PROS / The powerful ventilation fan will clear the air faster than other models.
CONS / The look and two color-options won't fit every taste.
VERDICT / This reasonably priced unit is more functional than flashy and includes an exceptional warranty.
Our Top Ten Reviews Bronze Award winner, the LG LMV1813ST over-the-range microwave, is a basic model with a basic design. It does not offer convection cooking, but it does include many convenient features at a reasonable price. It also provides powerful ventilation for your kitchen.
The LG LMV's sensor cooking takes the guesswork out of cooking commonly microwaved food. The sensors detect humidity levels to determine if your food is ready or if it needs a little extra time, so you won't have to stop the cooking process and guess how much longer your food needs to be cooked.
The sensor reheat simplifies heating up leftovers, making sure they're heated to the proper temperature without drying it out. If you need to defrost meat or veggies before cooking, this microwave thaws them in minutes with both auto and rapid defrost options.
This over-the-stove microwave is an average size, and its interior capacity is just above average, at 1.8 cubic feet. If you need extra room when cooking, the one included cooking rack creates a bi-level cooking space that comes in quite handy. This microwave also has more power than many other models. Its 1,100 watts places it among the best microwave ovens.
You can set the powerful fan on this unit at three different speeds, including a turbo mode, which comes in handy for super-smoky cooktop projects. The fan is quieter than that of the average over-range microwave, yet it is more powerful than many others we reviewed. The fan is also programmable, so you can set the vent to run for a certain amount of time and shut itself off. It automatically starts when it detects too much heat or smoke coming from the stove. The cooktop light is also somewhat versatile with a couple of different intensity levels.
This over-the-range microwave oven comes in only two colors, white and stainless steel, so it will not fit into as many kitchen settings as other units. Even though this microwave looks boxy and basic, there are some wonderful design aspects, too. The vent is hidden, and you can arrange the fan system to filter and recirculate polluted air or move it outside.
Warranty & Support
LG excels in the support category. Its website is informative and well organized, and the live chat option gives you immediate information if you have any questions about your microwave. Parts and labor are covered for the standard one year, and the main component of this unit, the magnetron, is covered for 10 years, as opposed to the industry-standard five-year warranty.
The LG LMV1813ST is not the most flashy over-the-range microwave oven, but its functionality at a reasonable price makes it a smart purchase, especially with the long warranty that backs the magnetron. Its lack of convection cooking does limit its versatility, though.