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GE Profile Spacemaker II PEM31DM[BB]
 
Approximate retail price:
$250
Summary: This GE 1.0 cubic-foot 800-watt has
  • a sensor
  • touchpad controls.
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Type: Midsized countertop microwaves
About - GE Profile Spacemaker II PEM31DM[BB]

The GE Profile Spacemaker II PEM31DM[BB] is part of the microwave oven test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, countertop microwave oven models like the Profile Spacemaker II PEM31DM[BB] are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.


Heating evenness:
This reflects how evenly a model reheated a dish of cold mashed potatoes.

Defrosting evenness:
This is based on how well the automatic-defrost program defrosted one pound of frozen ground chuck.

Speed of heating:
This score is based on the temperature rise of water heated in the microwave.
About This Brand

General Electric is the dominant brand in the entire category of microwave ovens. The brand's ovens can be found in all big-box retailers and independent, national, and regional dealers. The brand strives for innovation. Countertop models range in sizes from 0.8 cubic feet to 2.0 cubic feet. Some models offer convection cooking, and a number provide speed-cook options. GE countertop models range in price from $70 to $350. GE over-the-range (OTR) models measure about 1.5 to 2.0 cubic feet with wattage ratings of 900 to 1,200; GE's OTRs cost $200 to $1,400. GE's latest innovation is the Advantium speed-cook technology, which uses a halogen bulb. The company also sells models with convection cooking.

Features & Specs - GE Profile Spacemaker II PEM31DM[BB]
info Claimed capacity (cu. ft.) 1.0
info Watts 800
info Detailed prompts No
info Convection mode No
info Sensor Yes
info Stainless/SS-look option Yes
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User Reviews - GE Profile Spacemaker II PEM31DM[BB]
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5.0
Fits our needs!
6/7/2014
Pros
Attractive Design
Easy To Clean
Heats Evenly
Simple Controls
Cons
none for us
Best Uses
Defrosting
Frozen Food
Leftovers
Popcorn
Comment:
It fits under a cabinet. We designed the kitchen for this kind of microwave. After 20 years the lining started to flake on our original one. This one has fewer features than the previous model, but does all we need it for. We rarely cook meals in it. We reheat, defrost, heat frozen veggies & pop corn. If it quit tomorrow I'd go buy another one! It does have a tinny sound when closing the door.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
 
2.0
Quit after 3 years
2/1/2014
Pros
Cons
Best Uses
Comment:
Used it daily, mostly defrost and reheat. It worked OK until it quit after 3 years. Had just replaced flimsy roller guide for $42. But 3 years may be best one can expect these days for foreign built stuff. Hard to know what to replace it with.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
 
1.0
interior rust
5/6/2013
Pros
Attractive Design
Simple Controls
Simple Display
Cons
Carousel Broke
Interior Rusted
Unreliable
Unstable Tray
Best Uses
Comment:
Used primarily for reheating. Interior rust formed on the door within two years. GE offered a free new door, but we would pay labor of more than $100. Customer service rep stated that interior rust is not covered by the warranty in any event. She stated it was an appearance issue--not functional.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
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