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GE - 1.6 Cu. Ft. Over-the-Range Microwave - Stainless steel

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GE 1.6 Cu. Ft. Over-the-Range Microwave: This GE microwave installs over your existing range and features a 2-speed, 300 cfm external venting system and cooktop light to blow away smoke and odors and illuminate your stove. Simplify snack and meal preparation thanks to convenience cooking controls, which allow you to reheat leftovers, defrost frozen foods and more.

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    Key Specs

    • Product Height
      16.50 inches
    • Product Width
      29.875 inches
    • Product Depth
      15.25 inches
    • Microwave Type
      Over-the-range
    • Convection
      No
    • Turntable Diameter
      13.50 inches
    • Microwave Controls
      Electronic
    • Sensor Cook
      No
    • 1000 watts
    • Color Finish
      Stainless steel
    15.25"
    GE - 1.6 Cu. Ft. Over-the-Range Microwave - Stainless steel - Front_Standard
    29.875"
    (Doors closed)
    16.50"
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    Overview

    What's Included


    • GE 1.6 Cu. Ft. Over-the-Range Microwave
    • Owner's manual

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    95% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (1576 out of 1664)

    Features


    1.6 cu. ft. capacity

    1000 Watts (IEC-705 test procedure)

    Convenience cooking controls

    Operating made quick and easy

    Auto and time defrost

    Defrosting times and power levels are programmed automatically or manually for optimal results

    Turntable On/Off

    Controls turntable operation

    Two-speed, 300-CFM venting system

    Removes smoke, steam and odors


    Customer rating

    Rating 4.5 out of 5 stars with 1664 reviews

    95%
    would recommend to a friend

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Easy install, seems reliable, nice touches

      Posted
      EWBEWB
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      First, I'm easy to please, and don't use the microwave for anything more complicated than heating up frozen food or boiling water. I've not tested out any of the more advanced features, and can't comment on them. I read a bunch of online reviews in making a product selection, and overall most people seemed pleased with this unit. The complaints seemed to be about minor stuff, like the button labels being hard to see in low light or the dark, which is true, but it doesn't bother me (I turn on the overhead light so I can see the buttons). I installed the unit myself, am not a pro, just a regular old DIYer. Installation was straightforward, the instructions were clear, and all the parts I needed were present. I ended up using some different lag bolts because the ones included with the install kit are not very beefy: they take a philips head, or you can use a 3/8 or 1/2 ratchet (can't remember which), and the philips receptacle on the screw stripped out quickly when applying a reasonable amount of torque. I tossed them and used the stainless lag bolts with a square head inset from the last install. The instructions seemed a little bit unclear to me about how the fan blower motor housing needs to be manipulated. The pictures are good, but I believe some of the words are in error. But if you understand what the basic premise is of what you're doing, it will work out fine. The instructions provide a drilling template for the overhead screws, and everything matched up well. The mounting plate seemed a little bit flimsy, but seems to work fine. It fit perfectly into the spot where the previous microwave went, and the microwave unit itself also fit perfectly. As far as operation goes, I found the unit to be quieter than its predecessor, and can't say if this unit is more or less quiet than other current units. It does what it is supposed to do, heat stuff up. I like the way the rotating plate sits on the spindle. It is simple and works well. I also like the generous amount of light the unit provides from the bottom of the unit to the top of the stove. The door feels solid, and the open/close internal latching mechanism also has a solid feel to it. It has been in operation now for about a month, with no hiccups or trouble. If things change, I'll update this review accordingly.

      I would recommend this to a friend

      • Brand response

        GE Answers

        Hello EWBEWB - Thank you for purchasing a new GE Appliances microwave. We truly appreciate you choosing our product. Our hope is that this unit will service you and your family well for many years to come. GE_Appliances

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Solid Microwave, check your dimensions

      Posted
      3Teenagers
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      I took measurements of my old microwave and verified that this one had the same dimensions. However, upon installation, this microwave projects out from the wall over my stove almost an additional inch. This is because this microwave's mounting hardware attaches to the back splash wall. My old microwave was attached to the cupboard above it, so there was nothing between the back of that microwave and the back splash wall. At first, I was really upset about this extra projection. I was also worried that the indoor venting (I don't have a vent pipe to the outside) would blow upwards into the cupboard above it since the exhaust vent points upward (my old microwave's vent blew straight out into the room which was awful for us tall people because it would blow directly into our eyes). However, this extra projection into the room actually ensured that the exhaust vents completely cleared the cupboard doors and therefore I don't have to worry about warping the wood. The microwave feels solid. Some microwave doors feel plastic and flimsy, but this one feels very solid. The handle feels sturdy (you simply jerk on the handle to pull the door open, there is not a button to press to pop open the door). The keypad doesn't seem to collect any finger prints. The turntable is surprisingly large and moves quietly during operation. I like that this microwave has a feature to stop the turntable from rotating. This feature is really helpful when I've put in a 13"x9" casserole dish of leftovers to reheat.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

      Apparently made to only last 1-year...

      Posted
      Cristi

      I threw out a 30-year old microwave that worked great, just because I wanted stainless steel vs white appliances... Before choosing one, I checked Consumer Reports, and bought the (this) best rated microwave by GE, which was also on sale at Best Buy. It worked for 1-year, and then it started tripping the breaker. When I turned the breaker back on I could use the light, exhaust fan, and clock, but not the microwave. I had an Electrician change the breaker, but it still kept tripping it. He tried plugging it into a different outlet/breaker, and it tripped that one too...so it was clear that the microwave was the problem. While conducting these tests, the microwave then turned off completely, died. I called Best Buy, but they said the 1-year manufacturer warranty has expired, so they can't help. Seems like it was made to only last 1-year... They offered a Technician to come out for $99 p/visit. REALLY?!? This is the WORST microwave oven I've ever had. GE should be ashamed. My husband reminds me daily how I threw out a good old appliance to purchase a crappy new one. I will never hear the end of it...and now I have no microwave. I'm so upset!!!

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Disappointed with GE Microwave

      Posted
      Baggy
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase

      My 18 year old GE Microwave died and after looking at several 2018 models/makes in my Best Buy store and online, I decided to go with a GE that fit the space over my cook top, was shiny black and had a similar panel to our previous one, so that my husband could figure out how to use it. When it was installed and plugged in, I noticed that the panel was almost unreadable - there was very little contrast between the pale, white lettering and the black background on the buttons. On my 18 year old panel (and online), the lettering is distinct. Now I must put on reading glasses to see the words. The door has a window, but I can't see what my food is doing during cooking, reheating, etc. due to the heavy black grid on the glass. The interior light inside is very dim, as well. The digital time on the panel is an extremely, bright white, unlike all of my other digital appliance clocks, temperatures, etc. which are green. I like the beverage button on this microwave because it gives you choices in ounces - 4, 8, 12, 16 oz. Also, the size of the turntable is large enough to accommodate dinner plates and glass baking dishes.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Consumer reports rated near the top

      Posted
      TOMMYBOY
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      I don't "trust" consumer reports for everything. I remember one time they down rated a great motorcycle (I liked and bought) because they tested it and found the flip up gas cap popped up after a crash. What about the positive weighting of great handling, rocket ship acceleration, great hardware etc. The GE 3160 microwave tested well. However, I have found these inexpensive microwaves have small power supplies that tend to burn out more easily. Look at the more expensive computers and you will see nice heavy duty power supplies compared to the budget computers. The average life of microwaves is around 9 years and I will be happy if I get that lifespan from this inexpensive unit. The big issue with this microwave is the flimsy door and chassis. The door is not rigid and the closure is locked via 2 fragile plastic clips. Others have complained about this and once one of the clips cracks it is all over. SOLUTION: Do not slam the door. When you close the door bring so so gently. In one motion close the door up to the 2 holes that lock the 2 door door clips without closing the door all the way. Be sure the 2 male clips are aligned into the openings, then GENTLY push the door home so the clips lock in place. Lotsa luck and hope this helps you.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

      lasted 2 years, now dead

      Posted
      Kevin
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      I bought this model in July 2016. It is now Oct 2018 and it no longer works. About a week ago it tripped the breaker. After reseting the breaker and testing a few times and trying it plugged into a different outlet on a different breaker (which resulted in tripping the breaker again), there was a spark in the unit itself and now it is totally dead (before, once the breaker was reset, the clock and lights worked; the breaker tripped when the unit itself was turned on to heat something up. now, it is dead, no clock no nothing. obviously some kind of electrical problem internal to the unit. very disappointing. this replaced an older equivalent GE model that lasted 10 years. obviously they are not making them with the same quality as 10 years ago. and of course the warranty is only 1 year which is a joke. if they are only going to be accountable for this operating for 1 year, this should be a lot cheaper. Very disappointing. Piece of crap. And my house is full of GE appliances too. Going to shop around for something else now. Fool me twice shame on me, right?

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      GE - 1.6 Cu. Ft. Over-the-Range Microwave

      Posted
      Reviewer1

      I replaced a ten year old Spacemaker XL1800 (HDM1853WJ) with this and overall I’m very pleased. I wanted to share my thoughts. Installation: First, make sure you turn the vent motor and install the charcoal filter (included) if it’s going to recirculate. This is laid out very clearly in the instructions and is simple to do. One of the reasons I bought another GE was because I was hoping to be able to use the existing wall bracket and maybe the holes required in the cabinet above the microwave would also line up. Got lucky with the former, not the latter. It sat on the wall bracket OK, and although the holes pattern was close, I had to drill new holes. Use: As another reviewer pointed out, it’s difficult to see if your food is boiling over. Cooking oatmeal poses a challenge! It’s not impossible to see, but harder than it was with my previous microwave. I also don’t like that it “forgets” you put food in it. What I mean is that if you put food in it, walk away for a few minutes, then come back and turn it on it tells you to put food in the microwave. All you have to do is open and close the door, but still a pain and different from the previous GE I owned. On the positive side, it does a fine job doing what it’s supposed to do. Plenty of power settings and cooking options. I also like that it has two levels (high and low) for both the surface light and the vent fan.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      A very good Microwave for the cost.

      Posted
      Kraggers
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      I built my house in 1999 and this unit makes the third I have installed over that time period. The Expected Useful Life (EUL) of this item is typically considered 7 years although the original GE Profile Space-Maker lasted 11 and the previous GE Profile Space-Maker only went a bit over 6 years thus the EUL is a very subjective estimate. This new unit was on sale and it cost me $179.99, which is a good price. It has more than sufficient settings and features and it seems to be relatively sturdy although the general build quality does not seam as robust as the two previous units. The door has a hollow plastic feel to it when if shuts. However, so far so good! It installed fairly easily into the mounting points the previous unit had without much correction although the screws did not match up completely and some new drilling had to occur. It is the SS that is smudge resistant and that is a nice feature for this appliance or any of your other stainless steel appliances. I prefer black which was what the original motif was but I was overruled by the powers that be! If you can vent the exhaust to the exterior I strongly recommend that as the recirculating methodology does not clear sufficiently on this unit or any unit, in my opinion and the opinion of ASHRAE. If you do vent inside you should change or clean you filters every six months. Beyond that for a buck 79 it is the bomb. Good luck

      I would recommend this to a friend





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