Pros / This slide-in range gives you an extra-large oven window.
Cons / At 4.6 cubic feet, the oven isn’t especially big.
Verdict / The Kenmore 42539 gives you two expandable burners on its cooktop, a good but not overly large oven and electronic controls.
At 4.6 cubic feet, the oven on the Kenmore 42539 electric slide-in range isn’t especially large but is sufficient to accomplish the average family’s baking, roasting and broiling tasks. If you want a bigger oven, the Whirlpool WEE745H0FS might be a good choice.
The oven comes with two racks that fit into four rack positions, compared with three racks and seven rack positions on some of the best slide-in ranges (such as the Samsung NE58F9710WS, our best-overall pick). The window on the oven door is quite large, however, so you can easily see everything cooking inside.
This Kenmore model has an auto-shutoff function that turns off the oven after 12 hours. You also get an oven lock for safety’s sake, a kitchen timer and a hidden bake element under the oven bottom that makes cleaning up spills quick and easy. The oven does not come with a Sabbath mode, however, so if you adhere to Jewish dietary laws and traditions you might consider the Whirlpool WEE510S0FS.
This oven uses a heated method of self-cleaning. You can set the cleaning cycle to run for 2 hours for light-duty cleaning, 3 hours for a normal cleaning cycle or for 4 hours if the oven requires deep cleaning. After the cycle runs and the oven cools, you can clear away the remaining ash residue with a damp cloth.
If you want to keep up with small spills as they occur, you don’t need abrasive cleansers or chemical agents that produce harsh fumes. A quick wipe with a soft cloth or sponge and a bit of warm water and soap will take care of new spills.
This slide-in range comes with a storage drawer, but the drawer does not double as a warming space for cooked foods.
There are four burners on this Kenmore ceramic glass cooktop. Two of the burners measure 6 inches in diameter, and the other two can be expanded from 6 to 9 inches to accommodate larger pots and pans.