Outfit your dream kitchen with these 8 fancy ovens
Ready to upgrade your kitchen? These ranges don't come cheap, but most are worth the investment.
Ashlee Clark ThompsonAssociate Editor
Ashlee spent time as a newspaper reporter, AmeriCorps VISTA and an employee at a healthcare company before she landed at CNET. She loves to eat, write and watch "Golden Girls" (preferably all three at the same time). The first two hobbies help her out as an appliance reviewer. The last one makes her an asset to trivia teams. Ashlee also created the blog, AshleeEats.com, where she writes about casual dining in Louisville, Kentucky.
Have some money to blow? Think about treating yourself to a fancy oven.
Mainstream appliance manufacturers such as GE and Kenmore have increasingly produced ranges that mirror the look, feel and features of luxury appliance brands. The addition of accessories, special cooking modes and sleek finishes means that we've seen some drool-worthy ranges with big price tags.
If you're looking to treat yourself, or just fill up the Pinterest board of your "Dream Home" page, here are eight enviable ranges we've reviewed.
If you prefer minimalist design, the Kenmore Elite 97723 has a lot of appeal if you prefer minimalist design in your kitchen. Kenmore removed burner knobs on this electric double oven in favor of sleek, all touchpad controls. It was hard to get the hang of how to adjust the heat of the burners, but this $2,600 range cooked food well and boiled water quickly.
Double ovens have become popular with appliance companies. Like the Kenmore Elite 97723, the two electric oven cavities of the dual-fuel KitchenAid KFDD500ESS are useful when you have to cook more than one dish, but you have to use two different temperatures. This KitchenAid's gas cooktop is also a bonus for folks who prefer cooking over a direct flame. Just be prepared to shell out $2,599 for this 30-inch range.
KitchenAid KSGB900ESS 30-inch 5-Burner Gas Convection Slide-In Range with Baking Drawer
Once again, KitchenAid packs a ton of features into a 30-inch range, including a steam-bake tray and a baking drawer. This $2,649 range's straight lines, stainless steel finish and simple profile resemble the industrial design of luxury-brand ranges. This oven also performs well in the bake, broil and roast tests I performed.
There's a reason why the KSEG950ESS is KitchenAid's third appearance on this list. The appliance manufacturer has made a name for itself in the large appliance realm by pushing bonus features and design elements that are comparable to those of luxury brands such as such as Jenn-Air and Dacor. This $3,149 model includes a built-in downdraft ventilation system that helps eliminate smoke from stovetop cooking. Pretty fancy for a brand that often gets more attention for its stand mixer.
Samsung's Flex Duo insert lets you split one oven into two separate cavities, so you can have a double oven only when you need it. Samsung includes this helpful addition in the NE58H9970WS. The company also equips this induction cooktop with a string of blue LED lights embedded around parts of each burner that creates a cool "virtual flame." This range entered the market at $3,699, but the price has since decreased.
The induction cooktop and convection oven of the GE Profile PHS920SFSS, along with its good looks, made this 30-inch slide-in range stand out. But like the Kenmore Elite 97723, this range gets rid of burner knobs, an adjustment that is difficult to get used to. This GE model has an MSRP of $3,200, but it's available for less depending on where you look.
No one denies that $6,320 is a lot to pay for a range. But the Dacor Renaissance ER30DSCH is impressive enough to make you consider raiding your savings account. This dual-fuel range is a powerful cooker with easy-to-use controls that would be a good investment for the avid, patient home cook.
This range from the luxury-appliance brand Dacor is a sight to behold. The 36-inch-wide body is all stainless steel, and the $7,130 is incredibly easy to use. The performance on this gas range was disappointing, though, so this appliance would be more of a showpiece than anything else.