The Best Over-the-Range Microwave

The Best Over-the-Range Microwave

Our pick

GE JVM6175

GE JVM6175

Works well, tons of controls

This GE heats about as well as other over-the-range models we’ve tested, and it has far more controls and comes in more finishes than other microwaves at this price.

Buying Options

$260 from Home Depot
$280 from Abt

The GE JVM6175 has all of the most popular express-cooking buttons (such as Add 30 Seconds), a mute option, and a warm night-light setting for its cooktop light—none of which you’re guaranteed to find on lower-end models. It’s also one of the few models we’ve seen at any price that has an option to turn off the turntable to help fit extra-large dishes. Installation is a little easier than with most of the other models we tested, and the GE JVM6175 should have no trouble sliding into an existing OTR slot, if you’re replacing an old model. It also comes in more finishes than any other microwave we looked at.

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Runner-up

Whirlpool WMH31017

Whirlpool WMH31017

Costs less, fewer controls

Although it’s missing some express options and a few other useful controls, this affordable Whirlpool performs well and runs a bit quieter than most over-the-range microwaves.

Buying Options

$240 from Home Depot

If our pick is sold out or you want to save a little money, the Whirlpool WMH31017 is also worth a look. It has way fewer control options than the GE, lacking quick-start shortcuts on the number pad as well as sensor-cook settings. But its fan is quieter than that of the GE JVM6175 while moving the same amount of air, and it performed just as well in our tests.

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Our pick

GE JVM6175

GE JVM6175

Works well, tons of controls

This GE heats about as well as other over-the-range models we’ve tested, and it has far more controls and comes in more finishes than other microwaves at this price.

Buying Options

$260 from Home Depot
$280 from Abt

Runner-up

Whirlpool WMH31017

Whirlpool WMH31017

Costs less, fewer controls

Although it’s missing some express options and a few other useful controls, this affordable Whirlpool performs well and runs a bit quieter than most over-the-range microwaves.

Buying Options

$240 from Home Depot

Source: NY Times – Wirecutter

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