Samsung ME21F707MJT Over-the-Range Microwave Review
A faithful companion for your slide-in range.
On paper, the Samsung ME21F707MJT (MSRP $499.99) over-the-range microwave looks pretty basic. However, sleek looks and family-friendly features make it worth checking out—especially if you already own one of Samsung's excellent slide-in ranges.
A sizable 2.1-cubic-foot capacity means there's room to fit plenty of food, and a glass-covered horizontal control panel is both easy to clean and easy to reach. Our performance testing showed that this Samsung was slightly above average when it came to cooking, reheating, and defrosting, but it did have some trouble with evenness—which is why other microwaves are more highly ranked.
Design and Usability
Sleek and stylish
There is a certain predictability when it comes to microwave design. That's why we're glad that Samsung attempted something different with the ME21F707MJT. Instead of a traditional vertical control panel, Samsung has elected to orient the control panel horizontally, placed at eye level.
It's an inspired choice that seems so obvious in hindsight: The touch sensitive control panel is integrated with the microwave window and is designed to match existing Samsung ranges. Flat surfaces are easier to clean, too, and a brushed stainless steel exterior and ceramic interior are equally mess-proof.
In addition to superior design, the ME21F707MJT features a number of sensor and cooking presets.
While modes such as Popcorn, Potato, Reheat, Snacks, and Kids Meals are welcome, there is little here that separates this appliance from the competition. The only unique option is Eco Mode, which reduces the microwave's standby power usage.
Acceptable performance from this over-the-range
The ME21F707MJT might stand out in a showroom, but in our labs it got lost in a sea of similar microwaves. Yes, the ME21F707MJT managed to heat water fairly quickly, and managed to heat food with minimal fuss. But we did see a fair amount of unevenness in the food we prepared regardless of what setting we used. Similarly, food we defrosted got too hot on the outside and stayed frozen in the middle. If you're smitten with this Samsung's looks, be sure to stop and stir your food on occasion.
The sensor-based popcorn mode was fast, but left behind a number of uncooked kernels. Also be aware that this is a fairly loud appliance overall. It's not going to deafen you, but it won't lull your children to sleep, either.
The unit does not feature a convection cooking mode, but considering that it's designed to sit above an actual oven, we don't consider that to be a deal breaker.
It won't replace your oven
The Samsung ME21F707MJT is a safe choice for large families looking for a reasonably-priced, good-looking, over-the-range microwave. It's easy to clean and easy on the eyes, and it can be found on sale for around $399—$100 cheaper than it's MSRP.
It cooked and reheated quickly in our tests, but had some issues with evenness. Still, if you have a large family to feed and are in the market for an appliance that will compliment your oven and not replace it, you could do far worse than the Samsung ME21F707MJT.
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