The Whirlpool GY397LXUS provides a great balance of style and function, owners say. The slide-in electric range fits in seamlessly with kitchen cabinetry, providing a custom, built-in look. Reviewers say it performs excellently and is easy to use. We found a few complaints that the control panel on some units goes out after about 18 months of use.
Excellent stovetop and oven performance. Owners give the Whirlpool GY397LXUS high ratings for its excellent performance at both stovetop cooking and baking. The burners heat up quickly and the oven provides even and accurate temperatures -- even without a convection mode. One user at HomeDepot.com says, "I was surprised at how quickly the heating elements could bring water to a boil."
The oven offers broiler, delay-bake and Sabbath modes. One drawback -- which appears to be a defect on some units -- is the control panel can start to fail after approximately 18 months of use.
Decent size but not enough storage space. At 4.5 cubic feet, the Whirlpool GY397LXUS isn't the largest range on the market, but users say it accommodates most household needs. One especially helpful feature that helps maximize space is the five rack guides for multiple baking arrangements. It comes with two racks and a storage drawer. Users say the drawer is quite small, a common complaint with many ranges.
An affordable mix of value and convenience. The Whirlpool GY397LXUS slide-in range lacks some convenience features like a convection setting and a hidden bake element, but most users are pleased with all that it does offer -- especially the traditional self-cleaning mode, which works very well according to owners. The oven also has favorite, keep-warm and control lockout settings and an electronic touchpad for temperature control. The ceramic stovetop has four burners, two of which are variable 9- to 6-inch elements to allow for small and medium-sized cookware.
More than 100 reviewers at HomeDepot.com give the Whirlpool GY397LXUS a high overall rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars. Most say that it performs well, is easy to use and looks fantastic in their kitchen. Ninety-four percent of reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.
Review: Whirlpool Gold 4.5 cu. ft. Slide-In Electric Range with Self-Cleaning Oven in Stainless Steel, Contributors to HomeDepot.com, As of May 2014
Nearly 100 reviewers at Sears.com give the Whirlpool GY397LXUS an overall rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. Several say the burners heat up quickly and cook evenly. Some say they wish the oven timer buzzed more than once but agree that it is a minor annoyance.
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More than 100 reviewers at AJMadison.com give the Whirlpool GY397LXU an overall rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars. A few of the reviews can also be found at other websites, but most are unique. The general consensus is that the range performs well, but some say the control panel went out after 18 months of use.
Review: Whirlpool Gold GY397LXU, Contributors to AJMadison.com, As of May 2014
William Nam gives the Whirlpool GY397LXUB an overall rating of 4.25 out of 5, naming it the "Best Slide-in Electric Range." He praises it for its "blend of quality, features and reasonable pricing."
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