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GE CGS985SETSS Cafe 30" Stainless Steel Gas Sealed Burner Range - Convection

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3.8 out of 5 stars 24 customer reviews
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  • 5 Sealed Burners
  • Convection Oven
  • Self-Clean
  • 20,000 BTU Tri-Ring Burner
  • Baking Drawer
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Product Information

Technical Details

Brand Name GE
Model Info CGS985SET
Item Weight 245 pounds
Product Dimensions 0.3 x 49.6 x 30.8 inches
Item model number CGS985SET
Part Number CGS985SETSS
Color Stainless
Fuel type Gas
Manufacturer Warranty 10yr Warranty on Major Components

Additional Information

ASIN B005H47EJ4
Customer Reviews
3.8 out of 5 stars 24 customer reviews

3.8 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #2,874 in Appliances (See top 100)
#79 in Appliances > Ranges > Freestanding Ranges
Shipping Weight 245 pounds
Date First Available August 3, 2011

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Product Description

Cafe 30" Stainless Steel Gas Sealed Burner Range - Convection

Customer Reviews

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I just wrote a long review of this product and Amazon deleted it so I am going to do the short version for my follow-up and maybe come back and add to it if/when I have time.

I am happy with this purchase, which I've had for 2 months. It cooks beautifully and with even heat, it is made of strong materials and the cast iron grates, especially, feel super heavy-duty. Stove top cleans up easily with soap and water. Oven bakes and roasts wonderfully (especially in the convection setting). My food has never looked so perfectly browned.

I wanted to give it 4.5 stars but didn't have the option. So, I gave it 4 (and not 5) stars because the stainless stovetop area does scratch easily, although I knew that going in and have been careful with it. The knobs do get warm when the oven is on, but not so much so that I can't handle them with a bare hand. There is also a fan in the rear that comes on when the oven is on (and for a period of time after, until it cools). It is quiet enough and doesn't bother us. I don't think a range of this size can NOT have a fan to help cool it and given the design, it has to be in the rear.

All in all, I love my new range. It is beautiful to look at and it makes beautiful food! I hope it lasts and will come back and post if I have any new problems with it.
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I am someone who cooks every day, and just renovated my entire kitchen. I looked into a high end professional range however, considering the cost of that along with the required hood, it was over budget and over kill. I found the Cafe range to have so much to offer for the price and highly recommended. I also purchased the microwave convection oven to go above it which also serves as the hood vent. I have never had an oven that was this even. Two mini muffin pans at the same time with every muffin the same color! Some reviews complained about the sound of the convection fan but mine is so quiet that I thought it wasn't working. The knobs never got to hot at all.
Be aware and make sure you run the oven empty before using AND THE BROILER. There is a smell until this is heated off.
It's only been a few weeks but I would highly recommend this range especially for the money.
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The cook top is just perfect. I have been suffering for a while with a glass top, and the superiority of gas is hard to describe. The different burner sizes give amazing control and I love it.
The oven, however, is a problem. It won't get to temperature, and so the convection does not work.
Apparently when it is on, there is also a slight gas leak. So slight, I had not noticed it. Left the house, came back in and was alarmed at the smell.
Called GE, got a computer answering phone tree. They auto generated a service tech for a week later. WOW.
My stove is now a very large paper weight until they come.
LOUSY service. Went from being thrilled to terribly disappointed.
I had used this range, in the dual fuel variety, in a rental unit a while back. That oven worked ok, but the fan noise was VERY obtrusive.
This one is quieter, but still loud WHEN it works. Now if it just wasn't trying to kill me.....
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We purchased the dual fuel version of this range (gas cooktop and electric ovens). The gas cooktop has excellent burners - they simmer at extremely low heat and do just as well with high heat. The main oven BAKES extremely well. (My wife was the Betty Crocker Homemaker of the year when she was in high school.) We haven't tried the drawer oven, but we have faith that it could easily handle a caserole or buns while baking another item at a different temperature in the main oven.
One thing we found out when buying this range: it is classed as free standing AND as a slide-in. For those wanting a free-standing oven (including us), GE offers a matching stainless steel "backsplash" JXS80SS, which definitely dresses up the cooktop.
After the nightmares we had with the Electrolux EW30GF65GS range that (thankfully) we were able to invoke the "lemon policy", we are absolutely thrilled that this GE Cafe range actually performs the way it's supposed to!
Yes, it was fairly expensive, but it has been worth every penny!
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Pro's: everything on it works and works well. In this day and age with poor quality workmanship in most appliances I feel lucky just having all the features work without bringing in a repair man. Nice looking range with sturdy quality components.

Con's: large high power burner front right which is normally where I like to have a smaller simmer burner for delicate cooking so that I can keep a close eye on the dish. The high power burner is seldom needed except for boiling stuff and stocks which I usually have on the back burner. This is a poor design, but I can live with it.
Also, fan is noisy, my wife complains of this, but I just turn the TV a little louder.

Overall it is a quality range with a couple of design flaws I was familiar with prior to purchase which have not created a negative experience while cooking.
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This is the best range I've ever owned. I've had it for just a bit over a year now; we purchased this after moving into a new home to replace the existing electric cooktop. We principally use cast iron for cooking, which doesn't perform nearly as well on electric ranges as it does over gas. Previously I'd used a 5-burner, in-counter GE Profile range with an enamel finish on both the cooktop and the pot stands with a separate wall-mounted electric oven.

Here are the primary reasons I really like this product:

First, the amount of space on the cooktop beats anything else available in a 30" width. I personally don't use the central burner very much, except very occasionally as a warmer when preparing large meals, but the presence of that central burner means that the other burners are moved outward somewhat, which means that each primary burner has room for larger pots. I can have a large stock pot and a 13" cast iron skillet side-by-side on the front burners and still have the back burners usable for pans up to about 10".

The griddle that comes with the stove is made of teflon-coated aluminum, which I prefer not to use. Instead, for a griddle, I have a large piece of 5/16" steel plate with a rim and a pair of handles welded to it which I place across both burners on the left hand side, which can be adjusted to put out about the same amount of heat. When well-seasoned, this plate beats basically any griddle you can buy in terms of heat stability and evenness of cooking.

Speaking of seasoning, the cast-iron pot stands are another one of my favorite features. As I mentioned before, previously I'd had a stove with enamel-coated pot stands, which were forever looking grimy and scratched easily in cleaning.
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