The LG LMV18 series of over-the-range microwaves are basic models with a basic design. They do not have convection cooking, but they include many convenient features at a reasonable price. They also provide powerful ventilation for your kitchen.

Sensor cooking is fairly standard in higher-end microwaves, and the LG LMV1813ST is no exception. Sensor cooking takes the guesswork out of cooking commonly microwaved food. The sensors detect humidity levels to determine if your food is ready or if it needs a little extra time. You won't have to stop and check the temperature yourself and guess how much longer your food needs. Sensor reheat also simplifies reheating leftovers, making sure they're heated to the proper temperature without drying them out. If you need to defrost meat or veggies before cooking, this microwave will thaw them in minutes with both auto and rapid defrost options.

This built-in microwave is an average size, and its interior capacity is just above average, at 1.8 cubic feet. If you need extra room when cooking, the included cooking rack creates a bi-level cooking space. With 1100 watts, this microwave has more power than other models.

The powerful fan on this unit can be set at three different speeds, including a Turbo mode, which will come in handy for super-smoky cooktop projects. The fan is designed to be quieter than the average over-range microwave oven, yet it is more powerful than many others we reviewed. The fan is also programmable, so you can set the vent to run for a certain amount of time and shut itself off. Additionally, it will automatically start when it detects too much heat or smoke coming from the stove. The cooktop light is also somewhat versatile with a couple of different intensity levels.

This over-the-range microwave oven comes in only two colors, white and stainless steel, so it will not fit into as many kitchen settings as other units. Even though this microwave may look boxy and basic, there are some wonderful design aspects, too. The vent is hidden, and the fan system can be arranged to filter and recirculate polluted air or move it outside.

LG excels in the help and support category. Its website is informative and well organized, and we love the live chat option. The warranty for this over-the-range microwave is also really great. Parts and labor are covered for a standard one year, and the main component of this unit – the magnetron – is covered for 10 years, which is much longer than the industry standard 5-year warranty.

LG LMV18 Summary:

This is not the most flashy over-the-range microwave oven, but it is a solid option. Functionality at a reasonable price makes this microwave a smart purchase, especially with the great warranty that backs the LG LMV1813ST.



The powerful ventilation fan will clear the air faster than other models.

The look and two color-options won't fit every taste.

The Verdict:

This reasonably priced unit is more functional than flashy and includes an exceptional warranty.