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I finally had it with my 15 year old GE profile with the interchangable modules & downdraft. It had never worked properly and everyday cooking suffered because of the seldom-used grill. For 2 years was working on only 3 burners. When the next burner went out i had it. So when looking for a replacement, my choices were limited - 30" gas downdraft. One of my big issues with the old one was all 4 burners were the same low power. That was the biggest reason I selected this Kenmore, was the range of BTU power from a super low simmer burner to a super high-output burner. No other cooktop w/ downdraft has this. I've been using this for 3 months now, and this cooktop does not disappoint. The low burner is perfect for rice, and other low-simmer items. The high burner boils water super-fast. The 3-speed fan works great. (ALL downdraft fans with gas burners will pull the flame, just the nature of the beast). The grates are super heavy duty. The knobs are cast metal, no plastic, and it is easy to adjust. The whole thing seems well built and sturdy. Now the minor flaws. 1. As others stated, the top does not quite fit over the old cutout. Mine is not on an island, so my husband had to put a piece of wood under the cabinet to fill it in, and cover the top with a black caulk to match the black counter. Would be more of an issue on an island, but the fix on ours is invisible. 2. Does not come in black. All of my other appliances, and my countertop are black. 3. Electric cord is too short - had to extend the outlet. Overall a really great cooktop.
I don't normally post to these, but this could be important. I Purchased this stovetop in October of 2012 and it has been working just fine, no complaints. It was installed and adjusted by professionals. I am using LP gas and the correct nozzles were installed. But a few weeks ago, I was heating some water and noticed that the flame was odd. There was more yellow then blue in it. I turned the flame down a bit and decided to see if any of the other burners were showing the same anomaly. As soon as I tried to turn one of the other burners on, the stove basically exploded. All the knobs and the rubber protector beneath them flew off. The cast iron grates were halfway off. The rubber seal beneath the stove came partway out as well. I was lucky nothing struck me. Sears was called and a tech came out. Surprisingly, No damage, defects or leaks could be found. I still had to pay for the service call though. Since nothing was found to fix, I'm afraid to use it, but cannot afford to buy a different cooktop. If you have one of these stoves, be careful. Watch for unusual flames. If you're thinking of buying one, just be aware that there may be a potential dangerous issue with it.
I purchased my stovetop 2 years ago and love it. Sadly, at christmas the switch for the exhaust fan broke and would run constantly. The parts have been on backorder since then and I have tried every avenue for purchase. There is no due date of when it will become available. I can buy a part for a 20 year old refrigerator but not a 2 year old stove.
We had our new gas cook top installed 3 weeks ago replacing an electric glass cook top. Loving the looks and functions of the new gas cook top. Cooks so even and fast. So glad we made the switch.
Had a very hard time getting the missing part issued resolved today. Hopefully the part will be here in a week. If it works as well as it looks (after receiving the part) I would love it!
After using electricity for 20 years it took a little getting use to, but I love it now.
After one year of ownership, I experienced almost the same explosion as the lady from Vancouver below. I am using LP gas and the correct nozzles were installed.
But a few weeks ago, noticed there was more yellow than blue in the flame. I turned the flame down a bit and decided to see if any of the other burners were showing the same anomaly. As soon as I tried to turn one of the other burners on, the stove basically exploded. All the knobs and the rubber protector beneath them flew off. The rubber seal beneath the stove came partway out despite the cooktop being bolted down. I was knocked to the ground. I see they are having a fire sale on this unit by marking it down $500! I am replacing this unit ASAP. Maybe a disability/dismemberment policy should come with purchase of this unit!