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The Number One Space Saving Appliance

Steve Sheinkopf  |  May 16, 2011  |  3 Min. Read

Microwaves  |  Frigidaire  |  GE Profile  |  Ventilation  |  GE  |  Cooking

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The over the range microwave is possible the number one spacing appliance. The microwave combines microwave plus a hood exhaust, and thus eliminates the hood and places the microwave at eye level and off the counter. The microwaves vary by internal capacity, features and then add convection for the more upscale units.

Let's look:

GE JVM1540SNSS $289: The JVM1540 has decent capacity at 1.5 cubic foot and basic automatic features like defrost and time cook.

JVM1540SNSS microwave

Frigidaire FGMV154CLF $449: I like this appliance. It adds convection, so it becomes a second oven as well as a microwave and an exhaust. The Frigidaire can cook exactly like an oven up to 450 degrees.


GE PSA1201RSS $729: The GE Advantium cooks 4 times faster than a regular oven using halogen bulbs. This unit is easy to operate and is also available in a 220 volt for 8 times the speed. The Advantium also has 175 pre-programmed recipes in case you are not sure.


How to buy an over the range microwave (OTR):

  1. Consider buying the same manufacturer as the stove, so it matches. You can also maximize appliance rebates.
  2. Only buy needed features. You can go crazy with the options. Buy what you will use.
  3. This microwave is still an exhaust, so those rules apply. Do not place above a professional range. If you wok or cook heavy, greasy foods buy a more powerful vent. If you are unsure, download our ventilation guide to help.


A few review sites have placed this at the bottom of their articles. So here is our take: Our mission is to find reliable products for you to buy. Other review sites may say this as well.

However, we don’t love every product. Quite frankly, it costs us way too much money in repair costs to support less reliable brands.

In fact, we sell fewer brands than most appliance stores. Here is why:

We feel it is our responsibility to repair your appliances after you buy them.

We now have 30 service technicians, each averaging 8-10 calls a day Monday through Friday, plus another 110 on Saturday. That's over 30,000 service calls logged in one year.

The labor rates of fixing an appliance do not come close to the true cost in any product’s warranty period.

That is why no major retailer has a service department. It costs too much labor, money and time.

Our Blog is a bit different than most others you will read. We cannot write glowing reviews of unreliable products.

Hopefully, the bloggers and organizations who write such glowing product reviews for every brand consider servicing these products first. Only then they will understand the consequences of their marketing.

Steve Sheinkopf

My goal has always been simple: I want Yale to be the best retail experience anywhere. I have tried to create a compelling environment for customers and employees alike.

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