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GE JVM3160RFSS Over-the-Range Microwave Review

By: Kelly Burgess on October 04, 2017

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
Our Analysis
Specs

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. Expert testing backs up those anecdotal opinions and ConsumerReports.org awards the JVM3160RFSS a score of Excellent for defrosting, Very Good for heating evenness. Many users say that it outshines previous microwaves they've owned that also were rated at 1,000 watts. Its capacity is 1.6 cubic feet, but if you need to fit a larger, rectangular dish in there, you can turn off the turntable.

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.

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