6
This content is rated TV-MA, and is for viewers 18 years or older. Are you of age?
Sorry, you are not old enough to view this content.

First Look: Reheating with the GE Profile Series Countertop Microwave Oven

About Video Transcript

First Look: Reheating with the GE Profile Series Countertop Microwave Oven

2:06 /

This high-capacity microwave can reheat almost anything at the touch of a button.

Hey, CNET. I'm Ry Crist, and this is the GE Profile Series 2.2 cubic foot Countertop Microwave Oven. This is a very big microwave. It's got a 16-inch turntable inside of it, and a lot of space to it. So, you're gonna need a lot of room in your counter. But it's a very good microwave. It's got power to it, it's got some smart settings. And we were pretty impressed with how it cooked. I'm not sure that it's enough of an upgrade over the standard microwave we probably have already. They justified the cost, though. This thing is $359. And if you want a little bit less, you can get it for $309 without the stainless steel finish. In terms of its cooking power, it does a pretty decent job. It behaves like most other microwaves. It will make popcorn, it will make frozen dinners, it will make Hot Pockets. But it doesn't do it a whole lot better than the average microwave. And that was a bit disappointing. One thing that we were impressed with, though, was the fact that it's got moisture sensors. These can detect how much steam is escaping your food, and then, automatically cook it for the right amount of time. So, you just put the thing in, hit one button, and it will do the rest. With reheating this did especially well. So, if you have leftovers you wanna cook, this is a great microwave. We tried out Little Caesars Pizza that was neither hot nor ready, and it did a great job. It made a really good, gooey, melty pizza that we enjoyed eating. And it also did well with bigger-sized entrées. It took advantage of the high capacity. We had a big tray of enchiladas, we had Salisbury steak, we had cheddar potato casserole. And it was able to figure out how long to cook all of them. And that was very impressive to us. However, you have to remember this is a $359 microwave. And that's a lot more than other upgraded microwaves we're looking at. It doesn't have convection or inverter tech. It's just a basic microwave that has these moisture sensors and have a lot of capacity to it. So, if that's enough for you, if you wanna cook a lot of food for a lot of people, and do it pretty easily with those sensors, it's not a bad microwave. But we've seen microwaves from other brands, like Amana, that also have moisture sensors and can automatically detect your food's cooking time. And they cost a lot less. So, I'm not sure that I can recommend this microwave. But still, I was impressed with it. I like using it. So, give it a look and see if it's right for you. For CNET, I'm Ry Crist.

New releases

McLaren P1: Harbinger of the hybrid supercar revolution (CNET On Cars, Episode 58)
23:31 January 30, 2015
McLaren P1 on the track and on the street, CNET Style. How engines get their names and what it means. Also: CNET's Top 5 cars of last...
Play video
Boost's ZTE Speed is a 4.5-inch, low-priced Android
1:07 January 30, 2015
Featuring a 5-megapixel camera, a quad-core CPU, and a 4.5-inch display, the ZTE Speed is one of Boost's prepaid bargain Androids.
Play video
The LaCie Mirror is perfect for narcissists
2:14 January 30, 2015
CNET editor Dong Ngo totally likes what he sees when looking at the one-of-a-kind LaCie Mirror portable drive. And that's because (you...
Play video
Rid your Android quick settings menu of oddball toggles
1:17 January 30, 2015
CNET's Dan Graziano shows you how to fix one of the most annoying features in Android 5.0 Lollipop.
Play video
Beats Pill XL: Bigger Bluetooth speaker justifies its premium price
1:25 January 30, 2015
We weren't such big fans of Beats' original Pill, but the company's jumbo-sized model is well designed and performs much better.
Play video
Facebook using beacons to show location 'tips'
2:50 January 30, 2015
Social network's new app feature sends location tips to your feed using GPS, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth beacons. Meanwhile, your home Internet...
Play video
Testing out 'Insane Mode' in the Tesla P85D, Ep. 190
4:28 January 30, 2015
This week we get all nostalgic with the Prynt smartphone case that makes your iPhone work like a Polaroid camera, we learn some scary...
Play video
Nvidia G-Sync is a smooth move for PC games
3:01 January 30, 2015
The right graphics card and G-Sync monitor can make games look better.
Play video