Kenmore Elite 80373 Over-the-Range Microwave Review
The Kenmore Elite 80373 has good looks and a good sensor, but nothing else stands out.
The Kenmore 80373's popcorn setting was not up to the challenge. Once the cycle was complete only 31 unpopped kernels (out of a possible 300) remained behind, and we found 21 burnt kernels. This isn't a terrible result, but burnt kernels are a bad sign.
On the other hand, the 80373's sensor cooking mode was excellent. We measured only a 3°F difference when testing the temperature of sections of our test potato, which was cooked thoroughly throughout.
The convection setting was another matter entirely. We tested this setting by baking a batch of cookies, and found a total lack of uniformity from one cookie to another. Other microwaves had no problem here.
The 80373 was louder than most over-the-ranges we've tested. We recorded a sound level of 55.6 dB during normal operation, and 62.2 dB when using the exhaust vent.
Heating and Defrosting
Most microwaves can, at the very least, heat a cup of water, and the 80373 was no exception. The appliance took only three minutes to heat a cup of room temperature water to 208°F.
We reheated a portion of macaroni and cheese using the 80373's default power levels. The resulting food was a minefield of uneven temperatures, alternating between barely warm and scalding hot. Our advice: Be sure to give your food a good stir before taking the first bite.
Similarly, the defrost setting struggled to thaw our test food. At the completion of the five minute cycle, a number of frozen clumps were left behind, but fortunately very few sections of the food were overcooked.
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