Is this Dacor gas range worth $7K?The Dacor Renaissance RNRP36GS looks great, but its middle-of-the-road performance isn't enough to make this range worthy of such a high price.
[MUSIC] Hi, I'm Ashlee Clark Thompson with CNET appliances and today I'm gonna be talking about the Dacor Renaissance RNRP36GS. The design of the Dacor is actually fairly simple. There's no Digital displays, there's no time or clock display, all you have are knobs and two buttons to control the convection fan and the oven light. There's two glad racks that make it really easy to bake, or roast heavy items, like Turkeys or roast beef. There's also a wok ring, if you cook with a wok a lot. There's also a griddle that comes with the oven. And these brass burner caps that are really cool to look at. But I don't recommend cooking with them because they start to discolor as soon as you use the gas stovetop. There were some features though that I did not like about this oven. First of all, the boil times were not really as fast as I thought they would be for such a high powered, expensive oven. Now the broiler plate is located near the back of the oven, so you have to push all the food that you are trying to broil toward the back, which feels a little unnatural, since we have always been taught to put your food in the middle of the oven. Also it cooks six burgers very, very unevenly. The first row that was closest to the infrared broiler plate was definitely overcooked while the burgers in the next row were a little bit under done. The knobs are really great and heavy and sturdy to use but it's a little difficult to see which knobs switch burner because of the location of the little burner key on the actual stove top. This oven also has a tricky pre-heat light that I found really frustrating to use. The light is supposed to flash on and off once your oven has reached pre-heat temperature, but I found that the light which is turn off for about two minutes or so and then turn back on for about two minutes or so. It's a little bit confusing unless you're sitting by the oven watching this light and whether or not it's coming on and off. Now this decor oven is really pretty to look at. And it's definitely gonna be a showpiece if you decide to include this in your kitchen. However, the price is $7130. Which is more than my car, to be honest. There are definitely gas ranges on the marketplace that deliver a comparable, if not even better oven performance than this particular Dacor model. I'd definitely look into those before you decide to invest so much money into your range. For more, you can check out my full review on CNet.com. For CNet appliances, I'm Ashlee Clark Thompson.