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My Favorite Hotpoint!
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Post# 760676   5/31/2014 at 21:18 (2,303 days old) by norgeway (mocksville n c )        

These are the stuff!!!!! But they are RARE!!

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Post# 760682 , Reply# 1   5/31/2014 at 22:37 (2,303 days old) by ultramatic (New York City)        

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Now THATS what I call an oven window!

Post# 760709 , Reply# 2   6/1/2014 at 08:23 (2,302 days old) by ovrphil (N.Atlanta / Georgia )        

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That's an Atlanta Aquarium size oven window -so do windows on stoves really impact even heating? I have never thought about it being a concern, until someone remarked that windows in (some?) stoves affect the temperature consistency? I prefer a window, no matter what.

Burner knob designs are cool - remind me, but are not exactly like, car wheel spinners( coveted accessories in the AMT model car kits I/we assembled in the 60's).

White is practical, but in other colors this stove glistens in its design and panel features.

This one is located, like many of the CL finds I like in nowheresville, USA ; i.e., I'm no where near it.

Post# 760948 , Reply# 3   6/2/2014 at 17:16 (2,301 days old) by CircleW (NE Cincinnati OH area)        

Always thought it was strange that Hotpoint models had so much larger windows than the comparable GE models of the time.

Post# 760985 , Reply# 4   6/2/2014 at 18:29 (2,301 days old) by danemodsandy (The Bramford, Apt. 7-E)        

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I don't know why Hotpoint had so much latitude, but they were using a different frame from GE, so I guess they could do as they pleased.

Here's a shot of a GE from '66 *, so that you can compare frames. GE used this frame from '57 through to whenever they began outshopping 40-inchers to WCI. Pretty much everything is different:

* robinsondm Drew's range and his photo

Post# 760987 , Reply# 5   6/2/2014 at 18:37 (2,301 days old) by ovrphil (N.Atlanta / Georgia )        
I've said it before ..

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but something about this stove..balance in design, arrangement and style of panel buttons and knobs which do more to make the large panel appear slender and cooler looking than many that look like a sail is attached to the back of the oven(you have to use my imagination, in case you're "huh-ing?". I really like this stove Sandy, and glad you posted it to enlighten me, at least, to what G.E. could do in appliances. I like many stoves, but this one is one of my all-time favorites. Hope I didn't say that too much. :-) LOL!

Post# 761080 , Reply# 6   6/3/2014 at 05:58 (2,300 days old) by danemodsandy (The Bramford, Apt. 7-E)        

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I'm in agreement - that '66 GE J486 was the beginning of a few years where it just didn't get any better where 40-inch styling and features were concerned. This was the last year without an oven door window, I believe, and GE corrected that handsomely, using the "deluxe" window seen in its other TOL range and wall oven models.

Frigidaires of this period are also very nice ranges, but the Electri-Clean models didn't have windowed doors, plus I was never a fan of Frigidaire's "equal-width" double ovens - neither oven was very large. And I always appreciated GE's twin storage drawers; pulling out a fully-loaded full-width storage drawer on a 40-incher is a bit of a strain.

Add to that GE's very high electrical quality, and it was no contest at this point in history, at least for my preferences.

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