Blue Star Range Review

I have been putting off buying a new stove for a while now, mainly because I knew it was going to be a big and expensive purchase, something best saved for a remodel. Christmas dinner was my turning point. We had Christmas dinner at our house this year, which meant I was responsible for cooking the entire meal.  I can’t even begin to tell you the level of frustration I experienced while cooking that dinner. Let’s just say I would have sold a body part for a larger oven and an extra burner!   The stove we had was great at broiling–but nothing else! I was literally guessing what temperature I was setting the stove to because the spots on the dial indicating temperature had come off.

I already knew I wanted a Blue Star range, it has been my dream stove for about 15 years.  Two months ago I looked at the Blue Star website, found a dealer near me and took the plunge!  Just a note of advice–NEVER do this!  When you order a range of this caliber jumping into it is the wrong move–there is a reason most people put it in during a remodel! I bought the range went home–told my husband–then preceded to panic! I, the queen of reviews, had not read one review–except for Marcus Samuelson’s 15 years prior!  So off I went down the rabbit hole of reviews–to find complaints of hot doors–doors so hot that they fuse shut–and a list of reasonable requirements for installation–none of which I had thought of–I just wanted a new stove!  Mind you most of the reviews were old–circa 2003-2010!So if you’re reading this–you’re welcome! After sorting through hundreds of the reviews I found that Blue Star was very responsive to customer complaints and fixed every complaint. The ranges no longer have any of the issues I read about in the reviews.  I was particularly concerned with the hot door issue because of Page–she loves to hang out with me while I cook so I couldn’t have that.  The installation requirements were not anything huge, nothing that most kitchen remodels wouldn’t cover, for instance, we had to install a non-combustible tile behind the range, and we also had a base wall that we had to cover with non-combustible material–luckily the wall met the depth 24in requirement. We had to install an electrical outlet just for the range and lastly we had to install an oven hood.  The hood installation was actually the most stressful of all of the amendments we had to make.  The installer had to remove the cabinets we had above the range, and in the middle of that he found that we had a faux ventilation system–the people who lived here before us set up a vent piece that had no piping to the outside–dangerous for us for sure! While I’m grateful that we now have a ventilation system that actually vents to the outside–it ended up costing 3 times the amount we were quoted to install the hood–but again what’s a few dollars compared to our lives!

Now let’s discuss the range.  Blue Star is made right here in the USA. Most if not all of the production of the range is handmade–which is why it takes so long to get one–7 weeks–each range is custom made.  There are several iterations of a Blue Star range but the big decision for me was choosing between a sealed burner range or an open burner range.  I chose the latter. Blue Star ranges are known for open burners and simplicity– no frills, computer boards, timers, or self-cleaning ovens. They are as close to a commercial restaurant range as you can get. Why choose and open burner range? The beauty of an open burner is that open burners allow for better oxygen flow, that equates to more even heat and more firepower in the form of BTU’s.  I went with the base open burner model the RCS–which on my 36-inch range includes 5-15k BTU burners and 1-9500k BTU simmer burner.  I have 6 burners ya’ll!

The open burners are on this range are powerfully hot!! In fact other than searing and boiling water, I don’t see a need for using the full power of the 15k burners.

The simmer burner is great. I’ve used it to cook rice. The water barely moves, but 10 minutes later I have perfectly cooked rice. It’s like magic!

The oven is not talked about a lot in most reviews, so let me say a few things. The oven is huge! I can fit 2 commercial sheet pans in it at the same time! This will definitely cut the time I spend making caramel popcorn this Christmas in half.

The broiler is amazing!  Lamb chops under the broiler were done in 6 minutes, short ribs in 2!

I’ve never worked with infrared anything, and I was a little concerned that I wouldn’t like the broiler on this oven because the one in my old oven was pretty great, but consider me a convert–infrared is awesome– 1850F of straight awesomeness!  Many have complained about the broiler being too small–for me, it’s not, I could easily broil 2 or 3 small steaks at once, which for me is perfect! I mean look at the crust on the short ribs I made! As good as any grill could ever accomplish! The oven is optional convection, meaning you flip a switch to turn on the convection fan. Once the oven reaches temperature, it holds temperature well!  It takes a good 30 minutes to preheat the oven just because it’s so big. I’ve made brownies, brussel sprouts, kale chips, and sweet potatoes all with great success in this oven!  Overall, I love this range! It’s a pleasure to cook on and in this range, things cook quickly and evenly.  Getting this stove has made me realize how much time I wasted cooking on my last stove, by buying this range I actually spend less time cooking–that is always my goal!

Just so you know, this is not in ANY way a sponsored post.  I bought and paid for this range with my own money, and the review you’re reading is my own personal experience with this range.

26 thoughts on “Blue Star Range Review

  1. Thank You! Thank You!! I have looked at these ranges and read reviews for a few years now…I could be a salesperson I know so much about them! Your review was very informative…love the cast iron open burners! The 36″ RCS is all I need, stainless steel and plenty of power!

    June 🙂

    • Awesome! I’m so glad you found my review helpful. Now that I’ve had it for awhile and I’ve had the opportunity to run it through several paces— I love it even more! I would be very sad to leave my Blue Star behind if we ever sold our house. I hope you enjoy yours as much!

  2. I just read your post and thought it was worth while to let you know that Bluestar and BigChill gas ranges from 2015 – 2017 have been recalled in Canada and the US for explosion/ burn hazard. You may want to check your range and perhaps let your reader’s know?
    Here are the links:
    https://healthycanadians.gc.ca/recall-alert-rappel-avis/hc-sc/2018/67736r-eng.php
    https://cpsc.gov/Recalls/2018/gas-ranges-and-wall-ovens-recalled-by-prizerpainter-stove-works-due-to-burn-hazard

    • Hi Kelly! Thank you for alerting me. While I was sifting through the reviews on Blue Star I read about the recall on the wall ovens, I was not aware that it extended to the ranges. My range is not affected by this recall thankfully, but I’m happy to pass this on to readers of my blog. The good news is that Blue Star has a solid reputation for being very responsive to fixing any issues with their ranges. Their customer service is excellent at least they have been with me. Again, thank you for sharing this with me and thank you for stopping by my blog!

      • HI there, stumbled on your Blue Star review…do you find that the open burners make it harder to clean? I’m debating between going with Viking vs Blue Star and might go with Blue Star since they offer a sealed burner at the same price as the open burner. Vikings sealed burner is $1400 more than the open burner.

      • I had the same worry after reading hundreds of reviews about open burners versus closed burners. Now that I own an open burner stove I have to say I don’t understand the fuss. This stove is by far 100% easier to clean and keep clean than any sealed burner stove I’ve ever had. In my opinion keeping the surface of a sealed stove shiny and buffed is a lot more work because I always worried about scratching it. With the open burner stove I don’t have that worry. Boil overs, stray potatoes or green beans, rather than stay on top of the stove, fall through into trays. I layer the trays with foil and throw them out so clean up is a breeze. As for the stove top, a quick scrub down with a green scrub pad keeps the grates looking new and I don’t worry at all about scratching or scorching the surface of the stove. Hope that helps, good luck with your decision and thank you for stopping by my blog!

  3. Thank you for this, it is such helpful information! We are in the market for a new range to replace a c. 1980 analog Kenmore (this is the last Christmas I am doing this, I swear) and BS is the top of my list for many of the same reasons as yours. Great to hear that the oven doesn’t disappoint and the broiler works well. I have booked natural gas conversion for our house and decided on a 48 inch to get a smaller side oven that I assume will heat up faster than the large oven for things like re-heating leftovers as we don’t have/want a microwave. But now I am trying to decide do we want the integrated 24″ griddle or all 8 burners? I know the BS Platinum has a removable griddle but I really don’t like the idea of having attachments to store separately and feel that the griddle would be useful assuming it has even and adjustable heat. If so, I can imagine using it as a french top as well. And I love cooking but I am not a professional chef so would not use all 8 burners at once. Here in Canada, we can get a 48″ RCS from Costco but it has sealed burners, so the only option for open burners is buying direct from the distributor for, essentially, double the price of the Costco 48″ RCS. It’s great hearing your experience because it reassures me to go with my gut and finally be able to cook a meal without cursing at my stove!

    • First of all I’m so jealous that you can buy a blue star at Costco! I’m also envious that you’re getting a 48 inch range! Oh how I wish we had the space! I personally think you’ll be extremely happy with the performance of the sealed burner RCS. I’ve definitely been where you are as far as cooking a big meal on an incompetent stove, once you get your range you’ll definitely wondering why you didn’t get it sooner. Congratulations and do come back and let me know how everything works out once you get it! Thank you for stopping by!

    • Hi there! Stumbled upon this blog (thanks to the original author) and see you are going with a 48″ range. I’ve been researching this topic for 2 years now. We are ready to pull the trigger on our remodel and I’m hesitating, again, on the BS. The only other option I’d go with is the Wolf 48″ range, but I LOVE that BS has larger ovens than Wolf, but I like the dual ability of Wolf. Have you made a purchase?

  4. Thank you so much for your review as I read it I am sitting here worrying myself sick . we too took the plunge and have ordered a new blue star for a kitchen remodel.( after about seven years of wanting one ) . Consumer Reports was no help at all and some reviews were tough. 30in. Platinum . We will see …lol Thanks again for your review.

    • Hi Dave!

      Congrats on your new purchase! I’m so happy to hear that you found my review useful! Please come back after you have your blue star installed and let us know what you think. I’m sure you will love your new range!

      Thank you for stopping by!

  5. I bought the same stove! Just installed it. Love it but I need to change out my vent hood. Currently, the vent hood I have is not deep enough to cover the front burners. How do you like your NXR hood? Is it loud on the lowest setting? Is that a NXR Pro model?

    • Hello! Yes I do have the NXR Pro. I have never used it on the high setting so when you asked how loud it was I had to shuttle through each setting to hear if it was loud or not. There are 4 different settings on my hood. My go to setting is low or the second setting which I would say is medium low. Neither are what I would consider loud. I can still hear the television in the living room on either setting. The last two dials are louder but I not overly loud in my opinion. But I probably couldn’t hear the television in the other room on those higher settings. With that said, I’ve definitely worked with hoods that are much louder. I like my hood, it definitely serves its purpose. It is more than capable of handling the heat and smoke that comes off of the blue star. I pan sear steaks, and salmon on it often, never have I had to go beyond the second setting on this hood—it’s great! The only gripe I have with the hood is that it has a NXR Pro name plate plastered on the front of it. I’d prefer not to have a name plate at all, but that is a matter of taste—not function. Hope this helps, thank you for stopping by!

      • Thanks for checking. I went ahead and ordered the hood through Costco and a chimney cover through another web company. With our current hood, I hardly use the high settings only when I seal my wok or cast iron skillet. I don’t like the NXR logo plate either. I’ll see if it can be removed once I get my unit.
        Keep up the good work on this site. There are some recipes I will try out.

  6. Congrats on both of your purchases! The best thing about ordering from Costco is that if you change your mind you can always take it back! Let me know how it goes if you do decide to take the nameplate off.

  7. Hi, I was able to remove the nameplate off using my fingers. It popped right off and then use some hot water and soap to remove the glue. Although my nameplate is an oval shape NXR, yours is a square NXR PRO from what I can see.

    • Thank you so much for coming back to tell me this! I didn’t realize it would be so easy to take the name plate off! It never occurred to me that it was just a sticker. I was able to get it off without damaging my hood, it looks great now! Thank you!

  8. So we are considering a 36” BS for our home remodel and have a few questions.
    1. Do you really get a low simmer? I’ve heard elsewhere that the simmer runs hot. Also, what do you do itpf you need to simmer more than one item. We were told you could stack the burners, if you needed more simmer burners, but this seems like a safety issue. Comments? (Btw-we are considering induction because of this.)
    2. Platinum versus Nova series. The Nova does not have the 25000 btu burner which is offered I the Platinum series (can’t imagine needing something so hot, anyway), it does not come with the griddle, and it has the more traditional oven, with the heat coming from the bottom, and slower preheat time. Have people been happier to have the higher heat, quicker heating Platinum series?

  9. We are trying to decide between a BS 36” Platinum, Novo, and an Induction.
    Questions.
    1. For those who went with Platinum, do you ever really crank it up on the 25,000 btu burner, or is that overkill? I guess it would be good for boiling a big pot of water, but cooking on that high of heat seems too much.
    2. Do you get a true simmer from your 5000 btu burner? Hat do you do if you need to simmer several items?

  10. I am building a house and ready to purchase all my appliances. I am going to purchase the Bluestar stove. Do you have any recomendations for other appliances?

    Sheila

  11. Thank you for your review! This was one of the only real consumer reviews I saw outside of Houzz comment threads where BlueStar owner seem to love their ranges. A few months ago, I broke our current range, but it was a crappy Fridgedaire that I knew needed to go. I fell in love with BlueStar while shopping for a new hood. It was good timing, since we now need a more powerful hood for our new incoming BlueStar range. We can only accommodate a 30″ but I decided to go for the RNB model. I can’t wait!

    • Congratulations! The reason I wrote this review was because I couldn’t find any current reviews and that was very frustrating to me while I was researching, so I’m extremely happy to hear that you found my review helpful. Please do come back and let us know how you like your range once you get it. Thanks for stopping by and happy cooking!!

  12. Consumer Reports reviews have warned about extremely hot oven door fronts when the oven is in use and burner control knobs requiring mitts to operate if the oven is in use. You made passing reference to your own concern about this issue in the beginnng of your review but did not come back to it in the later section where you talked about the oven. So what is the scoop on the hot stove front/knob issue? If you held your hand on the oven door or knobs would you get burned or have to remove your hand quickly if the oven is on? Is there any concern about excessive heat damaging/warping adjacent cabinet walls if the oven is slid into a bank of lower cabinets?

    • BlueStar addressed the hot oven door issues by adding a second vent line to the oven door. Their first iteration only had one vent line, the addition of that second vent line solved the issue of doors getting so hot that they fuse shut as well as the problem of doors being too hot to touch. I can personally say that I’ve never had an issue with the oven door being too hot to touch or place a hand near when it’s on. As for the knobs getting hot when the oven is in use- I often cook on the stove stop while something is roasting in the oven, I touch the knobs and the knobs the don’t feel hot—again those vents work wonders! There is one exception to hot knobs! The broiler— I sometimes leave the oven door open to watch my food while it’s under the broiler, when I’ve done that the knob that controls the oven/broiler gets very hot, I definitely need an oven mitt to turn it off then— BUT only if I leave the oven door open while broiling—leave the door closed and it’s not a problem. Hope that helps!

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