We purchased the LG LMV1683ST because we liked the clean attractive appearance and the larger numbers on the control pad. The unit does have a nice appearance. However, there are two things about the unit that have disappointed us. First, the exhaust fan has two settings - loud and louder. It is just much louder than our previous oven hood but no more effective in exhausting hot air from the stove. We found that the top of the microwave was vibrating and, when we inserted a shim between the top and the cabinet above, the noise level decreased. However, it is still quite loud. Second, the programming controls are very basic. Setting the time and cook level require more steps than our previous, less expensive, countertop microwave. Overall, this model does cook well and has exhibited no manufacturing defects.
How do you rate a microwave? All of them that I have purchases, regardless of source, have been good microwaves. This one is also a good microwave. Do not discount it simply because I did not mark it as excellent. I wouldn't mark any microwave as excellent. It is a microwave and it operates like all my previous microwaves operate. I am happy with it and would recommend it. As with all stainless steel items, fingerprints are very visable. However they are visible on all my stainless steel appliances.
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