When searching for the top rated microwaves, you should take a look at Whirlpool’s newest over-range model WMH78019HV, which brings much-needed smart features into the kitchen.
In theory, the Whirlpool smart app is absolutely what homeowners and chefs have been looking for: A way to attach bigger appliances to a wireless network and control them using the newest smart features. But the truth has been a little unsatisfactory. The Whirlpool app takes up a different slot on the smartphone, but hasn’t presented much but the skill to control more than one appliances, like your washer and dryer, when you not at home. That’s why it’s fun to see Whirlpool add smart options to a luxury microwave.
This 30-inch range model ($380) comes with 1.9 cubic feet of space, 1,100 watts of power, and already has advanced features like “scan to cook” which takes a look at the bar code on prepackaged food and recommends the best settings for you.
The Whirlpool app makes this advanced, letting you prep the convection oven mode at a distance (a move that really can preserve time), or generate many cooking directions for variations in temperature and cooking power with no need to hover over the meal you are prepping. There’s also an interesting popcorn feature that listens to how often your popcorn is popping so it can stop cooking before a popcorn bag gets severely burnt.
To compliment all the sensors and smartphone management, the model also adds many upgraded cleaning functions.
There’s a slick coating that assists you in cleaning the microwave not including using cleaning chemicals, a SteamClean mode to release stuck-on particles, and a 4-speed fan to get rid of odors ASAP. Basically, Whirlpool added almost everything except the kitchen sink to this microwave, making it one of the most feature-rich models we’ve ever found.
On the negative aspect, the WMH78019HV isn’t very user friendly. The control panel is astonishingly off-putting, a strip of buttons oddly placed at the base of the door with no apparent indicators on how to rapidly program the microwave. Shoppers traveling through the store checking models may walk past this one just because it looks like too much work – which is very bad, because inside Whirlpool really has created an remarkable microwave.