Mark Willstatter wrote:. I think I remember that CR favored GE in ranges, so if it were me, that's where I'd start. Lowest end GE might be in the price range you mentioned.
True about 6-7 years ago. We didn't have ton to spend, I looked for the top 3 dependable per CR (this is gas, I think they have separate ratings for gas and electric). one I chose was a GE. Very happy with it- not fancy, but has been very dependable. Not the lowest end model, because important feature was the one 15K burner.
The problem with asking a service guy is he knows what he gets calls for, but not what he doesn't get calls for. Say in a month he gets service calls for 25 GE, 25 Kenmore, 20 Whirlpool, 10 KitchenAid, 10 LG, 8 Viking, 1 Wolf , 1 Aga. But he doesn't know if his potential client base consists of 30% GE, 20% Kenmore, 25% Whirlpool, 10% KAid, 10% LG, 3% Viking, 1% Wolf, 1% Aga, or any other combination.