This is one of the biggest and best countertop microwaves, so you will need a quit big counter to place it on. But the JES2051SNSS hawe a ton of inside cooking space and more power than most normal microwave ovens.
1000 watts is about the standard for countertop microwaves. This GE unit gives out 1200 watts, so it’s faster and will cook, reheat or defrost food in less time than you’re used to.
The oven is also a full 2.0 cubic feet with a 16-inch turntable, so it can fit more food than you expect to fit into a microwave; heating up a full-sized 9 x 13 casserole or even defrosting a small ham won’t be a problem for you.
The combination of power and size will give you a very effective appliance – although you will need to have a spare two feet of width and 20 inches of depth on your countertop for this very large “countertop” appliance.
Those who rely on a microwave oven to do their food for them will like this GE unit wery much. There is ten power levels, and a defrost function and six single-button commands: fish/chicken, vegetables, potatoes, popcorn, beverages and reheat.
We tend to be lazy at times, so we like the one-touch buttons, allowing you to just press one button for one minute, two minutes, and up to six minutes of cooking. A number of competitive models offer a selection that automatically adds 30 seconds to the preset cooking time, but this is one of the few that lets you keep pressing the button so you can add 60 seconds, 90 seconds or more all at once.
OK, so the JES2051SNSS is big and full-featured. More importantly, it is accurate and cooks food exactly the way you want it to. When you choose potato or popcorn, for example, the final result is perfect, thanks to sensors that judge the amount of time needed.
No microwave, no matter how “smart” it is, can be a complete substitute for oven baking without personal supervision. This GE comes wery close, though.
Some of the little details are nice, too. You can turn down (or off) the beeping when food is done, the pre-programming options for timed cooking are wery good, and you can use the countdown timer for other tasks around the kitchen even when the microwave is on.
Bear in mind that you simply aren’t going to find a countertop microwave that will last forever; in our disposable world, these ovens are built to last only a few years no matter how well they’re manufactured.
If you have the space for it the GE JES2051SNSS is your best bet for those few years, for a reasonable price. It’s available in stainless steel, black or white.
Facts and figures for the GE JES2051SNSS Stainless Steel Countertop Microwave
- Power: 1200 watts
- Oven capacity: 2.0 cubic feet
- Turntable: 16 inches
- Power levels: 10
- Presets: 6, plus defrost
- Delayed start and timer extend: Yes, yes
- Child lock: Yes
- Size: 24 x 19 x 14 inches
- Weight: 50 pounds
- Warranty: One year, limited