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We purchased this GE Microwave because we had such great luck with our last one. We just installed it 2 days ago, so I don't have anything fantastic or terrible to say about it. It is a bit different than our last, but seems to be doing the job at hand! Our last GE microwave lasted 10 years, and it got ALOT of use. I can only hope this one lasts as long!
Purchased to replace an older unit that started to malfunction. This newer, higher-priced unit works well. I have not spent much time with the sensor features, but I have used it for warming many things using timed cooks and it heats well. On top of being used as a microwave, there are two other features that are requirements of over-the-stove models: fan and light. I must say, the fan on this unit is much better than the older one. I'm not sure what effect the internal carbon filter is meant to have on air pulled through it, but I like the fact that it's filtered through something other than the metal mesh. Also, the fan, like our previous model, has two settings: high and low. On the previous model, I would describe them as high... and slightly less high. This one has a much more distinctive flow between high and low (thanks for that). Now let's talk about the light: again it has high and low. The old unit seemed to work well in this regard. I did have to replace the bulbs once over the life of that unit, and I always wanted low to be a bit brighter, and high to be substantially brighter. This newer unit delivers a bit more brightness with high and a lot less with low. Low, in fact, doesn't seem particularly useful to me. But maybe that will change when I buy a new stove that doesn't have a black top. The light on this new one does have this strange behavior when it switches from high to low: it toggles itself off briefly. This is something the old unit didn't do. The first time I tried to use the light, I actually thought there was something wrong with it because of the "off" period between high and low (only lasts half a second or so). It's not a deal-breaker but definitely strange. The biggest gripe I have which is what I'm removing 2 stars for is noise. This unit, despite being over 10 years newer and several models higher in tier than our older unit, is substantially louder in operation. I would have thought that buying a more expensive model meant you get less noise (this has been true for other appliances I purchased, like dishwasher, generator, etc), but not for this microwave.
The microwave works well. The door is a bit flimsy and doesn't fell like it's sturdy. Expensive for the quality of the door. Had to fit in so we were limited on choices.
I���m loving this microwave - first time I���ve had one above my stove and it���s working out great. Only problem is that my son, who has some disabilities, got so used to using our old countertop microwave that he���s having a hard time getting used to new buttons and features! It���s OK, he���ll eventually get as proficient on this new one as he got on the old - and he can see his food cooking at eye level now! The only other drawback is, even for me, getting used to new auto sensors and times is tricky. But, yes, it is possible to teach an old dog new tricks!
We purchased this particular microwave as we had previously selected a GE fridge and induction top range which are all on the same wall, so we wanted the finishes to be consistent. The stainless finish is slightly brushed and cleans easily. The interior size is more than adequate.
We just used the reheat setting for soup this week and it turned out perfectly, no cold spots and heated to the perfect temperature. I'm looking forward to using the melt feature as well. So far I'm pleased with the smart/auto functions which were not as helpful in our previous microwave.
The only thing I would change is that the halogen light fixture for the surface of the range gets even the interior of the microwave quite warm. It looks like it can be replaced with an LED bulb, but reading that the lower light level doesn't work as well. Perhaps a newer model of this microwave will have an LED surface light.
Lies about installation even with transcript from agent then doesn't refund shipping costs when I return the unopened product