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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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from Roseville, CA, United States
Comments about GE 27" Stainless Steel Built-In Combination Microwave Oven:
Had a built-in GE oven / microwave combo that lasted 26 years. Fit perfectly in the old space. Loved the old one. Love the new one even more.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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Excellent all around
from California, United States
I bought this to replace a 25 yo GE combo oven. The cabinet is somewhat narrow and shallow so my options were limited. I was hesitant about purchasing another combo microwave/oven but I'm very happy with this. The digital controls are intuitive and easy to use, and both ovens are working perfectly. I hope this one lasts 25 years too.
Love the oven, microwave not so much
from San Diego, CA, United States
Purchased this unit a few months ago. I love the oven but the microwave door opening down instead of to the side is awful. The door is always in the way. In order to clean the back of it I have to stand in a chair in order to reach the back wall. It needs to be changed back to opening on the side.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
love this oven combo!!!
By MandM Wright
from Lanham, MD, United States
We previously had a smaller than average size oven in our home and now the appliances are so big I thought I would have a hard time finding one I liked and it had to be a combo microwave/oven. The oven we got is the same size but looks great and matches our other ge profile appliances. I love that the microwave is stainless steel inside and that the door opens down instead of sideways and I can use my larger pans in the oven, before this was a struggle. I consider this a great buy!!!!
Everything we wanted
from South Carolina, United States
My wife and I searched for over a year looking for the right microwave/oven combo. We decided on this one because of the great looks, great reviews and functionality. The microwave and oven performs very well. We really enjoy the hidden burners in the oven; it makes for easy cleaning and looks better too. It bakes better than our old convection oven. We are overly pleased with our purchase and don't regret one moment of owning it. It was pricier than a few but much less expensive than others. We get compliments on it with almost every guest we have in our home. Thanks GE for another great product that we expect to own in our home for a very long time.
Replacing old GE microwave and oven combo
from Hoschton, GA, United States
Great looking design, much easier to operate and control over old appliance. Much better quality than 18 year old that we replaced.
Oven takes longer to reach set temperature
from PA, United States
I like the unit. It just seems to take long (10-15 mins) for the oven unit to reach the set temperature (400F) Another drawback is that the door edges are flush with the outside dimensions of the unit, which means that the microwave and oven door scraps against the wall corner every time we open or close them.
Just Got It
from Augusta, GA, United States
We bought this built-in oven/microwave to replace our GE unit when the microwave on the original 20-year old unit broke down. The new one fit the cabinet perfectly. I only gave the new one 4 stars because it's too soon to tell if it will be as dependable. So far it works beautifully and we like the size of the microwave--it's huge. Also, the oven looks like it will be easier to keep clean because there is no heating coil on the bottom.
It's a very sharp looking oven and microwave.
from Pittsburgh, PA, United States
I love to cook in it . It has so many different ways to use it. The microwave is huge. I've never seen such a large microwave.
GE Double oven
from Simpsonville, SC
We have used this oven for 6 months and it has performed well. There are a lot of features but it was relatively intuitive to figure how to use them. The over preheats quickly.
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