I have been inundated recently with queries (the majority that have resulted in sales 🙂 about GE’s Advantium ovens, specifically in the Monogram
line of appliances. An interesting trend – on three different occasions the customers who purchased were young professionals who were moving from NYC apartments to more spacious digs in Westchester County. Each of these customers had Advantium ovens in their NYC apartments, l-o-v-e-d them, and wanted to keep the product even though they were no longer strapped for space as they were in NYC. Moral of the story – once you rock an Advantium, you won’t want to let it go.
Popular Advantium config...Advantium-Single Oven-Warming Drawer
Here are some important Advantium questions that we are frequently hit with:
Q. What is an Advantium oven?
A. Basically these are ovens on steroids. There are 2 flavors – a 120v version and a 240v version.
The Advantium ovens use a Halogen lighting system to cook food in minutes with no preheat. GE touts that the speed-cook setting
cooks food 8x faster than a normal oven.
Q. Can I install an Advantium oven under a counter?
A. YES, you can install the new 30″ 120v model under a counter. These models sport either the Pro or Euro handle.
Q. Can I use an Advantium oven as a normal microwave?
A. Yes grasshopper, and then some. It offers 4 cooking modes – microwave, convection, speedcook and a warmer/proof oven.
Q. Do Advantium ovens come with programmed recipes? Can I save my own recipes?
A. You can program up to 30 of your own recipes to go along with the 175 that GE has already stored for you.
Q. Can I install an Advantium oven under an induction cooktop?
Q. Can I install an Advantium oven under a normal cooktop?
A. Yes, you would need to buy the ZSC1201NSS or the ZSC1202NSS – both are 30″ , 120v ovens.
Q. The oven capacity is only 1.6-1.7. I’m not fitting a Thanksgiving turkey in here. Do people pair these with single ovens?
A . Yes, that’s probably their most popular configuration. Advantium up top – single Monogram oven below – warming drawer on bottom.
See the pic above!
Email me with any additional questions about GE Monogram Advantium ovens!
Looking for a home in lovely Pleasantville? Just down the street from the village and train station this lovely rebuild boasts a beautiful GE Monogram appliance package and a Sharp microwave drawer.
Appliances Used in This Kitchen:
– 36″ gas rangetop with griddle – ZGU364NDPSS
– 36″ insert – ZVC36LSS
– 30″ Double Wall Oven – ZET2PMSS
– 42″ Side by side Fridge, Panel ready – ZISB420DX
– 24″ Monogram wine refrigerator – ZDWI240WII
– 24″ Sharp Micro Drawer – KB6524PS
GE Monogram Wine Refrigerator
GE Monogram Kitchen – Curto’s
We are getting many requests for information on the best kitchen appliance packages (especially with VALUE in mind) so I’ve broken
down a few appliance deal options listed by customer/budget type.
Appliance Package Deal # 1 – I Want a Trophy Kitchen
The high-end section of the appliance industry was destroyed in 2009 and it took heavy promotions from the likes of Sub-Zero, Viking, Monogram and more to get shoppers to invest in high-end appliance packages in 2010. While the sales didn’t approach the astronomic levels that the industry saw in 2003-2007, they certainly improved as the collapse of Western Civilization no longer seemed imminent as in the dark days of the fall/winter 2008.
While I expected 2011 to get off to a better start, things are still very sluggish in this segment. The first important note to be aware of if you are shopping for high-end appliance packages is that most of these promotions were recently extended and will last through the end of 2011. This is huge because these rebate programs NEVER existed in the high-end appliance space and I don’t see them being repeated. So if you are in the market for high-end appliances, chances are you will need to act this year. Here is a breakdown of the cutoff dates for the various promotions:
So what is my take on the high-end packages? I am a sucker for the value of GE Monogram and the heritage and performance of Wolf and SubZero. Here are a few packages from these brands that I see selling well and offer great quality as well as value.
Wolf / SubZero Appliance Package – In this package you would receive $1250 in an
instant rebate under the current offer (which may be changing):
– Wolf SRT366 gas rangetop with sealed burners (I am not a fan of griddles or grills on
indoor appliances, they don’t work as well as their outdoor counterparts, the cooking areas aren’t large enough and I believe you can never have enough burners
– Wolf 36″ stainless wall hood
– Wolf S030U/S L-series single wall oven
– Bosch SHX58E15UC dishwasher (hundreds below a comparable Miele!)
– SubZero Bi36 S/S/PH – 36″ SubZero with pro handles, stainless
(NOTE: The SubZero Wolf package is likely to be extended with more money being doled out to consumers. Will have more info when it’s finalized).
GE Monogram Kitchen Appliance Package
– GE Monogram 36″ Dual Fuel Range, 6 burners (keep in mind that the Monogram line will be releasing their all-gas ranges sometime in the first half of 2011. Editor’s note: They’re out!).
– GE Monogram 36″ Cabinet insert (I don’t like Monogram hoods as they are way too bulky, so I opted to use the cabinet insert here)
– GE Monogram Pro 24″ Dishwasher in Stainless
– GE Monogram 42″ ZISP420NXSS pro refrigerator in stainless
Package # 2 – I Want Value!
GE Cafe Appliance Package
On the topic of GE, let’s talk up the GE Cafe line, which continues to knock the socks off of this category. Where can you get a pro looking kitchen for less than $10k? How about for less than $8k? $7K? Then you have to look at GE Cafe. Plus, GE will be offering a $500 rebate on GE Cafe kitchen appliance packages for the first few months of 2011. Try this on for size:
GE Cafe Gas Range – CGS980SEMSS
GE Cafe DIshwasher – CDWT980RSS
GE Cafe OTR Micro/Hood – CVM2072SMSS
GE Cafe French Door Refrigerator – CFCP1NIZSS
Bosch Appliance Package
Another brand to check out in this upper middle-tier is Bosch. They are currently offering up to 15% rebate on Bosch kitchen appliance packages through May 31 2011. This can lead up to some significant dollars back in your pockets. Bosch has been forced to get very aggressive with their kitchen appliance promotions because quite bluntly Electrolux has handed them their proverbial lunch in the last few years when it comes to the sale of kitchen appliances. Now it looks like Bosch has regrouped, put together a compelling offer for consumers, and has the ability to make up ground with Electrolux raising their prices. Message to Bosch: Be nice to consumers and hold your price points!!!! You need to get your kitchen appliances back on the consumer radar screen and 2011 is the time to do it.
This is what the Bosch kitchen appliance package will need to look like in order to qualify for the 10% or 15%:
Appliance Package 10%: Purchase at least (3) 300, 500 or 800 series Bosch appliances
Appliance Package 15%: Purchase at least (3) 800 series Bosch appliances.
What I like about this is that Bosch is only holding you to (3) appliances, so it’s easy to qualify.
Here’s a sample package which I sell the heck out of:
With this package alone at 15% back you would be looking at nearly $700 in your pocket and that’s without selling the products anywhere near their MAP price.
KitchenAid Appliance Package
KitchenAid is a versatile brand. You can go into the high-end stratosphere with their built-in products like the 42″ KBFC42FTS French Door Refrigerator and accompanying pro range, or you can nestle quite comfortably in this middle-upper middle category. Let’s check out a package that would vie with the Ge Cafe, Bosch and Electrolux lines.This time I am going to mix it up and instead of using a range, we’ll do a gas cooktop, double wall oven, French Door fridge and a killer KitchenAid dishwasher. Check this out for around $7000….
KitchenAid KEBS208SSS 30″ Double Wall Oven
Kitchen Aid KUDE40XSS dishwasher
KitchenAid KFCS22EVMS 36″ French Door Refrigerator
KitchenAid KFGS366VSS 36″ gas cooktop
Still trying to get over the fact that the Jet’s unlikely playoff run has ended. Wow.
As I was watching the game I was perusing some literature that GE just gave me regarding Monogram kitchen appliance packages. Interesting things in there so let me get my mind off Gang Green’s loss and get back to the world of appliances…
GE has released a few Monogram package deals scaling from a MSRP price of $10,999 for a 5-piece package up to $37,299 for an 8-piece appliance package deal. Keep in mind that these are MSRP prices so odds are, if you are dealing with the right appliance store, you’re going to be able to buy into these packages at lower prices.
I wanted to take a few of these packages and dissect them and see what Monogram is bringing to the table. In the last two years I’ve become a very big fan of Monogram products as I like the redesign they performed on their cooking line and I NEVER hear from customers with problems related to the product.
Monogram kitchen appliance suite
I sent two of my employees to GE’s Monogram factory in Louisville, Kentucky (yes it’s American-made) and they were extremely impressed by the line. They received hands-on training with the product and also were given insight into the manufacturing process. Suffice to say I think Monogram is going to be a popular choice for customers who want to dip their toes into the high-end space but don’t want to completely blow out their budget. The one thing that Monogram appliances offers is price flexibility as dealers aren’t tied to UMRP policies (minimum pricing set by manufacturers).
I was particularly drawn to the Monogram kitchen appliance package that GE has dubbed “Metro”.
This suit of appliances is geared towards urban dwellers who may have space constraints. It includes:
36″ Free Standing Counter Depth fridge – ZFGB21HYSS
24″ dishwasher – ZBD6920PSS
30″ hood – ZV830SMSS
30″ gas cooktop – ZGU384NSMSS or ZGU384LSMSS
30″ single convection oven – ZET938SMSS
You’ll notice that the Metro package offers the thin, tubular-style handles popularized by another premium appliance manufacturer based in Wisconsin. Monogram also offers the flexibility to use Pro-style handles which are available on their cooking ranges.