Pros: flexibility of using as microwave or as speed cook oven
Cons: the need to change trays for different cooking functions
We bought this to use while our kitchen was being remodeled, and to install in the kitchen after the remodel.
It was my sole oven for several months this past winter (temporarily installed in another room) and I feel that I could not have survived without it.
Once we finish the kitchen, I will treat it as a second oven - which should be convenient to have during holidays and guests - without the need to waste space on a traditional double-oven setup which would go unused most of the time.
Changing the trays between cooking methods is a bit annoying, especially since it can be tricky to get the trays on the track properly, but this slight inconvenience doesn't overshadow the fact that I love this oven.
I love the flexibility of switching between microwave usage and speed cooking. I find the preprogrammed food menu options very full-featured and easy to use, so I rarely have to guess what settings to use. My favorite thing is using it to cook loaves of good bread -- I buy loaves of sourdough and wheat breads from the supermarket bakery and freeze them. To reheat, I simply place uncovered on the black tray and use the speed cook setting for "garlic bread". It comes out better than originally fresh-from-the-oven -- crisp crust, steamy inside, yum! Completely revives day-old bread when cooked whole in this fashion.
After publishing this review, I was asked by someone how the dial works.
You can read more at the GE site at:
http://products.geappliances.com/ProdContent/Dispatcher?REQUEST=SKUSPECSHEET&MASK=Approved Models_SalesNet_CustomerNet_Consumer Ready_Full GE Collection&SKU=SCA1001HSS
This includes links to the full installation and usage manuals.
On the model I own, basically there are mode buttons that surround a central dial -- and let you choose either microwave, speed cook, or oven. Once you press the desired mode button, you turn the dial to select from various electronic menu options, and press the dial like a button to select the desired option.
For example, once you press the microwave button, the dial lets you select from lots of options like "reheat one serving" and "time cook". For speed cook, the dial lets you choose between manually setting the upper and lower heat settings and timings, or allows you to go into an amazingly detailed preprogrammed foods menu, so you can select things like bread | garlic bread | frozen | 1 pound. It even has options for things like sandwiches | grilled | cheese
If it seems too complicated, there is a microwave express button that simply starts the microwave for 30-second intervals -- just press it 4 times to cook something for 2 minutes. There are also buttons that allow you to pause and to cancel.