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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on April 10, 2012
I purchased this product to replace a faulty over-the-range microwave. I love to cook and bake frequently, so I knew I wanted
more options than just a microwave. I was thinking about a convection feature when I stumbled upon this oven. I didn't relish the thought and expense of adding yet another 220v line, so I opted for this standard 110v model. Well, now that's it's installed, I am really enjoying trying out its many features. Imagine baking cookies or a frozen pizza, grilled cheese sandwiches, preparing a holiday ham, all of which I've made in this Advantium. The best part is being able to do all this in one appliance that uses less electicity and cooks four times faster than a standard oven. Oh, and did I menton it's also a traditional microwave? It's a bit pricey, but it was well worth the investment.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on January 1, 2013
My only complaint is that I wish I had 2 of them (I'll explain in a minute). Two weeks after I had mine installed, I had my Dad buy one too. Let me start by telling you that I've cooked 2" Filet Mignon in this oven about 10 times and it has turned out perfectly every time. That alone would be enough to convince me to buy the oven. I am also cooking Salmon and Sea Bass frequently and likewise, it has been perfect every time. Grilled cheese sandwiches, you can't do that in a regular microwave oven but this does them perfectly... I was surprised how versatile this oven has been. I've received numerous compliments for my "cooking" since installing this, people don't realize all I do is put on a little seasoning and the oven does all the work.

About wishing I had 2 of them... I use this so frequently to cook my "main course" that because it is also my microwave, I often find myself having to stage how I cook and heat food which can be a little inconvenient but that's a small issue compared with how well it does it's job.

One other really minor issue is that you have to swap the glass and metal plates depending on how you're using the oven which always leads to "where do I put this now" in my small kitchen.

I know that GE emphasizes the "speedcook" aspect saying it is faster, I have not noticed that with what I've been cooking, but I'll take excellent results over quick. A 2" filet takes about 20 minutes to cook to medium. Salmon takes 12-15 minutes. I have the 120v over the range model.

So... would I recommend it? As mentioned above, I had my Dad buy one too. I think that says it all.

I added a picture of a steak cooked in the oven, and in the process I started thinking about how easy it was... I got home from work, spent 5 minutes to get the steak out of the fridge and season it. Put in the oven to start cooking. Changed clothes and came back to kitchen. At 17 minutes, the oven said to turn the meat over. 5 more minutes and it was finished. While the steak "rested" for 5 minutes, I microwaved my vegetables to complete my meal. In just over 30 minutes from the time I got home from work, I had a perfectly cooked dinner with almost no effort... the sacrifices I made for this review. :-)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on July 9, 2013
The Advantium oven first came out over 15 years ago as a 220v oven. I wondered why they did not make a smaller 120v oven but assumed it just needed a lot of power for the intense heat combined with microwave. In the following years many combination microwave convection ovens came out that were around one 1 or 1.1 cf and produced excellent results in about half the time of a regular oven. They mostly use a conventional radiant heat element with a microwave which cycle on and off between the two. Advantium finally came out with a 120v but kept the large interior space of around 1.7 cf as the 220v model. This is where the speed problem comes in. The interior volume is much bigger than the standard combination microwave/convection oven but does not have significantly more heating power. The Advantium is very similar to a combination microwave/convection oven since it has a microwave and convection heat but does not heat by convection alone but also by infrared heat from a halogen bulb, which is not nearly as powerful as it sounds. The result of all this is an oven that cooks very well by combining microwave for moist cooking and heat from 2 sources. The problem is the interior is huge compared to the standard microwave/convection models which have a much smaller cooking cavity, about 1.1 cf compared to 1.7 cubic feet for the advantium. The huge cavity takes a very long time to heat. So the combination ovens cook more quickly than the 120v Advantium which is why even the GE reps told me to get a 220v model where power to size is not a problem. The 120v Advantium does cook very well and food is often superior to a conventional oven, and somewhat faster as well. Compared to a microwave/convection oven, it is slower and the food is very similar. So is it worth the extra money over a microwave/convection oven? It would be if they made it in a smaller size similar to the m/c ovens, about 1.1 cf. But the large 1.7 cf capacity means the oven takes a long time to reach heat and the microwave is relatively weak. The one advantage is you can use a rack to put food close to the halogen bulb for browning but there is a lot of guesswork and experience involved. The programmed recipes on my 120v advantium come out way undercooked so I have to double the time (at least). The microwave/convection oven is easy to use,you just follow conventional oven directions for temperature setting and cut the recommended time in half. The advantium does not have a real temperature setting for speedcook, just hi/low for the bottom and hi,med hi,med, medlo and lo for the top. If it is not a programmed food you have to set both bottom and top heat settings. I just put them both on high and use the rack to determine browning. If you do everything right the speedcook will produce results that are excellent but at least I need to use the custom speedcook button and enter my own time and temperature as well as what rack to use. Even when I do it all correctly it takes longer than a microwave/convection and probably as long as a conventional oven, but you don't have to preheat it. The bottom line is it just does not get hot enough due to it's huge interior for 110v/120v to handle as fast as advertised. But it does cook excellent food after a pretty long learning curve. Of course I could have gotten a defective unit but I don't think so. If you have the option of 220v then go for it. If you don't, a microwave/convection oven will cut cooking time in half and is much cheaper and easier to use. If you already have a m/c oven and are adventuress it's a very good oven but I would rate it excellent if the interior were smaller so it could get hotter faster. As it is you won't save much time but will get great results with some experience.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on February 27, 2013
Read some old reviews from 2002-2003 reporting problems with the door handle coming off. The problem seems to be fixed. The door handle on my Janurary 2013 oven seems to be well made and secure.

Oven works great. Using Microwave and convection for cooking pizza makes for a better crust.

Cooked ribs, pork roast and chicken using the Speedcook Technology and they came out great. Really did not notice a 4x decrease in cooking time as claimed by GE.

I wish this oven came with a ribbed metal cooking tray like the 240 oven. I looked into buying the metal ribbed cooking tray, unfortunately the ribbed metal cooking tray in the 240 over is larger than this oven so it will not fit in this oven.

When I got this oven, I had to buy some new glass cooking bowls. All my other cooking bowls were either metal or plastic. Metal will not work with the microwave setting and plastic will not work with the convection heat settings, therefore I needed new glass cooking containers.

It takes getting used to remembering not to put plastic in the oven when cooking with heat. My roommate put a plastic container in the oven and selected the Speedcook setting which melted the plastic bowl.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on July 5, 2013
What a colossal waste of money this oven is. It is high priced and low performance. Mine is less tan 4 years old and has cost me more in repairs than all the appliances in my kitchen ever have! It is going in the garbage where it belongs. The keypad malfunctions ; totally non responsive. GE should be held to task on this. I own the stock, but am going to sell that too.
Elizabeth
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on November 26, 2013
We did a kitchen remodel in our old house about 7 years ago and we bought this oven at that time. I was completely satisfied with it except for one thing. The interior light burnt out while it was still in warranty and they sent someone out to replace it. I was a bit shocked to see the oven had to be taken down in order to replace the bulb. Within a couple of years the replacement bulb burnt out but this time it was out of warranty so I had to do it myself. Taking the oven down and replacing the bulb was extremely difficult to do, impossible to do alone. We moved to a new house about 4 years ago and I missed my Advantium. We are doing another remodel on this kitchen and one of the first items I purchased was a new Advantium. I was extremely happy to see that you no longer have to take the oven down to replace the bulb. It's an excellent product and I'm so glad to have it back. A regular microwave just doesn't cut it. My daughter loves the grilled cheese sandwich made with Speedcook, and although it may not cook it as fast as I could in a skillet, I don't have to stand over the stove and watch it. I put the sandwich in the oven, choose Grilled Cheese and start it. About halfway through the cycle it will beep and tell you to turn the sandwich over, then you restart it. It beeps when it's done, take the sandwich out and that's it. No worries about it burning in the skillet. What a wonderful product.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on December 31, 2013
I bought this oven five years ago from a local retailer. If you're thinking of getting one - DON"T!

The promise of fast cooking and a combo regular/microwave oven sucked me in. The microwave part worked OK (for a while), and the regular oven word OK (for a while), but the fast cooking was never really that fast. It basically uses a microwave to cook, and conventional oven heat to brown, so (in theory) you don't get soggy microwave food, or unevenly cooked meat. In spite of GE's claims, everything cooked on the 'speedcook' setting comes out kind of microwavy - not as bad, but nowhere near as good as a regular oven.

After 18 months a $10 sensor failed, rendering the oven inoperable without a $300 repair. I bought the sensor online, and did the repair myself. After three years the microwave power began to diminish - it took longer to nuke food than when it was new. After four years the speedcook feature was pretty useless due to reduced microwave power, and the handle broke. Now, after five years, the regular oven only heats up to about 2/3 the temperature you set if for.

GE used to make good products, but everything of theirs I've purchased in the last six years has been just junk. I'm going to throw this oven away and try to find a product that does something like what I thought this piece of junk would do when I bought it.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on November 17, 2012
I've had this oven for about 9 years. Overall I like the oven. I only have two complaints. Being the 120 model, the radiation heat part of the unit is not that useful. It takes a long time to cook things using heat, so I bake things in my oven instead. It works, but it's not as good as advertised. It neither saves time nor energy. Perhaps the 240 model is better in this regard.

The other problem is that the handle on the door broke off, and due to the design combined with it's age it's not easy to get the door apart without breaking the small plastic tabs that hold the inner plastic bezel in place. If this happens to you pry carefully because they will break off leaving you with no effective way to keep the bezel in place. The way the door comes apart in order to replace the handle seems to indicate that it was never really meant to be repaired. Plastic off-gasses over time becoming brittle. Putting things together with small plastic tabs may be a way to save on manufacturing costs, but tends to perpetuate 'throw away' products. Built-in obsolescence seems to be the modern way. This product seems to reflect this mentality.

Other than this it's been a nice unit.
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on November 29, 2013
Micro finish peels. These appliances are too expensive for this poor of a finish.The handle started to peel in less than 2 years. $94 to replace just for the part.
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