Although I'm not a gourmet cook like my sister, I would have to say my gas range has gotten me through many a successful dinner! It also is very easy to clean and looks pretty good after 9 years of regular use! The burners come all apart and you can srub them really well and let them soak in the sink. (I like to use S.O.S. pads on them) The oven self cleans and heats evenly and thoroughly. The electronic controls are a bit confusing, but you get the hang of them pretty quickly. I don't know if Tappan is a popular brand, I'm not too familiar with it, but it has proven it's worth to me.