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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.
The gas downdraft cooktop is performing perfect. It lights immediately and the one piece stainless top prevents food or liquids from getting caught in cracks. One super burner boils liquids very quickly. It is a little shallower than my original GE junk that came with the house but stovetop counter spacers are available online. All the other similar cooktops were $400 to $600 more. Thank you Sears and I hope you stay in business for a long time.
I looked at several options but I decided on the Kenmore Elite - for both price and features.
The cooktop is sleek in design. I love the different burner features. The simmer burner is fantastic.
I am very happy with my purchase
Never got the unit installed, the curved front left gaps between the cooktop and the counter because our counter top opening is a rectangular cut in granite. Which everyone's will be. So this would only be use-able in a new installation where you can cut the counter top at an angle to match the design. This must be why this unit was on sale for about 1/2 all other brands. I had to return and am waiting on my refund.
I can’t give low enough stars. The vent **** snapped off at the base ( it was thin plastic so not surprising) in the second year of ownership so of course Sears wipes their hands of any responsibility. This isn’t worth your time or your money. Who mounts a metal **** with a piece of plastic thin enough to be a straw? Very disappointed! Too bad sears doesn’t make quality appliances anymore!
This is a very nice stove top with heavy duty grates. The downdraft blower can be a tight fit under the counter. This unit uses a Sears proprietary size duct - 4" x 7.5" which is NOT the standard 10" register. I truly needed a 90% register but none are available for this proprietary size duct so had to use flex tubing. Made it work but it was a pain. My wife loves it now that it is installed.