The repairman finally came, but lo and behold, he took my stove away and left me with a brand new one! My husband (good man that he is) surprised me with this:) Now maybe this wouldn't be that exciting to you, but I cook a lot (there are seven of us who eat regularly, not to mention various drop-in teenage friends). And I have never had a new stove in my life -- I just always used whatever stove was already there.
Here she is, a Maytag smooth top electric stove:
She has a lot of features I wanted: large oven window, self-cleaning, variable burner sizes, delayed bake. Plus some that I will have to figure out, like a choice to use a convection bake. I feel like she has a slightly retro look, with her tall white back. I love how shiny she is --
I'm not worried about maintaining the top because I cooked on a ceramic stove for the past seven years (and it was a used stove), and its top still looked brand new when I got rid of it. A nice thing the installers did was to make sure the stove was level and that it was even with my countertops. A little perk that I haven't had -- my old stove was an inch or two shorter.
(A side note: I painted the plate behind the stove several years ago at one of those paint-your-own-pottery places. I was going for a peppermint ;)