Kenmore is a Sears brand that borrows basic appliance templates from other manufacturers and then tweaks them to create its own products. So, while Kenmore's $2,600 Elite 41313 is based on an electric Frigidaire range, it still has its own unique design, specs and price tag.
The Elite is a decent range overall with pretty good performance, nice looks, a simple display and an included temperature probe. However, it has a small oven and few features, which hurt it in a side-by-side comparison with. The Elite definitely delivers, but it isn't a good value and that makes it tough to recommend.
A Kenmore Elite close-up
Kenmore was clearly going for a luxury look when it designed the Elite. Its front-facing display and knobs and stainless-steel-covered exterior have a definite minimalist appeal. At the same time, that streamlined approach seems a little uninspired since all you end up with is a cube-shaped hunk of metal that looks pretty nice as a whole, but doesn't really have any standout design elements.
That might be a personal gripe with front-mounted display panels in general, but I do think that the $2,299looks better. This is mainly because the Elite is actually a free-standing model, or as Sears describes it, a "freestanding range with a built-in look." Hmm.
Samsung's electric NE58F9710WS is a true slide-in model that's designed to sit flush with existing kitchen cabinetry, whereas the Kenmore Elite doesn't have to be nestled between cabinets at all.
That means that the Elite can fit into a variety of kitchens, but free-standing models are typically in the lower price range. That's odd since the Kenmore Elite costs a whopping $2,600 -- about $300 more than the $2,299 Samsung NE58F9710WS. This also accounts for the stainless steel border surrounding the Elite's cooktop -- a finishing touch that distinguishes it from slide-in models, but also reinforces its cube-look. Still, it looks pretty good overall.
The Kenmore Elite is quite easy to use. The display and knobs are simple and intuitive -- I only wish that the panel was adjustable because it's angled in a way that makes it a little difficult to read without stooping down.
As far as features go, the Elite has five burners, one 100W burner, two 1,200W 6-inch burners, one 3,000W burner with adjustable sizes and one 3,200W burner. Samsung's NE58F9710WS also has five burners, although the specs are slightly different. It has one 100W burner, one 1,200W burner, two 1,800W burners and one adjustable 3,000W burner.
It also has a 4.6 cubic-foot capacity oven. That's really small compared to the 5.8 cubic-foot capacity-- and really, most of the ovens we've reviewed. The oven size may not directly impact your day-to-day cooking, but when holiday season comes around and you want to cook three racks of cookies at a time, the Elite will come up short.
A thermometer probe comes with the oven and there's a related Meat Probe mode on the display so you can cook food to temperature. But that's pretty much it for special features.
Back to the oven
Since the Elite comes with a temperature probe, I used it to convection roast a chicken at 425 degrees until it reached an internal temperature of 160 degrees. I spot-checked with a secondary meat thermometer for comparison and found that it was very close to the probe's readings throughout testing.