We bought a stove, dishwasher, and over-the-range microwave over the 4th of July weekend, and they got delivered Friday morning. There were great appliance sales so we wanted to take advantage of the discounts, especially because the next major holiday with another round of sales wouldn’t fall until Labor Day. Too late for our timeline.
We started at Sears, but they didn’t have a lot of choices. For the stove we wanted a simple display, as little digital stuff as possible, knobs (not digital boop-de-boop buttons), and centered burners, not pushed way out toward the edges like most stoves these days (it makes using the stock pot or canning really difficult). That left us with few options.
One of the few options was a Samsung stove. Aesthetically it looked nice, even really nice. But then I saw the “chicken nugget” button.
Seriously? There is a button on the stove that you can select instead of choosing your temperature or setting the timer for the right amount of time? Really?! And it has to be printed there, visually, for all to see: “chicken nuggets.” OMG. And the rant then continued. French stoves must not have such stupid buttons featuring terrible foods. I am NOT buying any stove that has a chicken nugget button. And on and on. Fortunately, Ron agreed with me.
[Do you know how this is going to end yet?]
Sears didn’t have enough options, especially since I was vetoing said chicken nugget stove, so we headed to Lowe’s.
Lowe’s had a lot more choices, but we quickly narrowed it to three. Like Goldilocks and the three bears, there was one stove that was very basic and on super discount; a second that was more mid-range (and it was, in fact, the same dreaded chicken nugget stove that we had seen at Sears), which remained a contender for all its other features despite the stupid button; and a third, slightly higher-end stove, also with all the features we wanted.
As marketers have apparently figured out, we ended up going with the middle-priced option. (This must be why Starbuck’s got rid of “short” drinks and shifted to “tall,” “grande,” and “venti,” instead of small, medium, and large.)
So, yes, we did indeed purchase the much-insulted chicken nugget stove. In the end, the basic stove, although a great deal, had knobs that were not nearly as nice as the chicken nugget stove. And the high-end option (for us–we did not consider the, ahem, $4,000 stove also on display at Lowe’s…) was made by the same company so it too had yucky knobs. That left us with, for better and for worse, the chicken nugget stove.
By the way, it also has a “crispy pizza” button.