GE's induction range has luxury looks, high-tech cooktop, but confusing controls
This is Brian Bennett for CNET Appliances and right now we're taking an up close look at the GE Profile PHS920SFSS Induction Range.
This $3,200 range and oven combo certainly doesn't run cheap.
So what do you get for all that money?
Well first off it's a very lovely and handsome looking appliance.
You have stainless steel all over the front.
You also get a state of the art induction cook top.
Has four main burners as well as a warming zone right up here.
Down below is a convection oven that uses true convection has its own fan and heating elements.
To provide faster baking and roasting times.
And not only is this GE range compact, it's only 30 inches wide.
It also has a very stylish slide-in design that will give you that built-in look along your kitchen countertops.
Even though this control panel is sleek and attractive and very stylish, It has confusing burner controls.
It's hard to actually tell which burner is operating, is on and at what power level it is running at.
Induction ranges definitely don't provide a lot of tactile feedback as far as heat, and light and sound.
So I definitely want to have so sort of indication about what's happening on the cooktop itself.
All you have are little symbols and small text on the front of the panel and that's about it.
You also have to consider that the convection oven, while it cooks evenly, it definitely is a bit on the small side.
It's only at 5.3 cubic feet in capacity.
That's definitely a little bit smaller than the 5.8 cubic Foot capacity ovens that tends to come in higher priced ranges and oven combos that we see.
This GE range also doesn't have a lot of extra features as far as presets, cooking modes, the ability to split the oven cavity or other snazzy little abilities that set other ovens apart.
So that's something you wanna think about Especially when you're going to spend around $3,200 on this machine.
So when it's all said and done this GE induction range definitely offers lots of power and cooking performance especially considering the price, but if you spend a little more you definitely can get more features and greater usability from competitors.
Such as Samsung.
I'm Brian Bennett for CNET Appliances.
Be sure to check out my review of this oven, as well as other ranges at cnet.com.
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