Next week we close escrow and move to a new (new to us) house. While I got a great foreclosure deal, I am still limited on cash for upgrades. The bank had put a brand new stove in, but it is the absolute cheapest stove made. So I am going to sell it on Craigslist and replace with something better. I am limited to a budget of about $650 max (less the $200+ hopefully I get for the brand new never used cheap one), 30" wide free standing. Besides reliability, I want standard cast iron grates (not the cast iron covered with porcelain). My biggest problem in searching online has been Consumer reports rates ranges but the ones in my budget customer reviews say the opposite of CR on those particular models. CR rates reliability by brand (#% is percentage of failure by customers surveyed), Hotpoint 7% as most reliable followed by GE 8%, Frigidaire 8%, Kenmore 9%, Whirlpool 11%, Maytag takes a significant jump in percentage of failures 14%. I guess what I am asking, if you have purchased a budget $400-$750 gas range in last 3 years, can you please comment on the brand reliability and features you like or dislike. Our current home appliance are Bisque in color, new home requires White, I purchased a Kenmore fridge last year and already have had issues with it. Fortunately a friend just bought 3 months ago a new white Whirlpool double door with pull out freezer, and has offered to give this $1200+ fridge to us for free since they decided to change their kitchen appliances from white to black. More importantly I am very luke warm on Kenmore after the fridge issue.