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Missing a few key features.
I picked this microwave because of the convection oven feature. I expected that this microwave would have all of the features of other lower-end microwaves+ the convection oven, but it's actually missing some...Read complete review
I picked this microwave because of the convection oven feature. I expected that this microwave would have all of the features of other lower-end microwaves+ the convection oven, but it's actually missing some obvious features my cheap microwave had. 1. There is no 1-button cook function. Before, I could push just "1" or "2" and so on to automatically cook on high for 1 or 2 minutes. Now I have to enter 1-0-0-start to cook for 1 minute. 2. At the end of every cooking cycle, to go back to having the clock displayed, I have to push "cancel". Otherwise, it displays a messaging telling me to enter more time to continue cooking on the same program, and then eventually displays COOK and 00:00:00. 3. The fan comes on very loudly for all microwave cooking. I expected this for the convection oven, but even for a 10 second microwave cooking, the fan comes on and the metal vent flap blows open (it vents to the outside, which is good). It's loud enough that even on low, you can easily hear it in the next room. On the plus side, 1. Once the cooking completes and the end time starts to beep, if I open the door it stops beeping. 2. It cooks fast. 1:30 seconds brings 1 cup of water to a near boil, 2 minutes cooks a bowl of oatmeal. 3. It comes with a metal stand and rack for use in the convection mode and also a plastic steamer pan. 4. It's possible to turn the beep and end timer off, if you want. You'll know it's done when the fan sound stops. So I can recommend this microwave if you really want the convection oven (and if you're hard of hearing, that's even better), but be warned about the missing features.
Most Liked Negative Review
Poor features and venting
We bought this in January as part of a kitchen remodel; I really wanted an over-the-range micro/convection combo that vented outside, and took a chance on this one. I've been very disappointed....Read complete review
We bought this in January as part of a kitchen remodel; I really wanted an over-the-range micro/convection combo that vented outside, and took a chance on this one. I've been very disappointed. First, the lack of "one-touch" quick cook for 1-6 minutes, which I thought I wouldn't miss after I got used to it, turns out that the rest of the disappointing features just amplify that lack of convenience. Second- this microwave does not vent the steam that builds up inside the unit during cooking, so when you open the door, steam billows out, and the entire inside of the microwave is covered in moisture, requiring you to wipe it out completely every time. Third, the preprogrammed options for cooking and reheating, and the order they scroll through, are silly. Under "cook", one of the first options is french toast. Seriously? I don't know anyone who cooks french toast in a microwave. Frozen vegetables, one of the most common things to cook in a microwave, doesn't scroll by until the 5th option. The convection options, one of the key reasons I bought this, are also relatively useless. I wanted to use the convection feature to minimize "microwaving" as much as possible, but the things I want to cook are not listed. Specifically, squash, like acorn or butternut. When it finishes cooking, instead of going back to clock, the display asks you to entire more time, and doesn't go back to clock until you press "cancel". If you do nothing, it continues to "ask" you to enter more time, and more than an hour passes before it will at last return the clock display. During the "add more time" display, even the ONE quick cook option, 30 seconds, no longer works as a one-touch option. I have been through all the setup options, and there is no way to have it automatically return to clock after cooking. But the first two are the biggest disappointments, and I wonder how long until the insides deteriorate or rust from all the moisture accumulation. That last one, in my mind, is a serious design flaw, and now I'm stuck with it. Along with all the other annoyances and inconveniences.
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from Quebec, Canada
Comments about Whirlpool Gold Stainless Steel Microwave Hood Combination:
Love the interior size and all of the many features especially the cool down period
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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Versatile and easy to use
from Columbia, MD
I am still getting used to my new over the cooktop microwave. It replaced a GE that I had for many years. It does everything I need and then some. I will definitely try using the convection unit more for baking. I used it once so far. I have no reason to feel disappointed with this unit.
Wonderful features on my new microwave.
from Kentucky, United States
I bought a new combonation microwave to replace my 9 year old Whirlpool microwave oven that was still working. I love my new oven for its versaltility. I can use it as a microwave or a regular small oven.
Easy to use
from Florida, United States
It was installed several months ago and I've used it easily.
Love my Whirlpool Microwave
from Dallas, TX, United States
Great design and easy installation. Replaced a slide in microwave with a combination over the range convection microwave and really like the ease of use.
Great Features and Excellent Addition to Any Kitchen
from Sarasota, FL, United States
We have always gravitated toward Whirlpool products and have not been disappointed with our new microwave/convection oven combination. It looks like a microwave but does so much more. That combined with our Whirlpool stove/oven makes are kitchen complete and a joy in which to cook.
Love convection/microwave combo.
Replaced builder's 700watt appliance with this 1100 watt model. Big difference. Also love the fact it has four vent speeds.
Works well, looks good
from West Des Moines, IA, United States
We've had our microwave for 6 months. We have used the convection oven feature on it a couple of times -- it works well when our other two ovens are full and/or we need a different temperature. The only thing I'm not as thrilled at is the fact that you need to hit the cancel button when it is done cooking (any kind of cooking -- microwave or convection) to get back to clock mode. But that is not a deal-breaker. It is a good microwave with lots of great features for the price. We're happy with the purchase.
Nice upgraded model but not sure about all the new enhancements
from Atlanta, GA, United States
Had to replace our original Gold Whirlpool microwave so we decided to just get the newest model of the original. It came with a lot of new features that we hoped would be beneficial. The steaming option works but not as good as a streamer. The conviction option takes as long as the convection option on our stove. The reheat plate option usually completely "nukes" the leftovers to the points you just throw them away. But as a microwave it works great. The only thing I miss is the quick keys of 1 - 6 "express minute" starts.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Love the combination - convection and microwave
from Davenport, IA, United States
I've enjoyed it's fast cooking features. At Easter it's convection oven saved my day since my oven was stuffed full!
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