KitchenAid Architect Series II KGRS308BSS Gas Range Review$1,715.95
Overall Oven Performance
The 5.8 cubic feet preheated to 350°F in just under eleven minutes, not a particularly remarkable result, but not bad either. But once preheated, the oven blew us away in the tests with its fantastic temperature control, made especially more fantastic because it's a gas oven, traditionally considered inferior in suppressing variance.
Target Temperature Accuracy
The low end of the temperature range is exactly where we like it to be, averaging around 170°F for the keep-warm setting, cool enough not to cook, but hot enough to prevent chicken saltimbocca from becoming chicken salmonella. The 350°F temperature was also as accurate as it should be, but the maximum setting was a bit under the industry standard of 550°F, at 500°F, and not particularly accurate. Fortunately, that may not be an issue for chefs, who often simply need just a "hot" temperature.
This is where the KitchenAidKGRS308BSS really shines. During the keep warm setting, it strayed no more than 3°F below 170°F and no more than 11°F above. Whoa. At 350°F it only went 15°F above and 11°F below, and at the maximum temperature, we still liked what we saw. These are phenomenal numbers for a conventional oven, as anything under ±20°F is good by us. Oddly, the convection oven mode isn't quite as good, but it's still pretty decent. It ran a little hot into the lower 380s, but it also ran hotter than 350°F so the variance wasn't so bad, but users may want to lower the temperature slightly more than usual.