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GE PVM9179SFSS Over-the-Range Microwave Review

Here, GE should stand for "General Excellence."

$539.00 at Home Depot
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We won't bury the lede: The GE PVM9179SFSS (MSRP $649) over-the-range microwave is an excellent appliance, one that combines cool looks with hot performance. The microwave offered some of the best sensor cooking, defrosting, and reheating performance we have seen thus far. Though the convection setting won't replace your oven, it's adequate for browning foods.

When all is said and done, your range will thank you for putting this microwave over it.

Design and Usability

GE plays it safe

Looks-wise, GE hasn't taken any risks with the PVM9179SFSS. It's your standard over-the-range microwave with stainless steel trim, a side-mounted control panel, and a handle that opens the door. While the PVM9179SFSS is unlikely to be remembered for shifting the appliance design paradigm, at the very least it should match your existing stainless appliances.

Instead of a number pad, this microwave uses a scroll wheel to select cook time, weight, and temperature. It helps to declutter the control panel, but users who get confused by menus should look elsewhere.

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Performance

Your oven's new best friend

When judged on microwave settings alone, the PVM9179SFSS is a veritable performance powerhouse. Whether it be heating water, reheating food, or just basic sensor cooking, this particular GE performed each and every task admirably. If we had to pick a nit, we'd say the defrost setting was slightly uneven—we noticed a few overcooked sections of our frozen ground beef—but it was also ridiculously fast.

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The GE PVM9179SFSS over-the-range microwave. View Larger

As is usually the case for combination convection microwaves, the PVM9179SFSS doesn't do as good a job with convection baking as it does with microwave cooking. While you should have no trouble browning food and even heating basic side dishes, we recommend sticking to your range for more complex recipes.

Comparable Products

Before you buy the GE Profile PVM9179SFSS, take a look at these other microwaves.

Why We Love It

We go together...

The GE PVM9179SFSS stainless steel convection microwave is a perfect match for a range, and one of the best over-the-range microwaves we've tested.

With stellar cooking performance, a straightforward design, and a sale price that often dips below $600, this combination microwave/convection oven and range hood passed every one of our real-world cooking tests.

Whether you're boiling water for tea or defrosting a chicken breast for dinner, this GE is ready to help out. The convection setting won't put your oven out of commission, but it will help brown and reheat food.

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