As a consumer once said about the Kenmore 70402 (starting at $360), this gas-fired model is no sleek foreign car, but a basic domestic that gets you where you need to go. Indeed, Kenmore 70402 reviews posted at Sears commend the simplicity and ease of use; who needs all those confounding features and buttons, anyway? ask several reviews. Users say the stovetop burners give out plenty of heat and the oven warms up quickly, although a few say the top part of the oven gets hotter than the bottom (a common critique of low-cost gas ovens). Cleaning, apparently, is a no-struggle affair.
But for all its positive attributes, several design elements drive consumers to distraction, according to Kenmore 70402 reviews. One is the placement of the oven vent, directly behind the burners and smack in the middle under the controls. Reviews contend it's easy to burn yourself when you need to change a setting while the oven is on. Another complaint concerns the burner grates, which users say are slick and high, so that pots slide around and a lot of heat is wasted. And finally, the broiler: located in a drawer below the oven with a tray that's difficult to adjust when the broiler is hot.
The Kenmore 70402 is relatively light on extra features. The oven requires manual cleaning and is just 4.2 cubic feet, a size that may present a challenge when preparing a large holiday meal for a crowd. There are four 9,000-BTU burners with pilotless ignition, a digital display clock, a timer, 105 oven temperature settings between 170 and 550 degrees Fahrenheit, and a beeper that signals the oven is fully heated. This stove is available in white, black, or stainless steel, and even the latter finish is priced within the Cheapism range. The Kenmore 70402 comes with the usual one-year warranty.
The awkward design elements give us some pause. If you can get past these irritants, however, the performance of this simple gas stove won't disappoint and the price will make you happy, indeed.