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GE JES1072SHSS Microwave Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Reviewed Jul 10, 2024 at 10:13 am

The GE JES1072SHSS is a very small, budget-friendly countertop microwave. While it lacks fancier features like a steam sensor for more automatic microwaving, you can mute its controls. It comes in a few different colors, which isn't always the case for countertop models, so you can pick one that matches your kitchen decor.

Our Verdict

6.3 Power

The GE JES1072SHSS is a slow microwave. It only has 700 watts of power, and most microwaves will heat food faster.

  • Mute controls option.
  • Very compact design.
  • Somewhat slow.
  • No steam sensor.

Performance Usages

  • 6.3 Power
  1. Updated Jul 10, 2024: Review published.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

This microwave comes in 'Black,' 'White,' and 'Stainless Steel.' We tested it in 'Stainless Steel,' and you can see the label for the unit we tested here.

You might notice that the model number on the label has an extra digit (JVM6175SK62SS). This isn't a different model, but an extra number that indicates when the unit was made, according to the manufacturer.

If you come across another variant, let us know in the comments, and we'll update our review.

Compared To Other Microwaves

The GE JES1072SHSS is a budget-friendly microwave with a very compact design. Unlike the equally small Cuisinart CMW-70, you can mute its controls. However, it only has 700 watts of power and won't heat food very quickly. If you want a small, fast microwave, you might prefer the high-end LG LMC0975ST. The Toshiba EM131A5C-BS isn't quite as small, but it's faster and has a steam sensor, so it's a good option if you want something with all the bells and whistles.

If you're still looking for a microwave, check out the best microwaves and the best over-the-range microwaves.

Test Results

perceptual testing image
Height 10.1" (25.7 cm)
Width 17.3" (44.0 cm)
Depth Without Handle
12.8" (32.5 cm)
Depth With Handle
Power Cord Length 3.44 ft (1.05 m)
Cooking Chamber
Advertised Chamber Volume
0.7 cu. ft.
Turntable Diameter
10.0" (25.5 cm)
Chamber Height
7.6" (19.2 cm)
Chamber Width
12.1" (30.7 cm)
Chamber Depth
12.2" (31.0 cm)
Measured Chamber Volume
0.6 cu. ft. (0.02 m³)

It's one of the smallest microwaves we've tested, making it well-suited for small kitchens without a lot of counter space. The cooking chamber light isn't that bright, so it's difficult to see inside when the door is closed.

Controls And Functions
Door Release
Cooking Sensor
Popcorn Button
Defrost Button
Add Time Button
Kitchen Timer
Mute Sounds Button
Lock Controls Button

The GE JES1072SHSS has simple controls. You can easily start a 1-6 minute cooking cycle with the numbered buttons, and it has dedicated modes for foods like 'Popcorn' and 'Potato.' There are also buttons for reheat and defrost modes. There's a dedicated button for muting the controls, so it's easy to mute and unmute whenever you want. However, it doesn't have a steam sensor that could allow the microwave to automatically calculate the cook time.

In The Box

  • Turntable
  • Turntable roller
  • User manual

Inverter Technology
Advertised Microwave Output Power
700 W
Tested Heating Rate At 100% Power
491 W
Shallow Dish Heating Uniformity
Area Of Underheated Dinner Plate
Grayscale Range Dinner Plate
Area Of Underheated Turntable
Grayscale Range Turntable

Microwaves all heat food in shallow dishes quite similarly. Heating evenness depends on what type of food you're microwaving, how much of it there is, and what container you're using. If you're interested in knowing more about microwave performance, check out our investigation here.

Deep Dish Heating Uniformity
Min. Food Temperature (100% Power)
97 °F (36 °C)
Food Temperature Range (100% Power)
100 °F (56 °C)
Min. Food Temperature (50% Power)
96 °F (35 °C)
Food Temperature Range (50% Power)
87 °F (48 °C)

There's no noticeable difference between microwaves when it comes to evenly heating food in deep containers. Evenness depends on what you're heating, not what microwave you use. You can read more about our investigation into microwave performance here.