First glance of this, I thought it was either a real funky radio or a caravan TV, ok so I was wrong, but it looks like something I'd have put in my bedroom as a kid as it would have matched my bubble chair looking as retro as it does. Bit bigger than you actually think it is, but it's fantastic to say the least. Comes with it's own steamer which is quite a boom and saves you purchasing a separate gadget to do the same thing. Space saving then in that respect. The defrost function is second to none, and can defrost frozen bacon in a matter of minutes without half cooking it first (which is a bug bear of mine with microwaves with "defrost" functions). The display and clock function are more on the top of the machine than on the side too which if you have it on a higher shelf and you're a little on the short side can be difficult, but apart from that I have no complaints at all. Doesn't look like a standard metallic microwave, and looks funky in the kitchen.
Having just refitted my kitchen I purchased the Whirlpool Max 25 microwave in red, as I liked its retro looks and would fit in nicely with my new Smeg fridge freezer (also in red). The Max 25 is also available in other colours. At first glance the microwave looks like an old portable tv, and with its rounded back it fits nicely into the corner of the kitchen on a worktop or breakfast bar. Despite being more compact than a conventional shaped microwave the Max 25 still has a 13 litre capacity and a 28cm diameter turntable. Controls are located on the front edge above the door and are relatively easy to get to grips with. Power can be adjusted up to a maximum of 750w. The microwave also features a jet defrost function, which makes defrosting faster and more even. I noticed on the other review of this product (by pegster) that the microwave also has a grill. Not sure if that model is slightly different to mine (or if it is a feature that has since been removed), but my Max 25 does not have a grill. It does however have a steam function which works brilliantly. This has meant that I don't have to clutter the kitchen up further with another appliance. Veg cooks no quicker than a conventional steamer but it does save a lot of space. All this for under a hundred quid! The only thing I have found a little odd is that when it has stopped cooking/heating, the turntable continues to turn (as though it is still cooking). I have contacted Whirlpool to see if this is normal and awaiting their response.
I bought the black version of this model approximately six months ago, purely because of its looks. I love that it doesn't look like a normal microwave. It's not a very large oven and although big enough for dinner plates, etc it might not take large serving dishes/plates. The microwave is curved at the back which means it fits neatly into a corner and takes up less worktop space. This is really useful in a smaller kitchen. The controls (push buttons) are along the top of the oven, above the door. They are easy to use and the timer is digital in 5 second increments. There is an integral grill and additional stand and plate for using this. The microwave oven function works perfectly well, the grill is okay but I wouldn't use it if I had access to an ordinary grill for toasting or browning. I delayed replacing my old microwave because I wanted something that looked different and at just under £100 this fitted the bill perfectly.
Short name: Whirlpool Max 25SIL