Pros: Looks, dual ovens, quick heating, price-to-value
Cons: No griddle in the middle, no big deal though.
During a recent upgrade to our kitchen, we replaced all the appliances and had to search for a new 40 inch range. Our old GE 40 inch Dual range had seen its better days and then some.
When we started searching for a replacement, we found that there are not many options out there for a range this large. As we shopped the Internet, basicly it boiled down to Sears Kenmore and Fridgidare. We located both on Sears.com.
The Kenmore line had the most models to choose from in this size range. You could choose a lower level model with exposed coils. Those models came in All White and Black w/stainless top. These 2 looked rather cheap to tell the truth. The higher line models were all stainless and could be had either all electric or a combo gas/electric and looked much much better. The Fridgidare line only had one model to choose from...basicly what you see here (all stainless)and only electric. But, several hundred more to buy!
We ended up going with the electric Kenmore that is shown here. At first we purchased the range online at Sears.com, then while shopping for a new Refrigerator at the Sears Outlet, we found the same EXACT range that we had just purchase 2 days before for $1000.00 LESS than we paid online. There was absolutly nothing wrong with it either. It had been previously ordered and then returned without ever being installed. We canceled our online order and bought the range from the outlet.
Now to the nitty gritty...
This is one Beautiful range. We love the black glass top, though it is a bit hard to keep clean at times. But you can buy Ceramic Top cleaner that will remedy that. The elements heat up very very quickly. We love the fact that the left side elements can bridge together to form one long one...great for larger casserole dishes. The warmer element in the middle does a good job of keeping dishes at a nice temp till ready to serve. The right front element can be used as either a small one or a larger one by just turning the control knob in a different direction depending on what size pot you are using. Each element is outlined on the glass surface by a small silver outline embedded into the glass. There are several lights in the middle of the surface that let you know which element is still hot after turning off. They go out after the elements cool down to a predetermined temp so as to not pose a burn hazzard.
The convection main oven takes some getting used to. In convection mode, it cooks much faster than a regular oven. About 30% faster in fact! We have overcooked a few items using that mode, but getting better at it. Now, we actually prefer the convection mode to save time and energy. The oven can also be set for regular bake if you don't want convection. The self cleaning feature is great to have...no more scrubbing the oven for us!
The smaller side oven is good for small dishes, rolls, ect. Or for just one person to use without having to heat up the larger oven.
Be carefull with the smooth glass top, as we are told that they can crack easily if abused. If they do, they are very very expensive to have replaced.
I have to say that we love everything about this range. The only thing that I wished was an option on here would be a griddle in the middle like our old range had. That was a nice feature. But, the higher lines of this size range do not offer that option, only the lower cheaper looking models.