At a Glance
For gas slide-in ranges, you have plenty yet baffling choices.
In addition to Samsung and KitchenAid, you have three other comparable brands, such as GE Profile, Café Appliances, and regular GE.
Other than that, you could also look at JennAir (a twin of KitchenAid), LG, or Electrolux for gas ranges.
If you’re looking for higher BTU output, you can opt for a more powerful JennAir or Thermador professional range.
They are more expensive at over $4,500, but a $1000 dishwasher is free with the purchase
Yet, KitchenAid and Samsung should be your prime considerations. They both have great features and subtle problems.
In this article, you will learn about KitchenAid’s and Samsung’s best gas slide-in ranges, their features, how they compare, and if they’re reliable.
First, let’s look at the differences between slide-in and front control ranges.
Slide-In Vs. Front Control Ranges
Design Differences Between Slide-In And Front Control Ranges at Yale Appliance
Front control ranges, like KitchenAid, are designed for new kitchens and to replace freestanding ranges or ranges with a backguard like the one below.
Samsung Freestanding Range at Yale Appliance in Hanover
Slide-ins are mostly designed for new construction. The range’s cooktop overlaps your counters while eliminating the seams on both sides and the back of the range.
Samsung Slide-In Range at Yale Appliance in Hanover
Slide-ins ranges are easier to clean eliminating the seam on both sides. Foods like soups can dribble down the seam and are almost impossible to clean. Slide-ins prevent that.
However, they are not designed as an easy, direct replacement. You may need to modify your counters for the range to fit seamlessly in your space.
Samsung insists its gas range is a direct replacement for a freestanding range. Our installation department installs about 75 units a day, and that’s not always the case.
Check your cabinets first.
Just be aware of the two types of slide-in ranges and plan accordingly.Short on time? Get our free Gas Cooking Buying Guide
KitchenAid Vs. Samsung Gas Slide-In Ranges
Let’s first look at the ranges and their features.
KitchenAid’s Best Features:
- Convection Conversion -turns your recipes into convection with a touch of a button.
- True Convection
Samsung Slide-In Gas Range NX58K9850SS - $2,969
Samsung’s Best Features:
- Burner Output
- Wi-Fi - You can turn the oven on or off from an app on your phone
- Light Up Knobs
- True Convection
KitchenAid Vs. Samsung Gas Range Burner Power
I mentioned high output professional ranges in the introduction. Both these ranges have pro-type burners.
KitchenAid Gas Range Burners
KitchenAid has five burners with 19,000, 15,000, 9,200, 8,000, and 5,000 BTU output.
Samsung Gas Range Burners
Samsung has five burners with 22,000, 16,000, 9500, and two 5,000 BTU output.
KitchenAid Vs. Samsung Gas Range Ovens
Both advertise as true convection double ovens. They are both right and wrong.
KitchenAid Gas Range With 6.5 Cu. Ft. Convection Oven
KitchenAid changed their range a few years ago, placing the knobs on the top of the range rather than on the face.
They also decreased the size of the drawer. The oven on the KitchenAid is massive. It’s the largest of the 30-inch models (Café Appliances has more total cubic feet with two ovens).
You have the size to cook anything in this oven.
However, the double oven is the smaller drawer.
KitchenAid Warming Drawer in it's Gas Range
It’s just a baking drawer and not a full oven.
Samsung Gas Range With 5.8 Cu. Ft. Oven and Flex Duo Divider
The Flex Duo is an excellent idea. It’s a twin convection oven with one on the top and bottom versus side by side like every other oven on the market.
The “Flex” in the flex duo is a smart divider you place in the middle of the two convection fans.
Samsung Flex Duo Divider In A Gas Range
Now you have the world’s only twin convection double oven - in theory.
(Café Appliances has only one convection oven in their double oven range).
However, the ovens are limited by temperature. In other words, the ovens are tied together by the output.
Temperature Settings And Limitations Of The Flex duo From Samsung's User Manual
Here is the video explanation and review of how the Samsung gas range with Flex Duo works.
KitchenAid Vs. Samsung Gas Range Reliability
Gas Range Reliability From January 2020 to October 2020
|Service Qty||Shipped Qty||Service Ratio|
|Fisher & Paykel||4||11||36.36 %|
|Café Appliances||13||85||15.29 %|
|GE Profile||26||172||15.12 %|
|LG Electronics||3||23||13.04 %|
|Bosch Appliances||31||291||10.65 %|
|Beko Appliance||4||96||4.17 %|
|GE Appliances||1||63||1.59 %|
|Grand Total||276||2278||12.12 %|
KitchenAid is about average reliability at 12.6%. Samsung is one of the best at 7.74%. The average for gas ranges is 12.12% with the average for all appliances being 13.4%.
However, Samsung has problems after the sale. It’s affordable, beautifully styled, and incredibly popular.
Their service has not been able to keep up with the incredible demand. Neither has their parts availability.
You have to be careful where you buy Samsung. Always inquire about service before you buy.
Read More: Most Reliable Gas Ranges
Which Gas Range Should You Buy?
Gas slide-in and front control ranges have decent options in many brands.
For KitchenAid, it has good output, true convection, and a massive oven. You probably are not baking much in the lower drawer and will have to stoop to your toes to retrieve it anyway.
You have to love Samsung. The Flex Duo is an excellent design, and only Samsung could even think of building it.
The execution may be a problem, depending on how you use the second oven.
It cannot cook independently, which may or may not be a problem.
Both ranges have good output, convection, and different ovens. It depends on how you will use that second oven.
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