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Electrolux EI30SM35QS Over-the-Range Microwave Review

In a competitive category, this appliance holds its own.

September 23, 2014

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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.

Electrolux E130SM35QS Rack
The interior of the Electrolux E130SM35QS. View Larger
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Performance

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.

Electrolux E130SM35QSA Vanity
Unlike most over-the-range models, the extractor vent is not visible from the front. View Larger

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.

Electrolux E130SM35QSA Controls
The control panel is well laid out. View Larger

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.

Our editors review and recommend products to help you buy the stuff you need. If you make a purchase by clicking one of our links, we may earn a small share of the revenue. Our picks and opinions are independent from any business incentives.

Our editors review and recommend products to help you buy the stuff you need. If you make a purchase by clicking one of our links, we may earn a small share of the revenue. Our picks and opinions are independent from any business incentives.

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