appliances (based in Trumbull, CT) were able to diagnose a faulty convection baking element, which was in fact discontinued, and then found a company to make a new custom element to fit my Jade range. So for now, I will continue to be interested in following the thread as it builds and hope that no other discontinued parts break in my oven for the next several years (it is only 6 yrs old). Happy cooking to everyone!

Oct 15, 2014
Sherbro in Cookware

36" Range Advice - Thermador vs Wolf

Hi Everyone,

I wanted to thank you all for your thoughts on this issue. I was educating myself to decide what to buy, as my 36" Jade had been out of commission since late March and I was at the end of the tunnel/my rope. The repair people I used (JB Appliance, which services Fairfield County, CT) refused to give up, even though at every turn, there was a challenge to figure out what was actually wrong with the oven after several "new" parts did not work. JB actually reviewed the wiring diagram in the instructions and discussed the issue with Jade. After learning that the convection element had failed and was long discontinued, they identified a vendor to rebuild/remake the element for my model. Long story short, my range was fixed a week ago and my guests this week enjoyed home-cooked and baked goodies. So, I will be waiting to purchase that Wolf until my range breaks and cannot be fixed. In the meanwhile, for any of you with Wolf/Subzero/Thermador, etc., I highly recommend JB Appliance if you live in Fairfield County and need repairs on any type of major appliance.

Sep 26, 2014
Sherbro in Cookware

mexikosher chef on new season of top chef

That would be cool. It would take the challenge up a few more notches

Aug 21, 2014
Sherbro in Kosher

mexikosher chef on new season of top chef

Will be a nice change to see something other than pork being cooked!

Aug 20, 2014
Sherbro in Kosher

Where to get Chinese takeout in Old Greenwich/Stamford/Norwalk?

Not sure when Pearl East is re-opening, but think I read it was arson, so probably a while. Wild Rice on High Ridge Rd (corner of Cedar Heights) is pretty good as is Asian Bistro (also on High Ridge Rd.)

Aug 03, 2014
Sherbro in Southern New England

Musings on the relatively low activity on Southern New England Board

I think that unless someone has a specific need, they don't tend to think about it. I had not thought about it for a while until I was seeking oven advice and then posted myself. I was genuinely surprised at both the quantity and quality of responses I got. One person spent significant time explaining how different types of ovens work and it took a whole page to do it. Having been re-engaged recently, I go back and browse the boards and then try to help where I can. When I mention Chowhound to people here in Fairfield County, most people have no idea what I am talking about, but are pretty eager to check it out.

I like the idea of streamlining geography, as I too live in CT and we need to go through comments on several other states to see something close to home.

Jul 31, 2014
Sherbro in Southern New England

Shop Rite

Shop Rite's strategy is to be a high/low grocery store, so if you get something on sale, price can be very attractive, but if you get something at regular price, you will pay dearly. When they have their "Can Can sale", you can get great buys. The bakery at Stop & Shop is way better than Shop Rite's based on my experience with fresh-baked bread. If you have a Trader Joe's near you, check it out (not sure where you are). You may also like Wegman's if that is in your area.

Wolf vs Thermador 36"??

Thanks for clarifying that. Based on how it was explained in the store, with the burner cycling on and off, that makes total sense.

Jul 11, 2014
Sherbro in Cookware

Wolf vs Thermador 36"??

Thanks for your feedback FattyDumplin and MSK. FattyDumplin, do you have the issue with the clicking noises on the surface burners that MSK is referring to?

Jul 10, 2014
Sherbro in Cookware

Wolf vs Thermador 36"??

Thanks eLizard. Maybe I won't let the dishwasher sway me. Will definitely look at it in person before deciding if worth it. One other question since you bought pretty recently. Did you find that Thermador prices were identical across all dealers? I am hearing they are, but would like some confirmation from someone who bought in another market.

Jul 09, 2014
Sherbro in Cookware

36" Range Advice - Thermador vs Wolf

Wekick, you are a wealth of knowledge. Thanks for all your feedback. I am not professional in my cooking in any way - just someone who cooks and bakes well at home. I really had no idea how these ovens really work until I read your post.
So I will ask another question -- since the gas oven releases more heat, is it going to make my kitchen noticeably warmer than an electric oven? It is a very large space, open to a family room and very well-ventilated with Cavaliere fan above range.

Jul 08, 2014
Sherbro in Cookware

Wolf vs Thermador 36"??

Thanks eLizard. Funny that there is the dishwasher giveaway on the Thermador (either all gas or duel fuel version). Like my Jade range, I also have a Jade dishwasher (undoubtedly bought on closeout when previous owners remodeled the kitchen). Dishwasher works ok, but basically looks like a Maytag where top shelves are already rusted after 5 yrs. Could probably use that dishwasher, but clearly not as urgently as I need the range. How do you like the Thermador Dishwasher? Did you get the one that came with the deal or did you pay to upgrade to a higher one?

Jul 08, 2014
Sherbro in Cookware

Wolf vs Thermador 36"??

Thanks eLizard and Beach Chick. Beach Chick, have you had the porcelain issue on your 48" Wolf? I am getting the feeling that all these perform well, but if you keep seeing ranges with more bells and whistles at higher prices, it is easy to get carried away and buy more than you really need.

Jul 07, 2014
Sherbro in Cookware

36" Range Advice - Thermador vs Wolf

Hi elizard. I would definitely consider the all gas Thermador as well. How do you find it with baking? I've had all gas before and thought it was fine, but everyone seems to make such a big fuss about having electric oven for baking. Also, how did you find it cleaning the oven without self-clean function?

Jul 07, 2014
Sherbro in Cookware

36" Range Advice - Thermador vs Wolf

Tripper, why do you recommend Dacor? How in your opinion does it compare to Wolf or Thermador?

Jul 06, 2014
Sherbro in Cookware

36" Range Advice - Thermador vs Wolf

Thanks again for the info. I did see the reviews about the porcelain on Garden Web and will definitely be calling Wolf before committing to the DF range. AG could be the way to go, but I don't relish having to clean an oven and you don't get true convection cooking. To be honest, I use the oven more for baking than cooking, so I like to be able to do more than one cookie sheet at once. In my previous GE Café 30" gas (which I loved), I would have to keep moving the cookie sheets around since they really don't cook evenly with gas convection.

Jul 06, 2014
Sherbro in Cookware

36" Range Advice - Thermador vs Wolf

Thanks for your thoughts on this. I currently have a 5-6yr old Jade (now discontinued) and noticed the same issue with the blue enamel in the oven. I think Thermador may have a similar porcelain. I will reach out to Wolf and see what I can find out on this. Due to the experience I have had with Jade (was 5 yrs old when I moved into house and 8 months later, doesn't work properly and part discontinued), I definitely want to stay with name brands where it is easy to get parts and service. Curious if any other readers have had the same issue with the porcelain.

Jul 05, 2014
Sherbro in Cookware

36" Range Advice - Thermador vs Wolf

Can anyone provide a comparison on Thermador vs Wolfe 36" dual fuel ranges? Trying to figure out if Thermador is good enough to save the extra $ on Wolfe. Thanks.

Jul 04, 2014
Sherbro in Cookware

Wolf vs Thermador 36"??

I am in need of a new 36" range and have narrowed it down to Wolf vs Thermador. Is it really worth the extra $ for dual fuel for someone who is a non-professional baker (mostly cakes)? I use the burners to sauté several times a week and the oven maybe once a week or every 2 weeks to bake. Also, what type of surface burner BTU output are people getting with LP gas as opposed to natural gas on the Wolf? If anyone has the all gas Wolf or Thermador, can you please comment on how well the convection bake function works. Has anyone converted a dual fuel gas to LP? How difficult is this for qualified person to do (e.g., plumber) and is there a risk of someone screwing up your oven or is it just better to get all gas and order LP from the factory?

Jun 30, 2014
Sherbro in Cookware

Trade Joe's opening in former Borders's location in Stamford??

This is great news! Thanks so much for sharing! It's sad to see the amount of empty retail space around here and while TJ's may increase traffic on High Ridge Rd., it will also save us from having to go to Darien for their goodies.

Sep 11, 2012
Sherbro in Southern New England

Jake's Wayback Burger - Stamford

Tried it recently. Very greasy spoon. McDonald's is better. That says it all.

Apr 07, 2012
Sherbro in Southern New England

Trade Joe's opening in former Borders's location in Stamford??

Not the answer I wanted to hear, but thanks for confirming the truth!

Feb 26, 2012
Sherbro in Southern New England

Trade Joe's opening in former Borders's location in Stamford??

I heard this from someone I know today, but couldn't find any evidence that this was true either. I guess I am just hopeful that something good will move in - it has been an eyesore for a long time.

Feb 25, 2012
Sherbro in Southern New England

Trade Joe's opening in former Borders's location in Stamford??

Can anyone verify whether Trade Joe's is really opening in the former Border's in Stamford?

Feb 25, 2012
Sherbro in Southern New England

Reviews on Kosh in Stamford?

Thanks for your feedback. Sounds like dinner is not such a great idea. Looking forward to seeing how people weigh in on the deli sandwiches. Maybe a better idea for lunch.

Feb 13, 2012
Sherbro in Southern New England

Reviews on Kosh in Stamford?

Has anyone tried the new kosher deli, Kosh in Stamford?

Feb 12, 2012
Sherbro in Southern New England

Frascati's in Stamford closed

Looks like Frascati's in Stamford has closed its doors for good. Just noticed last night. When did this happen?

Jan 14, 2012
Sherbro in Southern New England

Feedback on Alpine Tavern in Vail, CO

Thanks. If my friend is up for it, we will try the week after next and I'll let you know. I think I have been to whatever used to be in that location several years ago. Easy enough to get to from Vail Village transportation center.

Mar 12, 2011
Sherbro in Mountain States

Feedback on Alpine Tavern in Vail, CO

Has anyone eaten at Alpine Tavern in Vail? I am thinking of trying on an upcoming trip and don't remember ever hearing about it before. Thanks.

Mar 10, 2011
Sherbro in Mountain States

Is Aria in Stamford worth the visit??

Thanks for your feedback everyone. Haven't tried yet, but based on the above, not in a hurry to go for what sounds like a pretty expensive meal (on top of the babysitting cost!).

Mar 06, 2011
Sherbro in Southern New England