Due to 10 power levels, you can set the optimum mode based on the weight and size of your food. Choosing the right setting won't be a problem, as the digital touchpad is very responsive.
The filter is a bit tricky to replace.
This inexpensive and easy-to-use model will be the best option for people who need a basic above-stove microwave oven for heating and defrosting their foods.
1.6 cu. ft.
13.5" glass turntable
10 power levels, Defrost, Reheat, Popcorn, Beverage and Potato modes
2-speed exhaust fan (300 CFM)
LCD-display, High/Low work light
29.9" x 15.25" x 16.5"
The convection mode allows you to roast food to perfection. And thanks to 12 CompuCook ™ programs, you'll be able to choose the most suitable setting for what's inside the oven.
The capacity is rather low.
The Sharp R1874T over-the-range convectional microwave is a solid choice for small kitchens or motorhomes. It's packed with advanced technologies and offers you numerous cooking options.
1.1 cu. ft.
13" ceramic turntable
Minute Plus™ key, 12 Cook Programs, Defrost program, 8 sensor cook options, 11 cooking power levels, Reheat and Popcorn modes
2-speed exhaust fan (~240 CFM)
LCD-display, High/Low work light
29.9" x 15.4" x 16.3"
Owing to the patented QuietPower ™ ventilation system, the oven makes almost no noise even at the highest speed.
The touchpad could be more responsive.
This microwave with vent is especially useful for those who own studio apartments and need a super-quiet kitchen appliance. Although it's not that big from the outside, its interior is huge.
2 cu. ft.
14.2" glass turntable
8 sensor cook options, 10 power levels, Defrost, Reheat and Popcorn modes
4-speed QuietPower™ ventilation system (400 CFM)
LCD-display, EasyClean™ interior, High/Low work light
29.9" x 15.9" x 16.4"
The light here is thought-out to the smallest detail - interior light allows you to watch the cooking process, while the additional working light beneath illuminates a stove area.
Two fan speeds are almost identical.
The Sharp R-1514 over-the-stove microwave oven is a sensible option for large families. It has a 14.1" glass turntable allowing you to cook or reheat quite a lot of food per one go.
1.5 cu. ft.
14.1" glass turntable
Minute Plus™ key, 11 sensor cook options, 11 cooking power levels, Defrost, Reheat and Popcorn modes
2-speed exhaust fan (~250 CFM)
LCD-display, High/Low work light
29.9" x 15.5" x 16.3"
The unique "Melt" sensor mode ensures worry-free melting of butter, caramel, chocolate, and cheese... all those things children really like!
It has a small viewing window.
Meet the super smart over-the-range microwave oven by GE. It has various sensor settings and can automatically adjust time and power for the best cooking results.
1.9 cu. ft.
14.25" glass turntable
10 Power Levels, Defrost, Reheat, Popcorn, Beverage, Potato and Melt modes
4-speed exhaust fan (400 CFM)
LCD-display, High/Low work light
29.75" x 15.5" x 16.5"
Affordable and Intuitive
The GE JVM3160RFSS microwave oven is an extremely affordable option, and that's the case when you "Get what you pay for". It has no extra frills and offers just a basic functionality. It's a simple appliance that still works decently well. It has 6 quick-cook buttons that enable you to start a cooking cycle from 1 to 6 minutes long. And thanks to the "Keep warm" setting, you can keep your food warm until you're ready to eat it. There are also some other useful programmes on the control panel, and among them, you'll find such popular pre-sets as "Popcorn", "Beverage", and "Potato".
Unlike high-end models, this one doesn't offer "Sensor cooking" and can't automatically adjust time/temperature according to the steam going from your food. However, you can get some control over cooking using two fan speeds. The oven can move 300 cubic feet of air per minute inside a 1.6 cubic feet inner chamber. We would like to note that the exhaust fan is automatic and once it detects heat from the stove underneath, it will turn on until it cools everything down. And, unfortunately, the fan is really loud.
The unit is easy to set up by yourself, as the installation is quite straightforward and the instructions are clear. Once assembled, the oven looks nice and solidly-built. The door feels robust, and the internal latching mechanism is durable enough to survive daily use. All in all, it's a reliable and affordable microwave oven. And if you're ready to compromise on a cooking sensor, we find no reasons to overpay.
Numerous Cooking Options
The Sharp R1874T is a multifunctional over-the-range microwave oven that can provide you with numerous cooking options. It does enable convection cooking, allowing you to roast poultry or veggies. The hot air circulates evenly inside the oven, thus browning your food to perfection. And what is notable about this oven is that it has special sensors that detect the exact amount of moisture in food and calculate how much cooking time is required. The Sharp oven features eight cooking options for meat, vegetables, seafood, etc. Also, it boasts 12 convection settings that can be easily controlled through the easy-to-read display and buttons. It's fitted with a 7-digit, interactive display and sensitive touch buttons. On the control panel, you'll also find a built-in kitchen timer that can work independently of microwave functions. We would like to emphasize that the smooth control panel is fairly easy to keep clean.
Excellent For Studio Apartments
If you live in a small apartment that combines a living room, bedroom, and kitchen all in one, the LG LMV2031ST microwave is a perfect pick. The trick is that it's fitted with a QuietPower vent and operates almost silently on the maximum power settings. Thus, you can switch it on and it'll cook popcorn or whatever you want without disturbing people around.
This microwave oven looks very stylish with black and grey shades. The unit itself is stainless steel except for a tinted glass door. It's beautiful in its simplicity. The vertical control panel is pretty easy to use with SmoothTouch controls. The display is clear, yet it could be a bit bigger. Overall, it's not a huge appliance and LG engineers managed to get the most of its design. They used the space wisely and extended the interior capacity up to 2.0 cubic feet. This is more than enough for an average family. This capacity also means that cooking large meals will become a simple process.
Considering functionality, we can safely say that this over-the-stove microwave works very well. 10 power levels and a great number of pre-set cooking programs will allow you to cook whatever you'd like to. The highlight of this model is its 4-speed fan that moves a large volume of air even on the lowest setting. Unlike similar appliances, it features an auto-off function, meaning you can simply set up the fan and it will shut itself off automatically after 1, 3, 5, 10, 30, or 60 minutes. So, if you need a quiet and functional microwave oven, it's a good choice.
For Large Families
The Sharp R1514 over-the-range microwave has a very space-conscious design and boasts one of the biggest turntables in its class. Although the interior has 1.5 cubic feet capacity, the turntable of this model has a large 14 1/8″ diameter for extra versatility. Hence, you'll be able to cook quite a lot per one go, which makes this microwave oven a good choice for large families. At 1000 Watts, it can reheat and cook very swiftly.
It has 4 buttons on the front, whereas the other control buttons are neatly hidden from sight behind the oven door. The control panel offers you 19 automatic settings (including 11 sensor settings) for the most popular foods used in microwaves. Therefore, no guesswork! You won't need to set time and power manually and then control the cooking process. And since the microwave has Defrost function, it also automatically sets the proper defrosting time and power level. Another useful feature, the "Keep warm", can keep your food warm up to half an hour after cooking is finished.
The GE JVM7195SKSS is another powerful microwave oven from the famous brand. You'll definitely be satisfied with how it looks and how it cooks. It has a nice design with a sleek black-and-gray body that will blend beautifully into any contemporary interior. The viewing window is made from tempered glass, however, some users note that they wish the window were larger. Yet, it's a minor inconvenience considering how smart this unit is.
On the control panel, there are numerous touch buttons allowing you to set modes, time, power, timer, and more. If you wish, you can even mute beep sounds that might be pretty annoying for some users and their family members. All settings will be shown on a big display. Under the display, you'll find such sensor modes as "Popcorn", "Beverage", "Potato", "Reheat", "Defrost", and "Melt". By the way, the latter option is highly appreciated by families with kids as it ensures worry-free melting of cheese, butter, caramel, and chocolate... all those things kids love so much. Also, you'll notice a smart light indicator on the control panel, which notifies you when an odor-removing charcoal filter should be replaced. Smart functions aside, the built-in 400CFM fan of this oven is super-powerful, which is a key feature for many customers. So, if you need a high-quality stainless steel over-the-range microwave that can remove odd odors and automatically adjust power/time for delicious cooking results, this is a solid fit.
What Is an Over the Range Microwave?
If you want to use your kitchen space as wisely as possible, an over the range microwave is a solution. It has numerous benefits over simple countertop models. Actually, it's a 2-in-1 unit combining an exhaust fan and a microwave. It can be discreetly installed over your stove, thus, taking minimum space. They have built-in exhaust systems and powerful fans inside. And no wonder, this type of microwave ovens is very "RV- friendly" and great for use in your motorhome as well.
So, how do over-the-range units work? They come with ventilation fans that are able to work at multiple speeds to remove cooking odors from your stovetop. Plus, the included cooktop light can illuminate your stove area. All this with no additional wiring and, consequently, no clutter on your way! As a rule, you can also configure these microwave ovens to filter and redirect air to the outdoors according to your kitchen design. If you want to vent it outside, you can easily arrange the ductwork to vent air either horizontally (through a wall) or vertically (through a ceiling).
If you still hesitate what type of microwave you really need, we kindly offer you to look through our reviews on cooktop microwave ovens and built-in microwave ovens.