30" Dual -Fuel Range - GE Cafe, Jenn-Air or Electrolux - please help me decide!
I'm looking at the above three brands and am having trouble deciding.
The GE Cafe has some very nice features (second oven option with warming drawer, porcelain racks for self-cleaning, knobs that must be pushed in to turn burners on seem like a good idea with small children. However, I"m a bit concerned about the service reputation for GE products (you must use an authorized repair-person which can be slow and expensive) and also the 5th "oval" burner in the center seems to "push" the other four burners out closer to the edges which seems like it could be a problem if your cooking with a big stockpot, etc. I've also heard that the casings around the knobs can get quite hot and in some cases melt.
The Jenn-Air and Electrolux have both been recommended by friends/family and the appliance stores I've been to. and both seem good. I'm a bit concerned about the Electrolux having too many preprogrammed options, electronic bells and whistles that I won't use and are just more things to have go wrong. The Jenn-Air seems like a good choice but Consumer Reports gives them a pretty poor/middle of the road rating which is causing me to second guess them.
Any comments or feedback would be appreciated.
Within six months I purchased both the Electrolux Icon dual fuel range and the GE Cafe gas range (both 30") and I've been super happy with both.
The Electrolux Icon pros:
beautiful design, love the look of it; very cool slide-out racks in the oven; performs really well, very accurate temperature and intuitive to use; it has a very high-quality feel in terms of the weight of the grates, feel of the metal; it just looks and feels well-made and expensive; also if you're planning to match your appliances (we did); we are also thrilled with the fridge (it's gorgeous - love the handles and lack of black - it's all stainless) and the dishwasher (nice and quiet but still has a food grinder which means you don't have to rinse dishes - many European super-quiet ones don't have it - eg. Bosch and Miele - and you wind up having to really rinse or clean out a bunch of junk from the bottom.
It comes with a lot of racks so often we've needed to remove and store at least one (not enough room to stack them all within the ledges and still have room for large items)
GE Cafe Pro's:
The extra burner in the middle to use with a provided grill is excellent for pancakes/etc. The warming drawer is more of an extra oven - it goes up to 400 degrees and is perfect when you want to bake at the same time as you cook so the smells don't transfer or when you don't want to heat up a whole oven for a small meal. No worries on the pushing out of the other burners - it's a flat top and you can use pots of any size very easily.
Cons: The biggest is that as a freestanding range, it doesn't come with stainless panelled sides - not a big deal if your range fits in between counters, but in our case it sits at the end of a counter so the black ugly side shows.; While the design is really attractive, nice knobs and handle, it doesn't have as nice a weight/quality feel to it as the Electrolux does (ie. the oven racks are a lighter weight and feel a little flimsy). In our case the Electrolux was quite a bit more expensive so for the price I would recommend the GE Cafe.
In terms of maintenance we've only had them for 1 year. No problems so far but couldn't say what the maintenance issues/costs might be in the future.
I actually had to put our renovation on hold and so haven't yet purchased a range. Now our reno is set to go ahead in a few months so I'm back shopping. Haven't made a decision yet.
It sounds like each option has pros and cons and people who love or hate them!
I'll keep you posted if I make a choice...
Hi islandgirl -
I can't help you with the dual fuel, I have an all gas GE Cafe. You might have seen my comments on this unit elsewhere on CH so I won't repeat them all but as to your concern about the 5th burner pushing the others to the edge - I regularly use very large stock pots and pans and have never had a problem. I think the designers just used the cooktop space very efficiently. There is no loss in size and function of the outer 4 burners. (OK, I'll repeat one comment - yes, the knobs can get hot when the oven is on a high setting - and yes, the collars around the knobs can melt. I had to get my dealer to obtain a new set of them for me. Definite design flaw.)
Where do you live? What service options do you have? With your username and need for a dual fuel range I'm guessing your live off grid in Hawaii or the Caribbean.
While I don't have experience with the dual-fuel ranges, I'm working with my Mom to replace a Jenn-Aire cartridge cooktop that can't be serviced any longer. It seemed like she was always buying replacement cartridges for that cooktop so, I would not consider the Jenn-Aire a good option. Electrolux to me is too unknown at this point in time. They have a lot of features and "flash" but, what about long term reliability and maintenance?
GE has been around a long time and will likely be around long into the future. With higher sales volume, service options should be greater and cheaper.