Large stovetop griddle
Two automatic cleaning modes
Edge-to-edge burners fit pots and pans of all sizes
Gas line connection point isn’t very generous (may require a plumber to move your valve and hose)
No additional grate to swap out griddle plate
When my wife and I started shopping for our first home, one of the items on our must-have list was a gas range. We love to cook. My wife went to culinary school and while I flail a bit in the kitchen—cooking less by instinct and more by following recipes to the letter—I enjoy the effort (if not always the results). When we finally closed on our home, we did get a gas range—albeit a sub-par model with one burner that didn’t auto-ignite and baseline button controls that made a mystifying sequence of sounds. That’s why we were excited to upgrade to the GE JGB700SEJSS—a self-cleaning model with a sleek, fingerprint-resistant slate exterior. Read on for our assessment of the range’s setup process, design, performance, and competition.
Setup Process: Easy—provided your state (and gas line position) cooperate
Delivery from Home Depot went smoothly, but because we live in Washington, D.C.—where all gas stoves have to (by law) be installed by a certified plumber—installation was a two-step process. Regulations vary by state and most retailers will inform you of all the required steps when you purchase the appliance, but if you purchase the appliance online, be sure to call the retailer and verify the installation process.
Despite the hassle of having to wait an additional three days to have a plumber install our oven, D.C.’s law did benefit us in an unexpected way. When the old range was removed and the gas line exposed, we discovered that the pipe’s position was about a foot off the floor—far higher than most conventional set-ups (just one of the joys of owning a house built in 1920). As a result, the line couldn’t connect to the new stove mounting, which is positioned on the back of the stove about 6 inches off the floor. Luckily, a plumber was there to lower the pipe.
Interestingly, though most retail sites include guides and checklists for installations, none provide measurements for the spacing of your gas connection. I did eventually find this info in the installation manual, but I didn’t know I needed to check that prior to the plumber’s visit. If you have a gas mount that sits more than 8 or so inches off the floor, do your due diligence by either buying a stove to match your gas configuration, or budget the time and money you’ll need to move the pipe.
Other than that time-consuming hiccup, the setup was a breeze. Just make sure you purchase a new gas flex connection kit (existing hook-ups cannot be reused) and ensure you have a standard 110-volt three-pronged outlet and gas shutoff directly behind the oven’s intended spot.
Burner Performance: Brilliant BTUs
The first dish to come off the stovetop was our go-to comfort beverage: Masala chai. For this, we used the Power Boil burner, which sits on the lower left side of the stovetop. This burner pumps out 18,000 BTUs of heat in a bid to get things cooking fast. We also used this burner to rapidly boil two quarts of salted water for pasta and to heat a frying pan to maximum heat to quick-scramble some eggs.
Each burner fires up easily; just rotate the dial to “LITE” and an electric spark will trigger the flame within a second or two.
The standard burner, on the right, offers a slightly more humble 10,000 BTUs, while the one in the upper left runs at 9,500 BTUs. Both of these are suitable for calmer, more controlled cooking. Each burner fires up easily; just rotate the dial to “LITE” and an electric spark will trigger the flame within a second or two. Clearly marked indicators communicate which dial controls which burner and all have temperature markings, including HIGH and LOW as well as ten numbered settings.
The simmer burner, positioned top right, also works as designed with a max BTU output of 5,000. When making a batch of BBQ sauce, we got the gooey mixture of molasses, ketchup, and mustard up to a boil on the Power Boil burner, then reduced the heat and simmered it on the smallest burner for 20 minutes with nary a scorch.
Unlike most conventional gas range stovetops, this GE model boasts an “edge-to-edge” cooktop, which basically means the burners cover the full surface area of the top of the range, rather than sitting recessed in the stove. This affords room for all sizes of pots and pans and allows you to easily shift hot cookware from burner to burner. But that also means that the edges of the stovetop will be as hot as the burners themselves. And while we (thankfully) didn’t encounter any issues or inadvertent burning, other reviewers have indicated that it took a while to adjust to this design feature.
The integrated griddle is powered by a robust 1,200-BTU oval-shaped burner which proved ample enough to grill six marinated chicken skewers along with several kebabs of mixed veggies.
The cooktop features two removable grill panels as well as a sizeable non-stick griddle—one of the largest on the market, in fact. The integrated griddle is powered by a robust 1,200-BTU oval-shaped burner which proved ample enough to grill six marinated chicken skewers along with several kebabs of mixed veggies. Both cooked through as expected, and the kebabs also got the right degree of char. We also cooked chunks of zucchini and squash, as well as rows of garlic shrimp that were layered on with an herb-forward sauce to see how the surface could handle denser, stickier sauces. Inch-wide troughs at the top and bottom of the griddle serve to collect any run-off fluid (oil or marinade) that might not adhere directly to the food, which drastically keeps splatters to a minimum. Luckily, the non-stick griddle also lived up to its promise and was easy to clean post-meal.
Oven Performance: As good as it gets
Of course, the stove top tells only half the story of this GE gas range. The oven itself provides 5 cubic feet of cooking space, with two adjustable oven racks and six positions that allow you to customize your rack height. We did a two-step roasted chicken recipe on a vertical rack and the height of the oven made it easy to cook the 4-pound bird. Roasting the bird for 20 minutes at 375 got the chicken to the desired temperature (we checked with an instant read thermometer), so we cranked it up to 500 degrees to crisp the skin. The GE hit its max temperature quickly, and the internal cycles that maintain temperature worked remarkably well. Our roast chicken was ready in less time than the recipe stated—and we were able to monitor its crispness by triggering the internal light and peeking through the oven door.
Next up, we tried a spin on tandori chicken that first required baking the marinated chicken thighs for about 20 minutes at 375 degrees and then blasting it with the broiler. Here, the stove proved why in-oven broilers are far better than those positioned underneath the appliance. First, the in-oven broiler lets you position the rack at a variety of distances from the heating unit, which allows you to control how much heat hits your food. In-oven broilers also allow you to use the bottom drawer for storing baking sheets and muffin tins—a huge plus for those with limited kitchen cabinet space.
Baking a batch of zucchini bread also proved straightforward, with even heating overall. Home cooks with a penchant for The Great British Bake-Off will be comforted to know that the oven also comes with a convection setting, which uses increased air circulation to improve multi-rack performance. Even better, the oven’s “Auto-Recipe Conversion” setting allows it to work with a recipe’s defined temperature setting even if it’s not written for convection, so it’s pretty paint-by-numbers.
The control panel is uncluttered and intuitive enough to use without reading the manual.
In addition to clock settings (as well as bake and broil modes), the main control panel also displays a Delay Time setting, which allows you to set the time you want the oven to start. Naturally, this shouldn’t be used with easy-to-spoil foods (like milk, eggs, fish, poultry, or pork), but if you know you’re going to cook at a certain time, the convenient setting can free you up to handle other kitchen duties.
The oven also comes with two cleaning modes: Self Clean and Steam Clean. The first uses high temperatures to get rid of serious build-up, while the latter targets smaller messes with steam. If you’ve ever had to scrub stuck-on messes from the inside of your oven, simply pouring one cup of water into the bottom of your appliance, activating the 30-minute cycle, and watching it clean itself will prove insanely gratifying.
Design: Sleek and contemporary
The GE’s edge-to-edge burner configuration affords it a very sleek—if slightly industrial—appearance. The control panel is uncluttered and intuitive enough to use without reading the manual and the burner dials feel sturdy and reliably attached. The range fits most conventional oven spaces and the lower drawer glides smoothly allowing easy access to tucked-away pans.
Finish and color options are also pretty robust. We went with traditional stainless steel to match our other kitchen appliances, but the oven comes in black, white, and a variety of other fingerprint-resistant finishes. Of course, the price will vary depending on your finish.
Price: On target for a convection gas range
Like most major appliances, gas ranges vary widely in price. Sure, you can get a basic model for $500 to $600, but it’ll come with basically no bells or whistles. On the flip side, you can also sink $2,000 or more into your range, but that just seems excessive. The GE—with its $1300 price tag—strikes a nice balance between cost and controls. Given the appliance’s sleek design, its self-cleaning modes, and its superior stove top and oven performance, we’d say the GE is well worth its price.
Competition: It all comes down to your baking ambitions and kitchen aesthetic
Samsung NX58H5600SS Gas Range: Samsung’s NX58H5600SS gas range is another solid contender. The 5.8-cubic-foot oven is slightly larger than the GE, it also has a central, oval-shaped burner that can accommodate a griddle plate, and it’s also self-cleaning. With an MSRP of $1,100, the gas range is slightly cheaper than the GE, but not by much.
Whirlpool WFG505M0BS Gas Range: If convection baking isn’t important to you and you’re willing to live with an under-the-oven broiler, this $750 Whirlpool gas range is a solid, lower-cost solution. It boasts large edge-to-edge grill panels with five burners (including a 9.500-BTU oval burner) and a griddle pan that you can place directly onto the burner grates. You may lose a bit of heat transfer in that scenario, and the broiler placement means you’ll lose some additional storage, but you’ll also save a couple hundred bucks when compared to the GE range.
The stove to rule all stoves.
This gas range delivered everything we wanted, including reliable and easy-to-use controls, convection baking, and an in-oven broiler. Other touches—like a large griddle pan, multiple self-cleaning modes, and a sleek, stainless steel design—were just cherries on top of a near-perfect appliance.
- Product Name JGB700SEJSS Gas Range with Self-Cleaning Convection Oven
- Product Brand GE
- SKU 1001499899
- Price $1299.00
- Weight 190 lbs.
- Product Dimensions 28.75 x 47.25 x 30 in.
- Color Black, fingerprint-resistant black slate, fingerprint-resistant black stainless steel, fingerprint-resistant slate, stainless steel, white
- Capacity 5 cu. ft
- Burner Grate Material Dishwasher-safe cast iron
- Warranty 1-year limited