Mark Lipton wrote:Not to shill for the brand here, but my Thermador has excellent simmer settings on two of the four burners, and the closed burners are a breeze to clean (no joint lines for things to accumulate in). Of course, mine is old enough now that I have no idea if current models have any of the same features. BTW, the digital controls allow for quite precise temperature control in the electric oven. I've never had such consistent behavior in an oven.
I would bet they still do; it's what set the brand apart in the first place. I might actually have bought Thermador as they had a factory and showroom near to where we lived in Huntington Beach. I stopped in one day to ask for a demonstration, as they were like three miles from my home and it was 20 or 30 miles to the next closest tony appliance store (in those days, they weren't common like they are now) to see a Thermador in the flesh. They had a showroom clearly visible from the street. Whereupon a sales rep, not even a receptionist mind you but someone with a vested interest in promoting the brand, rudely and dismissively, in the voice you might use to order an unwelcome wild critter out of your garage, that this showroom was for industry professionals ONLY and I would have to go to an Authorized Retailer instead. At which moment Thermador got written off my list completely, and when we remodeled that house we went all-Viking which, in that part of the world, was THE brand to beat. It was the only brand mentioned by name in real estate ads, other than Sub-Zero refrigerators. You'd think they'd have been painfully aware of that and avail themselves of any opportunity to hand-sell a potential local customer with no competition in the room, but apparently not.