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Cafe Appliances Review: Our thoughts after 2 years!

We are seeing Cafe Appliances on every design blog these days and I’m here to tell you – it is for good reason!

You’re probably here hoping that this stunning line of appliances is too good to be true so you can stop thinking about them! Sorry I’m not sorry – these appliances are AMAZING. They as functional and luxurious as they are beautiful and I am so happy to have them in my kitchen!

I have had the entire suite – the fridge, dishwasher, and range – for two years now and I’m so excited to finally share my review!

Why we chose Cafe Appliances

Remember when my kitchen flooded right before Thanksgiving? Yeah, that was fun. It is also the reason we needed all new kitchen appliances. We decided to change the layout of our kitchen and our previous appliances didn’t match or fit the space.

See the FULL kitchen remodel here!

I knew when we were doing our kitchen that I wanted white appliances. I hadn’t done a ton of appliance shopping before this time, so I didn’t really know what was out there. I went shopping at The Home Depot in-store and saw these in person for the first time. I totally freaked out! I had never in my life seen white and gold appliances and it was kind of a done deal in that moment – I just needed to make sure they were quality since we will have them for so long!

I didn’t realize initially that Cafe was a line from GE! I did a ton of research on GE’s line of appliances and felt good about buying them from Home Depot because they have an awesome warranty program.

Tell me about the hardware

One of the best things about these appliances is that you can change out the hardware! They have a few different options, they have brushed bronze, brushed copper, brushed stainless, and brushed black.

Since I was going with the white appliances it already came with the brushed bronze hardware which is what I would have switched out to anyways. I just love that there are different options I think it’s just so smart and creative.

NOTE ABOUT THE GOLD HARDWARE:

One thing that I will mention is that the brushed bronze is NOT gold – it’s a true bronze. When I was in store, I didn’t realize how bronze it was but once it was delivered and I saw it next to my gold hardware on my cabinets, I was a little surprised! It doesn’t bother me that they don’t match exactly because they do compliment each other nicely.

GE Cafe 36 inch Duel Fuel Range

When I was looking for a range there are two things that were a must have, we really wanted a Duel Fuel Range and we wanted a 36 inch range. This GE Cafe 36 inch Duel Fuel Range is perfection. I fell in love with it and I loved the brushed bronzed handles and knob detail. My husband has always wanted a gas range and this range has to be my favorite thing in the kitchen.

It’s completely top of the line – the flame is super steady and never wavers. I love that I can control the heat setting so easily. I was a little nervous about the gas range but it is really easy to use!

The oven is on another level! It preheats so, so fast which has been a game changer for busy weeknights. Also, it’s huge! I know having a double oven would be nice, but you can fit 3 cookie sheets in this thing! More cookies is never a bad thing.

Cafe Smart French Door Refrigerator in Matte White

When I was picking out the refrigerator I wanted a counter depth refrigerator. I went with the french door matte white GE Cafe Refrigerator. I love that there is so much storage and everything has a home in this fridge which makes things inside the fridge so easy to organize.

The water and ice dispensers are stored on the inside which is really nice from a design perspective.

Top Control Dishwasher in Matte White

Dishwashers are a moms best friend and this one does not disappoint! Once I had the fridge and the range, I couldn’t skip the dishwasher and I am SO GLAD I didn’t!

This thing is so, so quiet. Even when you are right next to it, you can hardly hear it running! It and it has so many cool features. Where the silverware goes it has little sprayers that cleans the silverware REALLY WELL! It also has great storage for bigger items like baking sheets!

Two years in – it still works just as well as the day we brought it home.

My review of Cafe Appliances – do I recommend them?!

Absolutely, YES! No matter what you buy, appliances are expensive! You won’t find a high quality line that is as beautiful as these for the price. I honestly don’t have a bad thing to say about them because they have held up so well!

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40 Comments

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    Kelley Grimm
    July 6, 2020 at 8:50 pm

    I have the same appliances and LOVE them. I was also disappointed in the color of the “bronze”. Turns out there was a major error and a A LOT of people got the wrong color hardware. I was shipped the copper. I contacted GE and they send me the bronze hardware for free. It is SO much better. From the looks of your photos, you also got the wrong color hardware. It took about 2 months but I finally got the right color. They even shipped me the wrong color again but corrected it. Hope this helps!

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      Ashley
      December 30, 2020 at 10:38 am

      Hey there my matte white café French door fridge was just delivered today. Looking at the fridge next to my golf hardware I wonder if I was given the wrong finish also. Do you have pics of both?!

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      Ashley
      December 30, 2020 at 10:41 am

      Hey there my matte white café French door fridge was just delivered today. Looking at the fridge next to my gold hardware I wonder if I was given the wrong finish also. Do you have pics of both?!

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    Joanne
    July 15, 2020 at 12:56 pm

    Hi, I read online that some people said the fridge is very loud. Do you have the same experience? Thank you!

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    Anna Garcia
    August 10, 2020 at 7:44 am

    I love your kitchen! It looks so amazing. I’ve never heard of those appliances before, but they’re really cool. I love the white color, especially since it keeps that modern look. It’s so cool that you can pick from all the color choices to match the rest of your kitchen. I will definitely have to check them out in a few years when we remodel our kitchen. Thanks for sharing! website

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      Dodi Marino Kolanko
      September 16, 2020 at 3:49 pm

      Does the white clean well?

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    Bernadette Abella
    September 16, 2020 at 1:11 pm

    I was smiling while I read your post. It’s like me speaking to myself. Got exactly the same items, but I went a bit father with a wall oven that can function 5 in 1, a counter drawer fridge and the range hood with the hood extension kit. Like you, I fell in love the moment I saw the matte white with gold hardware. At that point, the search was over. I was somehow expecting the price range but was still honestly not prepared to actually see it in the invoice. LOL. I am yet to get the suite as contractor is still finishing up, but so glad to know yours are working properly after 2 years. Looking forward to many NO headache years with Cafe’.

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    Karen Szymczyk
    September 19, 2020 at 6:25 am

    Thank you for sharing your beautiful kitchen. We are on the beginning stages of planning a kitchen remodel and have found the Cafe’ matte white line and have fallen in love. I appreciate you sharing all of your option choices and where you got them. Cabinet hardware particularly. Could you tell me where you found the lighting, faucets, and stools you have in your kitchen, I love them and very concerned about finding the right color.

    Thank you for sharing!

    Karen

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    Gigi
    October 6, 2020 at 3:56 pm

    I am about a month away from having a Cafe suite of appliances installed in our kitchen. Curious if you have had any issues with the steam being emitted from the Cafe dishwasher on your wood floors? I am reading mixed reviews about this issue.

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      Barbara Altizio
      November 22, 2020 at 12:59 pm

      I bought the entire suite of appliances one year ago. Just went to open the oven door, appliances are ONE WEEK past warranty and the bolts came off and the oven door is hanging. Called GE and they are charging me $108 just to diagnose problem. No need to diagnose, I’m telling you the bolts came off. I am so sorry I purchased these appliances. They look gorgeous but In think that is where it ends. My last kitchen appliances lasted over 20 years with no problems.

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        Dana Lewis
        November 27, 2020 at 5:27 pm

        You can’t screw them back on or order more? We are thinking of buying these for our home.

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        Trav
        November 28, 2020 at 1:48 am

        Sounds like the guy who put them in wasn’t all there at the moment

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    Valerie Hunt
    November 29, 2020 at 11:10 pm

    I was interested in the Café line for our new home, and my old G E potscrubber dishwasher was the best and I LOVE the matte white! However, I have learned that GE is now owned by China, so I have decided against purchasing them. LG and Samsung are South Korea products, and then there is Bosch and Meile. Frigidaire may be a USA product! This is a VERY hard decision, and I am disappointed, but …

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      Jim Reilly
      January 8, 2021 at 7:05 pm

      Yes GE IS Chinese owned by Haier another Wall Street move by GE getting rid of their small appliance business Still in Kentucky though but many items are made in China or Korea

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        Rodney Wilson
        April 9, 2021 at 1:39 pm

        Thanks for the china heads-up. I usually am up to date. GE is now off my list. CR likes bosch and miele, so that’s where I’m going.

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        cris
        July 11, 2021 at 6:21 am

        china?!?! GE!?!? Seriously? 🙁 I just bought a whole set of Cafe and never would have if I had known communist China makes these . Oh how guilty and terrible I feel.

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    Jack Searle
    December 12, 2020 at 12:22 pm

    We had the misfortune of buying a new Cafe built-in refrigerator at the end of May 2020. We left town in early July for an extended trip. We returned in late August and found the Cafe refrigerator not working. After several service calls (under warranty), the frig could not be fixed and GE (after we threatened legal action) agreed to replace the Cafe refrigerator. The replacement was delivered on Dec 8 but was damaged. After spending $8,500 for the Cafe frig still no frig.
    There are a number of similar on- line complaints on the Cafe ‘s quality .

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      Yvonne
      January 9, 2021 at 7:34 pm

      I bought my stainless GE cafe with Keurig 2 years ago today! I have had numerous calls to GE to service my refrigerator. Refrigerator often freezes up and I lose food in fridge often due to this. Cooling system froze and had to be replaced, refrigerator makes a loud noise to where I can hear on upstairs, was told I keep the door open to long and that is why it freezes up and makes a loud noise!!! After 2 yrs, I have had enough GE offered to replace it but would depreciate the cost since I had it 2 yrs. Looks great but a troubled refrigerator!!! Never had to have so many service calls in a year let alone 2 years!!!

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    J g
    December 20, 2020 at 6:17 pm

    I am on my third GE frig in 10 years

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    Sherry
    January 13, 2021 at 5:31 pm

    I purchased the GE Cafe refrigerator,dishwasher, microwave and the double oven. I would not recommend any of these products to purchase. I have been very disappoint in my double oven the most. I purchased it while we were remodeling our home so we did not use it for 11 months. It started given us errors within 3 months of using it. The repair man has been out 4 times and we are still having trouble. GE only has a one year warranty on these very expense appliances so
    we have been out money on trying to get it repaired. I will not purchase GE in future.

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    Patricia Rogers
    January 17, 2021 at 4:00 pm

    All that I can say is WOW. I have heard nothing but positive about Cafe. I have been looking at the French Door Double Wall Oven. Pretty excited about it. Now maybe not so much. Thank you for all of the reviews.

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    Melissa
    January 20, 2021 at 5:35 am

    I am on the market for these exact appliances. We had GE cafe in stainless steel in our old out and had no issues for 2 years. I absolutely loved them! But my question is with the white- do you have a problem with it getting scratched? And is it difficult to keep clean. I’m just thinking with small kids hands being all over it!

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    James
    January 26, 2021 at 1:08 pm

    I am very disappointed in my experience with GE and the GE Cafe appliance line. In August 2020, I ordered a GE Cafe refrigerator and a GE Cafe induction stove. The stove was delivered a couple of months later. When we plugged it in, the stovetop did not work. The display panel flashed and blinked. One of the knobs was broken.

    GE refuses to allow a return, and instead has referred us to a repair company that does not return our calls. It’s now late January 2021, and the oven is still not fixed. It has never worked. Last week, GE sent us a notice that our warranty will expire one year from the date of delivery of the malfunctioning, inoperative stove. Wow.

    One last thing. Five months after we paid GE for the refrigerator, it still has not arrived. GE will not tell us when to expect it.

    Stay away from this company. They don’t seem to care.

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    Michael
    January 28, 2021 at 10:58 am

    Is there anyone that has had a great experience with Cafe appliances? Wall ovens, built in microwaves, refrigerator, gas cook tops, dishwashers

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    Disappointed
    February 9, 2021 at 1:42 pm

    I wouldn’t buy these again. The Stainless is supposed to be smudge proof, our 14 year old Kitchen Aid Appliances we replaced were more smudge proof and quieter than these appliances. We bought the Microwave, dishwasher, oven, warmer and fridge a year ago and still have not had a fully working fridge. After sending 8 door replacements and 2 touchscreens they are now sending me a new refrigerator to replace it. At this point I would pay to get them out of my house if I was able to get my money back for them……. Not the hassle I was looking for when buying all new appliances. Customer service was disappointing as well, after all of the different parts and service calls they actually asked me what I expected!

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    Michelle Williams
    February 14, 2021 at 9:37 am

    I just got my refrigerator yesterday. It’s beautiful but soooo loud. We have 48 hours to return. It’s such a hard thing to do because it was back ordered for so long. But, the loud high pitched hum is hard to ignore:(
    I have the whole suite of Cafe appliances so making the choice to send it back is no little thing. That is how loud and annoying it is.

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    Leslie
    February 22, 2021 at 1:18 pm

    Purchased GE Cafe Dishwasher in October 2020.
    Moved into our new home November 2020
    December top spinner came off.
    February 2021 top spinner broke off and now the heating element doesn’t dry my dishes.
    Setup online to have technicians come to house on the 15th and GE called and canceled telling me they are going to walk me through over the phone how to fix it.

    After the phone call it was determined to be “broke”.

    Technicians are not available now for two more weeks.

    Extremely disappointed when I thought I was paying for quality.

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    Danielle Kravec
    March 6, 2021 at 5:04 pm

    Where did you get the light above your island?

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    Elena K
    March 15, 2021 at 7:43 pm

    Hi, your review really helps!! May I ask where you bought your gorgeous runner in your kitchen or the name??? Those soft colors are beautiful. Thank you for any info!

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    kristin
    April 14, 2021 at 7:31 am

    I’m purchasing these appliances with copper handles. Can anyone write to how they handles hold up to cleaning? Do they smudge, tarnish? I clean a lot and use Clorox wipes. Many thanks.

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      Lee
      July 6, 2021 at 3:19 pm

      The handles are holding up very well. Don’t smudge or tarnish. Not sure about the Clorox wipes, but you don’t need them on the handles as they clean very easily with damp cloth.

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    Donelle H
    May 11, 2021 at 9:47 am

    These appliances definitely look awesome! Like the follow up review because sometimes people find out things later that they might not like. Definitely looking into these when I buy new website

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    Michelle
    May 13, 2021 at 5:38 pm

    Hi,
    What a gorgeous kitchen.
    My Matte White Cafe appliances will be arriving next week.
    I am so worried about the paint to match the appliances. Can you please tell me what you used for your white cabinets beside your appliances?
    A white clash scares me!!!

    Thank you so much.

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    Rachael Buckley
    June 12, 2021 at 12:49 am

    So my main issue is to find matching faucet and hardware. I wish GE would just offer them in the same finishes. It’s the only deterrent for me right now. I want all the matching appliances but my ocd can’t deal with the mis matching

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      Lee
      July 6, 2021 at 3:15 pm

      I found matching bronze hardware at Built.com and a Delta Addison Champagne Bronze faucet. BUT, I hate the stove. The grates have worn within a few months and very difficult to clean the stainless stove top, since only a sponge can be used. Many cooking spills require brillo. GE was very accommodating and has replaced the grates, but can’t answer my question as to whether my grates are defective or if the new grates wear out, what happens then. You definitely need to purchase the five year warranty because all the appliances have so much technology, including WiFi. Only reason I purchased them was for the look, But, if you do a lot of cooking, as I do, the stove is a disappointment.

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      Jackson’s Mom
      July 23, 2021 at 8:22 pm

      Go on the cafe website and under the appliance of your choice ask the question. They’ve answered it before and have a number of options for faucets. Regarding hardware, satin bronze is the nest match – Richelieu, Jeffrey Alexander etc.

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