GE Artistry Stove - good example of style over substance
Well got the new stove today.
My first reaction is - disappointment. Now I understand why they marketed this to Millenials and not Boomers. We Boomers value authenticity, and while it may have a sorta vintage-ish look, what with the clock and the general electric decal and all.... the quality of construction is very much circa 2014. The doors are solid enough, but the metal parts that dont' show - back panel, drawer construction, are noticeably more thin and flimsy than those in my 15 year old stove that this replaced.
OK - I can handle that. I looked hard at a lot of stoves in the $500-$1000 range, and basically the more expensive ones had more frills and features, but construction-wise, quality all about the same.
What really worries me is - this thing is going to be a PITA to keep clean. The oven is manual clean, and the instructions say "do not use oven cleaners, abrasive cleaners, strong liquid cleaners, steel wool, scouring pads or cleaning powders on the interior of oven. Clean with a mild soap and water or 50/50 solution of vinegar and water. Rinse with clean water and dry with a soft cloth. When cleaning surfaces make sure that they are at room temperature and not in direct sunlight."
Are they freakin serious? OK, I understand no steel wool, but plastic scrubbies? Mild soap? In what universe do you not get burnt on crud INSIDE AN OVEN??????
Is this typical of all stoves - if so please educate me. I didn't have to baby the 15 year old stove that this replaces.
SIGH. If I had known I couldn't use oven cleaner I would have sprung for something with steam clean. Cant believe I fell for the hype - oh well!
This post was edited by kashka_kat on Fri, Feb 28, 14 at 19:04