Pros: Easy Installation, great price, faux stainless look is great, most necessary basic features
Cons: Would like a few added one-touch convenience buttons.
In May of 2007 we purchased a condo in the East Lansing area for our two student children while they completed her degree program at Michigan State. As a bank repo, it needed a complete kitchen make-over including our new Hotpoint RMV1535MMSA microwave.
Since I have installed over-the-range style microwaves in the past, I decided to complete the job on my own. This microwave is somewhat lighter and easier to handle than our won microwave at home but be advised that GE's literature still lists the weight of the unit at about 49 lbs.
I am the do-it-yourself type but the included instructions were straight-forward and relatively simple. I have little doubt most anyone could complete the process in an hour or two if electrical outlets are already available prior to installation. Just like our GE Profile i had previously placed in our home, the template supplied for installation was accurate and extremely helpful. The process is a one-man operation but a second body is helpful and almost a necessity to place the unit while getting electrical connections in their proper location. I was able to complete the entire installation on my own although I really don't advise it.
Since this is an over the range style oven, GE has provided both a surface vent fan to simply recirculate air back into the room or the ability to vent your microwave to the exterior. The fact we were installing the unit in a condominium complex, we elected to choose the simple method of recirulating the vent inside. Selecting this option means your microwave will be vented through the included charcoal filter built into the oven. While this option is less difficult during installation, it does cause the need to occasionally replace the built-in disposable filter.
The appearance of the Hotpoint RVM1535MMSA Microwave is great. With it's black and silver front surface it certainly gives the apprearance of more expensive stainless steel, but without the need to pay a premium price. This oven is the perfect match for the matching Hotpoint RB790SHSA 30" free-standing range. The oven window is large for easy viewing of the contents and the exterior surfaces are simple to clean.
If the silver and black model I review here does not suit your kitchen, the manufacturer does offer the same model in several colors. You can purchase the same model in either black, white or bisque should those choices make a better match.
Dimensions and Oven Interior
We liked the fact this model had sufficient space with it's 1.5 cu. ft. capacity which is only slightly smaller than the GE Profile model in our home. The microwave is dsigned to fit perfectly under any standard 30" cabinet. The GE website offers the following information as far as interior and exterior dimensions:
Cabinet Width 29 7/8 in
Overall Depth 15 1/16 in
Overall Height 15 3/4 in
Cavity (W x H x D) 19-7/16 x 9-1/8 x 14-13/32
Total Capacity (cubic feet) 1.5 ft3
I believe for the most part, at 950 Watts, this microwave falls in the mid-range of available choices. I don't suspect most consumers will be too aware of power differences, if at all, over larger options available to them. The performance from this Hotpoint has been more than satisfactory.
As is the case on most microwaves today, this one comes with a rotating glass turntable which continually rotates to ensure even cooking of your food. This model has only the most basic of one button convenience buttons available but once you have followed through the manual, use is fairly intuitive for most consumers.
Also similar to most, but not all microwaves, this model allows you to defrost in two different ways. It has an Auto Defrost mode which will automatically set both defrost times and power levels based on the weight of the items. This option will alert you to turn your items several times during the cycle. It also has a more simple Time Defrost which allows defrosting for a specified amount of time.
This model does make you job a bit simpler with it's Time Cook I & II feature. Using this feature allows you to enter two cooking times and eliminating the need to reprogram in the middle of the process. You will have the ability to stop the microwave and rotate or mix without taking the time necessary for reprogramming. When things get busy in your kitchen, this allows you to direct attention to other needs - a simple sounding time saver.
As I stated earlier, this model includes a venting system that allows venting outside or simply recirculating in the room. Hotpoint built in a two-speed, 200-CFM exhaust fan which does an adequate job in the kitchen area when needed. It does a great job clearing steam from cooktop, which is generally the reason it gets used.
Final Thoughts and Recommendations
This model has ended up being a great choice for a number of reasons. We have had an excellent experience with our own new GE Profile appliances in our home for several years but couldn't justify the cost for this renovation. Our search brought us to Hotpoint which at the time was descibed to me by my appliance salesman as GE's "builder's grade" models. We felt the Hotpoint RVM1535MMSA Microwave was fairly priced at $199.00. To date, after over a year and a half, it has functioned in a completely problem-free fashion. Based on the decent price, nice look, sufficient power and durability as well as this model's attractive line of features, I have to offer up a full five star Epinions rating.