The $1,649 KitchenAid Freestanding Gas Range Architect Series II, model number KGRS306BSS, is a very long name for a very understated appliance.
While it doesn't have the same eye-catching design elements asor , it's the fastest burger-broiler of the pack and also managed to make particularly tasty biscuits. Delicious food aside, its responsive display panel was a pleasure to use, and the included griddle pan and three assorted oven racks will help you tackle many a cooking quandary.
I recommend this midprice KitchenAid gas range for its simplicity and solid performance; keep searching if you prioritize premium-looking design.
Unlike the Samsung NX58F5700 or the Whirlpool WEG730H0DS -- two midprice gas models with standout style -- this KitchenAid range doesn't make much of a first impression. It's actually pretty similar to the utilitarian-looking Electrolux EI30GF35JS in terms of design. Forget about sleek display paneling, professional-looking burner knobs or other noticeable nods to above-average aesthetics; you won't find any of that here.
It also doesn't have quite as many features as the NX58F5700, which boasted a griddle, a fifth oval burner and a wok insert. The KitchenAid also comes with a griddle, although you'll have to position it over the two left or two right burners -- the center round burner is useless if you want to evenly distribute heat across the griddle for a multi-pancake breakfast.
|Electrolux EI30GF35JS||Samsung NX58F5700||LG LRG3085ST||GE PGB920SEFSS||Whirlpool WEG730H0DS||KitchenAid KGRS306BSS|
|Oven size (in cu. ft.)||5||5.8||5.4||5.6||5.8||5.8|
|Cooktop output, in BTUs||5,000 to 18,000||5,000 to 18,000||5,000 to 17,000||5,000 to 19,000||5,000 to 17,000||5,000 to 17,000|
But, it does have a competitive cooktop BTU range of 5,000 to 17,000 and a large 5.8-cubic-foot oven capacity with an AquaLift steam clean mode. The Whirlpool WEG730H0DS and Samsung NX58F5700 also boast 5.8-cubic-foot capacities, but the Electrolux EI30GF35JS only has 5 cubic feet of space.
This range is especially easy to use. So many models rely on stubborn touchpad controls that are annoyingly unresponsive. Fortunately, KitchenAid's oven display is very sensitive and rarely takes more than one attempt. You do have to treat it like a phone touchscreen, though, meaning that you'll have to get rid of the oven mitt before interacting with the display.
Cooking with KitchenAid
Given the copious amounts of biscuits that we've baked -- and eaten -- since our earliest oven reviews, we thought that we had a pretty solid understanding of how they taste after 9 minutes at 450 degrees (for traditional mode) and 9 minutes at 425 degrees (for convection mode). We even use the same brand and style of biscuit to standardize from one test run and oven model to the next.
KitchenAid's biscuits tasted slightly different, though. They were crispier on the outside, while retaining the same softness inside. This made for particularly tasty biscuits.
Not only did they taste a tiny bit better, they were also very uniform. You can see a double rack of biscuits baked using traditional mode on the top row of the photo above and a double rack of convection-baked biscuits on the bottom row.
The traditional mode was particularly impressive, performing more like the Electrolux EI30GF35JS than Samsung's NX58F5700 (which baked a very uneven top and bottom rack of biscuits in traditional mode). Overall, Electrolux's biscuits still did the best in terms of traditional and convection-mode uniformity, but I think the KitchenAid wins on taste.