The GE JVM3160RFSS is part of the microwave oven
test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, over-the-range microwave oven
models like the JVM3160RFSS are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.
This reflects how evenly a model reheated a dish of cold mashed potatoes.
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.
Claimed capacity (cu. ft.) Capacity as listed on the product or packaging.
Claimed capacity (cu. ft.)
Watts This is the manufacturer's figure of the microwave power output. In general, the more watts an oven offers, the greater its cooking power-and the faster your food will be cooked. That said, differences in claimed wattage of 100 watts or less are unlikely to result in significant differences in performance.
Detailed prompts Display offers instructions to guide you through the cooking process.
Convection mode A few microwaves include a convection oven feature, which has a heating element and a fan that distributes heat. In convection mode, you can set the oven temperature as you would in a traditional oven to bake or roast items.
Sensor Controls the cooking and reheating time automatically. It shuts off an oven when it determines (usually by sensing steam) that food is hot enough.
Stainless/SS-look option Stainless-steel is stylish, but it shows fingerprints. Another option: a vinyl-covered metal finish that gives you a stainless-steel look but resists smudging.
I like the microwave, but I wouldn't have bought it if I had realized it was only 1000 watts. Some frozen foods, specifically the Marie Callender's Chicken Pot Pies, say not to cook them in a microwave of less than 1100 watts. I could have bought a 1100 watt or higher microwave for the same price. I paid to have it installed, so I'm not taking it down and returning it. Otherwise, it works just fine. It's quiet and easy to use.<br /><br />I was glad I had it installed ($75) instead of trying to do it myself, because a) it's really heavy and b) it's a different brand from the one it replaced so it required new holes to be drilled in the cabinet from which it hangs.
How long have you owned it:
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
By Grandma Z
from North Tonawanda, NY
(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
Not easy to install
Other reviewers stated that the oven was simple to install. After removing the instructions from the box, I noticed that there were many complicated steps and frequent warnings<br />and CAUTION notes. I quickly realized that I would need an expert to install it. I found that the retailer would offer installation, but it would cost $185! I found a contractor who did the job for $100. As I watched him do it, I was convinced I was correct to not attempt the installation myself. <br />When I asked the sales lady if the charcoal filter was included, she checked and said no. I ordered a filter that had to be delivered and cost $60 with tax. I found that the filter was included, so that was unnecessary. <br />As for operation, the oven is simple to use and so far works great. Now that it is installed, I am happy with it, but I would caution anyone buying one that the overall price is more than just the stated cost.
How long have you owned it:
A month or less
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
from Weymouth, Ma
(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
So far, so good.
Easy To Clean
Hard To See Display
I just installed this microwave Oct 14th. So far, so good. Great review by Consumer Reports. As I would think this is used more by residential customers, the blower fans would be set to recycle exhaust as opposed to top or rear venting. I had to drill a hole in rear cabinet as the left screw lined up with the larger opening after rotating the fan. Not the 'normal' size for the screw. Hope that makes sense. Mine did included the filter for front exhaust. And yes, the display buttons should be more visible.