It's a great all-rounder: bakes superbly, roasts well, proofs, warms, crisps, broils. If you're afraid you'll be shortchanging yourself by switching from a full size oven to this model, don't worry. You'll be adding capability, not losing it. Think of the flexibility you get: two ovens, two broilers, two warming ovens, a convection baker, a convection roaster, a probe function, a dough proofer, a small quick heating convenience oven, a yogurt maker (Yes! I made two quarts with the Proof setting), and even a slow cooker (the oven temp goes down to 175). GE is upgrading some smart ovens by adding an air fry feature via software; if this one gets the upgrade too, that would be fantastic. It's perfect for small, empty nester cooking, but easily handles big, multi task cooking too. All in the space of a normal single oven without heating big oven space.
It's very well insulated -- practically no heat leakage from one oven into the other. My cabinet wall & the oven doors stay cool. Perhaps its even, steady heat is why it performs so well. The fan is so quiet, & the doors feel solid to operate. The control screen is big & bright. I appreciate that the clock is easy to see from a distance. The oven is beautiful & looks elegant in my kitchen.
All racks are roughly 15 in. x 21 in., with an inch or so of space to the oven walls. I made a template with newspaper to make sure my largest roasters would fit the rack size and that multiple cake pans could be placed well. The lower oven has 10.5 inches of maximum usable height; the upper oven has 5 inches of maximum usable height. My covered roaster that holds a 18 lb. turkey fits inside easily in the lower oven. A 20-22 pounder would fit, IMO, but uncovered pan only.
I like the app! It's handy for checking remaining cooking time. It's nice to wake up, start the oven from my phone, then have a preheated oven ready to go by the time I dress & get to the kitchen. Recently, I proofed cinnamon rolls in the lower oven, turned the upper oven on remotely, then popped the cinnamon rolls in to bake when I got home. Homemade cinnamon rolls were ready by the time we made coffee. Also, this oven's controls are lower than what I'm used to, so by using the phone app to control the oven, I don't have to stoop. The app frequently needs to reconnect to the oven; not an issue for me, but the app still needs fine tuning perhaps.
Some quibbles: The roller racks are wonderful, but because the oven is smaller, you'll be removing a rack a lot to accommodate Dutch ovens or large roasts. Have space ready for an unused rack. The floor rack only slides out about 2 inches, so you'll have to take large Dutch ovens with lids completely out of the oven to check on them or to add ingredients. It's easy to reach into the lower oven, though, thanks to the shallow door. Also, the oven temperature recovers rapidly after the door has been opened.
On the whole, it's fun cooking with this oven, & I'm enjoying getting to know it. I like it better than my old convection oven & don't miss a 5 cubic ft. single oven at all.
Originally posted on www.ge.com
Yes, I recommend this product