The Kenmore 42733 is part of the cooktop & wall oven
test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, electric cooktop
models like the 42733 are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.
Reflects how quickly the highest-powered element heated water to near-boiling.
Reflects how well the lowest-powered element melted and held chocolate without scorching and how the most powerful element, set to low, held tomato sauce below a boil.
About This Brand
This midlevel, mass-market brand includes gas, electric, and induction cooktops priced from $580 and electric wall ovens that cost $1,000 and up. The appliances are sold through Sears stores.
Kenmore Elite. This line offers more features than the Kenmore line and includes gas, electric, and induction cooktops priced from $1,000 and wall ovens that cost $2,000.
High-power elements The number of surface cooking elements rated at over 2,000 watts. Often one or more of the high-power elements is a dual element; you can choose the large element or a smaller element within the larger one for small pots.
Medium-power elements The number of surface cooking elements rated at over 1,500 watts but not more than 2,000 watts.
Low-power elements The number of surface cooking elements rated from 1,200 to 1,500 watts not including warming-only elements, or those contained within larger expandable elements.
Expandable elements This allows you to switch between a large, high-power element and a small, low-power element contained within it
Touch controls These replace knobs with integrated touch-sensitive controls that allow the controls to blend with the cooktop's glass surface.
Bought this Kenmore cooktop in February 2012 based on Consumer Reports review. About a month later noticed the Hot Surface Indicator lights flickering when everything was off. [@] came and said there was a voltage leak and ordered a part. When the part came they said it was not the right part and that they do not make a part to fix this problem. I am returning this cooktop.
How long have you owned it:
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
(48 of 48 customers found this review helpful)
High Powered Burners
Large Surface Area
Imprecise Temperature Control
Owned this cooktop for 9 months,I had noticed the hot surface lights flickering when unit was off. Still under warranty,it took 5 repair visits to tell me that they can't fix it. I can order same one or use credit toward another. I'm still deciding.