The GE SpaceMaker II JEM25DM is a more basic version of the top-rated GE Profile SpaceMaker II PEM31 (*Est. $220) . It has the same power level (800 watts), capacity (1 cubic foot) and space-saving dimensions (24 by 12 by 11 inches), which make it possible to install under a cabinet with the optional mounting hardware. Unlike its pricier cousin, the JEM25DM does not have a cooking sensor, and it comes only in black or white finishes. Also, its warranty is only one year, with no additional coverage for the magnetron. However, this compact microwave does have a basic assortment of preprogrammed cooking settings that reviewers find useful. Both professional and user reviewers say that this microwave heats evenly, and users add that it is easy to clean. A few users, however, are disappointed with its capacity and find its display confusing.
The GE SpaceMaker II JEM25DM is not included in the latest tests conducted by ConsumerReports.org, but it receives a grade of B in professional tests at the Good Housekeeping Research Institute. We also found more than 100 reviews for this model at the retail site ABT.com, and Buzzillions.com has more than 400 user reviews pulled from various websites.
1. Good Housekeeping
Experts at the Good Housekeeping Research Institute award the GE SpaceMaker II JEM25DM a grade of B in their tests of countertop microwaves, with praise for its even heating and assortment of features. Their one complaint is that the control panel is not well laid out.
Review: GE Spacemaker II 1.0 cu. ft. Microwave Oven JEM25DMBB, Editors of the Good Housekeeping Research Institute, Oct. 2010
The GE SpaceMaker II JEM25DM earns an overall rating of 4.5 stars from more than 100 users at this retail site. Reviewers praise its attractive design and say that it heats evenly and is easy to clean. Most users find the display simple and straightforward, but a few say it is confusing.
Review: GE White Spacemaker II Microwave Oven - JEM25DMWW, Contributors to ABT.com
There are more than 400 reviews here for the GE SpaceMaker II JEM25DM, collected from various sites across the web. Overall, the microwave earns 4.1 stars out of a possible 5. Reviewers say it is attractive and easy to clean, with even heating. The few complaints focus mostly on its small capacity, confusing display and noise level.
Review: GE Profile Spacemaker II Microwave Oven, Contributors to Buzzillions.com