Over-the-range microwaves can be quite expensive, but most reviewers say the Samsung SMH9187 is a good value. This 1.8-cubic-foot microwave contains a cooking sensor to prevent overcooking and a 14-inch rotating turntable in its roomy interior. It comes in three color choices: white, black or stainless steel. Reviewers say it heats and defrosts extremely well and is easy to use. Because it's designed to be mounted over a range, the Samsung SMH9187 includes a 400-cubic-foot-per-minute (CFM) fan on the bottom for the stove below, a feature that some users say is very noisy.
Owners like the Samsung SMH9187 for its stylish design and variety of features. However, we also read a few reports of breakdowns in the first three years of use. This microwave has a one-year warranty, but the magnetron tube is covered for 10 years. If you prefer an over-the-range microwave with a convection oven (which allows you to bake or roast foods), the Kenmore Elite 8601 (*Est. $730) is a good choice, but it is considerably more expensive.
The Samsung SMH9187 is tested at ConsumerReports.org, where editors evaluate and rate this microwave on noise, cooking evenness and defrosting performance. No individual retail site has a large number of user reviews for this model, but Buzzillions.com pulls together approximately 175 reviews from various sites across the web. There are also about 65 reviews at the manufacturer's site, Samsung.com.
Our Sources: Samsung Microwave Reviews
ConsumerReports.org currently has ratings for more than 75 over-the-range microwaves, including the Samsung SMH9187. 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 175-plus reviews for the Samsung SMH9187 at Buzzillions.com are pulled from a variety of sites. Overall, this microwave earns nearly 4 stars out of 5 from users, who praise its controls and display, stylish design and strong power output. However, we did see some reports of durability problems.
Review: Samsung SMH9187 1.8 cu. ft. Over-the-Range Microwave with Sensor Cooking, Contributors to Buzzillions.com
The Samsung SMH9187 earns a 4-star overall rating (out of 5) from over 150 reviewers at Samsung.com. Because this is a manufacturer's website, we take these reviews with a grain of salt. Most are overwhelmingly positive, but some complain of breakdowns and excessive noise.
Review: 1.8 cu. ft. OTR Microwave, Contributors to Samsung.com