GE Profile is one of the best known products in appliance history. Profile is the upgraded version of the GE brand, with a better look and upgraded features like convection and warming drawers. Bosch has just introduced their new Benchmark series. Benchmark is the upgraded version of the Bosch line like the Profile.
So let's compare Benchmark against GE Profile both products and companies.
Bosch is a brand owned by the BSH Corporation. Although Bosch is a German company, many of their products are manufactured in Newbern, NC. The Bosch appliance focus is consumer, not builder driven.
Bosch is very well known for manufacturing a high-quality, quiet and reliable dishwasher, however this brand manufactures great cooking as well. The Bosch Benchmark Series is a premium line of appliances that will be released throughout 2014. They are releasing a new line of slide-in ranges including gas, dual-fuel, electric, and induction.
General Electric is one of the largest companies in the world focusing in many areas of finance, and technological infrastructure. GE is a great American brand, but their niche for appliances is builder, not consumer driven. To be transparent, we do not sell any GE appliances in any label.
Slide-In vs. Freestanding Ranges
A freestanding range is owned by 90% of the range owning population. Traditionally, a freestanding range is 30’’ wide and has the oven controls on a backguard behind the stove. This range is pushed back up against the wall in your kitchen. Professional-style ranges are also considered freestanding ranges because the sides do not overlap the countertop, but do emulate the look of a slide-in range.
A slide-in range has unfinished sides and is designed to be built into your cabinetry.
Many people like a slide-in range because it will give you a more finished aesthetic. You can see your backsplash without the obstruction of a backguard.
The sides of a slide-in range are designed to overlap your countertop to prevent crumbs and food particles from falling in between the range and the cabinetry.
Installation of a slide-in range is different from a freestanding range because a slide-in range usually requires a piece of countertop behind the range. Without this piece of countertop you will find a gap behind your range in between your stove and the wall.
Benchmark and GE profile Ranges
The Bosch Benchmark series and GE Profile series designed their ranges to have the look of a slide-in without having to worry about having a piece of countertop to fill in the gap behind the range like on traditional slide-in model.
You can easily replace a freestanding range with these ranges without having to construct new countertop or order a filler strip. You will get the benefits of a slide-in with the ease of not retrofitting existing countertops. This is very important when considering a slide-in range.
- 5 burners
- 20K BTU power burner
- Temperature Conversion for Convection Cooking
- Meat Probe Takes Guesswork Out of Cooking
- 4.6 cu. ft. convection oven
- Warming drawer keeps meals fresh and warm for 3 hours, great for entertaining or busy families
GE Profile PGS920SEFSS - $2799
- 20,000 BTU Tri-Ring Burner
- 10,000 BTU Center Oval Burner
- Reversible Cast-Iron Griddle/Grill
- Stainless Steel, Deep-Recessed Cooktop
- Self-Clean Heavy-Duty Roller Rack
GE Profile vs. Bosch Benchmark
I always liked the GE cooking product. The Profile has a 20,000 BTU burner, which is hotter than most professional gas ranges. It also has an oblong burner good for griddles.
However, Bosch is $700 cheaper, but still has a 18,000 BTU burner. Bosch is also more streamlined without the snorkel vent in the back and has a more edgy, contemporary appearance.
It's hard to gauge for reliability, because we did not sell GE for a few years, and Bosch Benchmark is still new. However, Bosch's commitment to service and customer satisfaction is impressive, especially when there are issues.
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