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New GE Cafe Appliances: A Sneak Preview for Fall 2011

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UPDATED AUGUST 18th

Back in March I was given a sneak peek at the next release of GE Cafe appliances. Time has flown, as here we are staring the Fall directly the face and GE is prepared to launch the new Cafe products to coincide with the autumn cooking season.
Included in the new products is the following:
French Door Refrigerator
Double oven range
New Gas Range
Double wall oven
Single Wall Oven
Gas and electric cooktop
Improved dishwasher

I will have an update tomorrow with more product info including some pictures.
Updated product info is here folks!:

Double Oven Range CGS990SETSS- Release Date 10/3
The new double oven range will offer an upper oven at 2.2 cu ft and a lower oven at 4.4 cu ft. But wait, doesn’t the current CGS980SEMSS offer
a second oven in the bottom drawer? Yes it does BUT that oven’s performance in holding temperature is SO-SO at best due to a lack of sealing and insulation.
The new double oven range will have a legit, insulated oven in the upper area that will also self clean.
This range will also offer a killer 20K BTU burner on the right side…that’s more powerful than what some professional cooking ranges offer.
You’ll read more about this new feature in the cooktops section…

Double Wall Oven CT959STSSRelease Date 9/2

Single Wall Oven CT918STSSRelease Date 9/2

The wall ovens are the major new addition to the Cafe lineup.
Both models are 30″ and offer 4.4 cu ft of space
Both offer glass touch control panels
Both ovens are convection (yes, in the double oven CT959 both ovens will offer convection)
Meat Probe
1 roller rack in each oven (more can be purchased as accessories
Installation is straightforward – you can replace any GE, GE Profile or Kenmore 30″ single or double oven since 1997 with these Cafe models.

36″ Gas Cooktop – CGP650SETSSRelease Date 9/2
The 36″ CGP650SETSS will offer 5 sealed burners, with the new 20K BTU burner residing in the middle, flanked by (2) 9.1k burners on the left and
a 5k burner on the back right and a 11k burner on the front right side.

30″ Gas Cooktop – CGP350SETSSRelease Date 9/2
The Cafe CGP350 cooktop will offer 5 sealed burners, 3-piece continuous grates, 20,000 BTU tri-ring burner on the front right burner,
back-lit knobs, an integrated griddle and a gas lockout feature which will shut the entire appliance down for safety purposes.

Let’s hone in on the most important new feature for all of the Cafe gas cooking products – the 20k BTU tri-ring burner.
This burner will provide 3 rings of flame and has proven to be GE’s fastest performing time-to-boil in their entire cooking line.
And talk about flexibility, the inner burner can settle down to a 140 degree low for simmering.

36″ Electric Cooktop – CP650STSSRelease Date 9/2

30″ Electric Cooktop – CP350STSSRelease Date 9/2
The Cafe CP350 30″ electric cooktop will be very similar to it’s Profile counterpart, the PP944.
Both will offer 5 cooking elements
Cooktop lockout – will shut burners and knobs down for safety
Biggest differences between the Cafe and Profile cooktops will be the logo and the lighting (the Cafe uses a blue background light behind knobs, the Profile cooktops use
a white light.

This line has been arguably the biggest success story in the appliance world for the last 4 years. Released right before the world was seemingly about to end due to the various financial calamities that hit simultaneously, GE Cafe allowed people who probably would have purchased a high end appliance package from 2002-2007, but now were shit-scared about the economy. For those who decided to brave the waters and purchase, Cafe allowed one to imagine they were buying pro appliances that would be the envy of the neighborhood, but do so at a much lower price point than a Viking, Dacor or Thermador kitchen would cost.
I’m surprised that it took GE this long to introduce more Cafe appliances, but give kudos to them for not rushing a GE Profile piece out the door and calling it Cafe just to ride the wave. GE has been dutiful and committed in their product development and I think the expansion of the line will not only prove to strengthen their hold on this upper-middle price tier, but this will probably scare the bejesus out of their competition who have all been trying to ape the Cafe appliance line for several years.

Written by Appliance Dude

August 16, 2011 at 1:55 am