The KitchenAid KDRS505XSS is part of the kitchen range
test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, gas range
models like the KDRS505XSS 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 high-end brand sells a broad range of cooking appliances priced between $1,500 and $6,000. Its Architect Series II collection includes built-in wall ovens, electric, gas, and dual-fuel ranges, induction, gas, and electric cooktops, microwave-hood combination ovens and hoods, and a slow-cook warming drawer. Its pro-style ranges have convection and steam-assist technology.
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.
Liquids that get spilled near the stove enter the grates on the top oven and get trapped between the layers of glass. There is no easy way to clean it. The quality of the stainless steel is poor. It stains easily near the burners. The cooktop and front of range is EASILY scratched The ovens take a long time to heat up. Two knobs needed to be replaced in the first year. The rubber bumpers on the bottom of the cooking grates cost $5.60 each to replace. The glue is $15 and the shipping is $10. It is not covered by the extended warranty. The extended warranty offered by KitchenAid on their website is from a 3rd party seller. The sales literature leads you to believe it is from KitchenAid. The warranty does not cover any parts that the consumer can replace themselves. They consider practically all wearable parts as consumable and uncovered by the warranty. This includes knobs, switches, dials, and buttons.<br /><br />Having a 2nd oven is great for Thanksgiving but for the cost of the product the quality should be much better
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
By Peasant Cook
from South central, Il
(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
More than I expected
Better Than I Hoped For
Easy To Clean
I cook and bake daily and have owned both gas and electric stoves in my 45 years as an avid home cook. I wanted the best of my dream worlds: Gas range and 2 electric ovens. Our smallish pullman-type kitchen couldn't accomadate separate appliances and when KitchenAid was the only dual fuel-double oven range I could find, I was a little nervous, but took the plunge and I was not only relieved, but thrilled. The convection oven, bread proofing along with lots of other features just made using this appliance even better. I use both ovens often and love the slide-out bottom rack in the lower oven that stays level when pullled out. Of COURSE the bottom oven is low to the ground..it has 2 wide ovens...where else would it be??? The special rack helps a lot when removing heavy roasts, etc. Our delivery was prompt, installation went without a hitch and I couldn't be happier with the cooking, broiling and baking results. It's easy to use, easy to clean, works great and it's beautiful, too. What more can you ask for?
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
By Dan the unhappy camper
from Skyland, N.C.
(11 of 22 customers found this review helpful)
Will not work without electric power
Large Surface Area
We have had this stove less than a month. We live in an area that has frequent and prolonged power outages. When purchased, we expected to use this stove as a reliable source of energy for cooking and heating. The stove will not operate at all without electricity or in an emergency. There is no provision for operating the stove top burners without electric power. If we have a power outage while cooking the stove turns off the gas supply. A high cost gas range should provide usage without power as do the cheapest of gas ranges. This range is an electric appliance that augments with gas. It is useless to our family and I am returning it as unreliable and as soon as possible.