Electrolux EW30SO60QS Built-In Microwave Review
Just think of it is as a built-in convection oven with a microwave feature.
The EW30SO60QS did extremely well in our popcorn test. Once the cycle was complete, only 52 kernels out of a possible 300 remained unpopped, and we found none burnt.
Sensor cooking modes are often hit-or-miss with microwaves, and the EW30SO60QS's was predictably disappointing. This setting overheated our test food by 14°F and—when measuring the temperatures throughout our cooked potato—we found a number of hot and cold spots.
The convection setting, however, proved impressive. The tops and bottoms of cookies we baked were so uniformly even that they resembled a well regimented military brigade. Also, there was no noticeable difference when comparing the tops and bottoms of individual cookies, neither side was over- or undercooked compared to the other.
The EW30SO60QS is one of the quieter microwaves we've seen, largely due to the fact that it's a built-in model. We recorded 57.7 dB during normal operation.
Heating and Defrosting
As is often the case with modern microwaves, the EW30SO60QS blasted through our basic water heating test. The appliance took only three minutes to heat a cup of room temperature water to 210°F.
We reheated a portion of macaroni and cheese using the EW30SO60QS's default power levels. While the food was sufficiently heated overall, there were a couple of cold spots. A good mix mid-cycle should resolve that.
We saw similar results in our defrosting test. At the completion of the seven minute cycle, we found a large portion of our food was still frozen. Fortunately, very few sections of our somewhat-thawed ground beef were overcooked, which means you should be able to extend the cycle without too much worry.
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