Jenn-Air JGRP430WP 30-Inch Gas Range Review
Disappointing performance all around from the “pro”-range Jenn-Air JGRP430WP.
Turns out you don’t always get what you pay for…
The Jenn-Air JGRP430WP is the gas-fueled cousin to the dual-fuel Jenn-Air JDRP430W. It shares the “pro” inspired design of the other Jenn-Air oven ranges. It certainly looks the part with its sturdy—not to mention stocky—profile.
Tracking down pricing information for Jenn-Air products is difficult, because the Whirlpool-owned brand likes to keep an air of high-end mystique—but we managed to find one for $3899. We know what you’re thinking: “For that price it must be good! Right?”
We’re not going to bury the lede; the Jenn-Air JGRP430WP had some of the lowest performance scores we have seen to date. The dual-fuel Jenn-Air JDRP430W impressed us when we reviewed it last year, so we had high hopes for this range. Sadly we were disappointed. The Jenn-Air JGRP430WP exhibited mediocre performance on all counts, but hey, at least it looks good, right?
Design & Usability
This range at least has looks going for it.
Regardless of cooking quality, this Jenn-Air range has one thing going for it: looks. Over the last few years the company has managed to carve a design niche for itself that effectively mixes a rugged appearance with high-end flair. Be safe in the knowledge that the JGRP430WP will look great in your kitchen—just don’t expect it to complement a $400 refrigerator. Appearance also comes at a high price, with the JGRP430WP's MSRP around $4000.
Jenn-Air almost got the control panel right. Traditional, sturdy knobs let you tame gas flames like an expert. But you'll need to use a touchscreen to adjust oven settings. That's great for hiding rarely-used options behind menu screens, but it's bad for hiding fingerprints. Since the LCD screen is at a 90º angle, accessing the oven controls requires an awkward, backward lean—unless you happen be a contortionist. The screen also clashes with the retro styling.
Impractical touchscreen aside, we have few complaints about the aesthetics of the JGRP430WP. We appreciate its cool, industrial styling and sturdy construction. Be aware however that it does not feature a backsplash or warming drawer, but neither of these omissions are deal breakers in our opinion (more on that later).
Sure it gets hot, but this rangetop lacks the control pro chefs require.
We can’t fault the JGRP430WP’s boiling performance. Three of the four burners were able to bring water to the boil in under six minutes, so have your pasta ready. Things are a little less rosy in the lower temperatures—as is often the case with gas ranges. Only one of the burners could get below 150ºF. And when it came to peaks, the JGRP430WP's burners were more Mount Monadnock than Mount Everest: average top temperatures barely broke 400ºF, which is truly disappointing. To Jenn-Air’s credit the burners are sealed in order to prevent spills entering the burner box and the entire rangetop is pretty easy to clean.
Before you buy the Jenn-Air JGRP430WP, take a look at these other ranges.
Oven, Broiler, & Convection
On the subject of deal breakers…
A mediocre rangetop isn't great, but the deficiencies in this Jenn-Air’s oven were impossible to ignore. Despite fair performance on the Keep Warm setting, the Jenn-Air JGRP430WP struggled to reach and maintain consistent temperatures when we set it to 350ºF and 550ºF, respectively. So what does this mean for you? Well you should have no trouble cooking vegetables or roasting a chicken, but we wouldn’t recommend you attempt a soufflé in this oven. In fact, considering how much it costs and how badly it works, we wouldn’t recommend this oven at all. It isn’t all bad, however, as the convection setting improved accuracy at the 350ºF setting. Unfortunately, it did little to improve temperature precision.
We expect more for $3899, and so should you.
It may seem like we are picking on Jenn-Air. That's not the case; Jenn-Air has shown it is capable of manufacturing excellent ovens. In fact, we recommend you check out the dual fuel Jenn-Air JDRP430W. It sports the same excellent design as the JGRP430WP01 but with drastically improved performance across the board for an additional $800, plus the cost of wiring an electric outlet.
But we can't recommend the JGRP430WP01. The fact of the matter is if you spend just under $4000 on an oven, it’s not unreasonable to expect a certain level of performance—performance that the JGRP430WP fails to deliver, despite its professional appearance.