GE PVM9179SFSS Over-the-Range Microwave Review
Here, GE should stand for "General Excellence."
We wonder how many microwave owners only end up using them for popcorn. If you're one of them, the PVM9179SF1SS performed fairly well in this area. After putting our bag of microwave popcorn through the motions we were left with a mountain of fluffy corn, and 93 unpopped kernels.
The PVM9179SF1SS also heated water in a flash—we measured just 3 minutes between you and a cup of hot tea.
The sensor cooking function was also excellent, and it baked our test potato to within 1°F of the target temperature of 185°F. The cooked potato was also evenly cooked overall.
Unfortunately, the PVM9179SF1SS'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 the range beneath for anything but the basics.
We measured a sound level of 51.8 dB when the PVM9179SFSS'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 63.5 dB.
Heating and Defrosting
The PVM9179SFSS reheated food with little trouble. We heated up a dish of macaroni and cheese and noticed only minor temperature variances after mixing.
The PVM9179SFSS also did well in our defrosting tests. We thawed 1 lb. of ground beef in just 3 minutes. While the resulting food was unevenly defrosted with a few slightly cooked sections, there were no frozen sections remaining.
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