By JohnathanD from AR, AR2019-07-11T22:46:00-04:00 on July 11, 2019
Ease of Use:
Ok. So, we bought a big beautiful house. They had a small, aging Whirlpool microwave installed with a trim kit. We had just bought this big LG microwave, so my wife more or less insisted that
we get this trim. I instantly regretted it. I mean, you can kinda tell from the photos that this thing is very shoddy. In fact, the whole thing (including the tray!) is just sheet metal with
sharp edges. The instructions are terrible, and you have to cut out your own templates to install it.
I measured everything very, very precisely, but this thing scratched up the microwave and my beautiful cabinets terribly when it came to "pop" it into place.The kit includes two oversized screws
for each corner and the holes are dead in the corner, so even after drilling pilot holes they split the cabinet at the edges.
Like I said it`s just sheet metal, so none of it is straight or stays straight. Even after coaxing it as perfectly as possible, using shims, and attaching the fascade to the junky little tray,
it`s neveraligned. One of the four corners won`t seat and it flush at the bottom of the microwave but not the top. So, after hours of painstaking work, you`re left with trim that looks bad,
scratches up everything, isn`t straight, and drags on the door--causing damage every time you use it.
It seems painfully obvious that this product is an aftermarket afterthought. Whirlpool`s OEM kit, in contrast, features a very sturdy and straight tray, well-designed trim with boxed edges to
avoid damage and add stregth, and an infinitely preferable appearance...plus it doesn`t destroy your expensive microwave and cabinets.
To top it all off, the trim costs almost as much as a microwave--though it would be pretty worthless at any price. Do youself a favor and avoid this overpriced gargage like the plague!