Frigidaire Gallery Microwave Review and Options
This is a review and “once over” of the Frigidaire Gallery 1.7 cubic foot
microwave model number FGMV176NTF. It’s made to fit the 30 inch space over
a range and comes in nice smudge proof stainless steel. I really like this
microwave other than the signal, but it cooks quieter than our old microwave, cooks
faster, has some convenient features, and looks nice. The Frigidaire replaced a 10
year old GE Profile microwave that was getting louder, making funny noises, and was
taking longer and longer to cook and reheat.That’s how I knew it was time to
“give up the ghost.” The old GE Profile model that we bought was top-of-the-line
when it came out, was super expensive, had many extra features, for example, it was
also a convection oven, however; since we only use the basic functions like
cooking and reheating, we decided to get a simpler model to replace it. This
Frigidaire model has the basic cooking/ reheating features we wanted, but most
importantly, it also fit into the 30 inch space above the range where the old
microwave was. As we required, it also doubles as a convertible hood for the
range cooktop below. Inside the microwave there’s a thirteen and a half inch
diameter glass, rotating turntable, a light, and a metal space-wise rack. The
rack is only used for two level cooking and should not be left in the microwave
for normal use so we don’t store it in the microwave. There’s also a chart at
the bottom here that shows you all of the cooking options for each of the
buttons which I’ll demonstrate in a moment. This Frigidaire Gallery microwave
works well. It has lots of options. Aside from the usual manual cooking, it also
has auto cook, sensory reheat, sensor cook, auto defrost, melt/soften, and other
specific programs which I’ll go over shortly. For manual cooking I really like
the Quick Start feature. For example, if I just press the number two and there’s
something in the microwave, it automatically selects two minutes on
power 10. If I want to add another 30 seconds, I just press the start button.
If I put something in and I just hit the start button, whatever is in there
gets cooked at the power 10 for 30 seconds. Let’s take a look at the
other buttons and options of which I use a few consistently.
Auto Cook is used for rather specific tasks. Not sure how they came up with
these, but I’ll just say they’re interesting. Each time you press the auto
cook button you’ll see one of the ten options. The options are: scrambled eggs,
and then you can select one to six eggs, hot cereal, for one to three servings of
my daily oatmeal, and then it gets strange… this is for a 12 ounce frozen
pizza, 18 ounce fudge brownies, and then it gets even stranger… garlic shrimp,
stuffed mushrooms, Asiago red potatoes, roasted vegetable
medley, lemon and shrimp risotto, and lastly, white chicken chili. Hmmm. Those
are quite specific. If you want to cook those last six or eight items the
recipes are in the manual. The options for sensory heat include: Beverage, for
one to three cups (the measure not the number of mugs); Dinner Plate, which is for
one to two plates; Soup/Sauce, for one to two cups of soup and sauce; Casserole,
measured in servings although didn’t casseroles go out of style in the 70’s?…
except lasagna of course; and Rolls/ Muffins, which is for one to three pieces.
The Sensor Cooking option can be used for automatically cooking various foods.
I’ll show you how to select the options here. To select one of the sensor cooking
options like Bacon, Frozen Dinner, Rice or Frozen Breakfast
just press the sensor cooking button until the option appears. Let’s say Bacon
and then it will prompt you to press start. So you press Start.
Then you enter the number of slices, so one, two, or three slices so I press
three. Then you press Start and it’ll cook those three pieces of bacon.
As I said, the options for sensor cooking are: 1-3 slices of
bacon, which isn’t enough bacon for the whole family
ever; 10 or 20 ounce Frozen Dinner; 1-2 cups of rice, which my other
half really likes, and 8 or 12 ounce Frozen Breakfast,
which in my opinion should be outlawed. Using Auto Defrost, you can select a
category like meat, poultry, or fish, and then from there you select the weight of
that item in tenths of a pound. Melt/Soften is handy and useful for melting
sticks of butter; 2, 4, or 8 ounces of chocolate, or a pint or 1.5
quarts of ice cream, which is one of my favorites. You need to keep an eye on
it though. If you’ve already eaten some of the ice cream out of the container
you may turn it into a warm milk shake. Then lastly, you can use it to soften
three or eight ounces of cream cheese. These four buttons: Potato, Veggies,
Popcorn, Snacks, are used for OneTouch cooking although they’re not really
“one” touch. You still have to select options. You use the Potato button for
1-4 eight ounce potatoes. You use the Veggies button for fresh or
frozen veggies. The Popcorn button is for 1.75 -3.3
ounces of popcorn, and the “Snacks” button is used for frozen pizzas,
hotdogs, which are not a snack but a food group for some, and then a
2.39 ounce (very specific) meal in a cup. I have no idea what that is! And
then lastly this is for an 8.8 ounce frozen kid’s meal, which I’m
sure is convenient, but probably should be outlawed for nutritional reasons.
The microwave has many convenient functions selected by using the Clock and Settings
button. This is where you’ll set the time of the 12-hour clock.
There’s no AM or PM. This is where you’ll also turn on and off the control lock,
which basically locks up the control panel so nothing can happen. There’s a
Power Save feature, which I don’t completely understand given all it does is
shut off the clock. You can set the times for it to turn on and off Power Save
Mode. Here’s where you’ll adjust the sound of the annoying
beep. You select low, medium, high, or my favorite, off. When it toggles to your
selection you press Start. You’ll also use this
button to reset the pure air filter, which goes up here. You remove that screw,
push in the carbon filter, and then the carbon filter reduces smells that
are coming up from the range. You will also use this button to select your language and
whether you want to see things in pounds or kilograms. Then there’s the crazy
demo mode, which doesn’t use any power, but there’s a lot of flashing lights and
noise that happen. Kinda looks like Star Wars. If you want to see the
demo mode you can see that from here. This button here’s where you’ll select
the power level. I would show you that button in action, but I need to have food
in there and you need to select the time in order to select the power level.
This thing will cook with two different levels. You can cook for 15 minutes on one
power and say, 10 minutes on another, which is kind of cool. There are 11
power levels selected by pressing the power level button consecutively. Just
keep in mind that when you press the power level button
it counts down from 100%… so power level 10 down to no power at all. This
button turns on and off the turntable. Keep in mind if you use certain
program options up here, the turntable will spin even if you’ve turned it off.
Here you can select the fan speed of high, which is 300 CFM,
low of 105 CFM, and then off. We have this unit set up to vent our range by
recirculating, which means it blows the air out the top-front of the unit into
the house versus venting outside. This unit can be set up to blow outside
with the supplied parts and assuming you have something set up from an old
range ventilation hood. The fan has a replaceable carbon filter, which simply
gets stuffed into the top to reduce smells coming off
the range. Also the fan will automatically come on if the bottom of
the microwave gets too hot from the range below. Kind of cool! There are two
removable grease filters (ventilation filters) underneath the unit and they
should occasionally be washed with soap and water. The Timer button here is one
of my most used functions for timing things that I’m cooking on the range or
in the traditional oven. And lastly, this is the under microwave light button
which can be used to turn the lights (you may not be able to see this)
high, dim, or off. The lights inside of the microwave as well as the lights
underneath are LEDs and they’re super white. Their color temperature’s got
to be about 4000 Kelvin, which in my opinion is good for office buildings and
interrogation rooms. If you couldn’t tell, I don’t really like LEDs because while
LEDs are efficient, they don’t look pretty like halogens or incandescent lights.
They’re very harsh and these lights don’t match the warm under cabinet lighting of
the rest of our kitchen. It would be nice if there was an option to change the
color temperature to say a warm yellow (like 2800
Kelvin — that warm, yellow, homey color). I’m currently looking
into how to do that possibly using photo gels. Maybe I’ll do another video on that.
I also wish there was a “night light” function on this model. If you don’t know
what that is, a “night light” feature allows you to set an on-and-off time for
the under cabinet lights. It’s handy if you want to have a
light come on around the time you get home and off before you go to bed.
Unfortunately this model does not have that “night light” feature. Here’s a better
look at the underside of the unit. You have two grease ventilation filters. One
here and one over there, and you wash those with soap and water. Let’s have a
look at the lights. “Colonel Mustard, where were you on the night of September 14th
and what were you cooking in your microwave?” That’s high. That’s medium.
That’s off. Super-bright, cold LEDs. The smudge-proof stainless is
fantastic at avoiding fingerprints. I’ve had my fingers all over this thing
during the video, but there’s not a single fingerprint on it other than the
keypad (which is unavoidable when you’re cooking). To clean the surfaces
including the stainless steel, you just wipe with warm soapy water. Definitely do
not use stainless steel cleaner. Another thing is when we received the microwave,
there was a large sticker on the stainless of the door. I slowly peeled it
off and the sticker left behind all this adhesive. Why do manufacturers do this?
Anyway, it was a mess but I figured out how to get it off. If
you want to know how I did it, I’ll post a link up here in the right-hand corner.
I don’t think you’re going hear it very well in
this video, but the signal tones of this microwave are hideous and annoying in my
opinion. This is on low volume. Let me demonstrate…
Actually, we’ll hear it in a few moments, but the beep is shrill and relentless.
When the food is done or the timer goes off
there are three long beeps…
Followed by silence. Then three long beeps. Again silence. So on and so forth
until you just can’t ignore it any longer.
Our old microwave gave a signal when the food was done and then one soft chirp
per minute to remind us the food was done.
Unfortunately the signal on this microwave is as relentless as a smoke
detector and annoying even on low volume. While I’m on the topic of beeping
assuming you can hear me over that annoying noise,
I wish Frigidaire would replace one of these buttons in here,
perhaps Potato, with a mute button. When you get up early in the
morning and you don’t want to disturb the family, if you could just hit a
mute button so that it doesn’t make noise, that would be fantastic. If you
want to shut the volume of the beep off, you’ve got to press
the Clock & Settings button four times menu to select
either low or off. That drives me crazy!
Lastly, the microwave is nice and quiet, but occasionally the glass turntable
will wobble slightly if a plate is not properly centered. That will add a
little extra noise. Overall we really like this microwave and it has the features
we like for cooking, reheating, melting, defrosting, etc. Does it have some
unnecessary features like Garlic Shrimp Risotto? Yeah, but it doesn’t have
unnecessary and expensive features like doubling as a convection oven. We never
use that when we had it. Are there things that would make this unit better? For
example, adding a “night light,” a mute button, or changing the color temperature
of the LEDs? Absolutely! But for the price, this works fantastic for us. I hope this
video has been helpful. If it has, please do me a favor and like it, and that way
other people can find it. And thank you so much for watching!
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