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GE JVM3160RFSS review

The GE JVM3160RFSS over-the-range microwave has some great features and a stylish look.

GE JVM3160RFSS review
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Our Verdict

This has the power and most of the features we were looking for, but it is a little overpriced considering what it is missing.

For

  • Turntable turn-off function
  • Two-speed fan

Against

  • There isn't a sensor cooking feature

The GE JVM3160RFSS has a 1.6 cubic feet capacity to cook items or defrost with little effort on your behalf. Reviewed as part of our round up of the best over-the-range microwaves, this model is not the cheapest on the market but it does have some well-thought-out features which are useful. 

GE JVM3160RFSS: Features 

The GE JVM3160RFSS over-the-range microwave is just shy of joining the more expensive models we reviewed. Priced around the $290 mark, this microwave has a two-speed fan that works at a maximum of 300 cubic feet per minute (CFM) - this is the same as the Samsung ME16K3000AS but that model is cheaper. 

This over-the-range microwave has more quick-cook options than most. There are six numbered keys that allow you to start a cycle with just one button from one up to six minutes long. Some competitors that had quick cook buttons had only three, so the bigger variety is nice. The warm power setting will keep food at a good temperature until you are ready to eat, even if it is quite a while after the end of the cycle. That's not exactly as good as an official warm and hold button, but it will serve some of the same functions.

There are fewer presets on this one than most, but it has at least the three that are probably most often used – popcorn, beverage, and potato. Other machines had more than twice as many presets. That is a subtle difference, but not having to figure out times and temperatures for those common items is quite convenient. Sensor cooking is another potential time-saver because it automatically adjusts times and temperatures based on the steam coming off your food, but this microwave does not offer it. 

You get more control over cooktop light and fan speeds with the GE JVM3160RFSS compared to most – two fan speeds and two light levels. 

The GE JVM3160RFSS comes with a basic one-year warranty on everything. We expected more from one in this price range since even some cheaper ones cover the main component for 10 years.

GE JVM3160RFSS: Design & finish 

The GE JVM3160RFSS is one of the only over-the-range microwaves that we reviewed that comes in a variety of finishes or colors. For this review, we've focused on the stainless steel finish which looks modern but you can also choose from four other finishes to match your kitchen accordingly. 

Other design features worth noting are the non-stick interior and the clock. The non-stick coating is a handy extra and this microwave's digital clock is small but functional. 

GE JVM3160RFSS: User reviews 

The GE JVM3160RFSS scores an average rating of 4.5 out of five on Home Depot. Criticisms were few and far between, however, some users did say that they found the clock really hard to read. 

Positive reviews call the GE JVM3160RFSS a 'quality microwave' and say it works well. Users also said that it was 'easy to install' and many were also surprised at how quiet this microwave is. 

Should you buy the GE JVM3160RFSS?

The GE JVM3160RFSS has a limited number of presets and lacks sensor cooking. Also, it's warranty is not great. It has a lot of quick-cook options, though, and more color options than the rest of the pack. In terms of wattage and airflow, it is right on par with premium models so if the lack of sensor cooking doesn't bother you, this is a sound investment.