If I had read half these reviews before purchasing this range, I would have never bought it. But after using it for over a year, I have no idea what these people are doing. Have they ever cooked or cleaned anything before in their life? To date, all my knobs works, I've never turned the burners on by accident, I've spilled nothing in my vents, my ovens heat up perfectly and cooks just as well if not better as the day I bought it. The key thing is you need to know how to cook. You're not going to make a pizza in the top oven, you have to use the bottom with a baking stone set at 550 using convection. The key is to preheat the stone for at least 45 mins before you ever put the pizza in the oven. This results in crispy crust and bubbly cheese. You can't cook ribs properly under a broiler - it's only used for finishing off at the end after you've braised them for 2 hours at 250 degrees. The center burner is not for every day cooking but it is great for reducing pan juices from roasts cooked in the lower oven - we do this at all the major holidays. I have had major boilovers and never gotten anything in the front vent. The secret with any stove is to clean up the boilover as soon as it happens and not cook it onto the surface of the stove.
So I have had several problems with this range. The burners started discoloring two months after I purchasesd it. I don't cook that often so this was surprising. Also the stainless steel around the burners is hard to clean. You cant use anything that will scratch the stainless steel so you have to scrub gently. Lastly, there is a vent in the oven doors. If something leaks in there you actually have to take the doors apart to clean the oven door. I mean actually use a screw driver to take the doors apart. This is really ridiculous because how are you going to take the doors apart every single time something leaks in there.
This stove has been great to work with, but it has a few major flaws. One of our burners has had difficulty lighting from the very beginning. We also discovered that this particular model has a safety feature that so far we have been unable to bypass. The gas cook top does not work if there is no electricity. On other models you can turn on the gas and light the burner with a match in the case of a power outage. This model cuts off all gas access if there is no electricity. We were very disappointed with this "feature" as one of the reasons we purchased the stove was so that we could still cook in the event of a power failure.
So far we are very pleased with this oven. It heats quickly and bakes evenly. We did have a problem with a bent upper oven door on the first unit we received but Sears quickly sent out a replacement within 48 hours. A the build quality seems good and we're pleased it's made in America.
The features of the oven are good. The controls are large and the oven racks are very sturdy. The grill is a very nice feature. There are lights in each oven controlled by the dashboard.
The gas range Double Oven that we purchased is made in America the price was just right for what we were looking for it works perfect for our needs especially with the Double Oven where you can Bake (2) different items at the same time and cook other items on the Gas burners on top. Our range was Delivered & connected by the same men. We were so happy with what we had purchased the next day I went back to tell the salesman who we worked with making the sale how satisfied we were. There was another couple looking at the same range I gave them my opinion about the range & they went & purchased the same range.
OK, all the negitive reviews are either true lemons or bad operators. Stainless is stainless to a point,---- it will discolor, it will scratch. But it will hold up better than any painted surface. It is electronic, that can fail for any oven.
Now to Almost perfect.:
I give this double oven almost perfect. We've had it for three years and it is an amazing device. There is so much you can cook all at the same time. And, when you host Thanks Giving, the double oven is just wow!. best of all, it is the show point of the kitchen no question. Eveyone wants it!! The all stainless steel is a must!!! for cleaning.
I say Almost perfect, three things I would change and two are safety related.
1) The gas knobs turn to eazy and just gentley pushing up against them turns them on. Not good.
2) No indication that any oven is on other than the temperature. It is so eazy to forget the oven is on.
3) it would be great to have a temp probe in the large oven.
Other than that, go buy one!
I have to say after dealing so long with an older oven not working and finally breaking, it blessed me with having the opportunity to invest in an amazing oven, it cooks so quickly, evenly and efficiently that it blows my mind away, I do a ton of baking and cooking and this oven by far exceeds every one of my expectations.
I am pleased with the look and the function of the stove. I like the fact that the second oven is larger than most other double oven ranges.
We like the larger capacity of the second oven because the controls are higher than on many other models (which we also like - nobody under 4 feet needs to control those knobs anyway!) We also love the center griddle option and the pretty (and functional) blue interior.