Our two newest additions to the Kenmore cooking lineup are both hot items (pardon the awful pun!), each one loaded with a host of premium features. So, how are you to decide between the two for your own kitchen ensemble?
While both share many of the same essential features, the basic difference between our two new ranges comes down to one simple fact: one of them is a gas range (model #22-75293) and the other is electric (model #22-95163). So which model is best for you? We’re here to help you choose.
Features they share
Both of our new models boast a number of key features designed to help you cook like a pro while maximizing kitchen convenience. Before we examine the differences between the two, let’s take a moment to review the most important features they share.
True Convection Oven
True Convection technology uses a fan and a third heating element to preheat quickly and surround foods with hot air for consistent, even cooking on every rack. Roasted meats and poultry turn out caramelized and brown on the outside, moist and tender on the inside.
Easy Air Frying (with included basket)
The Air Fry setting uses hot circulating air to create crowd favorites that are crispy and crunchy on the outside, yet tender on the inside, without the oil and mess or the need for a separate appliance that takes up valuable countertop space.
Turbo Boil® for Super-Fast Boiling
Our new electric range offers two 3,000-watt Turbo Boil elements, while the gas range features one 18,000-BTU Turbo Boil burner. They really turn up the heat for fast boiling, plus stir-frying and searing, so you can get that perfect texture on everything from steaks and burgers to vegetables and fish.
Precision Set Controls
Easy-to-use, intuitive controls feature accurate incremental adjustments and advanced cooking options with 25 different settings like Delay Start, Keep Warm and Broil.
Easy Oven Cleanup
When your oven needs a complete clean, the Self-Clean function eliminates the messy chore, saving time and effort. Customize your clean with a 2, 3 or 4-hour clean cycle depending on how dirty the oven is. And when the oven needs only a light cleaning, Kenmore’s Steam Clean function uses water and heat for light oven cleaning.
A bright halogen light illuminates the oven interior making it easy to see inside without opening the oven door. And the large oven window offers you the best view in the kitchen so you can check on the progress of a meal no matter where it’s placed in the oven.
Fingerprint-Resistant Stainless Steel Finish
Enjoy all of the beauty and durability of stainless steel that easily wipes clean with a soft cloth.
A convenient drawer underneath the oven provides valuable space for storing baking sheets, pans and pizza trays, so they’re out of the way but still within reach.
Main advantages: Kenmore electric range
Regardless of brand or model, all ranges have built-in attributes and advantages depending on their fuel source and cooktop configuration. Our all-new Kenmore electric range with smooth-surface radiant cooktop offers the following essential benefits.
Cooktop Efficiency – Smooth-surface electric cooktop elements tend to offer a more effective heat transfer to your cookware than gas burners, which lose heat from an open flame.
Precise Oven Heat –Electric heating elements can cycle on and off more quickly than most gas oven burners, allowing more responsiveness to temperature changes and heat loss within the oven cavity.
Cooktop Flexibility – While both new Kenmore models feature five cooking zones on their respective cooktops, our new electric range also offers a pair of dual-ring elements which can flex in size from 6 to 9 inches in diameter, and from 9 to 12 inches. You get seven power options across five cooktop elements, so you can match the element size to the task and boil water, sauté veggies, and simmer sauce—all at once.
Easy Cleanability – The smooth surface of an electric cooktop allows quick and easy cleanup of spills and splatters. Most gas ranges require you to remove the cast-iron grates before cleaning the surface underneath.
Fuel-Source Availability – Generally, an electric range only needs a 220-volt electrical outlet for installation. A gas range requires a gas line to be piped into the kitchen if one is not already present, and homes in some areas are not equipped for gas.
Warm Zone — The convenient Warm Zone delivers a gentle, low heat to keep cooked foods warm and ready to enjoy while you coordinate the rest of your meal.
Main advantages: Kenmore gas range
Gas ranges have the reputation of being favored by professional chefs and serious home cooks. Besides, there’s just something really cool about that blue flame! Here are some of the advantages of cooking with gas.
Cooktop Responsiveness – An open flame can be adjusted instantly. This means you can react quickly if you see your dish is cooking too fast or too slow. And when you turn the burner off, it’s off immediately. It takes a while for electric elements to cool down.
Fast Oven Preheating – Gas heating can crank up to full power very quickly. This means you can get your favorite meals into the oven and baking sooner.
Fewer Tough Cleaning Challenges – While it’s true that, for most spills and splatters, a smooth-surface electric cooktop provides easier routine cleanup… that’s not always the case. If a spill lands directly on a hot radiant cooktop element, it can harden and bake on pretty quickly. Kenmore’s sealed gas burners are less likely to cause these tough, crusty cleaning challenges. The porcelain-coated cooktop grates can also go straight into the dishwasher.
Creative Cookery – Some recipes call for ingredients to be charred or grilled directly on the cooktop, over an open flame. Obviously, you would need a gas cooktop for that task. Also, cooking with a round-bottom pan, like a wok, simply works better with a gas flame. The flame can reach up the sides of the pan a little.
Find out more
Whichever Kenmore range appeals to you most, you can learn more by following these links.
Still deciding? Check out our latest slow cooker recipes to keep home-cooked dinners going until you’re ready.
Here are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about our electric and gas ranges. If you have a question of your own, please don’t hesitate to let us know!
Q: Which is better, a gas or electric range?
A: Each offers their own set of advantages, and it’s up to you to decide the fuel type you prefer. Generally, gas models are more responsive, offer faster preheating, and allow for some advanced cooking techniques. Electric models provide greater efficiency, more precise oven heat, easier cleanup and (in some areas) better installation flexibility.
Q: Is it easy to replace an electric range with a gas range? Or vice versa?
A: To switch from an electric model to a gas range, you will need both a standard (110-volt) electrical outlet and a gas supply pipe in place and ready for hookup. To switch from gas to an electric model, you will need to make sure you have a 220-volt electric outlet available.
Q: Do professional cooks prefer gas or electric ranges?
A: Cooking professionals tend to favor gas ranges, mainly for their excellent responsiveness to heating changes. In a fast-paced pro kitchen environment, an open gas flame makes it easy for chefs to see, at a glance, what level of heat is being used.
Q: Which is safer to use, a gas or electric range?
A: Regardless of fuel type, most modern ranges designed for home use are extremely safe to operate. A gas cooktop uses an open flame. If a bit of paper or other flammable item falls into the burner while it’s on, it can start a small fire. Electric elements can remain very hot to touch for a while after they are turned off. But neither type is considered a serious danger for home use. You’re safe, either way (but be sure to read the user guide carefully before using).