We found some amazing stoves on offer and some of them were very expensive. We decided against an Ilve after reading some rather funny stories (not funny for the people whose oven caught fire) on forums. I thought the Bosch looked weird and I wouldn't contemplate a St George because of their taste in spokespersons. In the end we chose a Blanco and it is wonderful. Even better than my last stove, which funnily enough the new people weren't that fussed about. Apparently they bought the house because they liked a tree in the front yard. Wish we'd known that earlier.
We have however decided to keep the wood fired stove for heating and maybe a loaf or two. wood fired stove - there is a floor there now