Frigidaire Professional FPBM3077RF Over-The-Range Microwave Review
Frigidaire puts design at the forefront with this over-the-range.
If you're a fan of microwave popcorn you might want to give the FPBM3077RF a miss. The Popcorn setting took 3 minutes and only 18 kernels remanned unpopped at end of cycle. That's a good result. However a large portion of the popcorn was burnt. The FPBM3077RF heated water in a flash—we measured just 3 minutes between you and a cup of hot coffee.
The sensor cooking function was far from perfect, it baked our test potato to 17°F above the target temperature of 185°F, but the resulting food was evenly cooked.
Unfortunately, the FPBM3077RF's convection cooking modes weren't up to the standards set by traditional ovens, but that's not a surprise for a microwave/convection combo unit. We tried it for baking cookies and found that they were evenly cooked from top to bottom, but some were burnt while others were closer to raw dough. Stick to your standard range for anything but the most basic of baking tasks.
Sound and Features
We measured a sound level of 47.4 dB when the FPBM3077RF's microwave was running. That's about the same noise level as a quiet conversation, so it shouldn't prove too annoying. Predictably, the extractor fan was a bit louder and output a sound level of 59.9 dB.
Heating and Defrosting
The FPBM3077RF had trouble heating food to an even temperature. We heated up a dish of macaroni and cheese and noticed a wide range of temperatures across the food.
The FPBM3077RF did well in our defrosting tests. We thawed 1 lb. of ground beef in just 4 minutes. While the resulting food had little to no frozen sections, portions of the food were overcooked, particularly the edges.
Get Our Newsletter
Real advice from real experts. Sign up for our newsletter
Thanks for signing up!