Bompani Philippines. We had to buy a cook stove for our new Philippine house. Here’s our experience buying an Italian BOMPANI range.
Carol is a fantastic cook. One of her dreams was to have a decent kitchen stove. Typically kitchen stoves in the Philippines are 50 or 60 centimeters wide — 20″ to 24″. While these may have four burners they are very cramped for serious cooking. We decided we wanted a 90cm (36″) wide stove. The major brands in the Philippines are La Germania and Elba. A 90cm range costs P70,000 or more. This was just more than we wanted to pay. The Citi Hardware chain is marketing a smaller Italian brand — Bompani (www.bompani.it
). A nice looking 90 cm stainless steel Bompani was available for about P54,000. The design and quality seemed similar to the other brands. We were attracted by the lower price, but worried about the availability of parts and service. When we questioned Citi Hardware sales persons, they gave us the name of an Iloilo appliance repair shop who they said could supply parts and service. We went to the location. They told us they had never heard of Bompani and had no idea where to get parts. We emailed Bompani customer service in Italy and never received a reply. This was discouraging, but our longing for a bargain kept us focused on Bompani. Finally we met a Citi Hardware assistant manger who had more answers. He said that:
- Citi is the Philippine dealer for Bompani
- Bompani parts and service are available through Citi Hardware
- Citi has technicians trained in installing and servicing Bompani
- Citi offers a written six months parts and labor warranty.
- We could have a 5% discount on the range we wanted — the Bompani 96N Fornio Gigante (Giant Oven)
- Citi would deliver and install the range for P450
Based on these reassurances we bought the Bompani. Here’s our report so far. The stove was delivered in excellent condition. A few days later the “technicians” arrived to do the installation. They seemed generally knowledgeable about the basics, but admitted that they had never installed this particular model, only smaller Bompanis. There were two issues we were particularly concerned with. Gas stoves are generally shipped with two types of jets or “injectors” — one set for natural gas and one for propane. Natural gas is delivered at a lower gas pressure and so requires bigger jets. Propane is delivered to the stove at a higher pressure and so needs smaller jets. The technicians did not seem completely up to speed on this, so, after they left, we looked over the jets in the stove and the spare set and determined that the stove appeared to be already set-up for propane.
Almost immediately we popped a pizza in the oven. After frustrating attempts at pizza-baking in stoves in our rental apartments, we were delighted with the performance of the Bompani. The stovetop burners are wonderfully powerful. In the U.S. we had suffered with propane stoves which could not get a pan hot enough for stir-frying or larger sautes. That’s certainly not going to be a problem with the Bompani. The huge middle burner really is tremendously powerful. So, so far we’re pleased that we were able to buy a big stylish Italian range at a price which we could afford.
UPDATE: We’ve had a chance to live with the Bompani for almost a year. We are VERY pleased with it. The oven worked flawlessly. The temperature control was excellent. So too the cooktop. It seems well made. The burner controls are precise. The burners have a safety device which prevents them from releasing gas unless they are lit — such as when a child fiddles with the knobs. Overall we’re very happy with the stove. Be aware that not all parts of the stove that look like they are stainless steel, are stainless steel. The key parts are stainless — the top and the front panels, but the sides are not. We knew this before we bought the Bompani as we brought a magnet with us when we shopped. This is not a 100% foolproof test for stainless as some good stainless is magnetic.