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Viking Range Problems

<br><font size=2> <P>If you like to bake, you may be suprised with what Consumer Reports says about viking-ranges.</P> <P>Consumer Reports has some recommendations on how you can stay within range of a recipe with your viking range oven.</P></font>

Viking was the first to come out with pro-style ranges for home kitchens. They cost thousands of dollars.

But in Consumer Reports' latest tests, a viking range had a serious problem.

Greg Parker has more.

Consumer Reports puts all kitchen ranges through the same series of tests, whether they cost hundreds of dollars or thousands.

Testers found a problem with this 30-inch pro-style viking, which goes for five-thousand dollars.

"It shorted out and stopped working when we ran the self-cleaning feature. One of the connectors actually melted."

Consumer Reports tested a second range. It didn't short out, but again there was a problem.

"You can see this connector here has turned brown, and it's partially melted."

As a result, Consumer Reports has designated this range a don't buy: performance problem. It's viking model number VGSC-5304-BSS.

Consumer Reports has tested other 30-inch pro-style ranges. People like their big knobs and heavy construction.

But they cost thousands of dollars, and of the 13 now rated, none has earned a high enough score to be recommended.

And many of the 30-inch pro-style ranges don't have as much oven capacity as regular 30-inch stoves.

"So rather than spending thousands of dollars on a pro-style range, you can get better performance for far less from a conventional stove."

For example, Consumer Reports recommends this 800-dollar LG, model number LTG-3091.

It has a bigger oven than most standard-sized pro-style ranges. It can simmer tomato sauce to perfection. And it does a great job baking cookies.

If you want that recommended LG stove in a stainless-steel finish, it's available for 100 dollars more.

And if you already own that viking range and have experienced a problem, Consumer Reports says call the company for a repair.

For KFDX-3 News, I'm Greg Parker. Back to you.

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