Brandon has been working with range hoods and rang on and off for the past 6 years and writes about them to help people make wise decisions.
It Can Be Difficult to Choose a Slide-in Electric Range
Trying to pick a new slide-in electric range for your home? When it comes to slide-in electric ranges with inbuilt downdraft systems, your options are very limited. Based on my past experience with ranges, range hood dealers, and the many forum posts on the topic (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
- The KitchenAid KSEG950ESS electric range
A lot of people have sent me questions, and I realized that many of you are not solely looking for a slide-in electric range, but for electric cooktops (not gas) with a downdraft option to replace an existing (almost always) 15+ years Jenn-Air cooking range.
Since the two options we have are not the best (they are a "rip-off" in the words of a few readers), some people sought other options. A few wrote back to say that they bought a GE cooktop and asked me to include this in my review as this review helped them a lot. They'd like to help others in the same dilemma they were once in.
I've thoroughly researched this product, reached out to those who contacted me, and have now used it for a while, and I also spoke to GE customer support to get additional details and clarifications. I have now included a review of the GE Downdraft Electric Cooktop PP9830DJBB in this article.
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.
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 its only competition.
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, time
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Cooking Element Specification
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.