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Whirlpool WMC20005YB Compact Microwave Review

Ingenious Microwave Design!

I’ll be honest. I happened across this microwave oven by chance and not because I was actually looking for it.
You might be wondering why I’ve added it to my website if I had no intention of buying one (since I was looking for a new microwave). Well, it was obvious to me there are plenty of people out there who will find this model an absolute joy in the kitchen, however, it really has been built for the more basic jobs we expect from an oven like this (with a few really handy features thrown in).

Whirlpool WMC20005YB 0.5 Cubic Feet Black Microwave

Whirlpool WMC20005YB Countertop Microwave
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The model I’m talking about is the Whirlpool WMC20005YB 0.5 Cubic Feet Black Countertop Microwave. As we all know, Whirlpool has a great reputation for their products and the design team certainly hasn’t let the consumer down with this one.
Let’s see why.


So you don’t waste your time (that’s not what I’m here for), you should know this microwave as described in the name is 0.5 cubic feet so it really is designed for the smaller and perhaps less busy kitchen. BUT! Before you navigate to another review on my site, I should tell you this one will easily fit a large dinner plate.

You do only get 750 watts of power so if you’re used to more bear in mind you might have to cook food or beverages a little longer. What I will say is this model is perfect for melting chocolate, butter, heating drinks or “meals for one” and of course, making popcorn!


This is what really threw me! When I first saw this microwave, I thought it was anything but and I think the manufacturer has done a fantastic job with it. Not only is it a sleek black color, it’s also not the sort of shape you would expect from an appliance like this.

The design team has curved the back of the unit so it will fit snugly into the corner of your countertop and they have also changed the layout of the controls. Instead of being to the side like many traditional microwaves, the turntable inside has been elevated so the controls sit at the bottom.

Not only does this stop you from getting a “crook” neck when you look through the door (we all do it). It also makes for much easier cleaning. Having the controls at the bottom also means the manufacturer saved more space so larger plates will fit inside.

More on the Controls

This may or may not be the deal breaker for you because Whirlpool has also changed the way you use the timer. This model has 10 power levels, but it also has a convenient 30 second quick start option. If you need more or less time (the least is 5 seconds, and the most is 30 minutes), you need to make use of the plus and minus buttons.

However (and I’m one of those people who thinks this is a great idea), if you press the start button more than once it will add 30 seconds each time. This is a quick and easy way to get the desired time without the need for a keypad which takes up space.

Other Features

All the controls are tap-touch but they can be a little sensitive so be careful when you’re cleaning it. The best thing in this respect is just to unplug the microwave. You have features such as defrost and reheat buttons as well as a quick tap popcorn button.

The timer display on the front is a nice looking blue LED and this also serves as a clock (always handy in the kitchen). Oh, and I mustn’t forget to add that you can have various colors for the back.


If you have a small kitchen or don’t use a microwave for anything too heavy duty I think this model is definitely worth closer inspection. It’s very reasonably priced and in my opinion would make the perfect gift for someone who has just moved into their first apartment or dorm.
If you’re interested in knowing more, take a look at Amazon. The last time I looked they had plenty in stock.

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