GE PGB910SET Review$1,749.00
A middling performance from this member of the GE family.
The GE Profile PGB910SETSS is a single oven gas range from the classic American brand that brought microwaves, ovens, Seinfeld, Friends, and 30 Rock to so many homes. While we expected another The Office, our test results indicated we found a bit of a Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip: a middling performance from this member of the GE family.
The main issue was the rangetop. Though one burner was pretty impressive, it was weak overall. At least the oven was solid on all temperature settings, with good convection results, too. On a cheaper range, performance like this would warrant a higher opinion, but for the price of around $1,375 (MSRP $1,559), there are better options for your money.
Design & Usability
This GE flaunts interesting design language and desirable features.
We don't often see stainless steel combined with curvy design language, as most ranges are as stocky as a fullback. But for this single oven gas range, we can imagine the husky voice of Jack Donaghy describing the contour of the back splash and the eye-shaped oven window.
We appreciate the rangetop's continuous grates, which accommodate over-sized cookware, and the griddle-ready fifth burner. The upwardly canted knobs on the front garner our approval too, but we found the backsplash less appealing than the rest. While it's not littered with excess buttons, it does bear a passing resemblance to toy "computers" for kids, which may not be the desired look for the kitchen.
The rangetop performance is incongruous with its price tag.
One rangetop burner did extremely well, impressing us with an incredibly fast boil time. However, the rest of the rangetop elements were a bit slow. Regardless of which burner we chose, they all failed to reach the high temperatures we typically like to see for searing performance. Simmering was satisfactory, but it didn't sustain a low temperature as easily as others we've tested.
Oven Broiler & Convection
Despite the underpowered performance of the rangetop, the oven earns our acclaim.
After a six minute preheat to 350°F—significantly speeding up the dinner process—the GE Profile PGB910SETSS demonstrated loyal adherence to the temperatures we set, and that goes for both the conventional and convection modes. All and all, then, except for that pesky keep-warm option, the oven showed a respectably low amount of variance in both conventional and convection modes.
If it were cheaper, it'd be worth it.
The GE Profile PGB910SETSS is a very complicated oven. Fortunately, the decision on whether to recommend it is made simpler by the relatively high price of $1,375.
The ideal user of this oven would be someone who doesn't need the high-performance from a rangetop, but could use the oven's excellence—the baker, the frozen-pizza enthusiast, the casserolist. But for the price, we simply can't recommend this when there are so many other solid options out there.