The GE JBS55SMSS is a budget-priced electric range that gets good reviews from users at a number of retail sites. Owners say this range offers good value for its price, praising its sleek design, fast-heating burners and 5.3-cubic-foot oven. Most users also say it is easy to clean, despite the lack of a self-cleaning cycle. However, this range doesn't have as many features as higher-priced ranges, and it doesn't provide the same variety of burner sizes and power levels found on the similarly priced Samsung FE-R300SXS (*Est. $700).
We also saw a few complaints about durability. Not only does the cooktop scratch easily (a common problem with all smoothtop ranges), but several owners say their ranges required multiple repairs within the first few years. The GE JBS55SMSS has a stainless-steel finish, but white, black and black-and-stainless finishes are also available.
The GE JBS55SMSS has not been included in any professional tests. However, we found more than 200 user reviews for it at HomeDepot.com, Lowes.com and Viewpoints.com. We also consulted the annual appliance survey from J.D. Power and Associates for information about consumers' satisfaction with GE cooking appliances in general.
The GE JBS55SMSS receives more than 150 reviews from owners at HomeDepot.com, earning an overall rating of 4 stars out of 5. Users praise the range's sleek looks, quick-heating burners and simple controls, and most find it easy to clean. However, there are some complaints about durability.
Review: GE 30 in. Freestanding Electric Range in CleanSteel, Contributors to HomeDepot.com
We found about 25 reviews at Lowes.com for the white version of the GE JBS55SMSS. Most users are pleased with this range's quality, durability and performance, but a few say the oven temperature is inaccurate.
Review: 30-in Smooth Surface Freestanding Electric Range (White), Contributors to Lowes.com
The GE JBS55SMSS has about 15 reviews at Viewpoints.com, which is more than most electric ranges get. It earns an average rating of 81 percent from users, who generally praise its style, performance and value. A few find it hard to clean and say the cooktop is easily damaged.
Review: GE Freestanding Electric Range JBS55DMWW / JBS55DMBB, Contributors to Viewpoints.com
4. J.D. Power & Associates
GE appliances in general earn below-average ratings in this survey of more than 4,300 consumers who have purchased a range or oven. Although they get acceptable scores for styling, features, warranty, price and ease of use, their performance and reliability are described as subpar.
Review: Home Appliance Study, Editors of J.D. Power and Associates, Aug. 3, 2011