The Kenmore 92803 electric smoothtop range gets great scores in professional tests for its heating, simmering and broiling performance, as well as its self-cleaning cycle. Users also say they love it for its mid-range price tag and its sizable 5.8-cubic-foot oven, which includes a convection feature. However, they note that the arrangement of the burners is not ideal, saying that it would be more convenient to have one of the smaller warming elements -- used for delicate tasks that require attention -- in the front and move the high-heat burner to the back. Their other complaint -- a common one with smoothtop ranges -- is that the cooktop is easily scratched. The Kenmore 92803 has a stainless-steel finish, but the same range also comes in white, black and bisque for about $70 less. If you can afford to spend more for a range with more features and superior performance, the Electrolux EW30EF65GS (*Est. $2,300) gets top ratings from both professionals and users.
The Kenmore 92803 is included in the latest round of range tests at ConsumerReports.org. Ranges are subjected to precise tests of their boiling, simmering, baking, broiling and cleaning ability. We also found about 17 user reviews for this product at Sears.com (the only retail site that sells Kenmore appliances). The J.D. Power and Associates' 2010 Home Appliance Study sheds light on the overall reliability and performance of Kenmore ranges.
ConsumerReports.org provides ratings on its website for more than 100 ranges, including the Kenmore 92803. Ranges are rated on cooktop performance, baking, broiling, capacity and oven cleaning.
Review: Kitchen Ranges, Editors of ConsumerReports.org
We found about 10 user reviews for the Kenmore 927803 at Sears.com, plus a few more for the white and bisque versions of the same range. Overall, it earns an average rating of 3.7 stars out of 5 from users, who say they like its sizable convection oven but not the configuration of its burners and its easily scratched surface. (Customers who bought the white and bisque versions of this range were more satisfied.)
Review: Kenmore 30" Freestanding Electric Range, Contributors to Sears.com
3. J.D. Power & Associates
Kenmore appliances (as distinct from the higher-end Kenmore Elite line) fall toward the low end of the ratings chart in this survey of more than 5,000 consumers who have purchased a range or oven. The brand earns middling scores in every category, from performance to styling, but its overall score is lower than the industry average.
Review: 2010 Home Appliance Study: Range/Cooktop/Oven, Editors of J.D. Power and Associates, Aug. 2010