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The Whirlpool MT4078SP compact microwave is remarkably easy to use, offers the most helpful program settings of the microwaves we reviewed and lets you do multi-stage cooking. This microwave oven is not only durable and functional, but it also is an attractive model that would look good in any kitchen.
You get program settings on this Whirlpool microwave oven that will take care of nearly any basic cooking. This compact product also will not hog the entire kitchen counter. Whether you are popping popcorn before watching a movie or baking a potato for a quick vegetarian dinner, it is simple to pick the function you want and end up with the expected results.
With the Whirlpool MT4078SP, you get preset programs that work nicely for popcorn, baked potatoes, a dinner plate, a frozen entrée, fresh vegetables or a slice of pizza. There also is a setting for heating a beverage as well as an auto defrost function.
In addition to that, you get the highly useful Add Minute feature that lets you cook an item at full power for an extra minute if needed. You can get more one-minute intervals of cook time by pressing that button as many times as necessary so you get the full level of cooking required for the food item you are heating.
The manual for this countertop microwave gives detailed information about using each preset program. This includes the recommended serving size to reheat and exact instructions on covering or preparing the food, such as using a fork to puncture a potato or hot dog before baking and making sure to cover a plate to help contain splatter. Another useful tip – add a little water to fresh vegetables before cooking them.
The auto defrost for this compact microwave oven has preset times and power levels for three meat classifications: meat (which includes beef, lamb and pork), poultry and fish. For each of these categories, you can enter a weight of between 0.1 and 6 pounds. During the defrost cycle, a tone sounds indicating it’s time to check, separate and turn the food. Press Start to resume the cycle. If there is something else you need to defrost that doesn’t fall within these three categories, the manual gives some suggestions and recommends using power level three.
One of the most appealing features on this appliance is the ability to multi-stage cook. You can select different times and power levels and let the compact microwave do all the work. Meanwhile, you don't have to stick around and supervise. Within the multi-stage cooking, you can choose three stages. The microwave sounds a tone at the end of each stage before automatically moving on to the next stage.
Using this compact microwave oven is as easy as pushing a single button; in fact, one button is all that’s truly required when using the preset programs. If you want to make a bag of popcorn, press the popcorn button until you see the appropriate size then wait a moment. The countertop microwave will begin after a short delay. This is true when using any of the presets on this compact microwave.
Setting the cook time manually in this compact microwave is almost as easy as using the presets, especially when you want 100 percent power. All you have to do is press Cook Time, enter the desired time and press Start. If you want another power level, enter the time, press Cook Power, enter the power level and press Start. To set the compact microwave up with multiple stages, just repeat entering the time and power level before pressing Start. If you want to have the first stage as defrost, set the power level to three.
Another excellent feature on this countertop microwave oven is a locking capacity, which is especially important if there are children in the household. Countertop microwaves, as opposed to over-the-range products, are more likely to be within reach of curious youngsters. Since running the compact microwave empty is not a good thing, it’s best to keep children from playing with the buttons when they should not. Moreover, for safety reasons, young children should never be actually operating any type of oven or trying to remove hot food.
To keep kids safe, hold down the Start button for five seconds to lock the control panel. Do the same thing to unlock the buttons. This will prevent any accidental empty runs, which could damage your compact microwave oven, and even more importantly, will protect children from painful burns if they try to cook something themselves and accidentally spill the hot contents.
One of the features this compact microwave lacks is a kitchen timer, which is found on other products we reviewed. The only solution to this problem is to purchase a separate timer. Though there is no timer, there is an illuminated clock, which is easy to set and read. Press Clock Set, enter the time and then press Clock Set again.
As compact microwave ovens go, this 700-watt version has average power and capacity. With only 0.7 cubic feet of interior space, not all casserole dishes or large dinner plates will fit flat on the turntable. This compact microwave was not designed to be used for large quantities of food. High quantities will not hurt the microwave, but it will not be as efficient as other, larger microwave ovens.
This compact microwave is available in two colors, black and white. Sadly, there is no stainless steel compact microwave from Whirlpool. The design and layout of the buttons are very convenient and clean looking. The text is good-sized and easy to read on both the black and white models. Even the size of the buttons feels natural. They’re large and spaced far enough apart to limit the number of accidental selections.
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The Whirlpool MT4078SP is a compact microwave oven that can fit easily into a small counter space, yet still be a useful kitchen appliance for whipping up meals, snacks or a steaming mug of soup. With handy, usable features and a clean design, this compact microwave is an excellent product for anyone with limited counter space who wants to do quick and easy microwave cooking.