We are so excited about our new Ilve farmhouse stove! In this post, I am sharing what we like about this stove – and what we don’t.
I am pretty excited about our new Ilve range however I wanted to test it and use it under everyday conditions before I do my full review. I updated this post in August 2023 after we have been using this range for over 3 years.
So here it is, the good, the bad, and the ugly!
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Why did we get a new stove?
There are many reasons why people buy new stoves. Honestly, our old Bosch gas range was still working perfectly.
But as we were in the midst of our full kitchen renovation, my husband and I talked about getting a stove that would fit better with the farmhouse theme and look a bit more pleasing. I am a professional blogger and Youtuber. Most of my Youtube videos are recorded in our kitchen and I love having a beautiful range.
What other ranges we looked at
At the time, we considered either getting a vintage stove such as an O’Keefe & Merritt or Wedgwood or one of those beautiful French farmhouse stoves. Although we liked their features, we did not like the look of the more industrial stoves such as Wolf or Subzero, and so on.
The issue was that the vintage stoves usually come in 33″ or 36″ widths which was more than we had space for. Our old stove was 30″ and that is what we had planned for. Had we installed one of those vintage stoves, we would have had to cut into the counter and cabinet space. But space comes at a premium in this kitchen so we didn’t want to do that.
The French farmhouse stoves on the other hand posed the same issue: most of them don’t come in 30″. Also, they were not an attainable luxury for us. Therefore, we had decided to keep our old Bosch gas range for the time being.
How we found this Ilve Nostalgie stove
One day, I think I simply googled “farmhouse stove” and that I when I found the Ilve 30″ Nostalgie stove. Don’t worry if you have never heard of the Ilve brand – I hadn’t either.
Ilve is an Italian company and apparently, it has been around since 1952.
We definitely loved the look: a bit more feminine, beautiful colors, old-fashioned handrails, and pretty knobs. Then I spent more time researching if people had issues with them. I even contacted some Ilve stove owners on Instagram to see how they liked theirs. They all did and nobody reported any problems.
This is the moment for full disclosure: we did purchase this high-end range but we received a nice discount from the distributor. However, we would have still bought the stove without the discount. Also, I wasn’t asked to do or say anything and all the opinions in this post are all my own!
Meet our white Ilve Nostalgie 30″ gas range
When this stove was delivered, we thought it was just as beautiful as in the pictures. The brilliant white fits much more seamlessly into our farmhouse-style kitchen. The chrome fittings go perfectly with all the existing chrome and stainless steel hardware.
The gas cooktop has five brass burners ranging from 7000 to 15500 BTU. We find that the brushed stainless steel is pretty easy to keep clean but I wouldn’t recommend any aggressive or abrasive cleaners!
The heavy-duty grates are very similar to the ones on our old stove. I love that they will even accommodate large pots with its continuous leveled surface. Even though I don’t clean them on a daily basis, they do clean up easily with all-natural products.
The oven comes with two removable racks and an electric rotisserie attachment. We have used conventional and convection heating, the defrost, and the grill function. All of them work really well!
At the bottom is a warming drawer that I am using as a storage compartment.
Best of all, this stove comes with a price tag of about half of what you would pay for a typical French farmhouse stove. That in itself was a big selling point for us.
Features that were important for us
I really wanted the stove to have a simmer burner and an oven that goes down to 100˚F. This Ilve Nostalgie gas range seemed to fit the bill.
Now, for the simmer function, we ordered a simmer plate and I am so glad we did. The center one is a dual, high-power burner, meaning you can ignite only the smaller burner. I am not sure how many BTUs it has but for true simmering, I place the cast iron simmer plate on it. This is perfect for cooking dishes for a long time or making bone broth.
As for the oven going all the way down to 100˚F, it seems that it is the dual-fuel model that does that (with the electric oven). Our gas oven starts at 150˚F. So when making yogurt, I simply turn it to 150˚F, turn it off for a while, turn it back on, and so forth. It’s not ideal but I have successfully made delicious yogurt with this workaround.
We even had some bad spills and broken glass in our oven. Looking at it you wouldn’t even know because it cleans up so easily that it almost looks like new.
How to customize your Ilve stove
Ilve color options
We were limited to a 30″ stove but the Ilve Nostalgie series comes in many different sizes from 24″ up to 60″. We also knew we wanted a white stove, even though it comes in 8 other stock colors, including a beautiful antique white. You can even get the Ilve ovens in a custom color!
Ilve fittings options
For us, the chrome fittings (knobs and railings) were perfect but we could have chosen brass or bronze as well.
The Nostalgie series offers gas stoves (both for natural gas or propane) and a dual-fuel option.
To make this stove look more vintage, you can order claw feet or a matching toe kick for a more finished look.
Potential issues with your Ilve range
There are four things I want to mention to anyone considering buying this Ilve stove.
- The first one is that you will need to keep the ignitor for the gas burners going for 8 seconds. The manual recommends 10 seconds but I have consistently been getting away with 8 seconds. In the beginning, it definitely took a bit of getting used to it but now we don’t even notice it anymore. I guess it is an extra added safety precaution that makes sense to me.
- The next thing is that the actual oven is not quite as wide as you might expect. Since our old oven was also 30″ wide, I can attest that the Ilve oven is smaller on the inside than other American models. Most if not all European ovens tend to be a bit smaller. This 30″ Ilve gas oven has 2.7 cubic feet. I haven’t roasted any turkeys in it yet but I doubt that I can put much else in the oven at the same time.
- Ilve appliances are made to fit the European standard. That means that these stoves are about 2 ¾” shallower than the standard domestic counter depth of 26″. Many people simply install a piece of countertop behind their range to fill the gap.
- The oven fan is loud. It is as loud as our vent. Ilve says that this keeps the internal control unit cool and comes on automatically.
Final verdict: is an Ilve stove a great choice?
You have probably been waiting for this: we love our brand-new range!! Would we buy it again (knowing everything we know now)?
Yes, we absolutely would! Even 3 years later!
Every day, we look at it, we admire the beautiful high end look and how well it blends into our kitchen. We are having a lot of fun cooking and baking with it.
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Can you cook a turkey in it?
I receive this question often whether you can roast a turkey in this oven. Remember that we have the 30″ Nostalgie gas oven, different sizes, and different fuel ovens may have other dimensions.
However, I did roast a 15-pound turkey in a lidded turkey roaster that is about 9″ high (with handle) and it just about fit. I will say that the turkey cooked a bit faster than I expected. Therefore, I should really check the temperatures and possibly make some adjustments. Other than that, it has been holding up well and we still love it every day!
How is Ilve’s customer support?
We have not had any issues with our Ilve range. However, I have heard from people that Ilve has terrible customer support and that they don’t get much help from the Ilve customer support number. I am just mentioning that so that you can do more research to decide whether this is the right stove for you.
What if you need a service technician?
When we bought our Ilve range, the sales team told us that anyone who repairs stoves would also repair an Ilve stove. We have not had any issues yet but I hear from other people that they’re having trouble finding a service provider that will deal with an Ilve product.
Is Ilve the same as Hallman?
From what I understand, Hallman uses the same products as Ilve but puts their own label on them.
Where can I get more information?
I have found the Facebook group Ilve-Hallman-Italian Range Group very helpful. Also, Hallman put together this list of videos for various issues and troubleshooting steps for Ilve ranges: https://www.hallmanindustries.com/explainer/index/IlveRangeVideos?fbclid=IwAR1hyGQVPt6a8j0fMdmCd3S6BuvoLXDJHcJevrNThBLM0f_uvvMHwWJFbc0
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