Pros: Dual fuel, convection and all Electronic components.
Whenever you start to remodel you never know what you are going to need such as any new appliances. But, when you need something like this, it is best to go to the people that will help you out. What I mean is, give Sears a call. When I went looking for a new range, I had to do it alone and I did not have the luxury of the opposite sex to help me out. When it comes to something that is going to be a fixed object in your eyes for the next thirty years or so of your life, then you better make damn sure that you pick the right model. Ya know, this is not like a spouse where you can divorce it and make it move out, you are stuck with it unless you make the change (unless you move out). So, I highly recommend that you get some help in making the right decision, when pick something like this out.
We previously had Jenn-air appliances and they were so expensive to replace, that we were able to get a whole new free standing range with a double oven for the same price of what it would cost to replace just the counter top range from Jenn-Air. We found this one at Sears, the regular price is right around $2200.00, but we got it for $1869.00. That is a huge difference, since if we tried to replace just the countertop we would still have two 40 year old ovens. With this model, at least we would get two new ovens and be able to open up some cabinet space by remodeling. This is a special order range, that you will have to do some remodeling to be able to use because it is a 40" wide model. Since, we had a built in countertop job, we had to do some remodeling to be able to purchase one of this type.
There is a lot of different stuff that you will get with this range so I guess the best way to start, is to tell you about what this is equipped with. This is a 40" stainless steel free standing range, that has a smoked black glass and black electronic sensor touch console. This also has one large electric (220) oven, (the overall dimensions are 25-1/2" deep x 48-1/8" high x 40-1/8" wide), on the right side and a smaller oven on the left side.
There are 5 Burners located on the top which have black cast iron grates that interlock with each other. The burners have different BTU's, the front left burner is a 12000 BTU power burner, the left rear burner is a 9500 BTU standard, the back center burner is a simmer burner and has 5000 BTU's, the right front burner is the largest at 14200 BTU's power burner, and the right rear burner is a standard burner at 9500 BTU's. Also on top you will see two vents located on top, one on the right and one on the left. Each one of the control knobs are marked by a printed on white diagram by each knob , telling which burner that each knob will operate. If you feel the need to do some specialized cooking they also send you a WOK stand to help you out in these areas.
When you stand in the front of the range you will see a very large drawer at the bottom, this is not the broiler, it is just a very large drawer to store pots, pans, and lids in. All of the doors that you see have a stainless steel towel bar to allow you access to these compartments. Kenmore has put all sealed one piece burners and easy removable knobs in the range top controls. The continuous grating design of the grating, will cover two burners at each side and one large burner in the center for easy removal. The burners have a pilotless electronic ignition, one control for each burner, the sealed burners have a non-adjustable air feed.
Inside the Main Oven you will get three oven racks and four rack positions to set them on. The baking element is 3000 watts and the broiler element is 2750 watts, you also get a self cleaning oven. On the convection side the element goes up to 2500 watts, with a fan and a convection element separate from them. The heating element is a standard thermal heating element for the convection and regular oven part. The inside of the main oven dimensions are 22-5/8" wide x 15-3/4" High x 17-3/4" deep, and also inside there are two standard incandescent lights. The oven controls are located on the top flat surface and on the sensor touch control panel located on the top back. The self cleaning oven can be pre-set or done with simple touch.
This has an easy to clean surface and everything is digital including the clock and timer that you can find on the sensor touch backguard panel. The overall color of this range is black and stainless steel, but if you want a more clear picture each of the parts are as follows; the backguard is stainless steel and black glass. The burner caps, grates, and cabinet color are black. The control dial and knobs, control panel, cook top surface edge, handles, and door panels are all stainless steel in color. Also the drip bowls located inside in oven are black. The glass window inside of the front of the oven and the cooking surface is a transparent smoke glass. All of the parts that are removable are dishwasher safe such as the knobs and grating. All of the burners and controls on top are mechanical.
You have a total of two ovens, the main oven can be used for standard or convection baking or broiling, and the broiling option has a variable temperature operation. The Auxiliary Oven has only one rack but four different levels to set it on. The baking and broiler element will go up to 1500 watts at 240v and use standard thermal heating. The self cleaning method of cleaning, will only work on the main oven. So, yes you will have to manually clean the auxiliary side. The interior dimensions of the auxiliary side oven is 9-9/16" wide x 16" high x 19-1/2" deep, inside you will also have one incandescent light to see inside. There is no convection baking or broiling on this side, only standard.
One other thing that you should know about this range, along with the top burners that use natural gas, the elements inside use 220v, you can also convert this to use propane gas if you need this for a cabin or mobile home. This is why they consider this a dual fuel range.
Control Panel Features
There 29 different sensor touch pads that you will be able to take advantage of, they are oven cook time, add 1 minute, slow cook, convection convert, oven light, kitchen timer on/off, warm and hold indicator light, warm and hold pad, convection bake, pre-heat, cakes and bread, clock set, stop pad, 0 through number 9 pads, convection roast pad, broil pad, bake pad, start pad, flex clean pad, delay start which you can use with bake, convection bake, preheat, slow cook, cook time, and clean.
The temperature control knob for the left side auxiliary oven is also located on the left side of the control panel. This knob will allow you to control the temperature starting at 150° all the way up to 500° and then broil.
If you are not experienced in hooking up appliances then let Sears do this for you. But, if you know how then by all means do it yourself. This is very easy, you only need to attach the 220v appliance that comes with this and the gas line. As soon as you hook up these two you may have to wait until the air clears the gas line inside of the range, this should take less than one minute. Once you plug this in all of you controls should light up and you can set the clock on the control panel. One other important note that you may want to consider and that is, you may want to adjust the legs to make sure that the range is level and even with your countertop, before you shove this into its new home.
So far we are ecstatic with our new addition to our kitchen, but the first thing that you may want to make sure you know is that all of the burners are not the same BTU. If you use the wrong burner you could possibly burn the food at the bottom of your pot if you are not careful. We found this out in a hurry. The first thing that you will hear when you turn the first knob, is a popping noise and that is the electronic ignition trying to light the gas that is coming out of the selected burner. Then you should hear a whoosh, and that is the gas lighting up. Once you have a flame then do not forget to turn the knob to stop the range burners from continuous clicking. You will see a spark at all of the burners even though you are only trying to use only one burner.
The convection part of the oven is very nice to have, because we always had trouble baking cookies, they would always burn on the outer edges. With the addition of the convection we have turned out some beautiful looking cookies. We have turned out several batches and not one burnt cookie out of the whole bunch. Our meat loaves have stayed juicier than ever.
If you need a timer for other things that do not require baking, you will have the option to use this because this will work and not affect the settings of the oven while you are trying to bake. The rang looks beautiful in our kitchen and it is very easy to clean. There are some things that you should remember when cleaning and that is you should never use any cleaning agent on the inner side of the door or gasket. You will need to use only hot soapy water and a clean cloth to the inside of the door and never rub the gasket. This gasket is made of a woven material and if disturbed in any way, it would damage the seal that you are getting.
This comes with only a one year warranty, so I highly recommend that if you have a chance then get the extended warranty because of all of the electronic components that this range has. You may pay a lot for this range, put you are getting a good quality one. So far five stars out of five for the look and quality of this product and the ease of use.