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Summary: This GE 1.6 cubic-foot 1000-watt has
  • auto-defrost
  • touchpad controls.
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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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(11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)
Missing filter
Easy To Install
Missing Filter
Best Uses
Surprisingly easy to install, although you need two people to do this safely. But the unit arrived without the charcoal filter, which -- according to GE's website -- is supposed to be included. It looks like you (and your helper) have to dismount it to install the filter, which is a design flaw, not to mention a pain in the neck. I really wish the filter had been included initially as promised. Also, the handle / door / latching mechanism feels a bit flimsy, which makes me wonder about quality.
How long have you owned it:
A month or less
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)
Works great, fun to install!
Attractive Design
Easy To Clean
Good Outside Venting
Great Lighting
Heats Evenly
Simple Controls
Hard To See Display
Best Uses
Coffee Reheat
My son and I did the install. We took our time; measure twice, cut once. Replacing an older Kenmore Elite meant new holes to be drilled, but it was okay. All the parts were included, including the charcoal filter for venting vapors back into the room, if needed. We removed the fans and re-oriented them for rear, outside exhaust, and it works fine. <br /><br />I like the simple design of this unit, no grille part along the top like the other OTR. The controls are okay, understandable and readable in a well-lit kitchen. My kitchen is not well-lit, so I would really like to see back-lit controls some day. The platter takes a twist or two to line up with its drive. The door is rock solid when opening or closing. The noise? It's a microwave. I like the weight/time defrost option. I go through a lot of three pound wheat bread from my chest freezer. Three pounds at 3:30 minutes gets the job done perfectly. I like the Express option, push one through six, and get those minutes. Then you can add a 30 second time if needed, while its running.<br /><br />The controls are made for cleaning, to be sure. Just a membrane, no buttons to get jammed or whatever. If the lettering were a little whiter, or even back-lit, this would be a absolutely perfect OTR. As it is, a CR recommendation is entirely warranted.
How long have you owned it:
One-to-three months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
(20 of 23 customers found this review helpful)
Filter not included
Attractive Design
Best Uses
It is important to know that if your microwave will be recirculating the vented air from your stovetop, that the manual incorrectly states that the charcoal filter comes with this microwave oven. The charcoal filter is hard to find and I was told 5-7 days for GE to deliver.
How long have you owned it:
A month or less
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
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