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GE Profile Advantium PSA1201R[SS] microwave oven

 
Approximate retail price:
$950
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5.0
Won't go back to a regular microwave
3/13/2015
Pros
Attractive Design
Easy To Clean
Cons
Best Uses
Comment:
We originally bought an Advantium when we remodeled the kitchen in our old house. We loved it. The only issue we ever had was the internal light kept burning out and it could only be replaced from the top of the unit which meant you had to take it down in order to change the light. It wasn't hard to do, but the unit is awkward and heavy and it's a difficult for one person to take it down and put it back up again especially since while you're putting it on the wall you have to feed the cord up through the cabinet at the same time.<br /><br />I also had an issue that others have mentioned with boiling water on the stove under the unit.<br /><br />Since then, we've moved to a new town and the house we bought had a regular micowave which I hated. When we bought the home we knew we were going to have to do a kitchen remodel which we finally did this past year. One of our first purchases was this Advantium.<br /><br />In the 1 1/2 years we've had this new unit we haven't had the light bulb issue which wouldn't be so bad now since you no longer have to install the bulb from the top and you can do it without removing it from the wall. (Yay!) I also decided not to place the unit over the cooktop and bought a separate exhaust fan for that purpose. <br /><br />I wanted to buy an Advantium that could be built in, but GE does not make one, they only make over the range Advantiums. This presented a problem which I solved by having the cabinet people plac a estrip of wood along the bottom of the unit at the front to give it the appearance of being built it. You can't tell that it's not built in unless you bend over and look under the unit. It's a win win.<br /><br />I installed the unit on a short wall right next to our GE Profile wall oven. The two appliances look great side by side and since this unit is also a convection oven I only had to pay for a single wall oven which more than covered the extra money I had to pay for the Advantium over a regular microwave.<br /><br />The best part of the design is the fact that I can still use the light under the unit to illuminate the counter beneath the Advantium. This comes in very handy and I often do my prep work there.<br /><br />I can't imagine having a regular microwave anymore. The bulb problem with the old Advantium has been fixed, and I also have under the cabinet lighting. The only real problem (and it's a minor problem)is that when you switch between microwave and speed cook you have to switch between the metal and the glass tray. We keep the trays in a drawer beneath the unit to make this easier. <br /><br />The amount of built in recipes is great especially for speed cooking since it's almost impossible to determine on your own how long to cook something using this feature. The grilled cheese sandwiches come out perfect and this is the best way to bake soft pretzels. This unit is well worth the extra expense considering what you get for your money.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.

 
1.0
Don't buy the over cooktop model
2/21/2015
Pros
Powerful
Speedcook
Cons
Steam Kills Keypad
Unreliable
Best Uses
Quick Meals
SpeedCook
Comment:
I really love the advantium speed cook feature - cooks food to perfection. BUT if you boil water on a cooktop below for coffee or tea or steam vegetables and don't turn on the advantium's vent the steam from cooking kills the advantium's keypad. $300 or more to repair. I forgot to turn on the vent and it died.<br /><br />Thus this product is expensive and unreliable and I would never recommend this product to anyone.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.

 
1.0
Defective Product
2/20/2015
Pros
Great When It Functions
Cons
Key Pad Shorts Out
Unreliable
Best Uses
Quick Meals
Speed Cook
Comment:
When it works it's great but when boiling water the keypad shorts out on the over cooktop model. It should not die when you boil water under it. I'm going to contact GE and see if they will stand by there product and replace it with a non-defective model. I really liked the speed cook function
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
The GE Profile Advantium PSA1201R[SS] is part of the Microwave ovens test program at Consumer Reports. The GE Profile Advantium PSA1201R[SS] Microwave ovens features and specs include Claimed capacity (cu. ft.), Sensor, Stainless/SS-look option, Watts, Convection mode, Detailed prompts. In our lab tests, Microwave ovens models like the GE Profile Advantium PSA1201R[SS] are reviewed on Overall score, Ease of use, Heating evenness, Microwaving noise, Speed of heating, Usable capacity (cu. ft.), Defrosting evenness, Venting (air flow). Consumer Reports subscribers share reviews of the GE Profile Advantium PSA1201R[SS] based on personal experience. The user reviews of the GE Profile Advantium PSA1201R[SS] include star ratings, pros, cons, best uses, and a bottom line review to help guide your purchasing decision of the GE Profile Advantium PSA1201R[SS].
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