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The Best of Jenn-Air: My Top 3 Picks

It’s been a whirlwind couple of weeks in my little “kitchen designer world”.  Earlier this month I made a quick trip to the World of Whirlpool in Chicago to learn, in depth,  about  their premium Jenn-Air line of appliances.  Jenn-Air has been around a long time but has recently been reinvented to compete with the luxury brands.  Overall the line is very impressive and I could go on and on but today I thought I’d share with you my top 3 favorites.

world of whirlpool Reid Murdoch building chicago clock tower
The Jenn-Air Designer Forum was held at World of Whirlpool located in the hundred year old Reid Murdoch building, nestled among the skyscrapers of downtown Chicago.

Jenn-Air appliances are all made in the USA, other than that I was interested to learn what sets them apart from the competition.  What I found out is, for cooking, many of their appliances lead the pack when it comes to power and variety of power.  For example, a high BTU like 20,000 will give you hot quick high heat and a low one like 650 gives you excellent simmering capability.  The Jenn-Air cooktops whether gas, electric or induction have you covered.

JX3 Gas cooktop with built-in downdraft
JX3 Gas cooktop with built-in downdraft

Jenn-Air is also a pioneer in downdraft technology (since the 1960s).  It used to be that you couldn’t use down draft ventilation unless your house was built with ductwork in the slab under the floor.  No more!  The JX3 downdraft cooktops can be purchased with a duct-free accessory kit.  When you consider that the average family expels 1 gallon of cooking grease into the home every year, ventilation becomes an important consideration.

Jenn-Air’s 36″ Induction Cooktop

The buzz around induction and steam cooking continues and these appliances impressed me enough to make the top 3. If you know me you know I predict induction cooking will rule the world (almost) in the next decade or so.  Induction means cooking with electro  magnetic energy so the pot, not the cooking surface, is your heat source.  It is 90% efficient and you won’t get burned!   Surprisingly electric cooking is only about 65% and gas is last with 45% efficiency.  Your pots are probably not going to be a problem.  If a magnet sticks to the bottom you’re good to go.  This cooktop is also modestly priced compared to the competition and retails for $2,199.oo

Sumptuous gourmet faire such as this was prepared for us by the resident chefs at World of Whirlpool
Sumptuous gourmet faire such as this was prepared for us by the resident chefs at World of Whirlpool. Most veggies were homegrown out on the terrace!

The Jenn-Air appliance I would want the most for my kitchen would be the steam and convection oven.  It’s a lot of cooking capability packed into a 24″ oven! Steam cooking is not just for veggies but also great for cooking eggs, bread, meat, desserts and heating leftovers.  The best thing is that you can combine steam and convection cooking so that things like meat and bread brown on the outside.  If you just want to bake you can use convection bake mode without the steam.  Convection gives you uniform cooking, a must for baking.

24" Jenn-Air Steam and Convection oven comes with a 27" or 30" trim kit if you need it, no extra charge! It retails for around $2,800
24″ Jenn-Air Steam and Convection oven comes with a 27″ or 30″ trim kit if you need it, no extra charge! It retails for around $2,800

No plumbing hook up is needed.  The reservoir on the right holds the tap water you’ll need to get steamy.  You also won’t need a 220 outlet, 120 is all it takes. Another impressive  fact is you can cook several different foods together such as salmon, green beans and creme brulee’ with no flavor transference! See more photos and commentary from my trip at Kitchens for Living On the Road and thank you Jenn-Air for the royal designer treatment 🙂


Gloria Graham-Sollecito

Gloria is a kitchen and bath cabinetry designer with AKBD certification from the National Kitchen & Bath Association. She has also served on the Florida Treasure Coast Chapter's Board of Directors as the VP of Communications. Her work has appeared on This Old House as well as in Florida Design Magazine, K+BB Magazine and the Palm Beach Post. She is co-author of The Complete Idiots Guide to Remodeling Your Kitchen, Illustrated, as well as a freelanced writer contributing occasionally to the Sun Sentinel in the area of kitchen design. She is a proud member of the Blanco Design Council and the illustrious Brizo Blogger 19.


Ann M. Morris

Glad you had a great time. Thanks for the JennAir tour. Great information. Love your presentation.

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