Product Review: GE Monogram outdoor kitchen appliances
Outdoor entertaining is a time-honored tradition that, if anything, continues to grow in popularity. According to a recent American Society of Landscape Architects survey, outdoor kitchen and entertainment spaces rank second among design elements in expected popularity this year, just behind gardens.
GE Monogram has a line of appliances made for indoor or outdoor usage.
Monogram outdoor/indoor refrigerators
More than half of the residential architects polled in the survey ranked outdoor refrigerators as "very" or "somewhat" popular.
"As more and more people make the hub of their home's social activities outdoors, they want the convenience of having everything they need to entertain outside with them," said Valinda Wagner, Monogram Experience Center manager. "They want to do it all outside, including preparing the food, serving beverages and keeping items fresh, hot or cold."
GE's Monogram outdoor/indoor refrigerators maintain optimal temperature for food preservation regardless of external conditions. UL-approved for outdoor temperatures ranging from 45° F to 120° F, they feature 5.4 cubic feet of storage encased in durable stainless steel. Features include:
- Two adjustable beverage racks and an overall capacity to fit 146 12-oz cans or 10 wine bottles and 126 12-oz cans
- Spillproof, removable glass shelves for easy cleaning
- Retractable shelf for tall containers and oversized dishes, such as salads and side dishes for the backyard barbeque
- Cooling temperature range from 34° F to 45° F
- Door locks to keep contents safe
- Digital controls and interior lighting
Models can stand alone or be used in built-in installations and retail for a suggested $2,599.
The Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association claims that an overwhelming 85 percent of consumers prefer to cookoutdoors during warmer months. Grills were ranked as the most popular outdoor living design feature by 97.4 percent of respondents in the 2012 American Society of Landscape Architects Residential Landscape Architecture Trends Survey.
GE offers Monogram grills in built-in and free-standing models, in sizes starting from 30" all the way up to the 54" professional grill, which offers more than 1,500 square inches of surface space. Easy ignition activates the grills faster with 125,000 BTUs of power, while integrated illumination allows for grilling at any time, day or night.
"One of my favorite features is the ceramic-infrared rotisserie," said GE Chef Brian Logsdon. "It heats quickly. You don't have to wait. You can slow roast multiple chickens at a time either for multiple guests or meals throughout the week. Chicken or roasts self-baste on the rotisserie so they stay moist while getting crisp on the outside. It's healthy and serves up great the first time or as leftovers."
Monogram grill features include:
- Three-speed rotisserie cooking: A ceramic-infrared rotisserie burner slow-roasts lamb, pork and other meats.
- Even radiant heat: The distinctive, stainless steel baffle system above U-tube burners sustains even heat distribution across the entire grilling surface and reduces flare-ups from dripping juices.
- 1,400 degrees of searing power in approximately four minutes: The 23,000-BTU ceramic infrared searing burner produces an intense, even heat that flash-caramelizes the outside of foods, searing them fast to lock in moisture and flavor.
- 30,000 BTUs on the side: A pair of 15,000-BTU side burners offers additional space for preparing side dishes with a sealed burner design that allows quick and easy cleaning.
- Counterbalanced canopy: The stainless steel canopy raises and lowers with the lightest of touch for easy opening and access to food items.
- Outdoor living accessories: Enhanced Monogram professional grills offer a stainless steel smoker box, removable cutting board, basting pan, stainless steel burner covers and a vinyl cover for weather protection. Free-standing models also include substantial storage space.
MSRP is $1,099 for cooktops, and ranges from $3,499 to $8,299 for free-standing models.
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