Review of Whirlpool microwave ovens

The long-standing Whirlpool home appliances brand may not come across your radar often, but that’s no reflection on its quality. Whirlpool Corporation is an American brand which manufactures a wide range of appliances under a number of different labels, as well as manufacturing directly for retailers such as IKEA.

We all depend on our microwaves for speedy cooking, heating, and defrosting, so it’s more than worth the time to investigate your options. In this article, we introduce you to the Whirlpool line of microwave ovens and what makes them different from competitors.

What microwaves does Whirlpool offer?

Whirlpool produces quite a small range of microwaves, all of which have grill and crisp functions in addition to standard microwave function. Currently there are just two Whirlpool microwave models on the market, with one coming in three different colours.

Crisp N’ Grill 25L Gusto Series GT286

crisp and grill gusto

At 700W, this is certainly not the most powerful microwave oven you’ll ever find, but it’s claimed to be designed for more even and efficient distribution of microwaves for faster cooking. This model includes pre-programmed defrost and cook-from-frozen settings for a number of different foods, such as pizza, nuggets, and fish. Non-stick coating on the inside is claimed to make it easier to clean, and the included grill and crisp plate are used to bake and fry. Its ‘6th Sense’ technology detects humidity to program power, time, and weight accordingly. It comes in black, white, or stainless steel exterior.

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Crisp N’ Grill Convection 29L Series JQ280

crisp and grill convection

A step up from the GT286, this Whirlpool microwave oven adds fan-forced air for faster and more efficient cooking. This takes it closer to a microwave-oven hybrid. Instead of heating up the whole oven to cook small servings such a pie or grilled cheese, this microwave is claimed to do just as good a job. It’s more powerful than the other currently available model, with 950W microwave power, a 1350W ring element at the rear, and a 1050W grill. This model also includes Whirlpool’s ‘6th Sense’ humidity detection technology. It comes in a stainless steel finish.

Are Whirlpool microwaves a good move?

While the current Whirlpool microwaves are specialised types, they still fall into the affordable end of the microwave price range. The first consideration should be whether you need (or will make use of) the extra functions. If you just need something basic, it may not be the best choice for your budget when you could get something a bit more powerful with fewer functions. Compare Whirlpool microwaves to other brands of similar price, capacity and power.

There aren’t as many microwave models in the Whirlpool range, which can make the choice easy but also doesn’t provide as many different choices. What makes Whirlpool microwaves stand out against competitors is their inclusion of grill and crisp functions, while keeping the appliance’s cost low. It can be worth giving one of these a whirl for something different.

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