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Old 07-04-2013, 08:14 AM
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Last night my wife was using our GE 15 YO oven when I heard a strange popping sound. I walked over to the oven and looked through the vents under the control panel. Damn, there was a fire in there. I grabbed the fire extinguisher and gave it a solid blast. The fire died and I killed the power to the unit at the circuit panel. Had we not been in the kitchen when this happened, I think the house may have burned.

Anyhoo, time for a replacement. We are going to be looking for a new double, 30" wide oven. One of the ovens needs to have a convection feature. Anybody here have a strong recommendation of the oven we should buy, or not buy?

Thanks in advance,

PS: I did some research last night and was floored by the airheads that post their comments on appliance websites. I noticed on several appliance dealer web sites a number of ovens that had received very positive consumer ratings. When I started reading the positive comments I was shocked.........most of the consumers were woman and the vast majority of them loved a particular oven based on how beautiful it looked. Almost no comments on how the damn ovens functioned. When did ovens become kitchen bling?

"Hey honey, are you going to bake lasagna tonight?" ......... "No way will I do that sweetie. I don't know how to use that thing and even if I did, I don't want to get it messy. Doesn't it look great all shiny and clean? We can use the microwave to heat up the frozen lasagna I bought at Costco. ";?
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GE Monogram
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I have had really good luck with bosch kitchen equipment
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I think you may have just missed the sears 50% off kenmore ovens sale.. they do it about twice a year. Kenmore doesn't actually manufacture anything, they just rebrand. If you are staying within "major brands" there are really only 5 or 6 manufacturers out there.

I have a "Kenmore Elite" Microwave/Convection Oven double unit. This is a $3800 rebranded Kitchenaid model, more or less identical minus the blue interior. For the price I'm disappointed, overall i would give it a 6/10.

Controls are terribly laid out, it does strange things like run the cooling fan for hours after the oven has cooled, it is pretty noisy during AND after cooking, and imagine my surprise to learn that the damn thing won't make a bag of popcorn. Temperature seems to stay fairly consistent in convection mode but IMO fluctuates too much in regular mode considering it has enough buttons to launch a satellite.

It does look very nice. BTW you aren't the first person I've heard of with flames shooting out of their double oven. (in fact I *think* my buddy's was a 10 year old GE) Make sure to call the manufacturer and lodge a complaint.

Edit: here is the one I have http://www.sears.com/kenmore-elite-3...&blockType=G32

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Jenn aire 30" double has been very good to us. Top oven has convect, but I don't think the bottom does. We used the temp probe a lot with roasts and the occasional whole filet, and it worked great. I would definitely buy that one again.
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Tireless, I'm in the appliance buisness. First thing you need to do is pull the current oven's specs from the GE website to get the cut out dimensions. They are diffrent from the overall dimensions, its under support then type your full model number into owners manuals and install instructions. Download the install guide it should be in there with a diagram, if not you will have to call GE and get it from them.

If you post the model # I will look up the dimensions for you also if you take a picture of the space it would also be helpfull. Oven sizes have changed (grown) in the last 15 years. depending on the space you have available in the cabinets that will dictate which oven you will need to replace it with unless you can find someone to modify the space. 15 years is a good life for an oven, don't really expect the new oven to last that long. For the $$$ GE monogram was a good recommendation and I'm guessing probably the closest fit. PM me if you need any other info.

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We have been pretty happy with KitchenAid.
This one would fit the bill nicely: http://www.kitchenaid.com/shop/-[KEHU309SSS]-402160/KEHU309SSS/#ratingsandreviews
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Can't help with choice of oven, just glad you and your wife are OK.
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We have been pretty happy with KitchenAid.
This one would fit the bill nicely: http://www.kitchenaid.com/shop/-[KEHU309SSS]-402160/KEHU309SSS/#ratingsandreviews
This appears to be one model better than the $3800 one I have that I'm not happy with.

Assuming you have that one - can you successfully make popcorn in your microwave?

I forgot to mention - about a month ago it now has developed a pungent "electronics burning" smell when I run the broiler.

If it quits working I am going to go berzerker on sears.
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Damn;; $3800??

I bought a GE J TP 75D

Upper is Convection, lower is standard Oven.. We don't like to Microwave too much so went this model.

I paid in the Upper $1700's..

I know you get what you pay for, so this must be an entry level oven.

I've had it for 1 year, so can't speak to durability, I can say, the upper is a little tall and the lower is a little low...Not much you can do about this but its just annoying a little bit. Not their fault
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Thanks for the advice guys. Good idea justintime.

When I have the burned unit removed, I will see if I can get some pics of where the fire started. I will see if GE finds this interesting.
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Originally Posted by bellsisland View Post
I have had really good luck with bosch kitchen equipment
We did our kitchen recently and had to choose between Bosch and GE. WOnd up going with Ge and I already regret it. We have a ge profile double wall oven, and its decent, but it doesn't heat up quick enough for my liking. It does hold temperature well, and I love having the oven at eye level with a double wall mount to watch whatever deliciousness I'm cooking. Light stays on pretty much always if ovens on.

Aso, I'm not impressed with the keypad. It just feels cheap.

The boschs just didn't have the reviews, and aside from the dishwashers (which are supposed to be badass) we couldn't get much info on them.

As for mounting a double wall mount yourself, it blows.
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GE will not care that much like any other appliance manufacture after 15 years of service. GE just had a dishwasher recall because they caught fire and they offered like 150$ towards a new GE diahwasher of choice. The only manufactures that you can expect exceptional customer service from is Wolf Subzero and Dacor In my experience.

Double time are you in a appt or building w/ elevator? Most ovens preheat times take a long time because the bake element is hidden under the bottom panel of the oven. Also a good oven will alert you when the oven cavity is preheated to the desired tempeturure not when the element reaches temp.
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geez never had a regular GE appliance but have had Monogram series for last two houses, Fridge, oven, cooktop, dishwasher etc. Actually I have GE washer and dryer with no issues after 7 years.
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Unfortunately with appliances today it's like flipping a coin unless you spend a lot of $$$$. Monogram is their top of the line so it's pretty good stuff.
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I put a Wolf oven in one of our KW homes and I love it, very well build and more options than I know what to do with.
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Originally Posted by Justintime82 View Post
GE will not care that much like any other appliance manufacture after 15 years of service. GE just had a dishwasher recall because they caught fire and they offered like 150$ towards a new GE diahwasher of choice. The only manufactures that you can expect exceptional customer service from is Wolf Subzero and Dacor In my experience.

Double time are you in a appt or building w/ elevator? Most ovens preheat times take a long time because the bake element is hidden under the bottom panel of the oven. Also a good oven will alert you when the oven cavity is preheated to the desired tempeturure not when the element reaches temp.
Interesting. No apartment, no elevator. I wonder if the lower oven will preheat quicker? We haven't even used it yet, primarily just went with the double for holidays and cooking popovers.
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For those of us that had to deal Generous Electric on a daily basis. The quote that most comes to mind is "you can buy better but you can't pay more" again that was dealing with their medical equipment. The other Quote was " they sure do build a some good kitchen appliances " I guess they f****d that up too

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