Frigidaire FGMV175QF Over-the-Range Microwave Review
This Frigidaire left us cold.
The Frigidaire FGMV175QF's popcorn setting was acceptable. Once the cycle was complete only 17 unpopped kernels out of a possible 300 remained behind, and only 12 were burnt. We don't like to see any burnt kernels at all, but this isn't a terrible result.
The FGMV175QF's sensor cooking mode was impressive. While it did overcook our food slightly, we measured a mere 6°F variance between the different sections of our test potato.
Sound and Features
The FGMV175QF is one of the quieter over-the-range microwaves available. We recorded a sound level of 46.7 dB during normal operation, and 61.0 dB when using the exhaust vent.
Heating and Defrosting
We expect the microwaves we test to at least heat water without trouble, but the FGMV175QF even had difficulty in this area. After four minutes, our test cup of water was still three degrees shy of our 212°F target.
We reheated a portion of macaroni and cheese using the FGMV175QF's default power levels. The resulting food exhibited seemingly even temperatures, with one notable exception. The center of the food was absolutely scalding at 192°F, while the surround edges where only 132°-136°.
Similarly, the defrost setting was decidedly uneven. At the completion of the four minute cycle, a number of frozen clumps were left behind, while other portions of our test food were overcooked.
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