LG LMHM2237ST Over-the-Range Microwave Review
It will fit nicely in your kitchen—and speed up some recipes.
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.
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.
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.
The defrost setting—hit or miss with most microwaves—was quick and effective. Great news if you freeze most of your meats.
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.
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.
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