Frigidaire Professional FPBM3077RF Over-The-Range Microwave Review
Frigidaire puts design at the forefront with this over-the-range.
The Frigidaire Professional FPBM3077RF (MSRP $799) is an attractive, but ultimately average, over-the-range microwave. As part of Frigidaire's newly updated Professional line, it puts design at the forefront. While it has a number of compelling features and cooking modes such as a melt/soften setting and combination microwave and convection cooking on offer, ultimately this convection microwave is a companion piece—not a standout.
Design and Usability
The Professional line's looks continue to impress
We've already spoken at length about the Professional aesthetic and in general we are all in favor of design-centric appliances that don't cost an arm and a leg. There's no denying that the Frigidiare FPBM3077RF is a beautiful product, but it's distinctive enough that it only makes sense if you're buying it to match the Frigidaire Professional FPGF3077QF gas range or the Frigidaire Professional FPEF3077QF electric range.
Not only does it have a distinctive handle, but the FPBM3077RF is also coated in the company's smudge-proof stainless steel. The coating works as advertised and is indeed more resistant to grime and stains. However, it is a shade darker than most other stainless trims, so keep that in mind if you want it to match your existing appliances.
The FPBM3077RF's control panel stretches across the bottom portion of the unit and provides access to a number of cooking modes and options. Including: Popcorn, Sensor Cook, Veggies, Melt/Soften, Reheat, Convection Bake, Convection Roast, Convection Warm, Defrost, Combi Cook, Power Cook, Timer, Turntable On/Off, Turn Audio On/Off, Vent Fan, and Cooktop Light. The FPBM3077RF also features a PowerBright interior LED light that stays on while your food cooks.
Alongside a four-level fan and a adjustable over-the-range light the FPBM3077RF also features a adjustable timer which lets you add seconds or minutes as you cook. It's a simple feature but one that adds a extra level of convenience to the cooking experience.
Uneven all round
The 1.8-cu.-ft. capacity microwave offers both standard and convection cooking options, but both settings proved unimpressive. The microwave is powerful as indicated but its ability to heat water in a flash, but power is less important than evenness where cooking is concerned. When we measured the standard settings, we found hot spots and cold spots. The sensor-cook setting burned our food entirely. The FPBM3077RF faired better in our defrost tests, but proved slightly overzealous, resulting in borderline-cooked sections of frozen food we just wanted to defrost.
As a 2-in-1, the FPBM3077RF includes a convection mode. Sadly, there is no convection conversion setting so be sure to reduce your recipe temperatures by 25°F if you plan on using it. We've yet to be truly impressed by microwave convection cooking performance and the FPBM3077RF does little to buck that trend. We tested this mode using batches of cookies which came out unevenly baked. It should prove more than adequate for cuts of meat or vegetables but we would stick to the range in the case of baked goods.
Users can also combine settings using the Combi Cook setting, which uses both microwave and convection cooking modes in conjunction with one another. It's a welcome feature, but be aware that you'll probably need pyroceramic cookware to take full advantage of it.
The Frigidaire FPBM3077RF is covered by a one year limited warranty. This means any repairs or replacements required—and not the fault of the owner—will be paid for by Frigidaire. Rust damage is not included in the warranty.
Before You Buy
Make no mistake, the Frigidaire FPBM3077RF is a good—and good looking—appliance. For consumers searching for a capable and capacious over-the-range convection microwave the FPBM3077RF is a worthwhile option. The disappointing convection setting guarantees that it's in no danger of replacing your existing range. However, if your are looking for a good match for your existing Professional setup, the FPBM3077RF's current sale price of $559 is tough to beat.
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