GE JEM31 Microwave Oven

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GE JEM31SS Spacemaker Microwave, A+

Mar 25, 2003
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Pros:Mechanics are solid, shallow depth, great appearance, powerful for its size.

Cons:None

The Bottom Line: If you need a swallow depth, functional and attractive microwave, this is the one!


We just completed a major remodel of our kitchen and we needed to find a microwave which could be "semi-built-in". We wanted the unit to be above the counter, but we did not want a huge microwave which would jut out above the counter area. Finding a swallow unit was a challenge as it seems that most manufacturers have decided that people have become accustomed to huge and deep microwaves. It seems that the vast majority of units are well over 16 inches in depth. This little JEM (pun intended!) is only 11-1/4 inchs deep!

We found the GE JEM31SS in stainless steel while searching online. We were unable to find it at any appliance stores or outlets. So we took a chance on it and ordered from ABT Electronics. (We also bought our GE range from ABT. They were excellent!)

The unit itself is very attractive and sports a stainless steal face with touch pad controls and a scrolling LED display. The controls even have a HELP button in case you forget how to fire the unit up! Pretty slick.

This microwave is well built with a door which opens and closes easily and quietly. I have had other units whose doors make very loud opening and closing sounds. I am very happy to report quiet door function here! While only 800 watts strong, this small powerhouse really does the job fast, perhaps due to its smaller interior. I have had a 1000 watt unit in the past and I notice little or no power difference. It operates quietly and smoothly. The units turntable can be turned off if so disired.

One touch controls for beverage, popcorn and reheat work perfectly. The popcorn function is truly spot on with perfect timing! I am new to the "sensor" technology of this microwave, but it really seems to work well. It works like this: You place your food in the unit. Press the REHEAT button and off it goes. The microwave apparently senses when steam is produced from the food and shuts off. It seems to work very well achieving an even tempertaure throughout perhaps 90% of the time. Very nice!

Another nice thing for those of us who forget things from time to time is the "Foods Done" reminder. Once your food is done the unit will beep and display "Food Ready" unitl you open the door. (I have forgotten food in microwaves before!)

Although microwave ovens are now as cheap as dirt, this one is actually worth paying a few dollars more for, especially if you want to place it above or within a cabinet. Its shallow depth and great looks really make this unit stand out from the pack. Here are the specifications as taken from the ABT site:
Features:


.9 cu. ft. Oven Capacity
800 Watts
Sensor Cooking Controls for Popcorn, Beverage, Reheat, Chicken/Fish, Potato, Vegetable and Cook Pads
Electronic Touch Controls
Electronic Scrolling Display with Clock
CAPACITY
Oven Cavity (cu. ft.) .9
FEATURES
Style Spacemaker II
Watts IEC-705 Test Procedure 800
Electronic Touch Controls Yes
Scrolling Display with Help Yes
Electronic Digital Display w/Clock Yes
Sensor Controls
Beverage Instant-On
Popcorn Instant-On
Reheat Instant-On
Time Preference Control Enhancement (1/9)
Express Cook Instant-on 1-6 minutes
Instant On Controls Yes
Micro / Time Cook I & II
Add 30 Seconds Instant-On
Defrost Type Auto & Time
Power Levels 10
Cooking System Stirrer
Reminders / Signals / Timers
Kitchen Timer / Timer (On/Off) No / Yes
Cooking Complete Reminder Yes
Child Lock-Out Yes
APPEARANCE
Color Appearance SS
Case Color Greystone
Door Color Black/Stainless Steel
WEIGHTS & DIMENSIONS
Approximate Shipping Weight 41
Cavity (W x H x D) 16-1/2 x 7-7/16 x 11-1/4
Overall Width 23-25/32
Overall Height 11-3/16
Overall Depth (excluding handle) 12-9/32
POWER / RATINGS
Electrical Requirements
Electrical Input ° 120V Amperage 11.5
Electrical Input ° 120V Watts 1300
Frequency (MHz) 2450
ACCESSORIES
Undercabinet Hanging Kit (04-A019-04) Pub. No. 4-A019-4
Optional 27" Built-In Kit JX827SS
WARRANTY
One-Year Warranty Full; Entire Appliance; Parts & Labor; In-Home
Limited Nine-Year Magnetron Warranty (10yrs Total Magnetron Tube; Part Only; In-Home©




Recommend this product? Yes


Amount Paid (US$): 199


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