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

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Rating 4.5 out of 5 stars with 2267 reviews

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Easy install, seems reliable, nice touches

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    EWBEWB
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    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

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      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
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    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: 5 out of 5 stars

    A very good Microwave for the cost.

    Posted
    Kraggers
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    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

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Perfect bisque color and BRIGHT light on stove top

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    TechTeacher
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    My old Maytag brand microwave quit cooking. I thought it would be difficult to match the bisque colors of the old microwave since it would be right over the Maytag stove and beside the Maytag fridge. But this GE was the perfect light color. The second great thing is that the lights of this microwave are so bright! I love it. There is high and low light. Low light was the brightness of my previous microwave. I put it in myself and my only trouble was that I had put some other holes in the upper cabinet with the original microwave. This new one would add an additional 3 holes. I ended up putting down a 1/4" piece of plywood in the cabinet and drilling the three new holes through that. The only problem I had besides that was with the glass turntable. It was much larger than the previous one and on the first day, I hit and CHIPPED the glass turntable as I was lifting a casserole dish into the oven. Am considering contacting GE.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Replacement for G.E. XL 1800 Microwave

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    KennyB
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    The G.E. JVM3160DFCC Microwave Oven fit perfectly. I was impressed the first time I used it to heat something for three minutes. The item came out hot, the ingredients were heated, looked appealing and delicious to eat unlike the previous unit which tended to burn and hardened the texture of the food that was heated. I like the way the display window tells you that your food is ready, The lights under the microwave clearly illuminate the stove top cooling area with no shadows. We made Pop Secret Movie Theater Popcorn and followed the instructions, ON THE BAG, and the popcorn came out PERFECT. I felt like I was in the walk in movie theater... the popcorn was soft, well heated and only a few kernals were leftover. Yes, buy this microwave to replace your old GE over the oven unit. The two Best Buy install team members were quick and cleaned up after themselves. **** TWO THUMBS UP!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Totally worth it. Buy it & install it yourself.

    Posted
    WeekendDIYer
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    Operation is very quiet, food heats up quickly, installation was reasonable for a DIY individual. Installation was probably about a 6/10 in scale of difficulty. If you've hung a shelf, you can install this microwave. (1) Locate/trace Studs (2) Drill bracket Holes & screw in the bracket. (3) Prepare the microwave ventilation (4) Cut the template for your cabinet style (5) Cut out the cabinet holes for the screws & power cord (6) place microwave on bracket and insert screws through cabinet base to hold microwave in place. (7) plug in microwave (8) make popcorn The most intensive part of this whole installation process was changing the outlet above the range from a cap to an actual outlet. If you're only one person getting this thing into place, use a sterlite/rubbermaid to get it close to the height and then its much easier. I did this since my wife is pregnant. You can do it. Especially consider this if you've already got a stove in place.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The BEST microwave in its price range.

    Posted
    WhoDat
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    For the price, my complaints do not warrant deducting stars. I do wish the ventilation was stronger. It somewhat pulls steam and smoke up and out of my house even on the highest setting (there are two- high & low). There are two vents and they are on the left and right on the back. There are two light fixtures and they are on the left and right in the front. The lights have two settings- brightest and then dimmer. The button panel is difficult to read in low lighting. A lighted panel or bold font would solve this issue. The font seems almost gray in color and it is thin. The door of the microwave is *very* lightweight. Be careful when lifting this microwave and holding it. The microwave definitely is on the lower quality end but we get what we pay for usually, eh? The microwave does what it needs to do for its price point. Overall, it's a nice microwave that gets the jobs done and it looks nice, too.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great quality at a reasonable price

    Posted
    Sharan
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    We had a GE microwave when we moved into the house that lasted us 14 years. Then I jumped on the LG bandwagon and got a high-end over the range microwave that lasted only 4 years. Now I'm back to this GE which is an excellent deal. The microwave is relatively light and install instructions are clear and can be easily installed by two adults. I didn't need any bells & whistles that my previous LG had so this perfectly serves all the features that I have been using. The bright lights from this microwave illuminate the range top very well. The exhaust fan is also effective. The sound level is relatively low compared to the LG. I just installed this microwave yesterday and I'm very happy with it. Let's see how long it lasts. I'm hopeful :-) I would strongly recommend this microwave to anyone looking for basic features and good looks.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great microwave!

    Posted
    ChrisO
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    We bought this microwave to replace the same model we'd had for about four years whose door handle broke off. Hoping that won't happen to this one, but so far, so good. It's easy to use and cooks the food well. My only complaint about this model, and this is our third one in 17 years, is that over time, the lights over the stove burners below stop working. I'm assuming this is due to being constantly exposed to heat and steam. Other than this, it's a great microwave and my husband installed it by himself in less than 30 minutes! (It helps to use the same model so that the holes line up...)

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Works Great

    Posted
    Joes686
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    I've had this a bit over a month now and it seems to work just fine, better than fine. This unit replaced a similar model that was over a decade old and had finally given out. Based on some earlier reviews, I was a little concerned with noise while it cooked, but in truth, this unit is quieter than my previous model. It does seem like some of the construction (read Plastic) seems somewhat less substantial than my older model, but I haven't had an issue, and I am a bit more gentle when closing the door. Other than that (and I suspect that would be true of any model and brand in this price range) it more than meets expectations and has all the features I hoped for in this price range. I would get it again.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great product!

    Posted
    want2getitright
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    This is a great Microwave! We got it on sale and couldn't be more pleased with it! Fortunately they had a couple left in stock at the Best Buy near me! My husband was able to go pick it up within a couple hours and my brother and husband installed it same day! Praise the Lord for that! I have COPD and needed certain things Microwaved! I feel very blessed to have found this jewel of a Microwave! I would recommend Best Buy! They are always helpful to me and I truly appreciate them!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Replaced same model

    Posted
    Rick
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    Initially I was very disappointed with this purchase. I purchased what I thought was the same microwave it was replacing. However the exhaust, plug, and mounting bracket were different and my installation turned into a cabinetry session. That aside, this microwave is great. The functions are easier to use. It is easier to clean. And most noticeably, it is quieter. Disappointed I had to drill new holes and cut out a new pattern from my cabinet, but the microwave cost less than its previous incarnation and is a big improvement.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Product

    Posted
    TheGerman
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    This model replaces a 15-year-old predecessor. We liked that one a lot, so we thought that we'd try this one. So far, so good. All of the same kinds of features with popcorn, potatoes, defrosting, quick times for various minutes, add 30 seconds, etc. The bonus is that this microwave is really quiet, actually much quieter than our old one. The only minor complaint is that the clock is difficult to read from a distance, because the numbers are too close together. Oh well, doesn't affect the performance of the oven. Overall we are very pleased.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Perfect fit replacement.

    Posted
    drdasd
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    This was a replacement for an older GE over range microwave that died. It fit perfectly and installation was relatively simple. It helped that the previous oven was also a GE, though the vent was slightly different so required a bit of work to connect. Overall it was simple to install. The features and performance are what I would expect. Water heats up quickly and food splatters if you don't cover it. The latter is an operator issue not the microwave! For the money it was well worth it. Just hope it lasts for a while!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Nice upgrade!

    Posted
    ROCKnROLL
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    This review is for a white GE 1.6 Cu. Ft. Over-the-Range Microwave. The microwave was purchased to replace an 18 year old Frigidaire FMT144G1W3 microwave. The dimensions provided in the advertisement were accurate and the GE microwave fit within the space previously occupied by the old microwave. The new microwave worked after the initial installation and continues to work as advertised. The installation was fairly straightforward. The manual could be clearer, especially as it applies to the installation of the filter.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great microwave with plenty of room

    Posted
    NWINTech
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    I was in need of a replacement microwave for over my stove because my other one had stopped heating. After searching Best Buy website I came across this one it was a perfect fit and a great price. I made the purchase and chose to pick it up in store the next day. After getting it home I began to install it and had minor issues with the template as I needed to re drill new holes. Took a little time to get it in place but once everything was drilled it was pretty quick. This microwave has plenty of room and is very quiet when operating. Cant beat it for the price. Well worth it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Very Nice Microwave

    Posted
    TVGuybb
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    We bought this to replace an older GE over the cooktop that had finally died. Got the one that had been opened, but was rated excellent. And it was. Looks lke brand new to us. Very happy Only complaint would be that GE changed the back plate that it mounts on for who know what reason, as well as the screw holes that go thru the cabinet above it. Made for extra work at installation, and cannot imagine why they would do that. But anyway, it was in great condition and is working just fine. I wouldn't hesitate to get anything at Best Buy that is Open Box Excellent. Saved significant money and it looks and works like brand new

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Perfect... for my needs

    Posted
    Tystud
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    I purchased this microwave since it is the same brand and style as the stove that I purchased as well. It doesn’t have a lot of bells and whistles and it’s a fairly basic microwave by today’s standards. Nothing has fallen apart or gone wrong with this microwave this far, so that’s always nice. The build construction is reasonable and the cooking noise is not very loud. Installation was typical for this type of microwave and I did not run into any unusual issues.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Good Product but mutiple mishaps

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    Pete
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    1st product ordered was a GE brand. Upon delivery, it was noticed that the upper right rear of unit was severely dented. BB called to offer a Whirlpool and new delivery/install. When new unit was delivered, it was discovered that install could not be performed due to tile and glued on old bracket. As I paid for removal as well, they removed the packaging for the new unit which had the mounting template for me to install new unit. Mounting the new support bracket for the new unit will be very difficult with out the template. I contacted the store and they are investigating.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    No sweat install

    Posted
    Professor
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    The oven works as advertised, was easy to install. I like the ability to disable the turntable when heating large items. Good solid mounting bracket, The instructions for moving the fan to the recirculate mode could be a bit better. The picture enclosed appears to be incorrect. As with pretty much all over-the-range microwaves, the mounting "templates" are very flimsy paper and somewhat difficult to fasten to the overhead. I ended up using a stapler once the templates were cut to fit the space allowed. Minor problems, but not hard to correct.

    I would recommend this to a friend