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Sep 19, 2006 06:58 PM

???? Kitchen Aid Steam Assist Oven ????

I'm redesigning my kitchen and replacing all the appliances. Right now I think I'd like the KA Steam Assist oven for bread making but I can't plan my whole kitchen around it on the *hope* that it performs like I think it *should*.

Does someone have any practical knowledge of it? I'd be so grateful for your thoughts on how it does bread and how it performs all the other range-top and baking/roasting functions.

Thanks in advance.

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  1. I see you have had no replies. I am very disappointed - when I saw your post I was very excited to see someone else is asking the exact same question as I am.

    Anyone out there used the KA Steam oven yet??????

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    1. re: just julie

      Would the manufacturer provide you with references from buyers? These ovens are expensive, $4000+. I am assuming you'd want results like professional bakeries get.

      1. re: blue room

        No. I've spoken to a KA rep. They'll tell me how *fabulous* it is, of course, but they won't connect me to anywhere where one is in use and they don't do demos.

      2. re: just julie

        Consumer reports reviewed a KA oven with steamassist, but said that "this feature failed to impress."

        1. re: blue room

          Can you point me at that? I check Consumer Reports but only found the Architech series reviewed.

          1. re: rainey

            Consumer Reports, search KDRP707R [SS]
            It is Architect series, but the info quotes: "comes with simmer plate and steam assist for oven cooking."

        2. re: just julie

          Here is a link to the KA forum. There is a KA host, but regular people too. Recipes and info for steamassist.

        3. I have the GE Advantium Speed Cook oven and it has CHANGED my life!!!

          I won't move now because I don't know how I could live without it. I never use my Wolf except to bake!

          Check it out!!!!

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          1. re: MSK

            What does the advantium do? I'm looking for artisan bread baking and that's why the steam feature (I'm hoping it's steam injection) of the KA is appealing.

          2. No, I'm sorry. The one thing the advantium does not do well is bake.

            It is a combination microwave and halogen oven and is about the size of built in micro. It can be used as microwave on it's own or kind of like a toaster oven but it's real genious is how it speed cooks by alternating the 2 in a program.

            I use it for whole chickens (that come out great) and all different kinds of meal preparations but I don't like the way baked goods come out.

            1. I purchased a kitchen aid range with steam assist. I found Kitchen aid to be absolutely horrible with assistance and repair. It is a dual convection oven and the only reason I purchased this model was for the steam assist and proofing (for bread) The steam assist was broken and it took approximately a month to get the expensive oven to work right. However, once working well I love the steam assist.

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              1. re: paturso

                Whoa! Not so encouraging. Still, I think I'm going to go for it.

                Besides using the steam assist feature for bread, do you use it for meat or some other application?

                1. re: paturso

                  I wanted to say thanks again for sharing your experience.

                  I'm going to order it. But I'll be prepared to expect the road bumps in the early going and know I have to be aggressive about getting them ironed out so I can have the bread making experience I'm buying it for. At least with your advice, I'm forearmed and know how to proceed.

                2. Have you checked out yet? Their appliance forum may be of some help to you.

                  Second hand info supports the lousy customer service info you've already received. A friend waited eons for assistance for her new KA stove that was incorrectly calibrated and diddled around for months before hiring her own repair person. So far, KA has not acknowledged her letters, inc. the bill.

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                  1. re: Sherri

                    If you're asking me, then "yes" I have posted an inquiry there too but not had any responses there. There don't seem to be many people who have tried this new technology yet.

                    I have a good price on all of the appliances I'll need from adealer at some distance from my house who will store them all until I'm ready for installation. But maybe I will buy the oven, alone, from another dealer closer to me who are very good about standing behind what they sell on the hope I can get them to share any potential startup problems with me or, at least, interface with KA. If it comes to that, I'm sure they'll get more attention and response from KA than a mere consumer would.

                    Bottom line, KA is the only dealer who has steam injection in a residential oven so I'm afraid I'm going to have to be prepared for the repairs and adjustments for the sake of my bread.

                    1. re: rainey

                      Have you tried to get the name of the local KA rep? Someone must be repping this line and able to get answers for you. Perhaps the "good guy" appliance store can be of help. Talking to an actual person, who likely has some experience with the steam injection oven, would be a bonus. If you get a GS-1 dud, ask for the name of his/her boss and talk to him/her. Certainly the big boys (Viking, Dacor, etc) have training for their reps, so KA likely has seminars etc for their sales force. Someone in your area must have been given demos, info, etc. If you strike out ("yeah, I went to that but slept through it") keep plugging. Last resort -- try calling their customer service to get the name from them. Maybe you'll even luck out with names of customers and you can speak to them directly about their experience. Please let us know how this goes.

                      1. re: Sherri

                        Thanks for the thoughts. Naturally, I spoke to the appliance dealers to try to get that info. They unanimously said they didn't know a thing about them because they were just starting to list that particular oven in their stock. None of them was willing to put me in touch with their KA reps.

                        I *did* speak to a KA technical rep who said they did no demos in my area (Los Angeles so this is particularly surprising) and only had the "company line" to offer. The kitchen designer I'm working with wasn't able to get any more out of KA either.

                        That's why paturso's experience is *particularly* valuable. I'm not thrilled with what it is but at least he/she was eventually able to work out the kinks and is getting good bread from the steam assist feature. And going into it aware of what the shakedown may be like will, at least, keep me from going berserk at the first set of problems and adjustments.