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GE Monogram Adds Smart French Door Oven

LOS ANGELES — GE Appliances has introduced a connected French door wall oven under its premium Monogram Professional badge.

The majap maker said the oven is the industry’s first in that configuration that can be controlled remotely by a mobile device.

GE said the French doors — which open from the middle out, rather than the top down — allow consumers to stand closer to the oven when lifting items in and out, while maintaining distance from the hot doors. The doors also take up less space when opened, making the configuration ideal for cramped kitchens.

Other features include an industry-leading 5-cubic-foot capacity; true European convection heating; theater-style interior LED; and a stainless-steel finish.

The oven, model ZET1FHSS, will hit dealer floors in February and carry a suggested retail price of $4,699.

GE said it has invested more than $50 million in the Monogram brand in anticipation of the luxury market swelling to some 10.8 million consumers by 2020. Besides developing the oven, GE has used the investment to update the brand’s refrigeration and dishwasher platforms, open a second dedicated showroom last year in Chicago, and to market the badge to designers, architects, builders and remodelers through a “Dream Kitchen Design Contest” with $150,000 in prizes.