Electrolux Icon E30MH65QPS Over-the-Range Microwave Review
Iconic looks meet acceptable performance
The Electrolux E30MH65QPS's popcorn setting did not impress. Once the cycle was complete, 14 unpopped kernels (out of a possible 300) remained behind, and we found 21 burnt kernels. We don't like to see (or smell) those results in our popcorn tests.
The E30MH65QPS's sensor cooking mode disagreed with us when it came to acceptable food temperatures. We consider 185°F to be an ideal temperature for cooking mashed potatoes, but the E30MH65QPS heated our test potato to a scalding 202°F, an entire 17°F above the target. More importantly, we also noticed a variance of temperature across the potato—a whopping 10°F difference from hot to cold.
We test a microwave's convection cooking performance by baking a batch of cookies. The majority of users will no doubt limit such activities to the oven, but we consider cookies to be ideal for testing because small heating issues can have a pronounced effect on their quality. This gives us the most accurate impression of a convection mode's strengths and weaknesses.
The E30MH65QPS's convection setting proved pretty darn capable. We noticed a significant difference in doneness between the tops of our individual test cookies. However the bottoms were extremely uniform. Additionally, there was little to no difference in doneness between the tops and bottoms.
The is one of the quieter over-the-ranges available. We recorded a sound level of 44.2 dB during normal operation, and 60.7 dB when using the exhaust vent.
Heating and Defrosting
The E30MH65QPS heated water in a flash. The microwave took only 3 minutes to warm our test cup of water to 208°F.
We reheated a portion of macaroni and cheese using the E30MH65QPS's default power levels. Unfortunately, the warmed macaroni and cheese was not heated evenly. About half of the food hovered around a temperature of 150°F, while the other half remained at 134°F. Be sure to mix your food after heating it for temperature consistency.
The E30MH65QPS's defrost setting got points for speed—it only took 4 hours 10 minutes. Unfortunately, once complete, about a quarter of the food was still frozen.
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