Jenn-Air JDRP430W Review
This striking Jenn-Air looks very expensive... and it is.
While the laurel of being a "pro range" mostly comes from industrial styling, our test results found that the name was indeed earned. Obviously, a consumer range may be a better choice for many. Keep that in mind.
Testing revealed very desirable performance from all the oven's activities.
The keep-warm setting on the Jenn-Air JDRP430W averaged 200°F, which is above the ideal 170°F that is often the default on ovens, yet still acceptable for keeping food warm. Likewise, the highest setting was 23°F under the target of 550°F. Fortunately, not many dishes call for the kiln-like 550°F. The 350°F setting was accurate, though, almost hitting the target temperature of 346°F, and the convection oven was even better, averaging 349°F.
In our tests, the Jenn-Air JDRP430W exhibited consistent heat throughout all ranges of temperature. It's very important for the oven's maximum and minimum temperatures to be close to the targets, and this oven did a great job staying where it was supposed to. It never went below 326°F, nor above 369°F. This is important because temperature fluctuations tend to cause uneven cooking, and no one wants a cake that is burnt on the outside and soggy on the inside. To cap it all, even better than the conventional setting, the convection oven showed fantastically low variance, going only 11°F below and just 9°F above the target temperature.
The boiling performance steals the show.
Pasta with red sauce seems like a quick and easy dinner, but some ranges don't make it very quick at all. While this model doesn't feature a single, lightning-fast boiling burner, it does have three that boil well—and that is more than what most of the ranges we come across offer. The most powerful 20,000 BTU front left burner is a little bit quicker to the boil, taking around 105 seconds per fluid ounce. In our tests, the two 15,000 BTU burners offered fine results as well, taking 119 and 121 seconds to boil each fluid ounce. To be clear, serious cooks will likely appreciate these three powerful burners, as opposed to the one or two that most ranges offer.
Obviously, we understand the difficulty of keeping a fire-powered burner cool, but this rangetop's low-powered burner couldn't even break 133°F. Interestingly, the front left 20,000 BTU burner could sustain a 144°F simmer temperature, better than both of the 200°F+ middle burners. Still, a pro range should deliver better results.
The high-temperature searing performance also left something to be desired, with all the burners—including the simmering burner—heating our test pans between 306°F (the back left) and 383°F (front right). We would like to see hotter temperatures from something so expensive.
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