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List of Older GE Electric Ranges

Since the early part of the 20th century, General Electric (GE) has played a significant role in bringing electrical technologies, such as electric ranges, into the home. Within just a few years of their introduction, these technologies freed up time for cooks in the home by allowing them to program their ranges, set timers and walk away while their food cooked. Some of the GE electric ranges introduced in the 20th century continue to be produced, mainly due to their popularity, quality and convenience.

Calrod

A 5-pound chicken takes just 33 minutes to cook in GE's Advantium.

The first Calrod electric range was introduced by GE in 1928.  The Calrod is a ceramic conductor of heat developed by Charles C. Abbot of GE in 1915, transforming electrical energy into heat.  The Calrod continues to be used in electric range surface elements, broilers, convection ovens, toaster ovens, coffee makers and more.

GE P7

The P-7 was GE's first self-cleaning oven, introduced in 1963.  GE engineers received 100 patents to develop this oven. The P-7 removes food soil using a pyrolytic system, which applies heat to food soil, causing it to decompose. 

The SpaceMaker

The SpaceMaker was the first over-the-range microwave oven, originally manufactured in 1978.  This microwave replaced the range hood, providing venting. The SpaceMaker continues to provide consumers a space-saving alternative to placing microwaves on already crowded countertops. 

Spectra

GE presented the Spectra oven in 1998, stating it was the most accurate oven in the US.  The Spectra provided features such as SmartLogic oven controls, a TrueTemp system and a capacity of 50 cubic feet. The TrueTemp system cooks your food using consistent, accurate heat, while SmartLogic oven controls monitor the performance of the oven and maintain exact temperature. 

Advantium

In 1999, GE introduced the Advantium, an oven using a technology called Speedcook.  This oven cooked food in one-fourth the time it took for a conventional oven to cook it, without any need for preheating, and without sacrificing flavor. For example, a 5-pound chicken, which takes almost 2 hours to cook in a conventional oven, cooks in 33 minutes in the 240 Advantium model. 

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