Dual-fuel ranges combine the accuracy and precision of a gas cooktop with the even baking performance of an electric oven. While these ranges are expensive, some serious cooks prefer them because they combine the best parts of gas and electric ranges. The Kenmore Elite 75603 gets good feedback from owners who say it bakes and broils well, thanks to the convection oven, which circulates hot air to improve browning and quicken cooking time. They also say they like its sleek stainless-steel finish.
One unusual feature of this range is its double oven -- a main 3.7-cubic-foot oven and a side oven with a capacity of 1.7 cubic feet. This is useful for cooking dishes at separate temperatures, but it makes the range much wider than normal (40 inches rather than 30). Some owners say this double configuration limits the capacity in both ovens, especially the side oven, which cannot hold a full-size baking dish. If you don't need a dual-fuel range, the electric Electrolux EW30EF65GS (*Est. $2,300) and gas GE Profile PGB910SEMSS also get good reviews.
The Kenmore Elite 75603 hasn't been included in any professional tests, but we found a good number of user reviews at Sears.com and Viewpoints.com. The recent range survey conducted by J.D. Power and Associates is also useful for gauging overall satisfaction with the Kenmore Elite brand.
Nearly 40 owners give the Kenmore Elite 75603 dual-fuel range an overall rating of 4 stars out of 5. Many praise the cooking performance, especially for browning, but several complain of limited oven capacity, especially in the small side oven.
Review: Kenmore Elite 40" Dual Fuel Self-Clean Range with Sealed Burners and Elec. Convection Oven 7560, Contributors to Sears.com
2. J.D. Power & Associates
The Kenmore Elite brand of ranges gets above-average results in a survey of more than 5,000 consumers who purchased a range or oven in the past few years. Respondents give Kenmore Elite 4 points out of 5 for overall satisfaction, performance, styling, features and warranty. Its scores for price and ease of use are average.
Review: 2010 Home Appliance Study: Range/Cooktop/Oven, Editors of J.D. Power and Associates, Aug. 2010
About 25 owners give the Kenmore Elite 75603 an overall rating of 3.7 stars out of 5. Most of the negative reviews here center on Sears customer service, but we also saw several complaints about failing electronics.
Review: Kenmore Range -- Elite Double Oven Reviews, Contributors to Viewpoints.com