Updated 14 Sep 2017

Whirlpool

JQ280IX

Snapshot: The Whirlpool JQ280IX is a benchtop combination microwave with 7 power levels and auto-cook. How well does it cook and grill?

JQ280IX
Consumer score
SCORE
Avg price

$1099

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Test results

Overall score
75
Cooking performance
?/10
Cooking broccoli
?/10
Defrosting mince
?/10
Defrosting chicken
?/10
Reheating quiche
?/10

Good points

  • Very good at microwave cooking.
  • Good at combination cooking.
  • Excellent at convection cooking and grilling.
  • OK to use.
  • Large pull door handle.
  • Digital display is bright and clear.
  • Audio feedback when using the controls.
  • Grill element isn’t exposed.
  • Inbuilt weight sensor for defrost, crisp and steam functions.
  • Comes with high and low wire racks, steamer kit, crisp plate and crisp handle.

But

  • Difficult to see through the door during cooking.
  • No multi-stage cooking.
  • Steam escapes from top of door and condensation builds up inside door when using combi fan function.
  • Stainless-steel back wall panel can be difficult to clean.
  • Grime can accumulate around large function dial.

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
$1099

More test results (/10)

Grilling toast
9.5
Scones
9.0
Roast chicken
8.5
Pizza
7.0
Microwave
8.0
Combination
7.8
Grill
9.5
Convection
9.0
Ease of use
5.8

Specifications

Measured capacity (L)
24
Wattage
950
Claimed external WxHxD (cm)
55 x 33 x 53
Measured useable internal WxHxD (cm)
35 x 20 x 34
Measured useable shelf/turntable diameter (cm)
31
Number of power levels
7
Running costs ($/year)
$11
Standby energy costs ($/year)
$1

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
-
Availability
Mitre 10 only.