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This unit replaced a 27 year old microwave/oven combination when the microwave stopped working. It has a large capacity microwave that will hold a ham or turkey if you wish. Clean lines,...Read complete review
This unit replaced a 27 year old microwave/oven combination when the microwave stopped working. It has a large capacity microwave that will hold a ham or turkey if you wish. Clean lines, large cooking area and controls at eye level makes it especially convenient to use.
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Feature Overkill - No Oven for a Busy Cook
Any experienced cook looking for a good cooking tool should run, not walk, away from this combo oven unit. It is laden with countless features, (some useful, others mostly frivolous in my...Read complete review
Any experienced cook looking for a good cooking tool should run, not walk, away from this combo oven unit. It is laden with countless features, (some useful, others mostly frivolous in my opinion). Unfortunately, the cost of this bloated feature set is one of the most overly-complex user controls imaginable. Worse, the control set is not at all intuitive, and plodding through the poorly written user guide is less than helpful sometimes and no fun at all. Result - Don't expect a visiting chef ever to be able to use this appliance without your help (unless he has the misfortune of owning one of these units, himself!). Some examples of goodies: 1. Programming simple microwave cycles. If you want to microwave something on HIGH for a short time, say 3 minutes, you can either press the "add 30 seconds" button 6 (six) times; or, do the following: Push "Microwave" Rotate the Selector dial to "Time Cook" Press the Selector dial to select Rotate the Selector dial to select "Minutes/Seconds" Press the Selector dial to select Rotate the Selector dial to set "Minutes" to 3 Press the Selector dial to select Selector display is already at "00 Seconds" (Otherwise rotate to select number of seconds) -- Press Selector dial to select Verify Cook Power is set to "High" (Otherwise rotate Selector dial to desired Cook Power) - Push Selector dial to select. Push "Start/Pause" (or Selector dial) to "Start". Meanwhile, something else cooking on the stove that is sensitive to a few seconds (more or less) of cook time - BURNS while you fiddle. This long contorted procedure is horrible and NOT necessary in a properly designed unit. My previous GE microwave, for example, required the push of a single button to do this task! 2. Microwave Preset Selections My user guide lists 8 major headings, with 34 subselections. (These entries do not correspond to a logical hierarchy, by the way.) So, for example, if you want to heat a beverage there are 5 different beverage choices (from "Water" to "Hot Cocoa", with Coffee, Tea and Milk in between). But you can get to this choice either by pressing "Reheat" or "Microwave" -> "Cook" -> "Beverage". Are the times for these different beverages all different? No info is given. There is also a feature for cooking with two sequential power/time settings. One can cook "By Time" or "By Time 1 & 2". Do you access these both from the Selector dial "By Time" setting? No! If you want to cook "By Time 1 & 2", you don't select cook "By Time". You select "Cook" with the Selector dial (rather than "By Time"). Then, you can select the "By Time 1 & 2" as a subcategory under "Cook". Did you follow that? I could go on. It appears that an attempt was made to create a specific "Preset" for every conceivable food, cooking option, time, power level, etc., etc. that one might ever encounter. Many are available -- somewhere -- if you can find them. Of, course, there are literally thousands, if not millions, of combinations that are NOT covered. So, I guess you still have to have some cooking knowledge. 3. Unconventional buttons. There are two unconventional buttons on this unit that are noteworthy - "Back" and "Help"! The "Back" button appears to be modeled after PC Browser software! It mostly works, if you care. Lots of times you get the message "Back feature no longer available". That doesn't mean the feature has been discontinued (as it might if this were software); just there is no "Back" to go to (and a not-very-well-thought-out message text). The "Help" button, however, is a true joke. First, what on earth were the designers thinking about to consider a "Help" button (or a "Back" button, for that matter) on an OVEN!?? Shouldn't that have been a clue that their whole design is a DISASTER? Well, it doesn't work, anyway! "Help" entries longer than 3 lines require scrolling down to the next "frame" (for want of a better word) to see a continuation of text. Unfortunately, it isn't quite there. One of the three lines is continuation (the last), but the first two are a repeat of contents from the previous frame. End result - completely garbled text. 4. Some really nice features with essential information not given. Two features that could be really useful - "Warm" and "Proof". "Warm" is for keeping food warm prior to serving if there must be a delay. "Proof" for allowing yeast dough to rise. The temperature for either of these two modes is a critical parameter for any experienced cook wanting to use them. So why is there no spec and no temperature information provided?? 5. Cleaning. The microwave door opens in front of the oven opening. That results in a 30 inch distance from the edge of the microwave door to the back surface of the oven. Unless you have longer arms than an average human, that is too far a stretch to clean the rear of the microwave. Alternatively, you can stand first to the right, and then left, of the microwave door and reach at least the nearer half of the oven rear surface. It's still an awkward stretch, both left and right sides have to be used, and you can't see what you're cleaning from either position. If you clean your microwave daily, you will come to HATE this product. 6. Fans. There is good news and bad news about the fans in this unit. The good news is that the main oven fan is QUIET. That is an enormous benefit over a noisy fan, because that fan remains ON until the oven is near room temperature -- that can be a LONG time. The bad news is that the microwave fan does NOT turn OFF when the cooking cycle is complete. The cessation of fan noise is a hugely useful indication to the cook that the microwaving has finished, but NOT on this unit. The "DING" (or whatever sound is emitted signaling cycle completion) competes with numerous other kitchen appliances to indicate status information. (Coffee pots when brewing ends, toaster oven when temperature is reached and, again, when cooking is done, possible other appliances). Further, the oven display and fan control appear to have no consistent behavior relative to microwaving. Generally, the fan stops when the microwave door is opened. But whether it starts again when the door is closed, and what the display indicates is mysterious (at least to me). I have seen the display suggest "Continue" after the cooking cycle is complete, and the fan has stopped. But pushing the Selector knob (for "Continue", EVEN THOUGH THE CYCLE HAS COMPLETED) initiates OVEN power "ON, not fan "ON" (which one might use to exhaust the oven air). Predictable and documented behavior here is surely not too much to ask. Summary. I've had this oven for only two weeks, so much of what I don't like may mellow with time. Certainly, the cleaning and user interface issues are a big disappointment. With use, I hope that the useful features will emerge into greater prominence and problems recede as adaptation to even the worst things (hopefully) happens. For now, I would look for a different product more attuned to use as a simpler, more efficient tool.
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Love the cleanability of the inners!
from St. Louis County, MO, United States
Comments about GE 27" Stainless Steel Built-In Combination Microwave Oven:
I had problems with a 3 year old GE product. They prorated the wear and tear of the three years towards this model. I like the unit the cleanability of the inside of the this model. The only I am not sure of is the flip down door of the microwave, that takes a bit of getting use to instead of swinging to one side or the other. Also it would be nice if they could make the micro and the oven separate so you do not have to replace both if one goes out over the other.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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Not in love with it.
from Florida, United States
I bought this to replace an older model. Once installed it look fabulous. Really clean and nice. The oven part, I'm find with. It cooks good with the same cooking times that I'm used to. There's a few annoyances though that I was hoping I would get used to, but am just not. The microwave door pulls down instead of opening on a side hinge. I thought this was a neat feature when I saw it online. However, I'm 5' 4" and have to now stand on my tip toes to take something out of the microwave. If its a hot, sloshy liquid, I have to use a stool even. That's a HUGE annoyance. The other negative is the microwave control panel. It seems to have taken a giant step backward in technology. I loved the "quick on" buttons of basically every other microwave on the market. Need to cook one minute, just hit the "1" and off it goes. But this requires you hitting the "microwave" button, then turning a dial to hours or minutes, then hitting select, then again dialing in the minutes which only go in 15 second intervals so I've yet to figure out how to cook for 90 seconds. I suppose I'll have read the manual for that. It's just aggravating. Finally, some loud fan is on when the microwave stops cooking. It sounds EXACTLY like the microwave cooking! So if you happen to miss the faint chime that the microwave is done, you'll continue to think its going until you eventually remember you were once cooking something in there. I'm disappointed in this new model. And to the credit of GE, their products do last a long time. Unfortunately that just means I'm stuck with this one for a long time.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
from Maryland, United States
It completed my kitchen! I have had nothing, but glowing remarks on how beautiful this appliance is. The microwave is huge! I researched the complaints, which were minimal and I have no complaints. It was easy to install, we did it on our own. It is very easy to use. We love the dial. The oven heats up fast and tells you what temperature it is on while heating up. It is a perfect size. The microwave heats very well. and it quiet. I wasn't sure if I would like the drop down door for the microwave, but have fallen in love with it. I can't say enough about how happy we are with this appliance!
Great design. Solid
from Lindon, UT, United States
We love our new unit. Very attractive. Love how the oven lights slow brightens when opening the door, then dims slowing as you close.
from Colleyville, TX, United States
I bought this to replace my old combination microwave/oven. At first, I was worried that I have to alter my built in cabinet because I was told that GE no longer make the same model. Fortunately, this model fit exactly the size of my cabinet. We are enjoying this unit.
EASY USE GREAT FEATURES
from Novato, CA, United States
BRAND NEW, LOVE IT WORKS PERFECTLY, LOOKS GREAT IN THE KITCHEN. MICROWAVE GREAT TOO!!!
Resonably good product
from Elk Grove, CA, United States
slow to heat up. Too many steps to set cooking temp for microwave.
By Wanda B
from Covina, CA, United States
I used both the Microwave & Oven and they worked great.
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
By Susan 47
from Stockbridge, MA, United States
Bought this product about a month ago and am very pleased with my choice. It is easy to use and has a sleek appearance. My only suggestion would be to make the end of cycle buzzer louder or adjustable in volume.
from Houston, TX, United States
I love the size of the oven and the microwave is wonderful!
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