October 2015, after moving into a new home, I decided to update my old GE cooktop, double oven, and microwave. Kitchen Aid was having a great promotion at the time, along with most other high end appliance companies and I was having a hard time deciding on the best brand to purchase. Of course, the more appliances you buy, the better the rebate. The last home I lived in I purchased Thermador appliances and was mostly happy with them, but this time around I thought, "is Thermador worth the extra $2-3K more?" Both KitchenAid and Thermador looked very similar, stainless steel, rolled bar handles, digital display. In the past I didn't think KitchenAid looked high end, but with this new line it definitely was a competitor. I even liked the blue oven interior (which they mirrored after Wolf). I decided to go with KitchenAid in the end and now I come to my review of the oven:
I have been very happy with this oven from KitchenAid. I have owned it for several months and have cooked many dinners in it. The overall look is great. The blue interior, the rolled handles, and shiny stainless steel exterior (on a side note, the outside is magnetic! I can attach my thermometer to it). It looks just like the higher end manufacturers. Performance wise, it has done well. Recently I had some food overflow and I used the self clean function. It worked well, but in the future I think I will not use it. I had recently read how using this feature can hurt your oven and lead to future problems because of the high heat that is generated. When I did use the self clean, it got so smoky inside the oven it coated the glass and made it look dirty. Plus, the fumes were bad. My advice is to forgo the clean function and use a paste of baking soda and water, coat the oven and let it sit overnight and wipe in the morning. I also used this paste on the oven window and got it back to looking brand new again. Took a little elbow grease to get the film of smoky air off the glass, but it worked great. I also like how you can turn the "beep" off on the oven. My last oven(Thermador) was loud every time I pushed the control buttons and I had no control over it, but with this Kitchen Aid, there are more features.
On another note, I purchased an extended warranty through BestBuy on this oven. I did read several bad reviews about this oven which made me have some concerns, but I thought in the end an oven is an oven and they all do the same thing. What makes them different is size and look. I felt this oven had the same look and size as other high end models. Why should I pay $1-2K more? So I purchased an extended warranty instead. I hope I don't have to use it, but if I do end up with a lemon, at least I am protected for 5 years instead of 1.