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Whirlpool - 2.1 Cu. Ft. Over-the-Range Microwave with Sensor Cooking - Black

Prepare hot meals quickly with this 1000W Whirlpool microwave. Its steam cook function lets you heat nutrient-rich vegetables with the touch of a button, and the 2.1 cu. ft. capacity holds large bowls easily. This over-the-range Whirlpool microwave has sensors that detect the cooking progress of food, so it can automatically adjust heating times.

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    • Black
    • Black stainless steel
    • Fingerprint Resistant Stainless Steel
    • White

    Key Specs

    • Product Height
      17.12 inches
    • Product Width
      29.93 inches
    • Product Depth
      16 inches
    • Microwave Type
    • Convection
    • Turntable Diameter
      14 inches
    • Microwave Controls
      LED display with touchscreen controls
    • Sensor Cook
    • 1000 watts
    • Color Finish
    Whirlpool - 2.1 Cu. Ft. Over-the-Range Microwave with Sensor Cooking - Black - Front_Standard
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    What's Included

    • Whirlpool WMH53521HB
    • Wire rack

    Ratings & Reviews

    Overall Customer Rating:
    99% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (141 out of 143)


    1000W for standard microwave cooking

    Cook frozen meals in a snap, or heat coffee, soup and leftovers in no time.

    2.1 cu. ft. Capacity

    Microwave food in containers of almost any size with the most capacity available among Whirlpool® over-the-range microwaves.

    Electronic touch controls

    Navigate through cooking modes and options with controls that are as easy to use as they are to clean.

    Microwave presets

    Get just the right amount of heat and time, whether you're cooking or defrosting, with specific preset options.

    Steam Cooking

    Clear up cooktop space by steaming foods like rice, vegetables and fish right in the microwave. Steam accessory available separately.

    Sensor Cooking

    Take out the guesswork with sensors that track the cooking progress of your food and automatically adjust cook times.

    Add 30 seconds option

    Quickly set the microwave timer to 30 seconds or add it to already in-progress cooking time with the touch of a button.

    CleanRelease® Non-Stick interior

    Help prevent spills from sticking and lets you clean up with the simple wipe of a damp paper towel.

    4-Speed, 400 CFM motor class

    Match the right amount of ventilation to the dish being prepared and quickly get rid of cooking odors with four different fan speed settings.

    Turntable On/Off option

    Choose whether the turntable rotates or not to accommodate a wide range of dish sizes.

    Dishwasher-safe turntable plate

    Clean up spills on the turntable by simply putting it in the dishwasher.

    90º hinge door

    Install your microwave hood next to a wall if necessary with a 90º hinge door.

    Fingerprint resistant

    Resists fingerprints and smudges with steel that easily wipes clean. Available in Black Stainless Steel and Stainless Steel finishes.

    Adjustable cooktop lighting

    Keep an eye on what's cooking below the microwave or keep a nightlight on in the kitchen.

    Customer rating

    Rating 4.8 out of 5 stars with 143 reviews

    would recommend to a friend



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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Amazing set of features for $269 !!

      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      This thing has everything but progressive (inverter) technology. Otherwise, it’s hard to believe how well it works. The “Dinner Plate” button has no idea what I put in there. You don’t enter a power level or a heating time. You could put something frozen in it or just lukewarm, but the Dinner Plate button goes though its several heat/sensor cycles until the food is hot. No burnt perimeters around the food, no burnt spots, no boiling, just nice hot food, every single time. I also love that the time-out chime stope when you open the door (my Panasonic inverter at the office continues is ear shattering 5 chimes regardless of when you open the door). And the chimes on this one are more like a little arpeggio, so if you’re tone-deaf at one frequency, another frequency in the tune will catch your attention! The non-stick surface inside keeps its word. All splatter comes off with a quick, firm wipe. No sticking to the wall, no need to use any abrasive to clean it. The middle shelf is an extremely useful convenience, just remember that the extra food that the oven can handle, thanks to that shelf, absorbs its own microwave energy which increases the time required to heat everything. But best of all is that it’s so darn quiet during the heating cycle. I never like the relatively low light of any microwave oven, so I chose to rig a splitter from the existing bulb socket so that I can add 2 bulbs instead of just one. And since the socket can handle up to 40W of electricity, I use 2 “60W” LED bulbs which only draw 12W but are several times brighter then the single 40W that comes with it! Anyway, good riddance to my $648 Samsung which lasted 3 years before I had to replace the front door for $140 (since the touch panel is integrated into the door) and then the door just failed again 2 years after that. Better to buy one at $269 that has more features, is far quieter, and has far better reviews by thousands of customers. Go for it!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Definitely a Best Buy: Quiet Whirlpool Microwave


      Product is exactly as described online -- very quiet and high quality! There is an interior light unlike a handful of reviews have indicated. Light over stove is perfect in my opinion unlike another review indicated. BEST ADVICE: Be sure to use the paper template to measure exactly where the bracket should be drilled. Second, glass of course is NOT finger print resistant and stainless steel does show fingerprints a bit. Last, the metal shelf per instructions shouldn't remain in the microwave when in use so I'm still trying to figure out its purpose. I need to read the manual of course to get this answer. Bottom line, excellent product and I would highly recommend its purchase to even my family and friends.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Works well but....

      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      This microwave is quiet and seems to work well for the few times I have used it to heat up leftovers. I am extremely disappointed in the stove top light. I went from a hood with 2 halogen lights with 2 settings to a tiny incandescent bulb that is located way in the back. There are 2 settings as well and the night light setting may as well not exist as the higher setting is easily as light as a night light and not much more!!!! The stove top is barely lit. I now have to turn on the ceiling lights to cook and I hate ceiling lights!! I usually don’t complain this much but I am getting older and it is much harder to see in dim light!

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      love this microwave

      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      We had an older Whirlpool over the stove microwave which worked ok but became sensitive to the door not always shutting. Replaced with the basic Whirlpool over the stove unit and decided to self install. On opening package, saw the door was not aligned. Installed unit and it would not run. Contacted Whirlpool, who sent out tech guys on 3 different trips, ordering parts, etc. After 3 weeks of frustration, returned unit to Best Buy and they didn't have my cheapo model so upgraded to this deluxe (open box) for same price. It works, it's quiet, has 4 not noisey fan speeds (be sure to read instructions on relocating fan if you are self installing). Love this unit, not too impressed with service people (who were not from Best Buy).

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      My Whirlpool microwave is World Class!

      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      Have had Frigidaire. It worked great for about two weeks .. numerous repairs for same issue. Until it caught fire! That’s right! Fan from the inside out. Lucky my house is still here. Got a fabulous looking Samsung! Another joke. The door melted! I mean the bottom of the door literally had a huge almost drip like plastic meltdown!? Then I got this Whirlpool. Wow! Sensor cooking is fantastic! What microwave make it’s own popcorn? This one does! Even the beeps are friendly. More of a chime instead of annoying beeps that wake the dead. As of now, Whirlpool is my go to brand!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Excellent Over the Range Microwave

      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      This microwave was easy to install (new overhead install). It was light to lift and once installed very secure. I love the sensor cooking as I can put in a bag of popcorn and not worry that it will burn if I leave it in too long (like my old unit). The auto defrost works amazing as it defrosts frozen hamburger and it comes out like fresh ground beef, my old unit would sometimes cook part of the meat. Love it! Would recommend. The light is not real usable as it is located in back of unit and not real bright (am gonna try with different bulb). Fan is a bit load on high setting.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Great microwave, minor repair

      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      We had to replace our old microwave of 10 years and decided to stick with the Whirlpool brand. This model was easy to install, and looked great with the hidden vent on top. Easy to use, with extra large turntable. After 4 months of ownership the door latching mechanism broke. We called Best Buy for help, and they instructed us to contact Whirlpool warranty. A technician came out and had to order a small plastic part, then it was fixed. Took 3 weeks. Still working without issue. Only complaint is that it doesn’t have express cook buttons like our prior model, just the +30 second function.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great buy!

      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      Microwave is very quiet and heats food fast. Price for this 2.1 cu ft was the same as the smaller unit (including overall size) so an excellent deal! Door hinge design keeps the door swing within the width dimension allowing the unit to be mounted flush to a left wall or deep cabinet. My one wish is the keypad start button is labeled “Start” as other keypads on the same brand are. (It would be nice if “Start” was colored green too). Can’t review light and fan operation yet as unit is sitting on counter awaiting cabinet for mounting.

      I would recommend this to a friend

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