Two over-the-range microwaves in our top 10 list, the GE PVM1790SRSS and the Bosch HMV30, are in the $300 price range, which is the higher end as far as microwaves go. Let’s see how these two models compare as far as features and offerings go.
Price is a good place to start. The GE model runs at $399, but it offers convection cooking, while the Bosch model, at $338, does not. The $60 difference is not tremendous, but convection ovens are increasingly in high demand because of their ability to crisp, brown, and bake foods faster than standard microwave ovens.
Capacity-wise, the GE model edges out the Bosch one again, but only by a tenth of a cubic foot. The two microwaves have an equal 1,000 watts, a powerful strength. Their turntables are roughly the same in diameter, also.
As far as features go, each model has its own perks. The Bosch microwave has a convenient popcorn feature: By entering the size of the bag, the microwave adjusts the cook settings so you get the most popped kernels and less burning. It also has quick cook settings in 1-, 2-, and 3-minute increments.
Convection cooking is the GE model’s best feature, operating at 1,550 watts. While it takes time to preheat, the model’s at a remarkably low price for a convection oven. Another beneficial quality is the fast bake setting, which cooks dishes up to 25 percent faster than comparable models.
Both the GE and the Bosch models are attractively designed, with glossy doors, wide windows, and easy-to-clean interiors. It all boils down to whether you want convection cooking with your microwave. If that’s one of your must-haves, then the GE PVM1790SRSS is obviously the winner. However, the Bosch HMV30 still offers in-demand features for a reasonable price.
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