KitchenAid Architect Series II KGRS308BSS Gas Range Review$1,715.95
For around $1,650 (MSRP $1,799), the KitchenAid Architect Series II KGRS308BSS is a fairly expensive oven, so we expected performance as high as the stack of money it takes to buy it. After running through our vigorous testing, we found it performed very well compared to the field, and lived up to its pricetag.
The rangetop boiling abilities were phenomenal, with all three non-simmer burners able to boil six cups of water under ten minutes, with one of them at just five minutes. With the extra center burner and the griddle feature, the rangetop combines both high performance and features that we think would satisfy any chef. Often we see electric outperform gas, but here the high performance is combined with the gas's ease of use. It's always easier to adjust a flame than a vague hot disc. The only disadvantage we saw in the rangetop was marginal simmering ability, so small quantities of liquid may not simmer well.
While the oven didn't heat up that quickly, getting to 350°F in over ten minutes, it performed splendidly, showing great accuracy of the 350°F setting as well as minimal temperature fluctuation. These two things ensure that food isn't overcooked or burnt on the outside and raw on the inside. Bakers and roasters will appreciate this very much. Unfortunately, the broiler didn't function well and timed out on our test, so it might be good to grill elsewhere.
The bottom line here is whether you need all these features and performance badly enough to foot the bill for this luxury item. If you can afford it and will use it, this would be a phenomenal machine to own.