Updated 12 Oct 2016

Whirlpool

GT286BLM

Snapshot: The Whirlpool GT286BLM is a microwave with a grill and crisp and has 5 power levels. How well does it defrost mince and chicken?

GT286BLM
Consumer score
SCORE
Avg price

$569

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Test results

Overall score
78
Cooking performance
?%
Cooking broccoli
?%
Defrosting mince
?%
Defrosting chicken
?%
Reheating quiche
?%

Good points

  • Excellent at cooking broccoli.
  • Excellent at defrosting mince.
  • Excellent at defrosting chicken.
  • OK at reheating quiche.
  • OK at grilling toast.
  • OK visibility through door.
  • Magic clean interior surface may help with cleaning.
  • Has steam function.

But

  • Small usable volume.
  • No auto reheat.
  • Noisy cooling fan.
  • Stainless-steel front requires extra effort to clean.

How we test

Overall score includes:

Cooking performance (70%)
The cooking performance score is based on defrosting, cooking and reheating.

Ease of use (30%)
The ease of use score assesses ease of using controls, ease of cleaning, and visibility through the door during cooking.

Avg prices are from a September 2018 survey (combination models) and November 2017 survey (standard/standard with grill models).

Running costs ($/year) are evaluated on reheating a plated meal once a day (with electricity costs at 26¢/kWh).

Key data

Model

Avg price
$569

Brand survey results

2018 brand reliability (%)
92%
2018 brand satisfaction (%)
64%

More test results (/10)

Grilling toast
6.5
Scones
n/a
Roast chicken
n/a
Pizza
n/a
Microwave
8.9
Combination
n/a
Grill
6.5
Convection
n/a
Ease of use
6.5

Specifications

Measured capacity (L)
24
Wattage
700
Claimed external WxHxD (cm)
52 x 30 x 41
Measured useable internal WxHxD (cm)
34 x 21 x 33
Measured useable shelf/turntable diameter (cm)
28
Number of power levels
5
Running costs ($/year)
$9
Standby energy costs ($/year)
$2

Features

Sensor cook
No
Sensor reheat
No
Auto cook
No
Auto reheat
No
Grill
Yes
Quick start
Yes
Adjust time during cooking
Yes
Delayed start
No
Multi-stage cooking
No
Standalone timer
Yes
Stainless steel exterior
Yes
Inverter
No

More Info

Notes
Technically the same as the GT286XI and GT286WH.
Availability
Mitre 10 only.