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Kenmore Elite 32713 Gas Cooktop Review

First, it’s worth noting that $950 is by far the cheapest 36-inch cooktop we’ve come across. Most gas cooktops of that size go for more than double that, so you should set your expectations accordingly, since it’s true that you often get what you pay for.

With stainless trim, five burners and continuous cast iron grates that recall a restaurant kitchen, the surface of this cooktop feels huge. It’s a cinch to fit all your pots, making this a great option for a brunch aficionado or someone who wants to have many dishes going at once, and you can slide pans around without disrupting your cooking groove or finding trivets.
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The grates are nice and heavy with that classic, slightly rough cast iron feel. They are easily removable without tools or angst for simple cleaning (dishwasher-safe, too). As far as the controls, the knobs have some wiggle but turn smoothly, and while they don’t have numbered settings or degrees, every operation is intuitive.

But while the 32713 definitely feels and looks like a quality cooktop, it just doesn’t quite perform like one.

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For starters, it can’t reach high temperatures quickly or effectively. When we cooked cornbread in a pan, it wound up with underdone spots on the edges and burnt spots at center, indicating that the cooktop doesn’t heat evenly.

When we further tested the burners’ capabilities, we came a very clear conclusion: The real star of this cooktop is undoubtedly the center burner. It’s great at reaching both high and low temperatures, with a “Turbo Boil” setting that can bring 48 ounces of water to a rolling boil in an impressive five minutes, and an outer ring that can maintain a nice, low temperature of 125°F.

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However, the rest of the burners prove that you get what you pay for in this budget-friendly cooktop.

The back right burner is designed to simmer at 5,000 BTUs, but it brought our water to 131°F on its minimum temperature setting (for low-heat burners, we like to see a max temp of around 120°F).

The second most powerful burner boasts a decent 12,000 BTUs, but could only reach 370°F on its maximum temperature. That means that you won’t be able to do two simultaneous, high-heat operations on this cooktop. Kiss your dreams of quickly cooking pasta while nicely searing a steak goodbye. The remaining two burners both have 9,500 BTUs, which is pretty weak for regular cooking.

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On its face, this cooktop looks and feels top quality, but it simply doesn’t do its job that well. We’d only advise buying it if you want your kitchen to look professional but don’t plan on actually using it for what it’s designed to do: Cook a lot at once. It’s definitely a piece that is designed more for space and showmanship, not versatility or functionality.

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The spectacular Thermador SGSX365FS has all high-quality burners, but it rings in at $1,899. If you’re looking for a well-performing gas cooktop, however, it may be worth the splurge. Otherwise, prepare to use the heck out of that middle burner on this Kenmore.

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The Kenmore Elite 74233 has an impressive 18,200 Btu primary burner, and its remaining four burners output 14,200 Btu, 10,000 Btu, 9,500 Btu and 5,000 Btu of heat. The oval burner in the center of the stovetop can accommodate roasting pans, griddles and oversize pans. However, unlike some of its competitors, this gas range doesn’t include an integrated griddle. The range’s slightly recessed cooktop and sealed burners keep spills from spreading or falling below the surface, so it’s easy to clean up messes. In addition, its full-coverage, continuous grates make it easy to slide heavy pans from burner to burner, and you can pop them in the dishwasher when they get dirty.

This Kenmore gas range has an average-size, 5-cubic-foot convection oven. The broiler has a respectable 13,500 Btu heat output, and the oven reaches temperatures up to 550 degrees Fahrenheit. On its lower temperatures, you can use the oven to melt and warm food and raise dough. However, it doesn’t have a proofing mode, which can produce much lower temperatures and doesn’t dry out or prematurely bake doughs. The oven comes with three porcelain-coated racks that slide into six positions.

As with most ovens, the Kenmore 74233’s self-cleaning mode uses high temperatures to reduce food remnants to ash, and you can run it in two-, three- or four-hour cycles. The oven also has a timed shutoff, delayed start and Sabbath mode. You can prevent kids from playing with the oven by setting the child lock. Also, the storage drawer is a good place to keep cookie trays, pots and pans so they are readily available when you need them. The Kenmore 74233 is a budget-friendly gas range, but if it’s still out of your budget, the Amana AGR6603SFS is another good option.

Kenmore’s warranty covers parts and labor 13 months, which is average. Warranty issues are handled by a call center that schedules repairs. Kenmore’s customer service representatives are easy to contact by phone or email, and the owner manual and warranty information are available on the company’s website.

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