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GE PEM31DFBB 1.1 cu. ft. Capacity Built-In 800 Watt Microwave Oven in Black
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- 1.1 cu. ft. capacity 800 Watts (IEC-705 test procedure)
- Convenience Controls - Allow cooking and reheating at the touch of a button
- Optional trim kit - Offers a built-in appearance of a countertop model
- Model PEM31DFBB
- Auto and Time Defrost - Automatically defrosts for a specified amount of time
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GE makes two versions of the Spacemaker microwave. The JEM25 line (this one) is the more basic model. It offers a fair amount of features, including several that were lacking in my original, such as a turntable. Wattage is 800. Love the one-touch buttons and the add 30 second button - those were my favorite features on the old one, and I'm glad they were retained. Also nice to be able to turn the turntable off when you have big, rectangular dishes. This model comes in black or white.
The PEM31 line is a step up. In addition to black and white, it comes in stainless. It is the same size as the JEM25 line, same wattage, and includes the same features. It, however, adds a few more programming options, plus has a sensor to automatically determine when the food is hot. The look is also a bit improved to match the GE Profile line of products. It has a one year warranty like the JEM25, but also has a 5 year warranty on the magnetron. There's a catch, however - the five year warranty is only for parts; you have to pay for labor (which tends to be as, or more expensive than the part).
I went for the JEM25 model since I only use a microwave for warming, and didn't want to pay extra for programming features I'd never use (such as the sensor - have that on another microwave and very rarely use it). My head was turned by the look of the stainless, but a very low price on the JEM from abt sealed the deal.Read more ›
Time will tell whether GE has solved the earlier Spacemaker's horrible "interior peeling paint" problem (Google it -- GE's official response to the peeling paint problem on their website: don't worry if it get's in your food....the paint is non-toxic! Seriously, and these are the people who design nuclear power plants?)
However, after protesting loudly and creatively enough on the web ("Do GE execs put microwave paint into their own children's food? Or just their customers'?) there friendly email customer service rep sent us a $200 gift card, which we used to buy this.
Assuming the paint won't peel -- time will tell -- the only truly annoying feature of this model is that they made it just slightly larger in dimensions than the Spacemaker II model. The cabinetry work required to rebuild the snug, built-in cabinet space cost us more than the microwave. But good look finding any other model that will fit they space -- as far as I can tell, GE has a monopoly on this size/dimensions. Otherwise, I never would have purchased another GE microwave.
Just found out there is a class action suit against GE for continuing to market faulty microwaves even though they know there is a fire risk with their components.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very happy with this microwave. A difficult size to find and this one fit perfect.Published 1 month ago by Grandpa
The important thing for us was for the microwave to fit in the opening, so we didn't have many choices. Read morePublished 2 months ago by booklady
We have now had two of these microwaves die from lightening storms. The outlet has the breaker in it, but the microwaves have still blown out.Published 5 months ago by TK
If you're looking at this model, odds are good you have some insanely small space to put your microwave. Read morePublished 6 months ago by JTC