The GE Profile JES2251SJ is a 2.2-cubic-foot microwave that delivers 1,200 watts of cooking power -- enough, according to some users, to cook food about 30 percent faster than other microwaves. It also includes an inverter, a device designed to heat and defrost food more evenly, and gets excellent scores in professional tests for its even heating. Reviewers also find its touchpad controls and digital display easy to use. Other features include a cooking sensor, a stainless-steel finish and a warming oven mode. One downside of this microwave is its large footprint (24 inches wide and nearly 20 inches deep). We also saw a few complaints about reliability, though the majority of owners report no problems. If you want something a bit smaller and less expensive, consider the 1.2-cubic-foot Kenmore 6633 (*Est. $140) or the 1-cubic-foot GE Profile SpaceMaker II PEM31 (*Est. $220) .
The GE Profile JES2251SJ is included in the latest reviews of microwaves at ConsumerReports.org. We also found reviews from about 150 users at retail site ABT.com and another 20 or so at BestBuy.com.
Our Sources: GE Microwave Reviews
ConsumerReports.org rates more than 55 countertop microwaves, including the GE Profile JES2251SJ. Testing procedures are very thorough, with results clearly outlined in a ratings chart. Each microwave is rated on noise, ease of use, heating evenness and defrosting performance.
Review: Recommended Microwave Ovens, Editors of ConsumerReports.org
The GE Profile JES2251SJ earns an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5 from more than 150 owners; about 85 percent say they would recommend it. Owners describe this machine as powerful, quiet and easy to clean, with a simple display and stylish looks.
Review: GE Profile Countertop Microwave Oven - JES2251SJ, Contributors to ABT.com
The 20 or so reviews for the GE Profile JES2251SJ at BestBuy.com are much less positive overall than those at ABT.com. Overall, the microwave earns only 2.9 stars out of 5, with several complaints about its reliability.
Review: GE - 2.2 cu. ft. Full-Size Microwave - Stainless-Steel, Contributors to BestBuy.com
This site has more than 175 reviews for the GE Profile JES2251SJ, pulled from various sites across the web. Overall, the microwave earns a rating of 4.2 stars out of a possible 5. Users say it is powerful, quiet, attractive and easy to clean. However, a few find its display confusing.
Review: GE Profile 2.2 cu. ft. Capacity Countertop Microwave Oven (Model #JES2251SJ), Contributors to Buzzillions.com