We like this microwave oven because it is very versatile and it packs a lot of power. Nevertheless, its durability is questionable.
Built in microwaves are very popular at the moment, as are all built in appliances. The main advantage of built-in appliances is the fact that they can be hidden from sight, and as such, they do not affect your kitchen design. Nevertheless, built in appliances are generally quite expensive, which is why we find it curious that the Frigidaire FGMO205KF Gallery 2.0 Cu. Ft. built-in microwave only costs $413.33. It could be that this microwave is indeed a value investment or it could be that it is poorly constructed. Let’s take a closer look at it and see where the truth lies.
Like most microwave ovens nowadays, the Frigidaire FGMO205KF is available in a black, white or stainless steel finish. Since most appliances are available in a stainless steel finish, this oven will blend in the design of most kitchens. Moreover, since it is built in, it can even match a less modern kitchen, as the only visible part of it will be the front. This unit weights 41 pounds and has the following dimensions: 19.1 x 24 x 13.4 inches. We like the fact that this microwave has an efficient coating which resists smudges and fingerprints. As such, it can be cleaned with minimum effort in a matter of seconds.
This microwave features a user-friendly control panel with one-touch buttons. It is quite spacious, featuring a 2 cubic feet cooking space. It delivers 1200 watts of power, which allows it to heat any food in a matter of minutes. The power of most microwave ovens available on the market ranges from 600 Watts to 1000 Watts, so 1200 Watts is pretty much as good as it gets.The Frigidaire Gallery microwave also features a cooking sensor which detects the amount of moisture in the food in order adjust the cooking time and the power, so that it cooks or heats the food to perfection. The control panel features a clock display, a timer, and a child lock. It features a turntable which allows the food to be cooked evenly.
This oven does not come with a trim kit but you can buy one separately. The trim kit will allow you to mount the microwave in cabinets which are not specifically designed for this oven’s dimensions. The trim kit is available in black, white or stainless steel and it costs $109.99.
One of the things that we most like about this microwave oven is the fact that it has a wide variety of settings. For someone who only uses the microwave for heating up food or for making popcorn, a unit that features over 30 settings might seem overly complicated. Nevertheless, if you use the microwave on a daily basis for a wide variety of foods, you will make good use of settings such as chicken nuggets, baked potato or frozen kids meals. This microwave oven also has a function which keeps the food warm. The defrost, auto cook, melt and auto reheat options are also very useful. You also benefit from settings especially created for different types of meat such as ground meat, fish or chicken breasts. The delay start is another useful feature.
While the FGMO205KF Gallery packs a lot of power and heats all food evenly, there have been some customer complains regarding its durability. A lot of people complained that the oven stopped working within the first two years of use. Considering the fact that this microwave oven comes with only a one-year limited warranty for parts and labor, we advise caution. If possible, opt for an extended warranty.