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When our new home was recently completed, we had opted to get an upgraded KitchenAid appliance package with our new kitchen. All of the appliances were KitchenAid, and most of them have been just what we expected in the way of performance in our new state of the art kitchen.
I opted for this model of stove top because it had five burners instead of the usual four, providing additional flexibility when cooking.
There is a small burner, in the left rear cooking area, for small pots and pans. This is great for making eggs or heating a small saucepan. The large burner, which can be set to accommodate three different sizes of cookware, is especially handy when cooking with a large soup pot or dutch oven, which I use often for a large simmering beef stew or a coq a vin, my husband's favorite! The center two burners are a medium size, but it is provided with additional flexibility by having the ability to bridge the two with a duel-circuit element, which allows each burner, which sits one in front of the other, to accommodate a double griddle or another large pan.
The black glass provides a sleek and classy look to any style of kitchen. However, I find it extremely difficult to maintain. Any tiny splash, spill or overflow, even just a drop of butter or oil splattering from frying anything, makes a big mess which is extremely difficult to remove. I have to really scrub to get any food which gets on the glass off, and even when the stain is gone ,it takes an additional five or ten minutes to get rid of the streaking from whatever cleaning product I may use. Also, no matter how careful I have been, I already have a scratch on the glass. The KitchenAid web site warns about not letting the pots or pans scratch across the surface of the glass, which can be kind of difficult when using a large, heavy pot or pan . I sometimes feel that this cook top , although it looks great, is not meant for someone who does a lot of serious gourmet cooking!
Another problem I have encountered is the actual heat control knobs. I find often that the controls are very imprecise. If I am trying to get a rolling boil, or even a slow simmer, one setting may be way too hot, and one notch down the temperature doesn't seem to be enough to get the desired cooking level I may require for a particular recipe. When I was making a big pot of chicken soup recently, I had it set to medium low and it boiled over, so I lowered it to the next lower temperature and it stopped simmering at all! When I called the KitchenAid customer care representative, she suggested I try a different burner, even though there is only one burner large enough for a large stock pot.
In conclusion, I think there are definitely some problems with this cook top and, although I love the way it looks, I think I would get a different brand if I had it to do again.
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Amount Paid (US$): 1300