GE oven selection is vast. In this article, we will help you find the right fit for your kitchen, examine features, and highlight differences between company brands GE, GE Profile, and Cafe series. We will also look at the unique GE Advantium speed cooking technology, which may be the next big thing in the industry.
GE Ovens Overview
GE Appliances is one of the oldest home appliances brands in the United States. They have a range of products which include refrigerators, dishwashers, ranges, cooktops, microwaves, washers, and even home electronics.
GE has about the most diverse wall oven options in the industry. This is a strong point in its favor, as you are likely to find a good GE wall oven model that matches your budget. Besides the impressive product selection, they have connected ovens that increase convenience, and of course, the Advantium line. GE Profile and Cafe series have high-end models that come equipped with premium features.
Let’s now look at GE wall ovens in detail…
GE Oven Configuration
GE oven models come in various types and configurations.
By Door Swing
GE ovens have three major types by door swing – the traditional swing type, the side swing, and the French door oven option.
Most wall ovens in the industry still rock the traditional door type, which has a handle at the top and opens from top to bottom. While most wall oven brands are trying to provide better options, the traditional door swing still offers class and better design quality.
Side Swing (available in Q1 2020)
You may find it a bit hard to get your large turkey meat out of the oven with the traditional type. The side swing door ovens are naturally the answer to problems like this. The doors open at the side and swing to either the left or right, allowing you enough chance to take out your food and meat comfortably.
GE ovens with the side swing option are limited to GE Advantium over-the-range microwave/speed ovens. They open at the right and swing to the left. The doors do not open on either side but still offer better convenience and ease in oven handling.
While the side swing door option makes it easier to get food out of the oven, the full swing can create problems, especially in kitchens with little space. The French door oven offers a half swing option to solve the little space issue. The doors open at the middle, and both halves swing to either side. GE oven models like the GE Cafe CTS90FP2MS1 are French door oven types.
By Oven Type
Just like other top wall oven brands, GE wall ovens have three main types. The single wall ovens, the double wall ovens, and the combination ovens.
The single ovens are just perfect for small families without heavy cooking needs. 30” single ovens like the Cafe CTS70DP2NS1 and the GE JTS3000SNSS still offer reasonable space within the single oven cavity. Some innovative models like the GE Profile Twin Flex PT9200SLSS also allow you to prepare two different meals at different temperatures and at the same time.
Double ovens have two ovens, which provide more space for heavy cooking needs. GE has impressive double ovens, like the GE Cafe CTD70DM2NS5, which also gives you better control of the cooking performance. The double ovens usually have a convection type upper oven and a traditional lower oven.
The Combination types, like the GE Profile PT7800EKES, are microwave oven combinations that possess similar properties as the double ovens. The normal GE combination is an upper microwave and a traditional or convection lower oven.
By Fuel Type
Most wall oven brands now stick to the electric ovens only, instead of retaining some gas oven models. GE Appliances has some good models in each fuel type configuration. This offers users the choice of either sticking to the traditional gas oven option or going modern with the electric type.
GE wall ovens are primarily of the electric type. This makes it possible for the ovens to achieve a better temperature range effortlessly. The average power output for baking and broiling in GE electric ovens is 2600W and 3400W (2850W and 4300W in the Profile and Cafe series.)
GE gas oven models not only offer the traditional gas option, but they are also a lot cheaper than the electric models. While they do not have some of the features we know and love in the electric option, the 24” GE JGRP20SENSS, for example, retains the self-clean feature. It also has electronic controls, a clear view window, and interior oven light for better monitoring.
GE Ovens: What's important when making a purchase
Let’s review GE ovens under some important oven parameters.
An oven’s cooking performance is its most important feature. An oven that cannot deliver desired cooking, baking, or broiling results is not so impressive, even if it is packed with a lot of features. Thankfully, GE wall ovens are way above average in cooking performance.
Regulating heat is easy with GE ovens. High-end models utilize the “true European convection” technology, which has an extra heating element for better heat circulation and airflow. They also have a precise internal temperature probe that aids in temperature monitoring.
GE wall ovens have two unique talking points over other brands in cooking performance. With some high-end models like the GE Profile PTD7000BNTS, hot-air frying is possible. This unique feature, without oil, gives you fried food results.
Then there is the innovative Advantium technology as found in GE Profile PSB9240SFSS and PSB9120SFSS, among others. They utilize the power of microwave and light instead of the usual convection technology. Halogen bulbs above and below generate radiant heat, which cooks the food faster than a convection oven. Our article on speed ovens shows how fast the Advantium ovens are when compared to the regular convection ovens.
The size of the oven is another important feature to consider before heading to a showroom. If you are replacing your kitchen oven, you need to get a replacement oven that matches the size of the old one. If you are remodeling your kitchen or just setting it up for the first time, you need to get the right size to match your kitchen design.
Just like its vast oven selection, GE has good ovens with 24”, 27”, and 30” widths. The 24” ovens are limited to the single and double configurations, but the 27” and the 30” ovens can be found in the combination and the Advantium selection.
If you are replacing an old oven from GE Appliances or another brand, GE guarantees a similar oven will be an exact fit. The GE Fit Guarantee makes the buying process easier and takes care of any eventual modifications. GE provides a $300 rebate for modifications when the replacement oven is not an exact fit.
You need to consider the wall oven design if you are looking to achieve a certain kitchen feel or design. That means you need to look at the exterior finishing, the type of door swing, the type of control panel, and the type of handle too. Can be flush installation be achieved?
GE wall ovens, just like other GE home and kitchen appliances, are great in the design category. The regular GE ovens may not compare to premium brands like Bosch, Wolf, and Viking, among others, but the exterior designs are sleek.
GE Cafe ovens, on the other hand, are style-driven. With their signature Pro Style and Matte exterior finish, GE Cafe ovens beautiful combines style and technology to give your kitchen that luxury feel.
In interior design, most of the ovens have interior lights that brilliantly illuminate the inside of the oven so you can monitor the food without opening the oven. The oven racks in the top models also have the glide feature, which allows you to load or take out dishware from the oven easily.
A wall oven is only as good as it is reliable. With all the premium features and cooking power, a wall oven that requires constant service repair is not a good wall oven. You certainly do not want to spend money repairing a wall oven a few months after buying it. That’s exactly why you should go for reliable brands.
GE wall ovens can resist regular wear and tear for many years. Higher-end models have a sturdy construction and are more durable than the lower models. GE also offers a minimum of 1-warranty on their oven models. They also have a reliable and fast repair process to assist you whenever you need them.
Effective Self Clean
The self-clean feature is another important oven parameter to consider before paying for one. While you can clean an oven manually, the process can be quite tasking. The self-clean cycle takes care of that, effectively taking the oven interior to high temperatures, which burns off the dirt. This process is amplified and made better with steam, which is where GE ovens have an advantage over other brands.
GE ovens have three cleaning options – the manual cleaning, the regular self-clean option, and the self-clean with steam clean option. The latter option is scarce to find even in high-end oven models from other brands. As a plus, GE also equips their top ovens, such as the GE JTD5000SNSS, with heavy-duty racks that can withstand the self-clean cycle – a feature that is also rare in premium oven brands.
Connectivity and Smart Features
Connectivity in wall ovens is a feature that is limited to top oven brands, which include Dacor, Thermador, Viking, Bosch, and Wolf, among others. The Wi-Fi connectivity grants you access to smart features, lots of recipes, and remote control of the oven, using the app.
Higher-end ovens can also connect to Amazon’s Alexa and Google Assistant, which enables you to control your oven using voice. This feature, which is present in some GE wall ovens, like the PKS7000SNSS, is what separates GE from regular wall oven brands. GE smart ovens also work with various other technology interfaces to give you an awesome smart kitchen experience.
GE vs. Profile vs. Cafe Series Wall Ovens
Here is our summary table that explain the difference between GE, Profile, and Cafe series wall ovens.
|GE||Single or Double Oven selection. Ideal budget purchase. Popular model JTS3000SNSS List price starts from $1,649
|GE deluxe||Single or Double Oven selection. Incorporates Convection cooking. Popular model JTS5000SNSS List price starts from $2,149
|Profile||Single or Double Oven selection. Incorporates a 2,500 Watt 3rd heating element and special convection design which allows for direct intense cooking action initiating from the top of the oven. This system allows for hot-air fry and menu driven guided cooking options. It is interesting to note that the Profile ovens are more hefty at 161 lbs compared to regular GE ovens at 121 lbs. Popular model PTS7000SNSS List price starts from $2,749
|Cafe||Single or Double Oven selection. Features the pinnacle of GE technology. Its attractive design matches the rest of Cafe offerings with unique colors and custom handle options. Popular model CTS70DP2NS1 List price starts from $2,849
GE has three major classes of home/kitchen appliances – the Regular GE series, the Profile series, and the Cafe series. GE wall ovens are also classified into these three as well.
The regular GE series ovens have regular wall oven features such as good temperature range, standard bake and broil elements/programs, and the self-clean feature. They are also quite affordable and will deliver good cooking results.
The GE Deluxe is a step-up from the regular GE series. The series incorporates convection technology and also features additional programs like the convection bake, convection roast, and multi-rack bake.
The Profile and the Cafe series are a major upgrade to the regular series. They come with premium features and also have premium prices as well. The Cafe series features the pinnacle of GE technology, and the ovens are manufactured with a primary focus on style and design. Two distinctive features of the Cafe series ovens are the custom handles and unique colors.
The Profile series ovens stand out clearly from the others in terms of innovation. While the series cannot be compared to the Cafe in terms of design, it fares better in cooking performance. GE wall oven features like the hot-air frying, menu-driven guided cooking, and the true European convection technology are some features you can only find in the Profile series.
So, while you are very likely to find impressive features in the Profile and the Cafe series, you should go for the Cafe series if design is a more important feature for you. But you can always stick to the regular GE series or the GE deluxe for their lower prices.
Best GE Wall Ovens
Before we wrap up this guide, let’s look at the GE oven models that made it to our best ovens’ list.
The 30” French door single wall oven is one of the best ovens in the industry. Both doors simultaneously open together when you try to open one. But besides the door type, the CTS90FP2MS1 has other impressive features. Top amongst these is the True European Convection technology and the Wi-Fi Connect (with voice assistant.)
GE no longer manufactures the CT9070SHSS and replaced it with this model. Our next best selection with Cafe, the CTS70DP2NS1, is a more affordable option but comes with the traditional door type instead of the French door.
The Cafe CTS70DP2NS1 is equipped with a smart system that automatically adjusts cooking times and temperature for the perfect cooking results. It also has a brilliant full-color display, instead of the regular knobs, which adds style to your kitchen. It has the Air Fry feature, and also has some cooking modes that do not require preheat time. The Cafe CTS70DP2NS1 is available in the 30-inch and 27-inch models.
The PTS7000SNSS has most of these GE features we discussed earlier. Just like the Cafe CTS90FP2MS1, it uses the True European Convection technology. Thanks to its Wi-Fi connectivity, it can be controlled using the GE Kitchen App. The Wi-Fi connect feature also works with Alexa and Google Assistant to provide a voice-control feature.
The PTS7000SNSS has a precision temperature probe for monitoring the oven interior. It also has the steam clean self-clean option and heavy-duty racks that can withstand the self-clean cycle. Just like the Cafe CTS70DP2NS1, the PTS7000SNSS also has a 7” full-color display for smart and brilliant control of the oven.
The JTS5000SNSS is an impressive oven with a favorable price point. It uses convection technology and has the Wi-Fi Connect feature with voice assistant (thanks to Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.) It has the steam clean self-clean option, and the heavy-duty racks.
As a plus, the JTS5000SNSS is easy to control with its hidden backlit display. Hidden because the backlight shuts off when not in use and only reveals just the clock time. This model also has other impressive GE wall oven features like the closed-door broiling feature, 8-pass broil element, and the 10-pass bake element.
Just like other top GE wall ovens, the CTD70DP2NS1 uses the True European convection with Direct Air technology and has the Wi-Fi connect (with voice assistant) feature. There is the steam clean self-clean option and also the full-color touch display.
The CTD70DP2NS1 has a 10-pass dual broil element and a 10-pass bake element in both ovens, which ensures an even browning. This gives it a superior cooking power than the GE JKS5000SNSS and the Profile PTS7000SNSS.
The CTD70DP2NS1 also has three interior Halogen lights in both ovens as opposed to two in the other models. There is also the superior exterior design quality, and the gloss finish.
The 30-inch microwave and oven towers high above other GE combination ovens thanks to some superior features. It consists of an upper microwave and a lower thermal oven.
Some of its top features include the 8-pass broil element for edge-to-edge even browning, and a built-in sensor in the microwave that automatically adjusts cooking time.
The PT7800SHSS also has a 16” turntable in the microwave oven that rotates food and ensures even cooking.
The PT9200SLSS is a remarkable double oven that also made it to our best GE ovens list. Its total capacity is 5”, which is about the same size as an average single oven, but it features a 2.2” upper traditional oven and a 2.8” lower convection oven.
With the PT9200SLSS, you can prepare two different meals at the same time, unlike the standard GE single ovens. It is equipped with the True European Convection with Precise Air technology, which has a third heating element and a reversing fan for enhanced circulation.
As one of its special features, the PT9200SLSS has a rapid preheat time, which gets your oven ready twice as fast as a standard GE wall oven. It retains most of the basic cooking modes that are unique to the Profile series but has some extras like the pizza mode and the slow cook mode for better results.
GE wall ovens are one of the best in the industry in cooking performance, vast selection, range of price points, reliability, and self-clean. GE and GE Profile are safe cooking choices all around. For the perfect blend of design, technology, and innovation, you can also choose to upgrade to a GE Cafe series oven.