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Summary:This Kenmore freestanding electric smoothtop range has the following: • 4 surface cooking elements • Among surface elements, 2 high-powered element(s). • Warming element on cooktop • One or more expandable cooktop elements. • Convection oven mode. • Double ovens. • Touchpads for setting oven temperature.
The Kenmore 98053 is part of the range
test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, electric smoothtop range
models like the 98053 are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.
This reflects how quickly the most powerful element could raise a 6-liter (6 1/3 quart) pot of water from room temperature to a near boil.
This reflects how well the lowest-powered element or burner kept a low temperature as for melting chocolate. We also set the most powerful element to its lowest setting 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.
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.
High-power elements The number of surface cooking elements rated at over 2,000 watts. On a smoothtop range, 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.
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.
Slide-in Slides between cabinets; all controls are on front panel for a built-in look. May have an unfinished exterior on the sides of the range, and typically the left and right edges of the cooktop overlap the counter.
Stainless steel available Many new mainstream ranges come with stainless steel trim or offer a stainless-trim version for an additional $200 or so.
I used both cook top and ovens. The ovens worked great, but the entire service on the cooktop, including trim got so hot that I was easily burned. The burners take a very long time to cool down. 1 vent for both ovens is located in the left hand corner under the cook top knobs and you can burn yourself reaching for the dial. I will be returning and looking for two vents for the ovens as well as a cook top service that does not get so hot!