The Kenmore 72313 is part of the kitchen range
test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, gas range
models like the 72313 are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.
This reflects how quickly the most powerful burner could raise a 6-liter (6 1/3-quart) pot of water from room temperature to a near boil.
This reflects the gentlest burner's ability to melt and hold chocolate without scorching it. We also set the most powerful burner to its lowest flame to test its ability to hold a large pot of tomato sauce below a boil.
This reflects the evenness of cookies and cakes in multi-rack baking tests.
About This Brand
This midlevel, mass-market brand sells appliances priced between $500 and $1,500. Introduced in 1927, Kenmore has earned a solid reputation with consumers. The appliances are sold through Sears stores.
This midlevel, mass-market brand sells appliances priced between $500 and $1,500. Kenmore Elite offers more innovative features than the Kenmore line. The appliances are also sold through Sears stores.
This high-end line sells cooking appliances priced between $1,500 and $6,000. Taking inspiration from professional kitchens, Kenmore Pro offers pro-look gear with styling and features such as stainless-steel construction, heavy-duty knobs, and other premium features. The appliances are sold through Sears stores.
High-power burners The number of surface cooking burners rated at over 11,000 Btu/hr., maximum. High-power burners are good for quickly heating large quantities, searing, and other high-temperature cooking. Some also perform well on low-heat tasks (when turned to their low setting). Mainstream ranges typically have one or two high-power burners. Pro-style ranges often have four.
Medium-power burners The number of surface cooking burners with maximum output ratings over 6,500 Btu/hr but not more than 11,000 Btu/hr. Though they don't offer top speed and power, medium-power burners can generally handle all cooking tasks.
Low-power burners The number of surface cooking burners with maximum output ratings of 6,500 Btu/hr or less (sometimes called simmer burners). These are intended for delicate tasks such as sauces.
Number of cooktop burners Total number of individual cooktop burners.
Number of cooktop burners
Convection mode Has a convection feature that uses a fan or two to circulate heated air, and sometimes an extra heating element. The convection mode can be turned off if you prefer conventional cooking.
Double oven Double oven models have a second oven cavity. Most have a separate small oven above the main one complete with its own controls, door, window, oven light, slide-out rack, and self-clean function. While the upper oven offers easy access, the main oven is relatively low; you'll need to crouch to remove items from lower shelf positions. Other designs offer two same-sized ovens, or convert a single oven into two using a slide-in partition (though with a shared door.)
Cooking drawer Drawer below the main oven that can cook foods (up to a few inches high), as well as warm or heat serving bowls and plates. The cooking drawer has its own temperature control so can be set to cook a dish independent of the main oven. Foods must be lifted up out of the drawer (lacks a slide-out rack), and the drawer requires manual cleaning.
Slide-in Slides between cabinets; unfinished exterior on the sides of the range. The edge of the cooktop overlaps the counter on each side and all controls are on front panel for a built-in look.
Stainless steel available Many new mainstream ranges come with stainless steel trim or offer a stainless-trim version for an additional $200 or so. Many pro-style ranges (brands such as Viking, DCS, and GE Monogram, among others) have full stainless-steel construction.
Convection oven works great for just about any purpose we have tried. The cook-top, is NOT very good for small pots and pans. The problem is the distance from the burners to the top of the iron cast crates. The flame does not reach the bottom of the pots and pans with enough flame.<br /><br />We have another 8 year old, cheap gas stove, that heats the pots and pans in at least half the time the Kenmore takes.<br /><br />We did not know or think about this prior to buying a full Kenmore Kitchen set. If we did, we would not have bought a Kenmore oven. If you only use large pans and pots, (12 and larger diameter) it would be just fine; however, for most normal families the stove top takes at least twice the time, if not more, to bring any normal 8 pot or pan to a boil.<br /><br />The two smallest burners are pretty much useless.<br /><br />2 years of usage.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
from Philadelphia, PA
(11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)
Great deal for the price.....
Heats Up Quickly
Large Surface Area
My wife and I had our last range die over the X-mas holiday. [...]had a great deal on this oven, we beat the list price by three hundred dollars, on a stainless steel model. We could not find a make/model at any retailer with all of the features on this range for anywhere near the price. I saw less than stellar reviews of the warranty follow up in general on their products from other websites, so we chose to avoid the extended warranty they tried to push. So far it has been great. The convection feature is awesome when cooking meats, you cook 25% less time and they are much juicier. We purchased an iron griddle to use over the middle burner. It works ok, but the range does not heat the ends well. Otherwise, a great bargain so far...
How long have you owned it:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
from Carson City, NV
(15 of 15 customers found this review helpful)
Love this Range!
Easy To Clean
Heats Up Quickly
Large Surface Area
Duel burner inconsistant
I bought this range in white 1-1/2 years ago.. I really enjoy cooking and baking with it. The large grates make the cooking surface very versatile. A stainless top might be easier to keep clean, though. I have to be careful with the porcelain finish. The oven is very roomy and you can easily use all three racks at once with convection baking. I don't broil a lot, but have been satisfied with the results when I have broiled. When the range was first delivered, the installer did not adjust the burners and the convection fan did not work. The repairman came and replaced a motor on the oven fan and adjusted all the burners. Without their being adjusted correctly, he said it was a fire hazard because the burners extinguished too easily. Ever since the repair, I have had no problems. It's a little tricky to set the dual burner for medium temp cooking, so I have to check and make sure I haven't turned it down too far and extinguished the outer flames. The dual burner is great for wok cooking. Also I like having the split rack in the oven for roasting a turkey and baking a side dish at the same time. I thought I would use the center oblong burner more, but my husband prefers to make his famous pancakes on our electric griddle. I also like the fact that the timer continues to intermittantly ding until you turn it off. My old range only beeped once. If you were out of the room, you were out of luck- burned lots of cookies.