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GE JVM3160RFSS Microwave Review

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

The GE JVM3160RFSS is a budget-friendly over-the-range microwave. It's missing some extras like a steam sensor that would allow it to automatically calculate the cook time, and there's no way to mute the controls. That said, like most over-the-range microwaves, it has an adjustable cooktop fan and light and comes with the basic functions you can expect from any microwave, like a defrost mode and quick-start buttons for foods like popcorn.

Our Verdict

8.6 Power

The GE JVM3160RFSS is a fast 1000-watt microwave. The much more expensive KitchenAid KMHS120ESS will heat your food only marginally faster.

  • Heats food quickly.
  • Easy to see into cooking chamber.
  • No steam sensor.
  • No mute function.

Performance Usages

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

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The GE JVM3160RFSS comes in several different colors: 'White' (JVM3160DFWW), 'Black' (JVM3160DFBB), 'Stainless Steel' (JVM3160RFSS), 'Slate' (JVM3160EFES), and 'Bisque' (JVM3160DFCC), which is an off-white or cream color.

We tested the 'Stainless Steel' version, 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 (GE JVM3160RF8SS). According to the manufacturer, this isn't a different model but is an extra number that indicates when the unit was made.

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

Compared To Other Microwaves

Compared to slightly more expensive models, like the LG MVEM1825F and the GE JVM6175SKSS, the GE JVM3160RFSS lacks some extra features, like a steam sensor and a mute controls option. You also have a little less control over the cooktop fan and light since each can only be set to 'high' or 'low,' and you can't program the fan to switch off after a certain amount of time. That said, it heats food nearly as fast as the more expensive over-the-range models we've tested. It's also available in a few different colors to match your kitchen, unlike some other budget-friendly options like the LG LMV1764ST.

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

Test Results

perceptual testing image
Height 16.1" (41.0 cm)
Width 29.9" (76.0 cm)
Depth Without Handle
15.6" (39.5 cm)
Depth With Handle
17.3" (44.0 cm)
Power Cord Length 3.28 ft (1.00 m)
Cooking Chamber
Advertised Chamber Volume
1.6 cu. ft.
Turntable Diameter
12.8" (32.4 cm)
Chamber Height
9.1" (23.0 cm)
Chamber Width
21.5" (54.5 cm)
Chamber Depth
14.1" (35.8 cm)
Measured Chamber Volume
1.6 cu. ft. (0.04 m³)

The cooking chamber is on the small side compared to other over-the-range models like the KitchenAid KMHS120ESS, but not by a huge amount. The light inside makes it very easy 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

This microwave has straightforward controls. It's missing some features found on the slightly pricier GE JVM6175SKSS, like a mute controls option and a steam sensor. Still, it has the usual defrost and reheat modes, plus some express-cook programs like 'Popcorn' and 'Potato' that start the microwave with one push of a button. You can switch off the turntable rotation, which is helpful when you're heating food in larger dishes. The cooktop fan and light can each be set to either low, high, or off, so they aren't quite as adjustable as the JVM6175SKSS's. It also lacks that model's 'replace filter' indicator, but you are meant to wash the hood filters about once a month and replace the charcoal odor and smoke filter when it gets dirty.

In The Box

  • Mounting plate
  • Turntable
  • Turntable roller
  • Hardware packet (screws, grommet, clamp, and wall anchors)
  • Cover plate for ventilation
  • Extra grease filters
  • User guide and installation guide

Inverter Technology
Advertised Microwave Output Power
1,000 W
Tested Heating Rate At 100% Power
694 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 factors like what kind 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)
94 °F (34 °C)
Food Temperature Range (100% Power)
111 °F (62 °C)
Min. Food Temperature (50% Power)
91 °F (33 °C)
Food Temperature Range (50% Power)
113 °F (63 °C)

You won't notice a difference between how different microwaves perform when evenly heating food in deeper dishes. Evenness depends on what you're heating, not what microwave you use. You can read more about our investigation into microwave performance here.