The Best Slide-in Electric Range With Downdraft
When it comes to slide-in electric ranges with inbuilt downdraft systems, your options are very limited. Based on my past work experience with a range and range hood seller and the many forum post on the topic that I've read in addition to a search through catalogs of various range manufacturers, these are the only models currently on the market:
- The Jenn-Air JES9800CAS electric range and
- The KitchenAid KSEG950ESS electric range
The Jenn-Air JES9800CAS
This is probably a range that most people are familiar with as Jenn-Air was the only brand in the past that sold slide in electric ranges that included a downdraft. Back then the brand was well renowned and their ranges worked extremely well for years. But today it's a whole different story. The brand has horribly declined and I would personally never recommend a Jenn-Air product to anybody, especially this electric range.
To get a first-hand look at what people are saying about the brand, you could take a look at Consumer Affairs.
It's no surprise that most online stores do not have this model in stock anymore, it's probably because no one is buying it after the horrible reviews it's received. But being just one of two models in the market today, I just had to include it in the list. Hopefully it would serve to warn people.
The Range Doesn't Look Bad at All, Does It?
Common Problems Faced
There are potentially plenty of problems that you're going to face within just a few months of installing this electric range. Here are a few of the most prominent issues:
- The controls are easily damaged by the heat produced during the self-cleaning process. The oven does not work without the controls, the heating elements do continue to work, though.
- The knobs tend to get loose in a year or so.
- The sealing around the see through glass is horrible. When cleaning the range there's a high probability that you're going to have some water with dirt flow between the glass panels and stain them permanently. The only way to get rid of these stains is to completely open up the door and clean the panels only to have new stains the next time you clean the range.
- The door doesn't close well resulting in a loss of heat from the oven.
- The door hinges are bad and are easily damaged.
You can check out some reviews on Sears to verify some of these facts. Unfortunately these are not problems faced by just a few people.
The KitchenAid KSEG950ESS
Your other choice is the KitchenAid KSEG950ESS, a really popular slide in electric range with a downdraft function. It's probably not as well known as the Jenn-Air, but most people who've got their hands on one of these appliances have fallen in love with it as it's a thousand times better than it's only competition.
Looks Good, but It's No Stunner
General Cooking Range Specifications
6.40 Cu Ft.
Number of cooking elements
bake, broil, roast
Convection element power
Broiler element power
4000W (located at the top of the oven)
Bake element power
cancel & off, clock, cook, time indicator, delay start, keep warm, proofing, steam bake, timer
Cooking Element Specifications
What I like About This Electric Range
- It operates either as a vented or recirculating downdraft system (but you need to purchase the recirculating kit separately and it costs around $300).
- Uniform heating throughout the oven thanks to a bow-tie design and convection fan system that circulates heated air within the chamber.
- It has got a specialized steam rack with an attachment that can hold water and thus adds moisture to the oven.
- The coils do not extrude, allowing for a flat surface and easy cleaning.
- It's got an automatic convection conversion system. This is a system that converts the conventional oven baking time to that required by the convection oven. As a rule of thumb, the time taken to bake with a convection oven is less than the traditional kind.
- There are three oven racks with 7 rack guides. The racks include a max capacity rack, a gliding roll-out rack, and a steam rack.
- A self-cleaning system that cleans the oven in under an hour using low heat and water. Sadly, the cleaning system only works on the base and not the walls and the top.
- It's silent when compared to the Jenn-Air downdraft electric range.
What I Do Not like About It
- 20-30 minutes to pre-heat is a long time to wait even if it's pre-heating up to 400 degrees.
- There's a slight smell of burning plastic and dust during the initial weeks. The manual says this is normal, wish it wasn't.
- Since the door is completely metal, it results in both the door and the handle heating up. It may not be hot enough to burn you on one touch but it's substantially hot and could be dangerous if you have young children or pets around.
- Slide in ranges usually have a rim at the edges and in most cases also at the back to seamlessly blend into the counter-top and wall, but they are absent in this model and need to be separately purchased.
- The trim kit that they sell is a bit shorter than the length of the range.
- If you are replacing an old Jenn-Air, make sure that you hire a professional installer unless you're good at DIY projects because there are a lot of minor differences between the two where you may need to change ducting and wiring and in some cases even cut your granite countertop a bit to fit in the new model.
- Customer support is not as quick as expected. Having a non-functioning oven for up to a week while you wait for replacement parts in case of a failure is unacceptable.
I Would Buy It, If:
- I am replacing an old Jenn-Air electric range with a downdraft system.
- I have no other option and need a slide-in electric range with a downdraft system. If you are not limited to having this combination of features there are other electric ranges with downdraft options if you're okay with placing a freestanding range in your kitchen or if you are willing to buy a regular slide-in electric range and an external downdraft system.
- I do not want an island range hood hanging in the middle of my kitchen, but would rather have a downdraft cooking range.
If I had the option to remodel my kitchen and include a range hood, I would definitely go down that path and buy a simple range hood and a better range at a decent price.
Range hoods are better in the sense that they get rid of more steam, smoke, odor, and fumes as they rise up with the hot air and are collected by the range hood. This models downdraft system is good, but it's just not the same.
Where Can I Buy The KitchenAid Range?
The KitchenAid KSEG950ESS can be bought from multiple stores online:
- Home Depot
Note: The stores above are listed in alphabetical order and it is not a ranking system. To buy this cooking range, all you need to do is search for the model name on the seller website you trust the most. It would be wise to compare prices before you buy.
Always include extended warranty in your order on a high-end model such as this. Customers who had an extended warranty with the Jenn-Air were saved. It is wiser to pay a little more today than pay to change multiple parts in the years to come.
Questions & Answers
Is it possible to use a regular range and not use any exhaust? The downdraft with the JennAir is so bad it's like not having an exhaust anyway!
If you keep your windows open you don't really need an exhaust. The need of an exhaust is important for safety and health reasons. The other benefits are not as important. If you use a gas stove, you definitely need an exhaust if you ever cook with your windows closed.Helpful 10
I dislike digital touch pads. Is the kitchen aid a digital touchpad?
I do not want to answer this question here directly, because many times in the past products have stayed the same and the control panel has changed. The best bet is to call customer support before you make the purchase or check out the specifications just before you place an order online.Helpful 12
I originally bought the JA, and it was great, but after a flood and replacement, the later models were horrible. I had no options but to put in another JA, which I hated. Now, I got flooded again. I was glad to see two options, but neither sounds great. My question is, can I put a regular downdraft electric in the middle of an island that I previously put a slide-in in? Or do I have to buy a slide-in?
As long as you can place it in there, it should not be a problem. Yes, the older JA was a lot better than the present models. Check your dimensions and make sure that you can push it in or drop it in somehow.Helpful 2