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Can versatility redeem an oven with so-so performance?The KitchenAid KFDD500ESS gives cooks plenty of options and roasts a good chicken, but its cook times were disappointing.
[MUSIC] Versatility is the big selling point for this KitchenAid KFDD500ESS range. Now I really liked the double oven feature, because you can cook two different dishes at two different temperatures at the same time. One of my biggest concerns was whether or not flavors from one oven cavity would leak into the other oven cavity. So I took a really odorous food like bacon, and cooked it at the same time as a batch of sugar cookies. Fortunately the two flavors did not inter mingle. So I didn't get bacon flavored cookies, or cookie flavored bacon. So this oven did a great job at cooking two different items at two different temperatures. But keeping the flavors very separate. Unfortunately, the easy convection feature was anything but. It was a little tricky to get the hang of and it involved a lot of steps that didn't seem really convenient for me. For example, I had to preheat the oven on a regular bake setting then turn the oven all the way off and then turn it back on on the convection setting and then enter some more settings after that. It was just a little too complicated and not easy at all. Once I got the easy convection feature figured out, I was still disappointed with the baking test results. The biscuits that I put in the oven were barely brown, even after nine minutes of baking. Overall, this Kitchenaid is a pretty good oven, especially if you're a busy cook. Who likes to multitask during meal time. Now this is $2,599, so it's gonna be a sizeable investment for your home. Now if double ovens aren't necessarily your go to feature, check out some of KitchenAid's other single oven units That costs a little bit less. But had the same, if not even better, performance result. To read more about this KitchenAid model, check out my full review on cnet.com. For CNET Appliances, I'm Ashlee Clark Thompson.