GE JGAS02SENSS 24-Inch Compact Gas Range Review
If size is your main criteria, this may be as good as it gets.
When you live in a city where real estate is so expensive your kitchen doubles as your bedroom, you've gotta make some compromises when it comes to buying a stove. The 24-inch GE JGAS02SENSS is one of those ranges that fits, if only physically.
Remember those compromises? Well, with this GE's small size comes a pretty unimpressive performance, though you shouldn't be too hard on it. Ranges in its class aren't known for being great performers, and if you're clever enough with recipes it should get the job done. Besides, if your place is that small, you'll probably use your oven for storage and the local takeout joint for dinner.
Design & Usability
Good looking? Not good looking? Depends who's looking.
In the US, compact ovens aren't usually at the forefront of design. After all, they're usually bought by landlords who want to spend as little money as possible. This GE is clearly aimed at homeowners, however, since it's got at least a modicum of style. Stainless panels and rounded corners make the window-less façade look a bit retro, and it'll at least give a real estate agent the ability to brag about having stainless appliances in the kitchen.
There aren't many features on this simple range. Due to the small size, the four burners are a bit cramped, though the controls are pleasantly canted up toward the user. The 3.0 cubic foot oven has two racks and lacks a self-cleaning option, but at least this oven is small if you do make a mess. Even the oven and broiler share a heating element, relegating the broiler to the drawer below like in the old days. Like we said, this design seems retro.
Retro looks, retro performance.
Testing did not go that well. All of the burners made us really wait for the boil and struggled to simmer, though the rangetop eventually hit decent searing temperatures for a gas range. Among 24-inch compact ranges, this isn't so bad. But maybe get yourself an electric kettle.
Oven, Broiler, & Convection
It's not great, but it's certainly usable.
As you might expect, this oven is not for the master chef, but it could be a lot worse. Unlike most of the other ovens that come through our labs, the temperature range is narrower than the industry standard. It couldn't hit the 170ºF we use to test the Keep Warm setting, and the broiler never got hot enough, so it lost some points on both those tests. The oven misses its 350°F mark and varies more than we'd like, but if you keep your eye on your food, you should be okay unless you're making something truly delicate.
It's not great, but it might be enough for your pool-table sized kitchen.
The GE JGAS02SENSS is not a particularly good range, but most people don't expect great things from a 24-inch range. However, they do expect competence. In this regard, we can say it is mostly functional—with the exception of the broiler—though it doesn't really do anything well. The price might seem a bit high for the results we got, but that's the way it goes with compact appliances. If you like the stainless exterior and need something small, go for it. But if you can shoehorn a larger range into your kitchen in any way, it will undoubtedly be a better choice.
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