If you’re searching for one of the best over-the-range microwaves, the Frigidaire Gallery FGMV17WNVF is a spacious microwave that features a smooth and sleek finish. Its capacity measures 1.7 cubic feet which is good, but if you need something even more roomy, take a look at our LG LMHM2237ST review - that model has a 2.2 cubic feet capacity, so is better for bigger homes.
Frigidaire Gallery FGMV17WNVF: Features
The Frigidaire Gallery FGMV17WNVF over-the-range microwave sits within the mid-range to expensive microwaves we reviewed at around $390. For the money though, you’re getting a model that offers you many of the things that the most expensive microwaves have.
First up, the 1.7 cubic feet capacity is spacious and will fit bulkier cooking dishes in it and it comes complete with a removable rack so that you cook more than one item at once. The interior of the Frigidaire Gallery over-the-range microwave is fully wipeable making cleaning that bit easier.
In terms of cooking features, this microwave has 1000 watts of power, which is pretty standard. However, if you’re looking for something even more powerful, have a read of our ZLINE MWO-OTR-30 review as that model has 1500 watts of power. The Frigidaire Gallery FGMV17WNVF meanwhile, has ten cooking functions with preset buttons for melting and softening, potatoes, veggies, popcorn, and defrost among others.
What is great about the Frigidaire Gallery FGMV17WNVF, is that it has sensor cooking. Not all microwaves we reviewed have this feature, so it’s a real strength of the Frigidaire. Sensor cooking works by detecting the humidity levels coming from the food you’re cooking. If your food needs longer to cook, the microwave will automatically adjust accordingly.
Inside the Frigidaire Gallery FGMV17WNVF, there is a large turntable but you can opt to switch it off if you’re cooking items that would bump into the side of the microwave. There’s also a handy safety lock too.
Acting in a similar way to one of the best range hoods, the Frigidaire microwave has a built-in fan to extract cooking fumes from your cooktop. The fan offers a maximum speed of 300 cubic feet per minute (CFM) which, again, is pretty normal for this type of over-the-range microwave. The filters are charcoal and can be removed so that you can help to maintain your microwave and this model also features LED lights to illuminate your cooktop below. You will need an external vent with this microwave though, so that’s something to factor in.
The Frigidaire Gallery FGMV17WNVF comes with a one-year warranty, which is standard, however, some other microwaves we’ve reviewed offer longer warranties.
Frigidaire Gallery FGMV17WNVF: Design & finish
The Frigidaire Gallery FGMV17WNVF has a smudge-proof coating so you won’t need to worry about fingerprints and grease marks on the outside of your microwave.
The stainless steel finish makes this microwave look expensive and it has easy-to-read buttons. There isn’t the option to dim the clock light, though, and once your food has finished cooking, this microwave will beep until you cancel it or open the door - something which could get very annoying!
Frigidaire Gallery FGMV17WNVF: User reviews
The Frigidaire Gallery FGMV17WNVF has an average rating of 4.6 out of five stars on Home Depot. Users praise the Frigidaire’s lighting saying it’s great for illuminating their cooker beneath it. Others also comment on how quietly this microwave operates and that it’s powerful. Some users criticized the handle of this microwave saying it felt ‘cheap’. There were also several reviews that stated that the microwave doesn’t stop beeping once it has finished cooking unless you open the door, which is really irritating.
Should you buy the Frigidaire Gallery FGMV17WNVF?
The Frigidaire Gallery FGMV17WNVF is a good all-round microwave. It offers all the functions that you might need, along with a helpful removable rack so that you can double up on cooking dishes at once. What holds this microwave back though is the annoying continuous beeping it makes once it has finished cooking, and the expensive price tag.