What every best Ranges has:
- Reliable cooktop performance.
- A variety of burner sizes.
- Consistent oven temperatures.
Solid overall. Thorough testing at CNET concludes that the KitchenAid KFDD500ESS is a solid performer overall. It does have some bobbles -- in the biscuit test the KFDD500ESS baked the biscuits evenly across two baking sheets, but those on the bottom rack appeared under-baked. However, when it came to the chicken roasting test that was a different story. "The KitchenAid KFDD500ESS roasts a beautiful chicken," Ashlee Clark Thompson says. Broiling is a little on the slow side, but steady, producing burgers that "stayed juicy." Cooktop performance is squarely in line with what you can expect with most gas models. Ultimately, Thompson gives the oven an overall score of 7.4 out of 10, with a 7 for performance; which still qualifies it for a rating of Very Good. Her conclusion is that, "the versatility that the KFDD500ESS offers makes the range a worthwhile investment, especially if you do a lot of heavy baking. Owners agree, saying it does a good job across the board. It's particularly popular with those who describe themselves as heavy or frequent cooks and bakers.
Flexibility plus. While cooking performance is solid, the real reason that most will want to opt for the KitchenAid KFDD500ESS is the flexibility it offers. The twin ovens -- one with convection -- are both large enough to be useful, and together add up to 6.7-feet of capacity. In the oven cavities you'll find nice touches like a hidden bake element that results in an easy-to-clean flat oven floor. A glide rack makes moving hefty roasts in and out much easier. A steam rack lets you add moisture to your cooking -- useful when baking. The twin ovens, independently controlled, means that you can simultaneously prepare a variety of dishes, baking in one oven while roasting or broiling in the other. The gas cooktop is a five burner affair, with an oval center burner that's ideal for using under a griddle, and one is included. However, some user reviews dislike that it can't be manually lit during a power outage. Thompson also notes that the "Easy Convect" setting is anything but easy, requiring several confusing steps to activate
Decent track record for a dual-fuel range. As a rule, dual-fuel ranges get very little user feedback, but the KitchenAid KFDD500ESS has been offered for sale long enough that it's built up a little bit of a track record. Notably, we saw around 150 reviews at Home Depot, and reasonably good satisfaction as reflected in its 4.3 star score. Like most ranges, this KitchenAid dual-fuel range is covered by a one-year warranty.