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Our New Double-Compartment Oven - The GE JB850DTWW

Updated on October 9, 2012

The GE JB850DTWW Ready to Use!

In place, hooked up, and ready to go
In place, hooked up, and ready to go

Broken Door, Quick Fix... but there's trouble on the horizon

Recently we noticed our oven door's glass insert had broken. It's about 10 years old. My solution is always to call an expert. Would have cost something like $70 to look at it, more to fix it. Monique is very can-do, she looked the problem up online and found out how to fix it. Got the part number, ordered the glass. When it arrived, the three of us worked together and fixed the oven. Only cost $20. And nobody got hurt, which is usually my part in these events.

Sometimes, you just have to pull the plug

Then, a couple of weeks later, the oven started beeping, and flashing an error code non-stop. Monique rolled up her sleeves (again) and started surfing for answers. Found out the most likely part, found instructions to install it... but it was a $200 part, with no guarantee of being the actual (or only) thing wrong. It was just too expensive an investment for our poor old oven. 10 years isn't very old for an oven. But the investment in fixing it was just too steep, even for do-it-yourself-ers.

Choosing a new oven- quick and cheap, or is there more to it?

Mom decided to just buy a cheap replacement oven. After she went to bed, Monique and I talked until late that night. Monique is our primary cook. Mom will cook occasionally, and I can make very simple things. But if you put Monique on the tv show Chopped, those other chefs might as well hand over the money. She'd blast them out of the kitchen.

Wait... How did THAT picture get in here?

Dogs can't help being cute- 'some people' can't help taking pictures...
Dogs can't help being cute- 'some people' can't help taking pictures...

The person cooking on the oven most gets the most say.

To me, that gives her voice the greatest say. She cooks the most, she knows what she needs, and she's most impacted by the kind of oven we wind up with. She's like a kitchen ninja, doing lots of things all at once. I'm more linear. If I'm going to cook eggs, bacon, and french toast, I make eggs. Then I fry up some bacon. Then the french toast. If someone wants toast and butter, that's another phase of the project. They either eat as I'm cooking, or wait until everything's all done (and some of it's cold by then). Not Monique. She's got multiple burners going, something different in each hand, and it's kind of like watching a juggling act.

Wait... it costs HOW MUCH?

So while we were talking, she made it plain that a double-decker oven would mean a world of difference in her cooking. You know, the kind with a big oven and a little oven in the same unit? If Monique says it makes that much difference... and she's going to be the main person using it over the next decade and more... then I think she ought to get one. After some discussion, we pooled our resources, Monique set a budget range, and she began researching.


Big guys optional (But very handy!)
Big guys optional (But very handy!)

If the oven costs that much, doggone it, I'm getting a huppage out of it!

She chose the GE JB850DTWW. Catchy name, right? Yeah, it got stuck in my head all day long... :^)

In more normal language, she picked a GE brand oven, with a double range. It was somewhere in the $1,000 price range, but of course she shopped around to trim the price as low as possible. It was delivered for free (yeah, that made me laugh too) by a passel of big strong guys. I figured since we're spending this much money, I'm at least going to get a hub out of it. It was during my workday, so I asked Monique to take a few pictures for me. She was willing, but a little shy about shooting the workers delivering it. She snuck pictures from the windows, and also took some while holding the camera unobtrusively by her side.

Caught in the act...

For the most part, it worked really well. Got some great shots. One really cool one where the front guy's looking straight at her and the camera. We're thinking she was busted. She was mildly embarrassed, but they didn't say anything to her. I told her don't worry, chances are he leaned over to his other workers and said something like "Dude, don't break anything... she's taking pictures!"

Big Thanksgiving Turkey fits in the oven- so there!

My boss teased us about not being able to cook turkey any more. Said those dual-compartment ovens can't fit a full turkey in the cooking space. I asked Monique, just to make sure. She told me it IS big enough... she made sure to pick a double oven with a full-size compartment. The way they made it large enough yet kept the oven to the dimensions we needed was to delete the bottom drawer space. The oven's got no storage drawer... but a very roomy larger compartment. She told me to invite my boss over for turkey... :^)

Just put it right there...

This is the way to do things- bring in an expert!
This is the way to do things- bring in an expert!

Yes, I'd like someone to install it for me, please

Dimensionally, the GE JB850DTWW weighs in at 223 pounds (Thank goodness the delivery guys actually installed it!), and measures 28.88 x 29.88 x 47 inches. It's a perfect fit for the space our old oven took. 6.6 cubic feet of total oven capacity. (That's 2.2 cubic feet Upper and 4.4 cf in the Lower one.)

There are 5 heating elements, including a Tri-Ring element, and a Fifth Element Warming Zone. (I told Monique the Fifth Element was a great movie. She said it's not a movie. I asked if she meant to say the Fifth Elephant... which is a very funny book... I don't know why she gets so exasperated with me.)

Buy Local for Free Delivery and Install. But if you're GOING to buy online, Amazon has EVERYTHING!

You want the GE JB850DTWW specifics? Right this way:

It also comes with TrueTemp Oven System. This doesn't specifically mean it keeps a thermometer-exact temperature. TrueTemp means it uses a sophisticated temperature sensing system that maintains an even and steady level of heat throughout the entire interior oven. It specifically senses any sudden or significant heat loss, and compensates. So the oven will cycle on and off every 2 to 3 minutes as part of its normal operation. Maintains a very consistent level of heat.

It's a self-cleaning oven. There are plenty of included features that make for dry, uninteresting reading. Rather than duplicate them here, I'll just give you a link to a site that really gets into specifics: The GE JB850DTWW Self Cleaning Freestanding Double Oven Electric Range - Specs

...Just so you know- I'm not affiliated with the site this link goes to... they just have very good details available for the oven. If you're truly going to buy this whopping big monster through the internet and pay that monstrous shipping... then buy from my Amazon links, please!!! :^D

Lots of neat goodies on the top, too

I will say I'm impressed with the crisp digital display on the top. And I really like the fancy glass-top with the different heating elements. There's one spot all by itself just to keep things warm. There's another spot that has 12"/9"/6" element, so you can use only the size and power needed for the pot you're cooking in. There's a 6"/9" Powerboil Element also.

Comes with a warning label

If, like me, you tend to... lean... on nearby things, you'll be pleased to know there's a bright red light to let you know when the stovetop is too hot to lean on.

That's an important feature for me. Been burnt before. Try not to do it any more. When somebody tells me "That's hot", I take them at their word. Using a finger to confirm their warning is NOT an acceptable test procedure.

In terms of how the oven's working out, I'm pleased. I mean, Monique's meals are always perfect, and this oven's not going to make them any more perfect. But it makes the job easier, and take less time in general, which makes her happy. And if it makes Monique happy, it makes me happy.

The GE JB850DTWW top controls

Complicated compared to what I'm used to.
Complicated compared to what I'm used to.

2nd night - starting to get comfortable with it

There's a medley of baked vegetables in the bottom compartment
There's a medley of baked vegetables in the bottom compartment

The GE JB850DTWW - Making my life better every day

One thing I've really noticed -- she's always cooked nice meals, but with this oven, she seems to pull out the stops more often. We've had fancier meals a bit more often than used to be the case. I'm guessing this means she can do more, with more control, in less time.

Speaking as the person who gets tasty, fancy, super-enjoyable meals nearly every day of the week... I'm in favor of the GE JB850DTWW Dual compartment oven. And speaking as the well-fed husband whose wife really wanted this oven... if it makes her happy, I'm happy.


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    • Crewman6 profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago

      Sorry for the late reply- been gone from the hubs. Thanks for the support!

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      Kelly Kline Burnett 

      5 years ago from Southern Wisconsin

      This makes so much sense and I am not even a cook. Everyone needs to know about this. Thank you! Voted up!

    • Crewman6 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago

      Moonlake, thanks for the read and the comments- it sounds like we might be kindred spirits. I like seeing humor too. 22 years on the fridge... that's a pretty great track record!

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      6 years ago from America

      I have to say this stove sounds like the kind I would want. My stove is young yet or at least I thought it was about 7 years old. Our fridge is 22 next to go. We replaced our 20 year old washer with a GE and I love the new washer. I enjoyed reading the hub about your stove. I had to laugh over the pictures. I'm always hiding my camera trying to get good pictures without anyone seeing me. Voted uP! shared.

    • Crewman6 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago

      Couldn't have said it any better- you hit the nail right on the head.

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      Audrey Kirchner 

      6 years ago from Washington

      Okay--cynic--I'm kinda sorta one too the older I get--I keep saying I have hope...then every day it gets dashed yet again~ The eternal optimist though facts are just plain facts and it is very disappointing...especially when you love happy endings like I tend to prefer!

    • Crewman6 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago

      No, I think the system is rigged to promote crookedness. The higher you aspire, the lower your moral compass has to be. The more honest you are, the less suited for politics. (Go ahead... call me cynic... everybody else does! :^D )

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      Audrey Kirchner 

      6 years ago from Washington

      Hey - somebody has to carry this country and I know personally I've got the weight of the world on my sorry back and shoulders~ I really think I should have rethought it all way back when in my younger days when I "aspired" to be a politician---nah - they'd probably eat me alive within a day---or then again maybe I'd have cleaned house REAL good~ Glad I could make ya laugh--always a plus for me~

    • Crewman6 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago

      Audrey, it's a wonder they tolerated me as long as they did. Should have known it was a bad relationship the first time somebody told me they 'owned' me, and I snapped back 'No, you RENT me!'

      Pocono foothills, you raise a great point I hadn't considered. You're absolutely correct, manufacturers are capable of better, but then the money would stop rolling in. Thanks for the input!

      Audrey - the working class "built to last"? I nearly fell out of my chair. Thanks for my first good laugh of the day!

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      Audrey Kirchner 

      6 years ago from Washington

      I have to LOVE our disposable society....everything is set to disintegrate within 5-10 years max--and we wonder why there are so many problems with landfills? Whatever happened to "built to last?" Oh--that's us--the working class~

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      John Fisher 

      6 years ago from Easton, Pennsylvania

      Have to disagree about your comment that 10 years isn't that old for an oven. I sell appliances, so I can tell you for a fact that appliances today are only made to last 8 to 10 years max. That's what is known as "planned obselesence." Of course, manufacturers are quite capable of making things that last longer, but that would limit their profitability. C'est la vie!!!

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      Audrey Kirchner 

      6 years ago from Washington

      Definitely a winner--and he's put up with me now what 38 years? Oh my~ We are no spring chickens but it's been a great ride!

      Ha - no--I probably would have been bounced out of the military the first day myself for not going with the "flow" of authority~~

      Sweet potatoes eh? Dang- I'd be a gonner. Love them and tofu I can take or leave as long as it's "disguised" somewhere....

      I absolutely have to stop looking at this oven--it is making me crazy imagining the possibilities...and me with family coming for a change this Christmastime---since we've moved to the isolation of Central Oregon, it's harder to do but working on my recipes already~

    • Crewman6 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago

      Yeah, I can understand the "can't make me" reaction. That's how I was in the military. Definitely the wrong personality trait there. Might not have been so bad if not for the power-abusers rampant up and down the ranks.

      At least with Bob you know he seriously doesn't like it! Mine is sweet potatoes. Gag on them every time. It's the only food I can't force down.

      I think if Tofu is Bob's only sticking point, the you've got yourself a winner!

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      Audrey Kirchner 

      6 years ago from Washington

      ha ha - actually when I met Bob I knew he would be the kind of guy who would love home cooking and that's what got me started on it I guess...I had always wanted to cook when I was a kid but I wasn't allowed...crazy story #506 that one. So I guess when I got my own place at the ripe old age of 17, I decided too bad---no one was bossing ME around...and when Bob met me at 20, I was well on my way to becoming Martha Stewart...only without the big bucks and hopefully the psychoses~~~

      It pays to have folks who appreciate good food as your experiments~~ I mean tasters....seriously I can only remember making one thing that he didn't like---fried tofu. Just could not get the man to get with the program matter what I tried. To this day I think he could be a drug dog...if he wasn't already a man that is...he can sniff out tofu a MILE away. I put it in healthy shakes and he gagged on it saying I was trying to poison him---I can taste the TOFU Audrey--you're not fooling anyone!

    • Crewman6 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago

      I like the sound of it. Make the dogs into accomplices. Heck, let them be the Mastermind! Then if you get caught, it's THEIR fault...

      It's always fascinating what drives us. I'm glad you've found your own unique way of turning bad memories into good ones. You're right, too... the image you describe sounds wonderful.

      And as far as hobbies go, I think cooking is one of the most appreciated hobbies you could think of. i.e. Monique: What you doing? Me: going through my comic book collection. Reaction: waste of time.

      On the other hand... Bob: What you doing? You: cooking! Reaction: Yum!

      Definitely a useful skill. :^)

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      Audrey Kirchner 

      6 years ago from Washington

      You're right---when you put it like that---I NEED a new oven...and I bet if I unplugged it, Bob would eventually find me out~ or one of the dogs would grab the plug and chew it off for me....hey...the wheels are rollin'~

      Yes, it seems I like to cook for armies so everyone always elects me to have the get togethers while they sit around the table gabbing and drinking wine and beer~ I can't say as I don't love it though--most of the time as I have some freaked up memories of mealtimes when I was a kid so nowadays when I'm creating heavenly smells and people are happily gabbing away---priceless~

      Hmm...I definitely need to start strategizing on getting me that oven...I use my crockpot and about a million gadgets every time I cook--my daughter actually makes fun of me and says I'm worse than Bill Cosby for my "gadgets"--she even had the nerve to come here and box a bunch up last winter...she dared me to see I could get by without them---she doesn't have to know but I did~ Pretty much...went looking for 1 or 2 a couple of times~ What can I say? We all have to have hobbies and cooking seems to be one of mine~

    • Crewman6 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago

      Wow... I know cooking is high on your list of things you do. Trying to do it all with limited space and equipment is a serious juggling act. One of Monique's cooler tools is a crockpot with removable compartments. But this oven is now her first weapon of choice in the war against food.

      How handy is Bob? If you unplugged the oven, and told him it quit working, would that get you a new oven? (It would work with me... Monique's far more practical than I am.)

      I can't imagine the effort it must have taken to get that Christmas dinner (of COURSE at your house!) rolled out. Especially in tight space with huge dogs. Sounds like a worthy subject for a hub. Audrey... you NEED this oven. You should embark on a campaign!

      Good luck!!

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      Audrey Kirchner 

      6 years ago from Washington

      Well, that just kinda sucks....I could definitely use one of those but don't think I'm going to convince Bob that it is a "must have" since ours is working just fine! I always say I need a kitchen with a house built around it--it seems no matter where we go or if we move, my kitchen SHRINKS and the house gets bigger. That is totally not cool when you cook as much as I do - and have to share the kitchen with 12 legs attached to big malamutes~

      Ah well, I'm happy for YOU.....must be nice....if I ever could actually just cook a meal and not have to scramble for oven space...ah my dreams. One year we had a huge Christmas dinner at my house--where else? I did a turkey, a ham and a prime rib---and all the trimmings. If that wasn't a cook's nightmare---I had a crockpot going (I think with the ham), the oven going with the prime rib and then the turkey roaster pan going with the turkey....but I had to keep taking things out and shifting them around to do the rolls, the sweet potatoes...ah well---it worked - SOMEHOW!

      I shall put this on my wish list~~~~


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