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GE - 1.1 Cu. Ft. Mid-Size Microwave - Stainless steel-Front_Standard

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Rating 4.5 out of 5 stars with 1851 reviews

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Good good good

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    olgratefuldead
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    I'm typically pretty binary in my feelings regarding microwaves...I mean they're microwaves and seriously, I'd rather do literally anything else like drinking Nattie Light (yuck) or watch The Notebook (ok maybe not that). The exceptions to this "rule" is when the heating isn't even, I get pretty irritated. Like many other people, I heat up leftovers or sometimes frozen foods if need be. With refrigerated items and with reasonable portions (ie not a hill of noodles with a 60 degree slope), the microwave does a really good job of keeping the heat evenly distributed (yay radiation). Moreover, there is a ton of space in the unit. Mind you, I was in graduate school before so the microwave we had was small and always questionable...as in can I fit this slice of pizza in there and even if I can, will it explode? Now remember, as opposed to conventional belief, microwave radiation does not cook from the inside out and why should it logically? Its a wave that hits and tried to penetrate your food and a byproduct is cooking. Ok I can rant about physics all day but you get the idea (seriously though stuff like running your microwave on empty is a really bad idea since there's nothing to absorb the waves...you can fry the magnetron --WWII tech by the way -- in your unit). Anyway, if you are worried about the "frozen or cold center", no microwave can help with that because science. The defrost function is an actual thing and not some "stupid button that doesn't do anything" as my former girlfriend used to say. Ok this review has strayed. In summary, buy this if you are fine with the size of the unit. More than worrying that a larger microwave oven may or may not cook your food "better" than a smaller one (hint: it won't), my advice is to worry about the cubic feet for aesthetics and fit. Regardless, its a fine microwave.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Nice while it worked

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    Rocks4
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    Bought this countertop microwave in January 2018 and was pleased with it's looks and operation. In April after heating a meal, the unit did not shut off completely. The wave unit finished heating but the fan continued running and the Cancel button would not work. The door would not open. Unplugged to stop the cycle. The unit worked fine for several more months then repeated the same run-on situation again several more times. Without a Best Buy service contract, I called the manufacturer, GE, and they sent a repairman. I had hoped he was going to replace a board, but no, they don't have parts to do a field replacement. He just verifies the unit is faulty. I needed to call GE Service to request a warranty replacement. The process required me to cut the plug off the cord and send a photo of the plug and my original receipt to the GE Claims group. They said not to purchase a replacement until my claim was approved. Within a week I had my approval to purchase any model of GE microwave I wished and they later mailed a reimbursement certificate. I chose the .7 cubic model hoping it would be more reliable. It took six weeks to get my check after mailing in the new receipt and certificate. A cumbersome process for certain, but the GE service help desk people were exceptionally nice to deal with. They all seemed to be American speakers. With the short product life of the first microwave I did not want to buy another but the experience with GE help desk has me willing to stick with the brand.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent marriage of price, features, and looks.

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    ooccoo
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    This GE model was not what I had intended to buy, but was cheap, stainless steel all around, and unlike nearly every other brand I looked into, features a light that comes on when the door is open, and when on. Granted, you can't see it super well when on, but enough to tell if something's overflowing. The light on when the door is open is important, I think, for cleaning purposes - and it just makes sense. I also really like the quick start 1-6 minute feature, which is way more useful than I thought it would be, and the presets seem to be pretty accurate for the things I've used them for (beverages and potatoes). The unit seems to heat things evenly and fast, and when done, doesn't have an ear piercingly loud set of beeps and boops. It beeps four or five times when done, and that's it. It's also a fairly quiet unit. It buzzes a bit at the start, but throughout its noise is low. The only niggles are that the top seems to scuff easily (of course, you aren't supposed to put things on the tops of microwaves...), and you can't use the kitchen timer feature and use the microwave for cooking at the same time. However, when using the timer, the countdown takes the place of the clock, which is nice. Overall, for the price, this really is the perfect microwave for my needs. It looks very nice, great size for most applications, cooks fast and evenly, isn't loud when on, the beeps aren't obnoxious, the light comes on when open and on, and it's cheap. To note, I've had the unit for about four months now, and use it daily. No issues to report.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Nice while it worked

    Posted
    Willow5
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    Was very happy with the appearance, functions and size of this microwave. Aside from the noisy door latch which is the case with most microwaves in this price range, and a screw missing to hold the stainless steel cover on one corner, we were very pleased with the unit. Four months into use, the unit would not shut off at the end of the allotted time. The fan continued to run, the door would not open, and the control panel functions were unresponsive, so we pulled the plug. After a few minutes, re-plugged in, reset the clock and everything was working fine again. For five months all was well until another run-on occurred. The GE Service people were surprisingly pleasant and helpful with information on warranty replacement. The replacement process was a bit of hassle sending proof of cut off plug end; and it was inconvenient being without a microwave until we received the approval to purchase a new GE replacement a week later. Overall, the microwave looked and ran nice but lacked quality internally. Luckily it failed before the year was up. Replaced it with another GE, different model.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Works well at a fair price

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    JCORY
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    We waited 3 months after purchase to write review. Overall, it works well, and it was reasonably priced. 1. Like a lot of others, we don't like the black keypad. Very difficult to see. With the last GE of this size, you just punched in a time & hit Start. With this one, you have to bend over, squint, & figure it out. 2. At 950 watts, it is a little weak. A cup of water heated for 60 sec is not as hot as our previous 1000 watt. You will need to use the higher end of recommended cooking times. 3. It has a ridiculous logic feature the should have been left off. If you open the door, put a dish of food inside, and close the door, it thinks you are ready to cook right now. But if you wait a while before starting, it forgets the food is in there! So after a few minutes you start to enter something on the keypad, it gives you an error message "Food". That means it thinks there is no food inside when actually there is. So you have to open the door again & shut it again just to tell the stupid robot that there is food inside. Will someone please stop this artificial intelligence nonsense before its too late?

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great buy

    Posted
    Highlander
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    Our built-in microwave quit right before the holidays and there was no time or money to call someone to come in and do the whole dance to get it going or replace it. We decided to find the least expensive counter-top model we could find to get us through. We depend on the Microwave, as my wife is severely disabled. Research and my Best Buy Card made this unit the obvious choice. It is larger than we had expected to be able to get for the price and the results when using it are always just amazing! The controls are a little funky and the labels a little hard to see in the light where we have it located, but the controls are like the new units now and we are just not used to them yet. In fact they are the only reason I did not rate it 5 stars.They do not provide a manual with the product but they have a website where it can be downloaded (free) and they will snail mail you a complete manual at no cost. It works great and we thought we would donate it or give it away after we replace the built in, but this unit is not going anywhere. We are in no hurry to replace the old one that died. Great buy for 79 bucks!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Looks great, works well, needs a few more watts

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    dagster
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    This microwave was originally purchased for my daughter's college apartment. Turns out a microwave was already there so we replaced our ancient microwave that worked -- sometimes, with the proper um, encouragement. This unit fits the cabinet space perfectly (the old one hung over the lip of the shelf tray) and looks like a million bucks. It's far quieter and is very intuitive to use (who needs a stinkin' manual?). The only quibbles are that it heats food at perhaps 75% the rate of the old one. The timer is nice enough (and you can use it simultaneously with the oven -- yes!) but when it goes off, it keeps beeping until you find the timer-off button. This is an adventure in a dark kitchen and is not in an intuitive location (second button from the top on the far right). It's easy to keep clean and, sheesh, for the price, there's little about which to complain. I used the significant savings to buy the four-year warranty.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Looks nice but....

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    twodose
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    When you read other reviews about the sound of this microwave believe them, the magnetron in this thing, you can tell when it is running, it is somewhat loud, I have had 2 previous ge microwaves and all you could hear was the fan running, you could not hear the magnetron, it is kind of annoying but maybe I will get used to it < it sounds like a humming or buzzing noise when it is running and is very annoying when using it, it’s not a deal breaker cause I like the features it has and it is a very good looking appliance, but come on ge, you didn’t hear that when you designed this appliance??? Thought about returning it, but it is good looking, and again I like the features, and I hope I can get used to the new sound. Just FYI it’s probably louder than your previous microwaves. Or should I say it is different than the quiet you heard before.

    I would recommend this to a friend

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      GE Answers

      Hello twodose - thank you for providing a detailed review of your new microwave. This is a nice model. It should not sound much differently than your prior countertop microwave. We recommend checking one in the store and if they sound differently, you may want to exchange your unit under your warranty. Thanks for being a loyal GE Appliances customer! NANCYatGEA GE_Appliances

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Good Buy

    Posted
    DGCA3

    After my Samsung microwave just up and died on me after only 18 months, I needed to purchase a new one. After looking at many reviews for a until in my price range, I choose this GE model. While it may sound trivial, the first thing I was looking for was a microwave that lit up inside when you open the door. More and more, manufacturers are not offering this, even IF it still lights up inside during cooking. It's an odd trend. Well this one lights up. Second, I liked the stainless steel design, and the rounded off side edges at the front of the microwave. Looks less blocky on the counter. The keypad does not light up, so a light has to be on in the kitchen.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Better Than Expected, Very Quiet

    Posted
    Marrah17

    We had planned on buying another Panasonic microwave when we walked in the door. However, our Panasonic only lasted a little over 4 years before it just stopped working. So, we were looking at other options. When the clerk showed us the GE unit, we were still unsure about it. We asked her if she could plug it in to see if the interior light came on when the door was opened. Yes, it did. Our old one did not, so it was annoying when it came to cleaning. Still we were a little hesitant about going to 950 watts from 1250 watts. Took a chance, and we are very happy with this unit. We love the express cook buttons. We didn't have those before either. It''s been an adjustment on cooking times for us, but other than that, it's great. Also, this unit is SO quiet. We have never had a microwave as quiet as this one. Love, love it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A Satisfactory Unit

    Posted
    ScotChattan
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    We have owned this microwave for about 2 months now. It has 900 watts and it replaced a 1200 watt Kenmore that we had owned for many years, providing great service, until one day it just quit. We would've bought another Kenmore, but their sales rep didn't know when they could get a S/S model in stock. So we looked around and bought this GE at Best Buy. It has a nicely done stainless steel finish and is more compact than our Kenmore model but it still heats the same things the older one did, it just takers a little more time with 300 fewer watts. Features and functions work well and it has some we didn't have on the previous unit. It does what we need it to do and so far it has worked fine. If it lasts as long as our Kenmore did, I will be very happy.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Does the job of a basic microwave

    Posted
    Tiya
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    Had to get a microwave fast, when our other one conked out. So ended up with this one, although I was looking for a different GE model. This one is fine - no issues in heating up food, but a couple of things to note: 1. The button to press for the microwave door to open - that could be much better. The door pops out way too fast and with force, so if you're not careful you can get smacked pretty hard. 2. When someone hits "pause", it just stays like that for hours which is silly, when one would expect after a little of inactivity the screen would go back to the default display (e.g. clock). 3. Noise-wise it's average. Not too loud while it's running.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Second new microwave oven

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    Macnerd48
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    I had a Goldstar (before it became LG) microwave oven that lasted 27 years. Last year it finally died on me. I bought a Panasonic microwave oven that died on me 10 months after I bought it! I paid over $140 for that Panasonic oven (Model: NN-SU686S) You'd think that Panasonic would make good microwave ovens. Apparently not. I researched online that particular Panasonic oven (after it died on me) & apparently there were a lot of complaints about it failing prematurely. Best Buy still has that brand of oven. Needless to say, I didn't buy another Panasonic. The sales person recommended getting the extended warranty. Normally, I wouldn't pay for an extended warranty. Now, if the GE dies in the next 4 years, I get store credit for $100. So far so good!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great large capacity microwave

    Posted
    Countbio
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    I Purchased the microwave for my elderly parents. Since they are no longer able to cook for them selves, most of their meals are things that need to be warmed up. As a result they use their microwave a lot every day. This model has held up very well to a lot of use. It does a good job of doing what a microwave is supposed to do… Warming food efficiently. No cold spots. The microwave has a very large capacity so I am able to put both of my parents plates in to warm up at the same time. The stainless steel for sod is very attractive and it looks well in their kitchen.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Works fine, but it's loud

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    afCreates
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    We needed a relatively inexpensive microwave that we could use for a few months while we're remodeling. It works fine for the wattage and seems to perform as well as a higher wattage model that it replaced but, as other reviewers have noted, it's pretty loud. The first time my wife came into the kitchen while it was running she immediately mentioned the noise. It does have some nice, unexpected features. I accidentally pressed one of the number buttons without first pressing the cook time button and, happily, it just started cooking for the amount of time in minutes that I pressed. I now use that constantly.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great microwave

    Posted
    Robert
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    I recently had to replace our countertop microwave after my bride of 34 years tossed a cup and broke the glass in the door of the old one!? We settled on this GE unit as we are comfortable with GE products. We like that it has 1000 watt power as we like to microwave popcorn and lesser wattage units don't do as well. Our old unit had some kind of heating/browning element in it and A. We never used it and B. More importantly it was a bear to clean! This one doesn't have that so we are happier with the new unit. I like the dinner plate feature for reheating food and bot ending up with molten lava hot plates. I havent used the "potato" button yet.... Soon... soon.... Overall we are pleased with this microwave and would recommend it to others.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Excellent compact microwave

    Posted
    NickR
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    We love this microwave. Our old one was enormous and 1200+ watts and it was just too much, too big and too powerful. This feels perfect, it's compact so you don't have this monstrosity sitting on your counter, but still reheats your food quickly. I will say I wish it used a time cook instead of express time. When you hit the 1 button it starts up the microwave immediately with the time set to 1 minute. My personal preference is to actually enter the time I want to cook. It does have an option to add 30 seconds at a time with a single button push so that helps a lot. This is more of a personal preference though and I would choose this one again in a heartbeat even like this.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Wow! This is loud...

    Posted
    MaryT

    I bought this a few months ago. It works fine, cooks fine, etc. The only problem is it's soooo noisy! You can hear it from the other end of the house. It sounds like sneakers in a dryer..... clunk, clunk, clunking. I checked to make sure the glass turntable and plastic support ring were seated correctly, which they were, but it didn't help. The plastic ring has 3 little wheels, which appear to be aligned and turn freely. Finally, I just took it out. The turntable still rotates, but now there is no noise .I've had other GE appliances which I've been completely happy with, but I'm not sure I'd recommend this particular product.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Good microwave for moderate usage

    Posted
    KCCavDad
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    We use the microwave mostly for reheating of small to medium amounts of food, and defrosting. The 1100 watt capability reheats items more quickly than our prior GE spacemaker (800 watts peak) microwave. I haven't tried heating any large items yet, but based on performance so far, I expect it to perform well. The microwave is an attractive stainless steel look, and is fairly compact on the counter top. While we liked the ability of mount the GE spacemaker under the cabinet, this unit does not take up much more room. Aside from something like a large turkey, this microwave should handle most needs.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good for the price

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    UVVV
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    I was all set to spring for the larger, more expensive JES1657SMSS when I spotted this in store during Black Friday. The size actually fits our kitchen much better than the larger one, and at literally half the price, this was a no-brainer. Used it for about a month now, and the one noticeable issue is that the door latch gets jammed occasionally, and the door needs to be shut firmly to prevent this from happening. Apart from that, everything else works fine: the microwave is not over-powered, the shortcut menu options fit our needs perfectly, and it gets the job done.

    I would recommend this to a friend