Frigidaire FGMV175QF Over-the-Range Microwave Review
This Frigidaire left us cold.
The Frigidaire FGMV175QF (MSRP $459) is an attractive and affordable over-the-range microwave that lacks the most important aspect of the appliance buying equation: functionality. As a direct counterpoint to its undeniable good looks and tempting price, this microwave struggled in some of our performance tests. While its current sale price of $329 may seem like a steal, it may be worth it to keep looking if you plan on using your microwave frequently.
Design and Usability
The FGMV175QF features a sleek, transitional look designed to compliment existing Frigidaire ranges and cooktops. We think this series will look at home in your kitchen, regardless of whether you prefer a modern or traditional aesthetic.
The FGMV175QF is coated in Frigidaire's Smudge-Proof stainless steel, and—true to its name—it does indeed resist fingerprints more effectively than regular stainless.
Just be aware that, as a result, it's a little darker than most trims. Unless you've already got matching Frigidaire products, it might not blend in perfectly with your other appliances.
All over the place
We'll cut right to the chase: This Frigidaire did not perform well. We expect a certain amount of uneven heating with most microwaves, especially less expensive models. Even so, all of the FGMV175QF's waves seemed to focus in on the very center of our test food. The result? A boiling center surrounded by lukewarm unpleasantness, regardless of what we tested. Specialty options, like Popcorn and Defrost, achieved only mediocre results.
The only bright spark in this otherwise dim performer was its sensor setting. While one section of our test baked potato was about 10°F colder than the rest, our remaining five sensors picked up heating levels that were surprisingly consistent given the otherwise poor performance.
A Tough Sell
Love is a compromise
We don't want to dismiss the Frigidaire FGMV175QF outright, especially given its better-than-average sensor mode. Also, it's current sale price of $329 makes it one of the more affordable over-the-ranges on the market. Just be aware that it's the sort of appliance that will work with you more than it will work for you, necessitating your attention to avoid burnt food and other culinary mishaps.
The FGMV175QF may still be an option if you're looking to match an existing Frigidaire range. That said, its spotty performance means we'd have to recommend the larger Frigidaire FFMV164LS over this one.
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