Whirlpool Max 35
As far as design is concerned; the Whirlpool Max 35 breaks the mould with its red finish and 1950’s television styling with a rounded back (so that it will fit neatly into a corner). Packing 700W of microwave power and playing host to a quartz grill function for browning and crisping food, the Whirlpool microwave has a 13 litre (0.46 cubic foot) capacity and while this is relatively small it still features a 28cm diameter turntable – large enough for a typical dinner plate.
Thanks to its compact size, the Whirlpool Max 35 has a commendably small footprint (35.3 by 39.2cm) although you should be aware when calculating the space required that at 36cm, it’s relatively tall – this is especially annoying given that the height of the internal cavity is a fairly stingy 17cm.
Featuring five power settings including the intriguingly-named “Jet Defrost”, which as its name suggests is a rapid defrost facility, the Whirlpool Max 35 also has a Steam function for which a custom steamer vessel is provided. The unit uses Whirlpool’s 3D Emission system – like many other modern microwave ovens the cooking energy emanates from three discrete positions to achieve the most even and consistent cooking results.
On top of this, the unit features the almost mandatory touch-sensitive buttons and digital display. The buttons are guilty of the double whammy of being both difficult to understand and inconsistent in operation. Most of the usual features are present and correct, but there’s no delayed start/timer function. Although there is no protruding handle or knob with which to open the door; there’s a slot for the fingers – consistent with the other design features and one which works perfectly well.