Saturday, September 29, 2012

To Those Considering the Double Oven

I was at a Ryan Home last week that had one of the double wall ovens.  We were cooking dinner together and waiting for the bottom oven to preheat to 400 degrees.  We waited over an hour and still never got there.  I was told this was "the norm" for their bottom oven.  They were told it was going to be slower and there wasn't much that could be done.  How frustrating. 

I don't know if you upgrade the wall oven from the standard if it works any better or not.  But if you are considering getting the double wall oven, I would talk to your rep and PM.  Find out if upgrading will help the performance of the bottom oven.

If you read this blog and have a double wall oven, I'd love to hear from you.  How does your lower oven work?


19 comments:

  1. Noey, this is an excellent question and it would be valuable information for future home owners to consider and an opportunity to research reviews on the double oven they chose for their kitchen.

    The RH home owner you visited last week with the problematic double oven: could you tell us which double oven model she has because I know they offer different styles. I was also told that RH is required to install the latest equipment comparable to the one the homeowner chose if GE replaced the model. Is it the standard, the Premier I, II, IV or VI etc etc ?? Thanks a lot.

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  2. We have the double oven - Premier IV package. The lower oven does take a little longer to preheat, but nothing like you are describing. I've had it up to 400F and waited 10-15 minutes for it to get to that temp.

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  3. How about cool-down? We got gunshy on the double oven and went with the crazy standard gas range / alternate microwave placement layout because of my wife's aunt having issues where the cabinets around the oven were still warm / hot hours after use.

    Thanks! :)

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    1. Another great question/concern!! I would love to hear about the cool down period and how it upholds with the cabinets after use, too! Thanks for asking Brian!

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  4. Our model is the PT956S GE Profile and works exactly the same as Shara's. The lower oven takes marginally longer (due to having no convection feature) to preheat, but otherwise operates as expected. I've never had to wait more than about 15 minutes to get to even the highest temperatures.

    And we've had no experience with cabinets being noticeably warm at all.

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    1. Have you noticed a venting of extra heat out of the bottom since it does not vent outside as a microwave could if you chose that option/upgrade? We chose the same model and will be using it after our build. My current gas range oven has a countdown button which takes 10 minutes to warm and 15 minutes seem reasonable; however, I would really like to know how people are enjoying or not enjoying their ovens TOO! We chose the same model as Simon Jessey and I just read some reviews and folks really like it. Once reviewer mentioned the extra heat from the bottom from the first question I asked in this response.

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  5. I wonder if it's a GE issue? When I was doing research, the GE wall ovens got awful reviews. We actually went with a freestanding double oven/range since we couldn't afford the non-standard double wall oven option. We haven't broken ground yet so I couldn't tell you how it works, but it gets good reviews.

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    1. The Premier VI Package that RH offers comes with the PT956SRSS double wall oven unit and I spent some time today searching various sites regarding this double wall oven and I have found nothing but rave reviews. I am happy to be getting this particular model. It may be that the earlier models or models with less features may have this problem. Lastly, this double wall unit comes with a convection feature too. It looks pretty cool and I look forward to using it in our new home. I am still interested to hear other people talk about the model they have in comparison.

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  6. We have the highest package that RH offers. My top oven heats up in a reasonable amount of time. I turned on my bottom oven thinking that it would take the same amount of time, but it was taking so long that I turned it off and just used the top oven.

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    1. Maria, I agree with Teammom. You may have to call in for service because I ordered the highest double oven and the reviews are awesome! Or have them deliver another unit. I am not sure how long it takes for your oven but your typical oven takes 10 minutes with my gas range and 15 otherwise. How long is it taking to hear up?

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  7. My ovens both work as they should and I love love love them. I use both of them often and have no problems. As mentioned above the lower oven takes slightly longer to heat up only because its not convection so that is to be expected. If you are having that many serious issues you need to schedule a service call ASAP! That is simply not acceptable! The my ryan homes website is fairly user friendly and the rep that I have is very responsive.

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    1. This is awesome! Which double oven did you pick? How long does the lower oven take to warm up? I picked the premier vI and looking forward to using it. As I mentioned, it received great reviews and I read the standard works fine so it just be a minor defect in some products which happen from time to time.

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  8. I have the double oven in the standard package from GE. The bottom oven maybe takes 15 minutes to get to 400. I have had no problems with mine and I bake a lot.

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  9. We have the GE Profile double oven. I feel like they take a little longer than my oven at my old house to warm up but nothing like what you are describing. Sometimes it takes 10-15 minutes whereas my last oven only took 5. I don't even experience problems when I heat up both at the same time.

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  11. HI - This is a great post that also prompted some panic on my part. We have the level below the top model double oven (I'll have to find out contract info and will follow up with the exact model). I did a test and it took approx 10 minutes to get to 400. I haven't had any issues with warming of the surrounding cabinets (trust me my 2 year old loves to play in them while the oven is going). But we have the gourmet kitchen set up with the freestanding oven cabinent. May be different if yours totally surround the ovens.

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  12. My cousin has the double oven. I think we were using her top oven and it didn't work. I baked a cobbler and it took more than twice as long as in my standard oven.


    I encourage anyone who already has a range to take it to their new house and have the outlet put in to use it in the basement. You can bake in the summer without heating the upstairs and you have a reliable 2nd cooking area.

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