I love our stove. For starters, it is electric. While I realize that most people dream of having a massive gas range in their kitchen, I, for one, do not. In fact, a gas stove ranks #1 on my list of stuff I don't want. Yes, they are nice to look at, and I know nothing is better to cook with, but the horrible ticking sound they make when you turn them on sounds like a bomb about to explode, and the anxiety this causes me is something I'd rather not deal with on a daily basis (or ever). In addition to our stove's non-explosive nature, it also has a rich history, which makes me appreciate it even more. While it is true that only 3 of our stove's 4 burners function, I'd say its only real downside is that it's a bit dated looking, which isn't doing our galley any favors in the design department.
So, in general, I'm not in any hurry to replace our stove. However, the day will come when we do need to replace it and I'm convinced that when this day finally does arrive, the standard size for a stove will have increased from 30-inches to some absurd size that our galley could never hold without extreme renovation. Right now, we have found only one 26-inch stove on the market, and I worry that it won't be available forever. So, a new stove is likely in our future. Until then, I decided to give our dated 80's model a bit of a face lift by replacing our old, charred drip pans with a shiny new set. They were only a few dollars and they instantly perked up the entire galley:
|Before (Top) and After (Bottom)|