GE JGBS23SEMSS Gas Range

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Good quality range

Aug 28, 2002
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Pros:Very clean looking. Multiple temperature burners. Digital oven.

Cons:Timer is confusing. Broiler pan hard to clean.

The Bottom Line: No complaints on the performance. Timer controls could be better.


Our old stove came with the house and was that early 80's yellow and brown. The burners were hard to turn and the front of the oven got really hot when the oven was turned on. With a new child on the way, it had to go.

I did a lot of research before purchasing this range. The GE offered the best price with excellent reviews from Consumer Reports and people at work. A discount through my employer helped too. They offer many discount offers through many groups, so check around to see if you can get a discount.

I purchased directly through their web site. The site was setup nicely and showed a lot of information on the ranges that are available.

The range was delivered and installed very quickly. Our gas line needed an adapter which could be had at Home Depot. Everything went smooth....until....

The next day the 2 burners on the right would not light. Closer examination found that the igniters were only creating a spark occasionally and was not very strong. We called the support line and they scheduled someone to come out.

Someone did come out, but armed with the knowledge that the igniters were not working right, they still did not bring with them the necessary part. It could be any of 3 things, the igniter module, the ceramic electrode, or the burner base. The technician has the base with him, but none of the other parts. A 5 minute search on the Internet showed me that the likely culprit was the igniter module. Since he didn't have one in the truck, he had to order one and reschedule another service call. How annoying.

Finally, after a week or so, all burners light correctly. We have not had any difficulties with it since, but I'm still miffed at their service by not stocking parts that can easily fail.

Burners
The burners are great. There are two regular temperature burners on the left. The right front, where you do most of your cooking, is a high output burner. Behind that is a simmer burner where the heat output is less than typical. It is a good mix of burners and rarely have we needed a different combination.

The lowest setting does not put out the flame. This is a good thing. I've used many stoves where you start the flame, and back it all the way down to simmer and the flame goes out while still releasing gas.

Cleaning
The top cleans quite easily. Our model is white, so it shows the spills clearly. The burner covers are easy to remove and wash. I've noticed black spots, presumably burned food, on the covers. This can be removed with some elbow grease, but it's not easy.

The broiler pan is a real pain to clean. It's in two pieces, with the cooking surface on top and the drip pan on the bottom. The drip pan is easy to clean, but with all the holes in the cooking surface for grease to fall through, it's very hard to clean. It doesn't fit well in a double sink. It takes me a good 5 to 10 minutes just to clean the pan.

Oven cooking
My wife simply loves how well the oven cooks. It tends to cook faster than other ovens we have used, but it cooks very evenly and doesn't burn the top while leaving the inside raw. Absolutely no complaints on how the oven cooks.

The broiler burners are inside the oven, and heat up nice and evenly. Makes very nice toast.

The oven temperature control is digital. I simply love this feature. You can set an exact temperature without needing to guess whether the faded mark on the knob is pointing to the right spot. The actual inside temperature can be calibrated from the front panel, so if the oven runs hot or cold, you can calibrate it yourself.

Timer
There are only a few buttons on the digital panel, but it does a lot. You can set the oven to turn on to a given temperature at a specific time. This would be useful if you wanted to put raw chicken in the oven in the morning and let it sit at room temperature all day and start cooking 15 minutes before you get home. Not a useful feature in my book, but someone may like it.

Since there are only a few buttons, it's not always clear what buttons should be pressed to do timer and delayed start functions. This has caused us trouble at least twice. It's almost the same sequence to set the timer or to set a delayed start. So what has happened before is we put chicken in and set the timer to cook for say 15 minutes. By accident, we set it for a delayed start. So the oven sat cold for 15 minutes, and started to heat up when the chicken was supposed to be done.

Despite these problems, I would still recommend the range. It has performed very well and we have had no problems since the initial delivery.


Recommend this product? Yes


Amount Paid (US$): 450

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