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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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I like the size of the microwave and the oven.
By Fran 16
from Eden Prairie, MN
Comments about GE 27" Stainless Steel Built-In Combination Microwave Oven:
I replaced an older model after an oven fire. I am happy with the new wall unit.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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from Gig Harbor, WA, United States
Love the look of the microwave/ oven combo. Everything works fine and oven cooks perfect. Easy to adjust temperature gauge first time about 5deg. And cooks great. Microwave is hard for me to clean back wall as I am a little over 5 ft. And the door drops down so my arms have to reach in past door. This has been my only problem so I have to stand on a stool to clean it. I will probably figure out some sort of a cleaning wand to help.
from Winterville NC
I it just went in today, but I think we are going to love it.
Love the how sleek it looks compared to the other
By Sheila M
I just had it installed yesterday and so far I love it. I had the older model for about 5 years and I thought it broke, but then it started working again, but I am glad that I kept the new one on order.
Looks great; works great!
By Fairfax Cty
from Austin, TX 78746
Excellent choice for a wall oven-microwave combo. Very handsome. Works like a charm. A few too many selection buttons.
Love all the options in microwave and overn.
from Perinton, NY
I purchased this combination micro/wall oven two months ago and I love it. It looks great and is very easy to use. It has great features. The broil is a bit odd, but getting used broiling with door closed.
By wally 31
The controls are pretty intuitive, and both oven and microwave have performed well.
Quality and ease of installation
from Cincinnati, OH, United States
This unit replaced a 20 year GE Microwave Oven combo. The old unit took 3 hours to remove and did so in pieces. The new unit was completely turnkey with a very easy installation installed in one piece and 3 wires to hook up and easy to read instructions..
Great features.easy to use and clean
I love the defrost button that you can choose different meat to defrost. Cooking bacon was easy so was the cleanup. This product is so versatile with many different features ,This one is a keeper!
Top Notch Quality Throughout
from Temecula, CA, United States
The best Stainless Steel finish on the market. The control panel took a little bit getting used to, but I was off and running in no time. The microwave is huge compared to my old one and the inside finish is so easy to clean. Can't wait to try the oven soon. Had no problem at all with fan noise. Totally impressed with this product!
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