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Old 08-31-2013, 06:56 PM   #1
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GE Advantium vs Frigidaire Convection/Microwave

I see a number of people are opting for upgrading the standard Frigidaire Convection/Microwave to the GE Advantium Convection/Microwave when ordering a new Dutch Star. What are the advantages of the Advantium?

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Well you gotta read the popcorn test that PDR John posted. I was glad he did because that reminded me that I wanted an advantium.

The advantium is truly a good oven.

The other is not.
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Hi Karen,

Just bought an Advantium for our home remodel - definitely the right choice!
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Can you be more specific? Everyone says the Advantium is better, but how? I've never used a convection/microwave before, so I really don't know anything about them.
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Can you be more specific? Everyone says the Advantium is better, but how? I've never used a convection/microwave before, so I really don't know anything about them.
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This is not a smart aleck comment: it is better at cooking.

Things like bag of popcorn. 3 min on advantium (using microwave) vs 10 min in the stock oven and the resulting bag not being complete.

Boiling water possible with advantium not with stock in the 5 min test.

Baking: preheat takes 3-5 minutes for 350 with advantium, and the it will maintain.

Stock took 45 minutes and then started over again once door opened.

So back to my original comment: better at "cooking"
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I should add that some have posted success with the regular oven, so it may be just a bad batch. Easy test: try a bag of popcorn
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Great! That's what I needed to hear. You have helped me make the decision. We will get the Advantium. We are now just waiting for Newmar to let us know about a color change on the exterior on Tuesday when they get back in the office. Then, it will all be a done deal. We are ordering the Dutch Star 4018 from Chad at Midway RV in Grand Rapids. This will be our first coach, so yes, we are new to this forum and still learning how to navigate it. It has been a wealth of information in helping us make all of our choices and options. So, many thanks for your help.
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No one here has yet tried to explain to the OP what an Advantium is. We had one for 8 years in our sticks & bricks and used it a lot. The unique feature with an Advantium is that it cooks with light and microwaves, not with conventional heat. The home Advantium can deliver 2,500 watts of light energy plus 1,000 watts of microwaves, at the same time, to what you are cooking, which is incredible cooking power. Unfortunately, it's a 240 V appliance that draws 30A and I don't believe anyone is proposing putting that in a MH. The 120V Advantium I believe draws 20A and can use its lights and its microwaves sequentially, not at the same time, so the cooking time is not as fast as the home unit can deliver. Since we're retired and not in that much of a hurry anymore, when we remodeled we replaced our OEM micro/convection oven with a GE Profile which was a big step up in cooking capability. We chose not to spend the extra $$ for the Advantium since things are not as rushed for us these days.
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Welcome Karen to the forum and congratulations on your future Newmar coach.
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When we ordered our coach we got the Frigidaire and it didn't do anything well.

Food took for ever to cook. When baking the center would still be raw while the edges were burnt. Popping popcorn, forget about it. If you were lucky half the bag would pop. No more pizza (homemade), because you couldn't cook the crust.

When we were having Newmar do some service work we had them replace the Frigidaire with the GE. What a difference, my wife bakes all the time now. It even pops popcorn like one should.

I posted my complaints early to save others from the pain.
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DW saw a demo at an FMCA rally some years ago so when we ordered the 2002 we now have she had to have it. We did have problems at one rally though, but I think it was low voltage and we have no gas oven either. Should have fired up the gen set and gotten the food done.
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I see a number of people are opting for upgrading the standard Frigidaire Convection/Microwave to the GE Advantium Convection/Microwave when ordering a new Dutch Star. What are the advantages of the Advantium?
just tasha ... we went through several standard Frigidaire convection/microwave's on both our Ventana and now the Dutch Star. Finally had enough and Newmar switched it out to a GE ... not the Advantium model (I think the model below it). We are now happy. Our issue was the pre-heating of the convection oven as it never came up to full temperature.

Get the Advantium ... wish I would of listened to PDR John, DEEK, redbaron73 and others including my DW when we ordered the Dutch Star ... but I was too cheap. Well I learned my lesson the hard way.

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No popcorn, no boiling water, nothing but chicken, cakes, lobster, and steak. The advantium is an oven. It cooks/browns/crisps just like a big wall oven. You can put metal pans in it, just like a wall oven, but it is fast like a microwave. Any other questions?
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The following link shows a comparison of the cooking times between a conventional oven and the Advantium 120 and 240 ovens:

GE Appliances - GE Profile™ Series Advantium® Ovens: Highlights

Had a 2004 240 model in our house and we have a 2008 120 model in the RV. I prefer the 240 over the 120, but the 240 draws too much power to use in the RV.

My only complaint is my 2008 Advantium 120 above the cook top model is smaller than the wall oven and is not big enough for a 9x13 pan to rotate, so even cooking can be challenging for things like lasagna , etc.

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