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.

Microwave Buying Guide
Protection Plan Options
  • 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 (99 out of 101)


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

would recommend 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: 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: 1 out of 5 stars

    Recall this Whirlpool. Door issue


    I have read so many reviews of customers having the same issue. When you close the door, the microwave does not recognize that it is closed. So it prompts you to close the door then press start. Apparently you have to get a repair person come out and fix a sensor. Seems like Whirlpool would own up to their mistake with this product and cover this issue even after the 12 month warranty expires. I will never buy Whirlpool and will tell friends and family to stay away from them.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response


      irontyson02, we really appreciate your feedback and do apologize for the inconveniences. Please feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions or concerns. WhirlpoolBrand

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Nice microwave

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

    So far the microwave has been working nicely. It is a lower wattage than my last one, but does a fine job cooking frozen dinners and heating leftovers. There is a reminder beep for when the heated food is left in the microwave. Fan on the unit can get loud at high speed. I would like to have the option of changing the completion notification sound. This would be a "nice to have" option.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Very Satisfied

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

    We've only had it for a few weeks, but so far we are vary happy with it. Its even quieter than previous microwaves we've had. Took a minute to adjust to the "play" button instead of a "START" and there was slight burning smell the first time we used it, but that hasn't happened since. My only complaint is the installation templates they provide are impossible to use since they don't print to the edge of the paper.

    I would recommend this to a friend

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