There are lots of reasons to choose a microwave – price, size, power – but if you really want to get the most of out a machine, I’d advise you to go far beyond that.
Whirlpool’s new Max microwave is a perfect example – packed with extra functions, its rounded back means it can squeeze neatly into awkward corners that other microwaves can’t, and its two new vibrant finishes – Vivacious Green and Zesty Orange – add a shot of colour to your kitchen that’s not easily rivalled.
I was delighted when I was asked to take one of the new models for a spin. Secretly hoping for orange to augment my unhealthy Le Creuset obsession, I believed I squealed just a little when I opened the box. And who wouldn’t? These microwaves really do look every bit as good in the flesh.
So, it’s pretty on the outside, but what about the inside?
Open the door to find a 28cm turntable, impressive for its compact size, as well as a 13-litre capacity and 700W of power.
My favourite feature is the steam function and steaming dish accessory. Having once owned a worktop steamer that comprised more parts than a 747 and was as difficult to assemble, this dish makes steaming food a doddle. Put in some water, add steaming plate, food and lid and pop it in the microwave to cook in a flash. So far I’ve steamed chicken, vegetables and even tried out some of the recipes that Whirlpool have on its dedicated app – though I’m a little shy of showing off my dishes here…
There’s even a memo function that stores your favourite settings, a special system to ensure even cooking (to avoid the cold-in-the-middle scenario) and the super powerful Jet Defrost that quickly turns frosty food into ready to cook.
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