Electrolux EI30SM35QS Over-the-Range Microwave Review
In a competitive category, this appliance holds its own.
The Electrolux EI30SM35QS (MSRP $649) over-the-range 1.5-cubic foot microwave is pricey, but thankfully you do get what you pay for. This microwave features excellent sensor and default cooking options, along with a perfectly serviceable convection mode. It's rare to find such a wide variety of options, all of which performed well in our tests.
Design and Usability
The only thing it lacks is extras
Considering its premium price, you'd expect the EI30SM35QS to be filled to the brim with every bell and whistle. Sadly, that's not the case. This Electrolux is pretty spartan in the features department. Don't expect to find any temperature probes or custom recipe menus here. If you find such things confusing, the EI30SM35QS will be a welcome addition to your simplified kitchen.
Don't mistake simplicity for stinginess, though, as the EI30SM35QS still has most of the cooking options and modes you would expect from a modern microwave. It also includes a multi-cooking option for complex dishes, as well as a multi-function humidity sensor for automatically determining a dish's doneness.
Our sensors are picking up some excellent performance
This microwave proved to be consistent—if a little underpowered—cooker, and that's where the EI30SM35QS shines. Fancy features are always welcome, but we prefer good performance over convenience any day.
The EI30SM35QS's low, 900-watt output was evident in its sluggish water heating and defrosting performance. Fortunately, the microwave's stellar humidity sensor mode and the evenly-cooked food it produced made up for the lack of raw power.
The convection setting was also better than most. It won't be able to bake a cake (shame on you for trying!) but our test cookies came out almost perfect.
Why We Love It
A good deal even at full price
If you're looking for an upmarket over-the-range to match your existing Electrolux oven, the EI30SM35QS is an easy recommendation. It's also a great choice if you use your microwave for more than just reheating and defrosting, as its sensor settings and convection option make this Electrolux capable of cooking a full meal.
That doesn't mean there isn't competition. If you couldn't care less about convection cooking, there is always the similarly-priced GE PVM9179SFSS.
Alternatively, if you don't mind a little aesthetic inconsistency in your kitchen, the Sharp R-1874 offers similar performance at a slightly lower price. But if you're set on this Electrolux, you'll be happy know we found it on sale for as low as $469.
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