GE Cafe gas range opinions?
We had picked out the GE Cafe gas range CGS980SEMSS for our kitchen remodel and were looking forward to it, until we read some reviews on amazon.com. Overall it got 3 out of 5 stars with 18 reviews, which is OK (not great). What concerns me is it seems to have some design flaws. For example (quotes from amazon reviews):
"Directly behind the top of oven door are air vents that vent lots of hot air onto stainless steel panel behind knobs, onto stainless steel knobs and top of panel directly above knobs. Knobs become extremely hot, enough so that I need to use a hot mat to control knobs when using the oven for baking and I am using the top for cooking. To me the GE Cafe has a poorly designed feature that needs to be corrected...."
"We purchased a GE gas stove about 1 year ago. About 2 months ago, never having done this before, the control knobs on the front, the side panels of the oven, and the panel on which the knobs sit all began to get extremely hot when the oven is on for over one hr. at 350 and higher. We had service twice (the first time he adjusted the door) without satisfaction and NOW GE engineers are stating that the specs state that the knobs can get up to 212 degrees!!!!!!!!!! That is pretty hot to grab on to to turn a burner off when the oven is also on."
"The fan in the back top of the range comes on when the oven temp gets to 375 deg. It's loud and blows directly into the flame on the back burner. I have to put a piece of metal in front of the outlet to divert the air when I am using all the burners and the fan comes on. Otherwise it makes the back burner almost useless. The fan really heats the kitchen up in the summer."
"The brushed stainless finish on the panel in front of the surface burners is delicate and scratches VERY easily."
"I have had this range for 3 years, the other day I turned on the front right burner and started boiling water after a few second smell of gas starts (which I have been smelling for months now but not as strong)..... wiggled the small back burner nozzle (which has been defective for months but techs never fixed right after 10 visits in the past 3 years; visits due to countless issues).... after I turned nozzle the range *BLEW UP* huge bang, fire escaping out of every burner and nobs, oven door blows open.... complete and total panic by me; gas company came and and deemed the appliance a hazard and now I am having a very difficult time trying to replace it even if under warranty!"
Has anyone had similar experiences? There were some rave reviews, too, but this does not look like the real winner we were expecting to put in our new kitchen. GE Cafe seems to be all the rage these days. The appliance sales lady was very clear about this, and I have two friends who just put GE Cafe in their new kitchens. But is there any substance to the fad? I now have my doubts about the actual practical functionality of this good-looking appliance.