GE has introduced a sleek stainless steel free-standing range in the Cafe line – with a load of features for everyone from the restaurant chef to the family cook. Utilizing a free-standing range allows for a full array of features to be condensed into a smaller kitchen space, while not skimping on any functionality or usability.

The interior of the Cafe C2S980SEMSS Range can hold up to 6 cubic feet of food in the oven and warming drawer. With it’s combination of buttons and knobs on the front, the Cafe provides an easy to use control panel ensuring that you can access any setting you need. In addition to its gas burners reaching 17,000 BTU’s, the GE Cafes five burners help you cook an entire feast at once, rather than in stages.

The oven also features the usuals: such as a self-cleaning mode, a warming drawer, convection, large interior, as well as a built-in temperature probe which can control the progression of the selected cooking mode. The GE Cafe also boasts a rapid burner for quick boiling as well as a large fifth burner in the center of the range that serves to accommodate large pans that might otherwise be rendered useless.

One incredibly useful feature found in the GE Cafe is the additional griddle that can be attached directly to the stove. This is incredibly useful because you no longer require an external griddle and any potential issues are covered by the warranty of the range. To use the griddle, you simply remove the large fifth burner, set the griddle in its place, and use the knob that you would normally use for the fifth burner to set your desired temperature.

Although it is rated by GE as a commercial heavy-duty range, we wouldn’t go that far in our assessment. But for the price – around $2,300 – this is a well-built and very good looking kitchen workhorse.

Anthony Rocco

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Founder and Editor of Appliance Buyer's Guide. With over 10 years experience selling appliances and designing kitchens, and having grown up in the business, I have a unique perspective on todays offerings in the Appliance world. Currently Managing Director at The Kitchenworks in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

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