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

$599

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Test results

Overall score
78
Cooking performance
?/10
Cooking broccoli
?/10
Defrosting mince
?/10
Defrosting chicken
?/10
Reheating quiche
?/10

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 an August 2017 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
$599

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

More Info

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