NXR DRGB3001 Gas Range Review, Kucht & Thor Kitchen Comparisons

NXR DRGB3001 Gas Range Review, Kucht & Thor Kitchen Comparisons
The NXR DRGB3001 30″ gas range is a tempting piece of cooking technology…

No matter what you do when it comes to your kitchen floor decor (and there are a lot of options, from traditional setups to hardwood floors), you’re going to need a range and an oven. And if you want a gas range instead of a wall oven and cooktop (because both options have their pros and cons), you’re going to need to find the right blend of quality and affordability for your budget. Yes, it’s possible to a brand new range for a few hundred dollars, but you’re probably not going to get decades of use from it. Planned obsolescence prematurely ruins most appliances these days long before they would otherwise need replacement. And the money it costs to buy a Wolf or Viking range is just out of reach for most of us, even if they’re built to last for decades.

Thor Kitchen HRG3080U Range Review, Kucht KRG3080U Comparison
…but it falls short compared to the similarly priced Thor Kitchen in reliability and build quality….

The good news is that with the Internet, it’s possible today to buy well-made appliances that last for years without spending the equivalent of a down payment. Want a vacuum that won’t break down for at least 20 years? Try a Miele canister made in Germany and say goodbye to disposable vacuums. And if you’re in the market for a high-end gas range that only costs mid-range prices, you’ve got more options today than ever. We recently reviewed two of them, the Thor Kitchen HRG3080U 30″ range and the Kucht KRG3080U 30″ range, and were impressed by the build quality and professional-grade power.

Kucht KRG3080U Range Review, Thor Kitchen HRG3080U Comparison
…and it falls far behind the Kucht equivalent in customer service.

Today we’ll compare both to the NXR DRGB3001 Professional Style 30″ Gas Range in Stainless Steel to see if it offers as much value as the Kucht and Thor Kitchen ranges. Here are our thoughts in ten seconds:  the Thor and Kucht are built much more solidly than the NXR. We’d recommend buying the Thor Kitchen to save a bit of money and to upgrade to the Kucht for a comparable upgrade in customer service, avoiding the NXR if long term reliability is a priority. We’d also recommend using Amazon’s expert installation option if possible. Our full review of the NXR is below, and you can buy the NXR DRGB3001 here in the US. Our Canadian readers can buy a better and cheaper substitute, the Kucht KRG3080U, here.

Pros, cons, and key features of the NXR DRGB3001 30″ Gas Range

NXR DRGB3001 Gas Range Review, Kucht & Thor Kitchen Comparisons
On paper, it’s an impressive machine…

The NXR range is one of a number of gas and liquid propane (LP) ranges produces by California-based Duro Corporation. Like its more expensive range siblings, the DRGB3001 was made to compete with high-end ranges while offering middle-class price points. To that end, the range is made from parts sourced around the world, including safety valves from the US, the burners from Germany, the door hinge from Italy, and automatic reignition modules from Australia, with final assembly in China and shipping from the US.

NXR DRGB3001 Gas Range Review, Kucht & Thor Kitchen Comparisons
…with powerful burners and a convection oven…

The range itself has a 4.2 cubic foot capacity, 22,000 BTU convection oven and a 4 burner stovetop. The stovetop has 3 power outputs; the front left burner puts out 18,000 BTU; the front right delivers 15,000 BTU; the two twin rear burners can generate up to 12,000 BTU each. The broiler has a max output of 13,000 BTU. The range is made from stainless steel and includes a blue internal enamel finish.

How easy is it to use and cook with the NXR range?

NXR DRGB3001 Gas Range Review, Kucht & Thor Kitchen Comparisons
…as well as an easy, straightforward cooking experience…

Cooking with the NXR range is a pleasant experience; it’s solidly constructed, aesthetically pleasing, and easy to use. The control knobs turn smoothly and the cast-iron cooking grates are stable even under heavy dishes. The burners light quickly and deliver a strong amount of power; water boils quickly and meals cook evenly. The oven is powerful and the internal thermometer appears accurate to within 5 degrees. We can see clearly through the window, especially when using the internal halogen lights, giving us a bright view of whatever we’re baking.

NXR DRGB3001 Gas Range Review, Kucht & Thor Kitchen Comparisons
…and a minimalistic, fuss-free design.

We’re also fans of the simple, minimalistic design of the NXR. It has a straightforward, no-nonsense interface; aside from the control knobs for the burners, the only other means of interacting with the range are the oven control knob, which sets the thermostat (which ranges from 150 degrees Fahrenheit to 500F), a blue light that illuminates when the desired temperature is reached inside the oven, a switch for the oven light, and a switch for the convection fan (without which the oven operates like a normal oven, which is more optimal for foods like breads and cookies). There are no digital displays, clocks to set, features to program, or anything else to cause premature oven death through electronic brain damage. We love it.

What’s the difference between the NXR DRGB3001, Kucht KRG3080U, and Thor Kitchen HRG3080U gas ranges?

Kucht KRG3080U Range Review, Thor Kitchen HRG3080U Comparison
However, compared to the Kucht range, it’s not made nearly as well…

The NXR DRGB3001, Kucht KRG3080U, and Thor Kichen KRG3080U stainless steel ranges are frequently compared among shoppers because, as we reported in our reviews of the Kucht and Thor Kitchen ranges, all three machines are almost certainly produced in the same factory in China. However, unlike with the aforementioned competitors, we’ve noticed some significant differences when it comes to long term reliability of the NXR version of the range, and we suspect they come down to quality control (or a lack thereof). This is underscored by the fact that the NXR range, unlike its competitors, only comes with a 1 year warranty on parts and labor instead of a 2 year warranty. As we’ve written in our reviews of carpets and flooring, a manufacturer’s warranty won’t tell you everything, but it will give you a good idea of reliability when comparing otherwise equivalent products.

The NXR is beautiful, but it’s not built to last, and customer support is lacking

NXR DRGB3001 Gas Range Review, Kucht & Thor Kitchen Comparisons
…and may even present a safety risk in some situations.

Cosmetically, the only difference that readily stands out is the absence of a central cooking grate; however, the lack of the central grate means there’s no way to transfer cookware across burners without lifting pots and pans, which can get tiresome and increase the risk of spills. Functionally, the stainless steel is a very soft grade, meaning the surface will pick up scratches within months, if not weeks. In some ranges, the ignition sparks don’t stop once you reduce power, creating an annoying noise at best and a potential fire hazard at worst. In others, the burner valves may not fully shut off, resulting in a small but persistent gas leak at the nozzle,  After a few years, the ignitors and burners may need replacement, rendering either a given burner or the entire oven useless, depending on which goes. If you need replacement parts, they’re a struggle to find, and you might have an even bigger struggle on your hands when it comes to obtaining service from the parent company if problems occur.

Which of the three ranges do you recommend?

NXR DRGB3001 Gas Range Review, Kucht & Thor Kitchen Comparisons
Put your dollars toward the Thor Kitchen instead if on a budget, the Kucht if you want the best customer support, and Amazon’s installation service for a hassle-free installation.

If choosing between the NXR DRGB3001, the Thor Kitchen HRG3080U range, and the Kucht KRG3080U range, we’d wholeheartedly recommend the Kucht range first due to build quality and customer service (which is by far the best of all three manufacturers), the Thor Kichen second due to build quality and affordability (and decent, if not exceptional customer service), and the NXR model last due to a lack of both build quality and customer service. Whichever model you purchase, we’d strongly suggest using Amazon’s expert installation service to have your old range removed and the new one installed; moving 200 pound ranges in and out of your home and setting up gas lines isn’t how most people enjoy spending an afternoon, and the bit of extra money spent to have the installation and removal taken care of quickly and safely is well worth it.

You  can buy the NXR DRGB3001 30″ gas range here on Amazon, but if long-term reliability is a priority, we’d highly recommend buying the Thor Kitchen HRG3080U 30″ range here or buying the Kucht KRG3080U range here instead for a little more money and a lot more customer support. If you use propane, get the Kucht KRG3080U/LP instead.

Canadians, the NXR DRGB3001 30″ gas range isn’t available, but that’s really a blessing in disguise. You’d be better off buying the Thor Kitchen HRG3080U 30″ range or the Kucht KRG3080U range, which is cheaper, instead. Use propane? Buy the Kucht KR3080/LP here.

If you find our research on PMC helpful, you can follow our efforts to keep maniacally reviewing home appliances by shopping through our links above. We promise to keep fighting the good fight against every horror children, animals, and grown, yet messy humans can inflict upon a clean home.

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A Guide to Slide-In, Drop-In, & Freestanding Ranges: Pros, Cons, & Comparisons

A Guide to Slide-In, Drop-In, & Freestanding Ranges: Pros, Cons, & Comparisons
Want a new range? Here’s how to choose between them.

No matter what you choose for kitchen flooring (e.g., hardwood or something more traditional),  you’re going to need a cooking range. Your main options are freestanding units, slide-in and drop-in units, wall ovens paired with range tops, and hybrid or front-control units. While freestanding ranges are by far the most popular of the four options, there are times you might want to consider a slide-in or drop-in type range, such as when you’re looking for a more streamlined or customized look in your kitchen. Today we’ll take a look at the similarities and differences between slide-in, drop-in, and freestanding range units to help you figure out which is the best choice for your kitchen.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of a slide-in range?

A Guide to Slide-In, Drop-In, & Freestanding Ranges: Pros, Cons, & Comparisons
A slide-in range offers a cleaner, sleeker look than a freestanding range…

Slide-in cooking ranges are essentially freestanding ranges wedged between cabinetry. They include angled sides with cooktops that protrude slightly beyond the general width of the range. As a result, they’re installed by sliding them between cabinets (hence the name) with the end goal of resting the cooktop on the adjacent countertops. The advantage of this approach is a cleaner, sleeker look; you’ll frequently see slide-in ranges in upscale homes, in magazines, and on cooking shows. You can readily customize them with cabinetry and achieve a more cohesive kitchen compared to freestanding ranges, which never quite match as well with cabinetry. You also can store additional cookware at the base of most slide-in models in a bottom drawer. The downside to this approach is that you can’t install a slide-in range without cabinets on both sides, as the stove’s side panels will be unfinished and will include alignment grooves. The GE PS950SFSS 30″ slide-in double oven electric range is a good example of a quality, mid-level slide-in range.

What are the pros and cons of a drop-in model?

A Guide to Slide-In, Drop-In, & Freestanding Ranges: Pros, Cons, & Comparisons
…but a drop-in range is even more attuned to your kitchen.

A drop-in range is essentially a more complicated slide-in range. You don’t just need to fit it between cabinetry, you also need to customize the cabinetry from the ground up, setting up a base and a front panel with the same materials as the cabinetry. The advantages of drop-in models are tied to style and appearance; when done well, they can appear seamlessly integrated into your kitchen, giving it a high-end look for years to come. However, drop-in ranges don’t include storage drawers for pots and pans, meaning you’ll need a separate cabinet or drawer elsewhere to hold your cookware. Drop-in ranges are also generally hard to find, which means you’ll have fewer brands to choose from and might need to special order them. They typically feature controls on the front top panel and are usually 30″ wide. You can buy wider units, but you’ll pay much more for the privilege due to the customization issues already discussed. The Frigidaire FFED3025PS 30″ electric drop-in smoothtop range above is a good example of a trending style in drop-in ranges.

What are the benefits and drawbacks to freestanding ranges?

Wall Ovens vs Stove Ranges: Pros, Cons, Costs & Convenience
That said, you’ll get the most value from a freestanding range…

Finally, you’ve got the more traditional options to consider: freestanding ranges and wall ovens. The benefits of freestanding ranges are their versatility, space efficiency, and affordability. They’re the most common type of range on the market, which means you’ll have the most options when it comes to style, color, brand, and price. You’ll also pay less for them in general because they require no customization whatsoever, unlike slide-in, drop-in, or wall-mounted units. They’re also make a much better use of space than wall ovens because the cooking surface is directly on top of the oven, which means you don’t need a separate cooktop as you would with a wall oven.

The drawbacks of these designs are that they don’t integrate quite as seamlessly into existing kitchens and cabinetry as slide-in, drop-in, or wall units. Additionally, if you want a double oven, you’ll need a lot more kitchen space to fit one in in a freestanding design. The Kucht KRG3080U range is a good example of an attractive, durable, and powerful stainless steel range.

What are the pros and cons of wall ovens compared to freestanding, slide-in, and drop-in units?

Wall Ovens vs Stove Ranges: Pros, Cons, Costs & Convenience
Wall ovens are unbeatable in aesthetics and aging in place convenience, but are pricey.

Compared to the other three options, wall ovens are undoubtedly the most chic. There’s a reason you’ll find them nearly unanimously in high-end homes: they look amazing. They’re also by far the best option for aging in place and baking with convenience, as it’s the only design of the four with the oven placed at arm height, which means you’ll never need to stoop, strain, crouch, or bend to get food in or out of them. Additionally, if you do enough backing to warrant a double oven, you’ll get the most bang for your buck with a wall oven setup, as you can fit two full-sized ovens on top of each other more efficiently in this design than with any other.

The disadvantages of wall ovens are tied to price–they’re more expensive due to the additional labor and design requirements–and space. If you want to use a cooking surface, you’ll need a separate range top, which will cost additional money and will take up additional space elsewhere in your kitchen. The GE Profile PT7800SHSS combination convection and microwave oven is a good example of a popular wall oven.

What’s the best value in a range right now?

Thor Kitchen HRG3080U Range Review, Kucht KRG3080U Comparison
The Thor Kitchen HRG3080U is our top recommendation today for a high-end range for mid-range prices.

Given how much more value you get per dollar with a freestanding range over any other kind (e.g., a wall oven and range top, a slide-in range, a hybrid setup, or a drop-in range), we typically recommend them over the other options when you want the most for your money. Right now, two freestanding ranges that give a lot of power, performance, and reliability for a relatively modest sum are the Thor Kitchen HRG3080U 30″ range (reviewed here) and the Kucht KRG3080U range (reviewed here). The units themselves are the same; the Kucht just costs a bit more because the company provides better customer service and people are willing to pay extra for it.

You  can buy the Thor Kitchen HRG3080U 30″ freestanding gas range here on Amazon or buy the Kucht KRG3080U range here instead.

Canadians can buy the Thor Kitchen HRG3080U 30″ freestanding gas range here on Amazon or buy the Kucht KRG3080U range, which is cheaper, instead.

If you find our research on PMC helpful, you can follow our efforts to keep maniacally reviewing home appliances by shopping through our links above. We promise to keep fighting the good fight against every horror children, animals, and grown, yet messy humans can inflict upon a clean home.

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