It is a good range, but I was disappointed about a couple of things. First, when placing the pancake griddle that the salesman sold me on the center burner I found that it overlapped all the other burners on the stove thus preventing them from being used at the same time as the griddle. Second, when I used the pancake griddle the front of it did not get as hot as the back 2/3 of it so that I had to bake pancakes only on the back 2/3. I don't know if this was a problem with the griddle or the range, but this is the griddle that the salesman picked out for me.
My biggest problem with this stove is that it does not have the same high quality handle on the warming drawer as the stainless stove on display has at Sears. The stove on display at the store has almost the identical handle on the warming drawer as the handle for the stove door. The handle on the warming drawer for the black stove is a cheaper quality tab handle that almost feels like plastic. My biggest question to Kenmore is why would you sell a product in different colors with different quality components? If your stove on display (although displayed in stainless steal) has almost identical high quality handles the other colors should have the same high quality components just in a different color. Also, the first stove I picked up had missing burners, a dent in the rear, and a broken drawer with random screws floating around. The second stove I got delivered had the drawer hanging off with a random screw floating around. After talking with sears and management and being fed up with the entire process I was given the option to fix the draw myself and get a small discount which is what I did. I had to drill my own hole for the place the random screw was supposed to go. Although I think Sears did what they could do I think Kenmore should be embarrassed with this product. When they sell a product it should look the same and have all the same components in all colors.
Great stove for the price. The delivery guys were great and efficient.
This stove cooks things!!!!!!!!!
Good sale price, further discounted with new Sears card. Made by Frigidare (won't buy anything Whirlpool again). Yes unfortunately, black stoves are now more expensive than stainless. Switched back from an electric stove, much easier to control temperature. My only issue right now is that the burner grates have rubber pads (to prevent the grates from scratching the surface) and half of the 12 have fallen off within the first two months. Not acceptable.
The stove-oven works wonderfully, the burners have been very satisfactory, but they promised me (verbally) a griddle top to cook grilled cheese sandwiches and pancakes on and I never received one. When I called in to check on it they transferred me around from department to department, then finally told me if it wasn't on the ticket , it didn't happen sorry! After buying such an expensive item, I am heart broken, that they wouldn't be customer focused and satisfy the product buying money spending long time honorable customer the griddle. This Kenmore range cost over $1000.00 when it was said and done!
The Sears 'sale' price on this was misleading; most other appliances are more expensive for Stainless Steel -- but, we found out at time-of-purchase that Black finish is much more expensive still! (Our fault for making assumptions based on other Kemore products, I guess.) The all-grill top is nice, but different in there's no place to now use a spoon-rest. The convection oven has been little-used, requires placing food on the lowest shelf (feels strange/awkward), and appears to be faster than normal oven (may be a good thing, maybe not -- still to be decided). BEWARE/Installation Issue -- If replacing an existing stove -- Gas-line connectors may be different size than original!!! In fact, we were totally UNABLE to replace the gas line with a new/longer line simply because there was no way to (find an adapter to) mate the connector nut to the wall pipe nozzle. [Despite 3 visits to different hardware stores.]