Electrolux Icon E30MH65QPS Over-the-Range Microwave Review
Iconic looks meet acceptable performance
The Electrolux Icon E30MH65QPS (MSRP $899) over-the-range microwave is a thing of beauty. With a clean and stylish aesthetic, it's an appliance that any homeowner would be proud to display. However, it is also a harsh reminder of the old axiom that everything comes at a price.
Performance-wise, this Icon isn't outstanding in any way. Unless you love its looks, we suggest you keep shopping.
Design and Usability
Lofty appearance and friendly functions
The Electrolux Icon E30MH65QPS has the grand looks of something... well, iconic. The microwave has a crisp, hard-edged professional look and a sturdy door handle. The E30MH65QPS's 1.8 cubic-foot capacity is large enough to comfortably fit a roast or casserole.
The control panel is sensibly laid-out and features the usual assortment of options and settings. Convection settings are found at the top of the control panel, with preset cooking modes and sensor options found just below. Our only complaint pertains to the relatively small size of the Start and Stop buttons. They just aren't large enough for our fingers to easily jab, and their placement makes them disappear among the less-used numerical buttons.
Hot potatoes and well-done cookies
If only the E30MH65QPS gave a performance worthy of its stylish appearance. The Electrolux offers above-average convection cooking, but the microwave's sensor failed us by turning out overcooked food with hot and cold spots throughout.
Microwave convection cooking modes tend to pale in comparison with those offered by ranges and wall ovens. However, the E30MH65QPS's convection modes did well enough to justify regular use. We baked cookies, and although we noticed a few overdone cookies in our tests, the overall results were worthy of a bake sale.
Also impressive is the fact that the E30MH65QPS managed to heat water extremely quickly. The Popcorn preset was a bit of a disappointment, burning some kernels.
Unfortunately the E30MH65QPS's sensor cooking mode proved entirely too overzealous with our food. It overcooked our test potato by 17°F, and the resulting item exhibited little overall evenness when it came to temperature. Overcooking is less of an issue because users can stop the cycle before completion, but there isn't much you can do to combat uneven hot and cold spots other than stopping and stirring.
The E30MH65QPS's defrost setting only defrosted the food for a short period of time. This would have been fine if the microwave was efficient enough to thaw the food in that amount of time, but we found that just under a quarter of our ground beef was still frozen once the cycle was complete. Even much cheaper microwaves do a lot better here.
Before You Buy
Not so iconic after all
Consumers may incorrectly conflate price with quality, which would lead you to believe the expensive Electrolux Icon E30MH65QPS is a superior performer.
However, our tests revealed an unimpressive sensor and lousy defrost settings, which marred superior convection performance. If most of your microwave use involves thawing or reheating food, we would recommend steering clear of this particular model. However, those looking to enhance their convectional cooking experience could do far worse than the E30MH65QPS.
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