The Best Slide-In Electric Range With Downdraft

Updated on February 28, 2017

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:

  1. The Jenn-Air JES9800CAS electric range and
  2. 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?

The Jenn Air JES9800CAS is an electric range you do not want in your kitchen.
The Jenn Air JES9800CAS is an electric range you do not want in your kitchen. | Source

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:

  1. 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.
  2. The knobs tend to get loose in a year or so.
  3. 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.
  4. The door doesn't close well resulting in a loss of heat from the oven.
  5. 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

The KitchenAid KSEG950ESS slide in electric range with downdraft is aesthetically weaker than the Jenn Air in my opinion.
The KitchenAid KSEG950ESS slide in electric range with downdraft is aesthetically weaker than the Jenn Air in my opinion. | Source

General Cooking Range Specifications

29 7/8"
6.40 Cu Ft.
Number of cooking elements
Convection functions
bake, broil, roast
Convection element power
Broiler element power
4000W (located at the top of the oven)
Bake element power
Panel selections
cancel & off, clock, cook, time indicator, delay start, keep warm, proofing, steam bake, timer
A view of the control panel of this range. On the right you can see the automatic convection conversion is in process.
A view of the control panel of this range. On the right you can see the automatic convection conversion is in process. | Source

Cooking Element Specifications

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The cook top with all the 4 elements switched on.
The cook top with all the 4 elements switched on. | Source

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.

This image is just for representative purposes to showcase the features. The model used here is the same but uses gas burners instead.
This image is just for representative purposes to showcase the features. The model used here is the same but uses gas burners instead. | Source

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:

  1. I am replacing an old Jenn-Air electric range with a downdraft system.
  2. 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.
  3. 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:

  1. Home Depot
  2. KitchenAid
  3. Lowes
  4. Sears

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.

Pro Tip:

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.


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      Brandon Lobo 6 weeks ago

      Hi Donna, unfortunately, I have not looked into this deeply, so I do not have sufficient insight to make good suggestions. Good luck with your search.

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      Donna 6 weeks ago

      What are the choices for a freestanding electric downdraft range?

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      Diane 2 months ago

      chev29...I to will not under any circumstances buy a Jenn-Air range or for that matter any appliance manufactured by Whirlpool!! It's all junk. Replaced the second Whirlpool dishwasher in 2 years with different brand. Two year old Whirlpool refrigerator ice maker no longer works and the doors are rusting though the stainless. Fixing to replace the Jenn-air oven with new brand.

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      Brandon Lobo 2 months ago

      Hi Laura, from what I've read online some people have had them for over 20 years. If the burner isn't consistently hot it's probably an electrical fault and should be easy to fix. Definitely cheaper than buying a new one. You may have to do some research on that though.

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      Laura 2 months ago

      I have a Jenn air down draft that is about 10 years old. Two problems...the oven door squeaks and one of the burners isn’t consistently hot. We got a part replaced but still a bit of a problem. How long are these ovens supposed to last?

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      Brandon Lobo 2 months ago

      Thanks Chev for the valuable information. Yes, circuit boards are the problem if you want your product to last a lifetime. Sadly, that's how most products are being manufactured. Businesses cannot profit if they sell you just one or two appliances in your lifetime.

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      chev29 2 months ago

      Do not under any circumstances buy a Jenn-Air range or for that matter any appliance manufactured by Whirlpool . Over the past 5 years I have spent literally thousands of dollars buying parts for these appliances. Fortunately I can do the repairs myself so it is only my valuable time that is wasted not to mention the money. The Jenn-Air range has gone through two key panels, one control circuit board, two burners, one burner control and two glass tops and several control knobs. The self cleaning feature generates so much heat that if fries the control board which I insulated and stopped using the self cleaning feature altogether.

      Whirlpool also manufactures the Kenmore washers and dryers as well. The washer regularly goes through a new pump about every two years. I now keep a spare on hand at all times. The control board on this machine also went out at the tune of about $200. The dryer is not much better. As an old school mechanical engineer I get it. Also the simple tests that are recommended on the various forums and appliance parts websites ultimately result in the sale of parts that don't actually fix the problem. The burner on the Jenn-Air wasn't working for the second time. Through my testing I found that the burner had a faulty temperature probe which can't be purchased separately from the burner. Another $120 down the drain. Of course, the "experts" said if there is no power coming out of the control the control switch is faulty...WRONG..another $70 up on smoke. The control, which has a circuit board and electronics in it, requires feed back from the temperature probe. Unfortunately, all new appliances have circuit boards and a bunch of other electronics which ultimately fail due to heat or moisture. Apart from buying and old appliance manufactured 40 or 50 years ago you can forget about appliances lasting a lifetime.

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      jbz 4 months ago

      I bought a KA KSEG950ESS to replace my old Jenn-air S125, later found out that the new KA range could not use the old exhaust system. The exist opening is too high for the new model. I have to hire certified contractor to make a new hole through the wall. Do you know other downdraft models that have similar diagram of exhaust system?

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      Brandon Lobo 4 months ago

      Leona, when I was doing my research the two that I've reviewed here were the best on the market. KA in general is a decent brand. If you find something that you think would be easy to install and use I would go for it, but first read reviews on that particular model. Also when buying, remember to get the extended warranty. High end appliances seldom do have problems no matter how good the brand and the product. Without the warranty, you're going to have to shell out a lot in case a small defect shows up a year after use. I'm sorry I can't help you decide the model, but I'm just extending a word of caution. Good luck and if you do pick this model please do come back and tell us why you chose it? If this review helped you, maybe yours will help someone else.

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      Leona Oja 4 months ago

      I to have a 25 year old J/A and have spent so much time on reasearch for a good replacement. I had thought maybe the dual fuel Kitchenaide but will the fact that you have to instal a gas line along with everything else make this even more complicated. I just want a decent stove but after reading all of the horrible reviews about people reinstalling over old exhaust system it seems to be a nightmare. Whats your thoughts on the duel fuel ka

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      Brandon Lobo 4 months ago

      OMG. Are you serious? That's really bad. This is why it is always recommended that you get the extended warranty on high-end products. Even good products have a likelihood of getting damaged. I'm not saying kitchen hood is the best, just a fair warning to everyone else.

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      D Tangen 4 months ago

      Kitchenaide sucks...after 13 months element went out and cost is $1000.00 to repair.....never again

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      Brandon Lobo 6 months ago

      Thanks for this information. No, I didn't know the older model is discontinued. I will have to look into the new model and try and contact some people who use it to get some information on it. But if the specs are similar, you can count on it being very similar to the model I reviewed.

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      Jswap 6 months ago

      The new jennair model is JES1750FS. The one you specify is no longer available. Do you have any good news about the new model?

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      Brandon Lobo 7 months ago

      Sadly that's not something anyone would be able to answer as it's going to depend on where you live and the stuff you're going to need during the install. Good luck though. Hope it works out well.

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      Dominic 7 months ago

      Great article, Brandon. Could you or anyone comment on about what to expect in terms of installation costs if replacing the JennAir model above with the KitchenAid one you list. I'm wondering what to anticipate in terms of cost since we're having someone to do the installation today.

      We bought the KitchenAid based on your awesome write up here. Good work!

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      Joelyn 8 months ago

      Thanks for the great article. Looking to replace a 15-18 year old Jenn Aire range. Discovered the Kenmore 42793 as a downdraft range. Is this a new model? What do you know about it?

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      charlene luttrell 8 months ago

      Can you do canning on this range? I use large canning pans and also pressure canner.

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      Brandon Lobo 8 months ago

      Hi Terri, I'm really glad that you found this article helpful and the fact that you say it was even more helpful than the advice from sales people just made my day.

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      Terri 8 months ago

      Thank you for the great explanations. I'm replacing a jennair gas downdraft and I'm having a difficult time making a choice. This article was the most helpful advice I have received including that from sales people. Good job!

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      Brandon Lobo 9 months ago

      Hi Sue, when I say an external vent system instead of a downdraft I mean you should consider getting a range hood over your cooking range. There are other options with downdraft too, but then you're going to have to sacrifice the "slide-in" aspect. I assume you've already bought a new KitchenAid?

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      Sue 9 months ago

      What do you mean by an external vent system instead of a downdraft? I have a 33 year old JA that must be replaced immediately. The new down draft with the KitchenAid does not "fit" the old JA downdraft, and the installers are giving me fits about this. What do you recommend?

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      Question~ I have a JA downdraft that needs replacing. I see a Samsung and LG that are electric downdrafts online. Is there something I don't know about those? Is this what you mean in your comment "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". Would one of those work?

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      e. collett 10 months ago

      You say in the column that KitchenAid is not the best. Which one do you think is the best?

      My JA is 21 years old and is falling apart. The main thing was the temp control refusing to increase the temp of the oven from start at 350 degrees, even though I can lower it. Replacement panels are impossible to find

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      Brandon Lobo 15 months ago

      Yup, this KitchenAid may be good, it's not the best. But it definitely is the best if you need a slide in + electric range with downdraft.

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      RTalloni 15 months ago from the short journey

      Thanks for this look at downdraft ranges. We'll be replacing an overused JA before too long and I'm thinking of separate cook top and oven. A look at the KA is helpful, though.


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