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GE JVM3160RFSS microwave oven

 
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$224.99 - $249.00
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About - GE JVM3160RFSS

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.


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.

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Features & Specs - GE JVM3160RFSS
info Claimed capacity (cu. ft.) 1.6
info Watts 1000
info Detailed prompts Yes
info Convection mode No
info Sensor No
info Stainless/SS-look option Yes
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User Reviews - GE JVM3160RFSS
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(6 of 11 customers found this review helpful)
 
3.0
I wouldnt call it a "best buy"
7/16/2015
Pros
Simple Controls
Simple Display
Cons
Does Not Heat Evenly
Slow to heat
Best Uses
Comment:
I replaced a GE that was from 1997. There wasnt anything wrong with it, but with having to micro wave baby bottles in the middle of the night I thought a shaving a few seconds off my time would be nice. So I bought this on CR's recommendation. <br /><br />The heating is pretty bad in all honesty. When I heat a 5 oz bottle all of the heat is at the top and it is cold on the bottom. <br /><br />Whats worse is that it takes the exact same amount of time as my old one...<br /><br />Another miss by CR. I'm seriously considering canceling my subscription.
How long have you owned it:
One-to-three months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
(5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)
 
4.0
So far So good...
6/4/2015
Pros
Simple Controls
Simple Display
Cons
Hard To See Display
Best Uses
Comment:
First off the installation is not that bad if you've done them before. The instructions arent the greatest, I do agree with that. The wall bracket comes attached via screw to the back of the unit. I assumed I was missing a piece because there is no mention in the instructions about removing it. The paper template is a mess. I did mine with recirculating air so no duct work was needed. <br /><br />The performance has been ok at best, I was replacing an older GE from the 90's. Quite honestly I expected to notice a bigger difference in performance so far I have been underwhelmed. We use it mainly to heat baby bottles, the old one took about 45 seconds to heat a 4 oz bottle and this one didn't knock off much time (if any) from that. I also notice that most of the heat is concentrated at the top of the bottle so you have to shake it fairly well. Had I known this I probably would have just kept the old one.
How long have you owned it:
A month or less
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
(10 of 11 customers found this review helpful)
 
3.0
Extremely Bad Installation Instructions
4/21/2015
Pros
Attractive Design
Cons
Poor Instructions
Best Uses
Comment:
I have installed at least 6 OTR microwaves over the years without a problem, but this one, by far, has the poorest installation instructions. <br /><br />Installing the wall mount as instructed with the top of the mounting plate resting against the edge of the overhead cabinet resulted in the the unit being a half inch out of level, front to back. <br /><br />The instructions on the overhead mounting template are the posterchild for ambiguous. I tried my best to figure them out, but when I marked and drilled the holes according to the template they were one inch off! I had an assistant hold the unit in place while I marked the top of the unit with a pencil inserted through the first set of holes, then used these marks to find the correct position for redrilling the overhead mounting holes. <br /><br />Flipping the fan motor to exhaust through the front vents went easily, with the exception that, when installed in the direct vent position, it only attaches with one screw instead of the 2 screws that originally attached it in the wall vent position. Nothing in the instructions about this.<br /><br />Trying to remove the front grill to install the charcoal filter, which was included, was next to impossible. The front vent does not remove as shown in the diagram. Removing it was trial and error and it took a half hour to remove it safely. There was no mention of the long flat piece of the grill that slides invisably behind the door hinge, which could easily be broken. The instructions for installing the charcoal filter were as ambiguous as the mounting template. I can only guess as to whether it is installed properly. Replacing the vent was as difficult as removing it.<br /><br />Plan on a full afternoon of trial and error to install this. Expect to drill more than one set of mounting holes, and even (or maybe especially) if you follow the directions, expect to have to completely uninstall and reinstall it at least once!<br /><br />That said, it looks good, and matches out GE gas range perfectly. I find the display easy to read, unlike some of the other reviews. It is much, much quieter that our previous Samsung. If not for the poor installation instructions, my rating would have been at least one star higher.<br /> <br />I would recommend it to a friend, but with a strong warning about the dificulty of installing it.
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