GE Appliances Cooking Innovation Timeline
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Marketed First Full Line of Cooking Devices
A full line of heating and cooking devices was marketed to homeowners, from an electrically wired wooden cooktop to a variety of small appliances.
The first Calrod element was invented
A heat conducting ceramic that is still used in many electrical household appliances today. It heated up more quickly and extended the life of the heating element.
The first ranges with Calrod heating elements were introduced
Up to this point electric ranges heated slowly and somewhat unsafely. This range included a protective sheating for the resistance wire.
The first Toaster Oven
The T-93 Toast-R-Oven hits the market. By the end of the decade most households owned a toaster oven.
The Partio Cart
A complete electric outdoor cooking center, the Partio Cart debuted on the “Price is Right” game show. While it didn't take off, it was a precursor to outdoor kitchens today.
First Over-the-Range (OTR) Microwave
At a time where microwaves were getting larger, homeowners needed to free up counterspace. Enter the Spacemaker, the industry’s first microwave that doubled as a hood.
White on White
The design team launches white trim on white appliances ending the wood trim craze and transitioning from the Avocado and Harvest Golds of the seventies.
1st Speedcook Ovens
Using light and microwave technology Speedcook eliminated the preheat wait and cooked foods 2 - 8 times faster. Now sold as Advantium Ovens.
Precise Air Convection
Baked goods could now be evenly browned thanks to a rear oven fan that circulated hot air.
Trivection Ovens launched
A technology well before its time, trivection combined radiant heat, convection and microwave for customized cooking.
Single Double Wall Oven
Owners could now have the benefit of a double wall oven in a single wall oven space. Perfect for homeowners who have a small space or who want more cooking capacity without a kitchen remodel.
First Gas Steam Clean
This innovation allowed for a quick cleaning of minor spills at lower temperatures. Just pour a cup of water in the bottom of the oven and let it clean.
First Connected Oven
GE wall ovens and ranges now allow owners to use WiFi and an app to connect to their appliances remotely.
Slate finish is launched
Playing to the growing popularity of gray, Slate, a matte finish that is fingerprint resistant, was launched on ovens and ranges.
Using Bluetooth technology the oven can “talk” to the over-the-range microwave, telling it when to turn on the vent fan or light.
Thanks to the rise in popularity of Amazon’s Alexa, GE Appliances launches the first voice-controlled oven. “Alexa, tell Geneva to preheat for Cookies.”
GE Appliances launches all new wall and range line-up
From a six burner 30-inch oven, to the first self-cleaning French Door Double Oven. This launch includes more features, more finishes and more flexibility than ever before.