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Whirlpool WMH31017

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$2,046.00

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1,000W
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48L
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$380
Over 10 years
Sep 2017

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Panasonic
NN-SN936W
$180.23
$1,866 cheaper
Better brand
Bigger interior
capacity
VS
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Whirlpool
WMH31017
$2,046.00
Better Kagoo
Score
11 months newer
20% cheaper to
run over five
years
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Avanti
MT09V0W
$79.99
$1,966 cheaper
$38 cheaper to
run over five
years
VS
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Whirlpool
WMH31017
$2,046.00
Better Kagoo
Score
Newer by 10
months
A lot bigger
interior
capacity
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Panasonic
NN-SN736
$150.35
$1,896 cheaper
Better brand
VS
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Whirlpool
WMH31017
$2,046.00
Better Kagoo
Score
11 months newer
$95 cheaper to
run over five
years
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Panasonic
NN-SN686SR
$157.29
$1,889 cheaper
Better brand
VS
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Whirlpool
WMH31017
$2,046.00
Better Kagoo
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Newer by 11
months
23% bigger
interior
capacity
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Panasonic
NN-SD745S
$175.37
$1,871 cheaper
Better brand
One more award
VS
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Whirlpool
WMH31017
$2,046.00
Better Kagoo
Score
Hugely better
overall reviews
Newer by 11
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Whirlpool
WMH31017
$2,046.00
Better Kagoo
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Better brand
35% bigger
interior
capacity
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LG
NeoChef
$110.00
$1,936 cheaper
One month newer
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WMH31017
$2,046.00
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Newer by eight
months
16.9L bigger
interior
capacity
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Sharp
R-1874
$499.00
$1,547 cheaper
Better brand
15% cheaper to
run over five
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Zanussi
ZSM17100XA
$244.76
$1,801 cheaper
30% cheaper to
run over five
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Whirlpool
WMH31017
$2,046.00
Better Kagoo
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Newer by four
years
Better brand
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Avanti
MT09V1B
$86.96
$1,959 cheaper
Cheaper to run
by $38 over
five years
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Whirlpool
WMH31017
$2,046.00
Better Kagoo
Score
10 months newer
Bigger interior
capacity
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Panasonic
NN-SU656
$110.55
$1,935 cheaper
Better brand
VS
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Whirlpool
WMH31017
$2,046.00
Better Kagoo
Score
15 months newer
Bigger interior
capacity
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Sharp
R-21LCF
$185.00
$1,861 cheaper
Better brand
VS
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WMH31017
$2,046.00
19 months newer
Better Kagoo
Score
Bigger interior
capacity
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Panasonic
NN-SD372SR
$129.99
$1,916 cheaper
Better brand
Cheaper to run
by $19 over
five years
VS
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Whirlpool
WMH31017
$2,046.00
Better Kagoo
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Bigger interior
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

QWhat is a steam function?
AThis is a way of cooking foods using bursts of hot steam rather than direct heat or microwaves. It's a more delicate form of cooking, best suited to vegetables, dumplings and even pasta.
QWhat is combination cooking on a microwave?
AThis involves using both the microwave and oven or grill functions of the appliance simultaneously - frequently the microwaves are used to cook the food quickly, while the grill crisps and browns the top.
QWhat is a rotisserie?
AA rotisserie spit is a special rotating skewer available as an add-on for some premium microwaves. It allows you to spit-roast chicken and meat in the microwave - meaning the appliance can be used to cook many more dishes.

Microwave Buying Guide

A microwave is a necessity of any modern kitchen. It is a versatile tool that can be used for far more than just reheating leftovers - it can be used for all manner of cooking, from poaching salmon to baking potatoes.

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Capacity

Microwaves come in all different shores and sizes, and are primarily differentiated by their capacity, measured in litres (L). The bigger the capacity of your microwave, the larger the food you can cook in it. Some microwaves just fit single plates or bowls, while other models are large enough to fit an entire chicken or soup pot in.

Oven & Grill Functions

Some microwaves have the ability to function as ovens and grills in addition to standard microwave cooking. Microwaves that have an added grill function combine the normal microwave cooking with a heated element either on the top or the sides of the machine - this allows it to function similar to a standard grill. Microwave ovens, on the other hand, can cook and roast food exactly like a convection oven. Whichever model you pick, these types of microwaves greatly increase the types of food you can cook, and turn your microwave into the central cooking tool in your kitchen - you can roast fish and beef, roast vegetables and grill cheese toasties!

More advanced models of microwave may also have a steamer function. As the name suggests, a steamer addition to the microwave uses boiling water to generate bursts of hot steam inside the microwave. This is a great method of delicately cooking vegetables so they retain the maximum amount of nutrients, and can also be used for cooking fish, dumplings, or Chinese-style pancakes for roast duck. While normally only found in the most high-level and expensive microwaves, it allows the appliance to become even more versatile as a cooking tool, and therefore may well be worth the extra expense.

Power Levels/Cooking Programs

Microwaves are all given a power level, rated in Watts. The higher the power level, the faster your food will be cooked. Most modern microwaves come with a range of power levels, allowing you great flexibility when preparing your food. They also come with specific setting for warming, reheating or defrosting food - extremely useful in speeding up cooking times, or reheating food previously cooked. Defrosting is an especially useful setting, meaning that joints of meat and frozen food can be brought up to room temperature in a matter of minutes.

Many microwaves now have a selection of automatic cooking functions as well. These allow you to input a type of food to cook (potatoes, chicken, soups, etc) and a weight, and the microwave will automatically calculate the power level and time needed to cook it perfectly. Conveniences like this can make preparing dinner hassle-free, and remove the guesswork and constant checking to see if your food is ready.

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This automatic cooking function can also extend to defrosting and reheating leftovers, making the microwave an invaluable tool for easy food heating and prep. Some advanced models of microwave also offer a 'power defrost' setting, which can defrost frozen meat far quickly than usual defrost programs. However because this defrost cycle is far more powerful, care has to be given to make sure that you don't accidentally part cook the food while it's being defrosted.

Extra Features

Finally, some microwaves comes with a collection of extra features, to make cooking easier or more convenient. These can include recipe books detailing how to cook different types of food, baking trays designed to fit comfortably into the machine, or racks to allow multiple dishes to be cooked at once. Some microwave ovens even include a rotisserie spit, allowing you to cook spit-roasted chicken or pork.

Whirlpool Microwaves

Price Range of Whirlpool Microwaves

How Good Are Whirlpool Microwaves?

We have checked 27 expert reviews and 10,792 user reviews for microwaves and used this data to evaluate an average rating for Whirlpool microwaves of 87%. This makes Whirlpool the 5th best rated microwave brand according to customer reviews.

When Are Most New Whirlpool Microwaves Released?

The most common period for new Whirlpool microwaves to be released in is between October and November. If you want the latest Whirlpool microwave technology you may want to think about waiting until October 2019. It's also worth keeping in mind that the price of the current Whirlpool microwaves tend to drop off when the next models are released. In 2018 most new Whirlpool microwaves were released in November, with seven new Whirlpool microwaves released that month. March was the biggest month in 2017 for new Whirlpool microwaves, with six new Whirlpool microwaves released that month. The biggest month in 2016 for new Whirlpool microwave releases was October, with five new Whirlpool microwaves released that month.

How Fast Do Whirlpool Microwave Prices Drop After Release?

Most microwaves drop in price by 8% in the first 6 months after release, however Whirlpool microwaves tend to depreciate faster. In the first 6 months after release, Whirlpool microwaves drop in price by 14% on average. That means a saving of $49 on a typical $355 new Whirlpool microwave if you wait 6 months before buying.

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