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GE JVM3160RFSS Over-the-Range Microwave Review

By: Kelly Burgess on November 03, 2016

Bottom Line

Experts and owners say the 1.7 cubic foot GE JVM3160RFSS fits well with almost any range, especially with its five color/finish options. It also gets raves for performance, ease of use and features.

Pros

  • Powerful
  • Easy to use; install
  • Roomy for its size
  • Great selection of presets

Cons

  • Keypad is dark
  • No optional trim kit available
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Breaking it down

Performance

Plenty of power. At its heart, the GE JVM3160RFSS is a fairly basic microwave, but there's nothing basic about its powerful cooking performance, say owners. Many note say that it completely outshines previous microwaves they've owned that also were rated at 1,000 watts. Its capacity is 1.6 cubic feet, which means it won't fit super large, rectangular dishes, but there's plenty of room for most other cookware. The sensor is reported as very accurate in professional tests and by users.

Features

Good array of choices. Many microwave shoppers bemoan the fact that one-touch cook options for more than just adding 30 seconds or a minute are rare on less-expensive microwaves and are thrilled that the GE JVM3160RFSS has buttons for one to six minutes as well as one for adding 30 seconds. In fact, this microwave is loaded with presets, including beverage, popcorn, potato, reheat, defrost, and, of course, a cook time option to put in as much time as you need. There's also a surface light and night light.

Ease of use

What owner's manual? The GE JVM3160RFSS is so simple to use that most owners say they never even needed to glance at the owner's manual. Even setting the clock is intuitive, they note. The one complaint we did see was that the keypad is so dark that it can be hard to see. However, owners love how responsive the buttons are. The vast majority report installation as a breeze -- although they say you'll need two people to lift and bolt the microwave into place. A few say they had trouble with the template for the holes in the top. If you purchase it at a home improvement store, it may include free installation.

Durability/appearance

Attractive, fits well in most spaces. Most of the comments we saw about the GE JVM3160RFSS seemed to indicate that this microwave was bought as a replacement for one that had failed. Because of the five color options, reviewers say they were easily able to match their range. One issue some have is that this microwave does not have an optional trim kit available, so won't look like a true built-in in some situations. Handy do-it-yourselfers may be able to create one, however. We read very few complaints about durability; there were some, but not enough to consider that a reason to be cautious about purchasing this microwave.

Our Sources

Editors of ConsumerReports.org, Not Dated

Editors of ConsumerReports.org test and rate dozens of countertop and over-the-range microwave ovens, including the GE JVM3160RFSS. They name both Recommended and Best Buy models. Performance ratings include heating and defrosting evenness, speed of heating, noise, ease of use and usable capacity. They are also ranked against each other.

Contributors to HomeDepot.com, As of November 2016

While a good number of reviews at HomeDepot.com are drawn from the GE website, more than 5,265 owners overall give the stainless-steel GE JVM3160RFSS (and four additional color variations: white, black, bisque and slate) an overall rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. About 91 percent of owners say they would recommend the microwave. Users say it has great power and has a great array of features. Several note that the keypad is hard to see.

Contributors to BestBuy.com, As of November 2016

In more than 675 reviews, all unique to BestBuy.com, the GE Profile PVM9179SFSS earns an overall rating of 4.5 stars out of 5 and 98 percent of owners would recommend it to a friend. It gets praise for its overall performance and ease of use.

Contributors to Amazon.com, As of November 2016

The GE JVM3160RFSS gets an overall rating here of average of 4.1 stars out of 5 in nearly 95 reviews. Owners say it's easy to install and use, powerful and quiet, and they love the array of presets.

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