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Whirlpool Family Chef Microwave - Silver
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- Crisping function for oven like results
- Quartz grill
- Steam function for healthy cooking
- Advanced sensor technology
- Microban antibacterial cavity
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Cooking with Intelligence
The Family Chef’s 6th SENSE advanced sensor technology will cook food to the desired consistency with minimal intervention from the user. Sensors in the microwave monitor the humidity in the food throughout the cooking cycle, controlling and adapting the cooking time and power level to provide the best cooking results, with no overcooking or undercooking.
The forced air system in the Family Chef uses a fan in the back wall of the microwave oven to push air around the heating elements and into the cavity from every direction. This creates a powerful airflow in the microwave cavity, providing the oven-like results of a traditional oven.
Crisp and Brown Food
Featuring a crisping plate, the Family Chef allows the user to crisp and brown food, allowing for oven-like results. Food such as pizza, when cooked in a conventional microwave will become soggy, whereas in the Jet Chef, the crisp function will give it a crisp base and a browned top. The crisp plate heats up to 210°C heating the base of your food, whilst the grill at the top of the microwave browns from above.
Healthy Cooking with Steam Function
This microwave comes with a specially designed steamer vessel and pre-programmed settings for ease of steaming a variety of different foods such as fish, vegetables and even cakes. The auto steam function means that food can be fully steamed to the desired level within minutes. All that is required is to add water to the steamer then select the food class and weight.
Keeping Your Microwave Clean
The Family Chef microwave comes with a Microban anti-bacterial interior cavity. Therefore, this prevents the natural build up of bacteria in your microwave for longer, keeping it a clean environment for cooking.
3D Microwave Distribution Cooking
The Family Chef comes fitted with Whirlpool’s 3D distribution technology which means that the food can be cooked, steamed and defrosted evenly for safer and faster results. It also means the microwave is more efficient with the power that it is using.
Quick Start and Defrost
Microwave cooking is designed to be quick, so the Family Chef has Jet options for speedy results. One touch of the Jet Start button will trigger the Microwave to heat food for 30 seconds at full power. The Jet Defrost option can defrosts food seven times faster than a conventional microwave heating system and all that is required is to set the weight of the food.
The user can find recipes to complement the Family Chef microwave on Whirlpool’s recipe mobile application “Wavelicious”.
The Family Chef comes with a ferrite crisp plate and handle, steamer vessel, plastic plate lid and grill grid. This microwave also has an interior cavity light, child lock, memo function, kitchen timer and end of cooking buzzer.
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|Turntable Size (cm)||28||28||28||32.5||36|
|Capacity (l)||13 (equiv. to 20 litre due to design)||13 (equiv. to 20 litre due to design)||25||28||31|
|Door||Side Swing||Side Swing||Side Swing||Side Swing||Drop-down|
|Controls Type||Touch||Touch||Knob & buttons||Knob & buttons||Knob & buttons|
|Advanced Sensor 6th SENSE Technology||✔||✔|
|3D Microwave Distribution System||✔||✔||✔||✔||✔|
|Forced Air Convection System||✔||✔|
|Bread Defrost Function||✔|
|Microban Antibacterial Cavity||✔|
|Power (w)||700||700||700||1000||1000 - variable|
FT381SL Family Chef Microwave
Crisp plate handle
Forced air grid
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Constant problems with the microwave function stopping & (sometimes) starting resulted in several engineer visits, each giving a subtly different explanation, whole appliance replacement & then part replacement. So, suddenly, last week & out of warranty, is starts stopping again. Then the sound of the microwave suddenly changes & in an instant it is dead. It sounds as if the magnetron has failed. I bought this because of the manufacturer's reputation but I wouldn't buy again from them. At this price, I expected a far greater lifespan.
I wanted it for its advanced combination oven function (the grill is separate) & that, indeed, was wonderful although I only used it about a dozen times. It had all the features I wanted but in that one vital aspect, reliability, it has failed. Utterly.
The microwave is extremely powerful, and after pressing the "QuickStart" you can easily dial in more time as opposed to more presses of the button, though this is also possible. The Pizza facility is good and worked for me with pre-prepared pizzas from one of the supermarkets.
It is large enough for my wife and I, and as others have said it would be nice if there was a more comprehensive instruction manual / cook book available. The steamer function works well, as I discovered over Christmas, and the weight timings on the inside face of the microwave works well. Defrosting is very quick. I have a slight niggle in that the table keeps spinning for around 10 minutes at the end of the cooking cycle, with a beep every minute. Also the setting stays on the screen for a period of 1 - 2 minutes after you have removed the item, as opposed to returning to the clock.All in all, very pleased at the price.