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LG LMHM2237ST Over-the-Range Microwave Review

It will fit nicely in your kitchen—and speed up some recipes.

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The LG LMHM2237ST (MSRP $499.99) over-the-range microwave is a great supporting actor, complementing your existing range rather than setting out to replace it. First and foremost is an extendable vent that LG says will be a breath of fresh air in your kitchen.

In our cooking tests, this LG balked when we asked it to do more than the basics. But if you use your microwave as a kitchen assistant, this one will do the trick. It won't make a meal, but it will help you heat water, defrost food, or warm up last night's leftovers.

Design and Usability

It's got you covered

The LMHM2237ST features a clean and simple design, and should look good in most newer kitchens. LG has adopted a horizontal control scheme which makes perfect sense for an over-the-range microwave. We got used to it pretty quickly.

LG LMHM2237ST Controls
Horizontal controls just make sense on over-the-ranges. View Larger

Along with a generous 2.2-cubic-foot capacity, the LMHM2237ST also has an expandable vent. The impressively named Extendavent 2.0 features a front facing drawer that you can pull out over a cooking surface. According to LG, that adds coverage area for better steam and smoke extraction.

LG LMHM2237ST Cavity
Our test popcorn looks positively tiny in the LG LMHM2237ST's 2.2-cubic-foot cavity. View Larger
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Performance

Don't ask to much and it won't let you down

Provided you don't ask too much of it, the LMHM2237ST is a pretty able performer: The popcorn setting was efficient and accurate, and we were able to bring a cup of room temperature water to boil in a matter of minutes.

It won't replace your oven, but it will compliment it perfectly. Tweet It

The defrost setting—hit or miss with most microwaves—was quick and effective. Great news if you freeze most of your meats.

LG LMHM2237ST Interior
The LG LMHM2237ST's interior. View Larger

If that's the extent of your microwave use, go ahead and buy this one. But if you want to fully cook meals and side dishes, beware: The automatic sensor cooking option proved woefully inaccurate, and cooking potatoes on the default power setting resulted in an uneven mashup of cold and hot spots.

Before You Buy

The Oscar for Best Supporting Actor goes to...

If the LMHM2237ST were an actor, it would be Steve Buscemi: He's a beloved, talented character actor who elevates the work of other performers he works with, but he isn't likely to play the lead in the next Transformers film.

LG LMHM2237ST Front
The LG LMHM2237ST over-the-range microwave. View Larger

Similarly, the LMHM2237ST heats, pops corn, and defrosts with aplomb, and its unusual Extendavent 2.0 sets it apart from the competition. However, its inaccurate cooking sensor and general unevenness mean that it will most likely end up fulfilling a supporting role in your kitchen. It won't replace your oven, but it will complement it perfectly.

Our editors review and recommend products to help you buy the stuff you need. If you make a purchase by clicking one of our links, we may earn a small share of the revenue. Our picks and opinions are independent from any business incentives.
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