The KitchenAid KDRS505XSS offers an ideal combination of a gas-powered stovetop and an electric oven. It outperforms several dual-fuel and gas ranges in multiple professional tests and can handle jobs small or large. It excels at all tasks but takes slightly longer than some ranges to bring water to a boil. The range has a stainless steel finish and is covered by a one-year warranty.
Top pick in expert tests. The KitchenAid KDRS505XSS fares better than most dual-fuel and gas ranges in professional tests. In one, the range did a "very good" job of baking multiple racks of cookies and broiling a pan of hamburgers. It didn't bring water to a boil as fast as other top-rated ranges, but it still did a good enough job. In addition to a convection function in the lower oven, this range also offers bread-proofing, simmer, slow-cook and Sabbath modes.
Large double oven. The KitchenAid KDRS505XSS provides plenty of baking space for multiple dishes and large quantities with a total 6.7-cubic-foot capacity across two separate ovens. The upper 2.5-cubic-foot oven is perfect for smaller dishes such as pastries or casseroles. It has two rack guides and one heavy-duty rack. The lower 4.2-cubic-foot oven can fit large items like a roast or a turkey. It has five rack guides and two heavy-duty racks, one of which is a gliding rollout rack.
High-end features. Editors at Reviewed.com say the KitchenAid KDRS505XSS dual-fuel oven is pricey but worth every penny considering the overall quality and the number of high-end features. It has five sealed burners, including a center oval burner and a cast-iron griddle to go with it. The stovetop also features three continuous grates that make it easy to slide pots and pans off a burner. Testers say the grates are a bit heavy, however, and may not fit well into some kitchen sinks. A few users say the burner knobs are a little too easy to turn on inadvertently when they are bumped into. The ovens feature hidden bake elements for easy cleanup as well as a built-in timer and control lockout. It has a self-cleaning mode that does an average job, according to experts.
The KitchenAid KDRS505XSS is included in ConsumerReports.org's latest roundup of kitchen ranges. Ranges are rated on how quickly they heat water, as well as their performance at melting, simmering, broiling and baking.
Review: Kitchen Ranges, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, Not Dated
Reviewed.com performs extensive testing of all ranges it reviews. The KichenAid KDRS505XSS earns a high overall rating of 8.8 out of 10 for its impressive overall performance and feature-set.
Review: KitchenAid KDRS505XSS 30-Inch Dual Oven Gas Range Review, Ethan Wolff-Mann, March 7, 2013
3. Good Housekeeping
Good Housekeeping gives the KitchenAid KDRS505XSS a B grade in its recent test of gas ranges. Editors say a dual-fuel range with two ovens is a "rare find" and this one performs very well. The only performance-related downfall, according to this review, is that the burners are slow to boil water.
Review: KitchenAid 30-In. Width Freestanding Dual-Fuel 5 Burners Even Heat True Convection System Architect Series II Range KDRS505XSS, Editors of Good Housekeeping, March 2011
About 65 users at Lowes.com review the KitchenAid KDRS505XSS, giving it an overall rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. Owners say it works really well, has excellent features and looks great in their kitchen. A few say the burner controls are too easy to turn on inadvertently.
Review: KitchenAid 30-in 5-Burner 4.2-cu ft/2.5-cu ft Self-Cleaning Double Oven Convection Dual Fuel Range, Contributors to Lowes.com, As of May 2014