This is my second post on my magnetron selection after I broke our previous Whirlpool Futura (2002).
We called around for the availability of the JT 379 on various internetshops but it seems they all have to order it. And since I wanted it uhm… now… :
This afternoon I went to the Mediamarkt in Utrecht, to look for the Whirlpool 379/ix. Unfortunately they only had the JT 369… the salesman told me that this was the only model they had because it was the best selling model of Whirlpool. He could order the JT 379 for me though….
I COULD have bought it but it was € 360. And that is € 40 MORE than the price of the 379… which is even a more expensive model… (besides that on the Internet I can get the JT 369 for at least € 100 less, ik ben toch niet gek!)
But it made me doubt… what is actually the difference between the two?
So I went to the official Whirlpool site to find that they have a not really good comparison site. Features that are named with the JT 379 appear not with the JT 369 and the other way around. No way to compare them. I think the editors of that piece of the content should maybe do some re-editing. Just look at the overview in the product selector:
NORMALLY I would expect some kind of database behind it which adds comparison functionality. But uhm.. while they both have the same options from the product selector it seems they are totally different. The 379 mentions Jet Stream, Jet Defrost, Jet start whlile the 369 mentions steam, grill, jetchef 5 in 1? (they both have these items, but of course in a selector I want to see the differences between the two not random parts of the functionality that are not on a comparison level with the other products).
When you then click on “more information” it even gets more weirder, just look at the lines in red and try to compare the following two products (notice “Neerklapbaar” and “Neerklapbare deur”…)
So what I understand until now is that:
- they both have a capacity of 31 liter but the JT 379 is wider and the JT 369 is higher (unless there is a mistake in the specifications and height and width should be the other way around……)
- the JT 379 is from RVS / inox, no idea about the JT 369
- the JT 379 has a neat LCD “gui” while the JT 369 has “buttons”
- the JT 379 is much more expensive
|JT 379 / inox (RVS, roestvrij staal)
|JT 369 / various colors
||height: 490 (official website specs)
||width: 380 (official website specs)
||material: mentioned nowhere?
|no information if the rotating platform can be turned off
||rotating platform can NOT be turned off
|LCD screen with multi langual display
|Memory (although I don’t know exactly what this means / how that works)
|7 different power levels
||8 different power levels
|ovenspace ( HxBxD) 210x395x370
|34KG incl packaging
||32,56 KG incl. packaging
|baby bottle holder: no idea, not mentioned
||babybottleholder : no
||recipes: no idea not mentioned
They both are free standing, combi magnetron, have 6th sense technology, 31 liter oven space, 360mm turning plateau, closing door, electronic timer, child lock, 1000 W Magnetron, 1200 W grill, defrost, jet start, steam functionality, grill, crisp, quick heat, warm-up, jet stream hot air 50/225, 2200 W, accessoires: crisp schaal, steam schaal,
Now … let’s try to fill in the missing gaps:
|JT 379/ ix
||JT 369 / color
|kieskeurig.nlCheapest price here is € 335
This site is nice because people give a lot of reviews here. I read problems mostly problems with the noise for both models although not everyone agrees.
Most reviews are very positive. from 333 magnetrons the JT 379 comes out as #1 (!)
|kieskeurig.nl (has an error on the crisp functionality and has taken the specs from above …. so the same list of not comparable things but it adds that the oven is 1600 watt. It also adds that the 369 is RVS too (while it mentions nothing for the JT 379… the other around as on the WhirlPool site)
But uhm…. if they are BOTH RVS…. why is the 379 then specially named “ix” ? (sigh)
The kieskeurig site seems to have the most reviews on both products. On there I read “Oven Tot 225 graden en magnetron 950 watt”
Cheapest price here is € 276
Afmetingen (H x B x D)
38 x 49 x 54,1 cm (…. !!)
|ciao has no reviews and a mistake in the specifications on the “Vochtigheidssensor” it says no but I think that is the 6th sense……..It also says there are 8 powerlevels while the Whirlpool site says there are 7…….
It finds 1 cheaper price for € 322 at electrokoopjes
|ciao has 1 review and 1 cheaper price: € 264 bij electrokoopjes (but… this is the white one and the white one is cheaper)
the width/height this site gives:
Hoogte in cm: 38, 37.7 cm
Breedte in cm: 48, 48.7 cm (…. !!)
|vergelijk.nl ALSO says it has 8 power levels contrary to the official website and kieskeurig.nl
but…. : It also says: Vochtigheidssensor : Nee, but I think that is the 6th sense functionality so I think that is a mistake.There is 1 review/question of someone who got the magnetron and expected a cooking book. He does not know if he can get it / should get it. It seems to be the same site as elcheapo.
|vergelijk.nl finds a white one for € 249 with veiligkopen.nl
and the silver again for € 276 bij internetshop:
|Twenga shows me it is also for sale at internetshop.nl for € 322 but…
|Via Twenga i find that the internetshop.nl also has the wrong information on the Crisp and the weird “turn off turning plateau”:
|I liked the review on megakeuze ! I found more information than on the official whirlpool site here. “Bediening van de Whirlpool JT 379 IX is erg simpel met gebruik van 2 draaiknoppen, een stopknop en een Jet Start knop. Door een menugestuurde timer vormt het een overzichtelijk en duidelijk geheel. Maar liefst 84 programma’s en 11 voedselcategorieën kunnen daarmee ingesteld worden”
They have some extra information on the JT 379 / ix:
This was missing in my list above. And I think that is weird. Since I would expect every (WhirlPool) magnetron to have the ability to warm the food in all spots equally (well.. no magnetron does this but the illusion is good enough).
This site has more additional info:
|I discovered what the babybottle holder is… it is probably only available with the smaller models (see above). Pretty neat actually.
|Some other comparion sites:http://www.selectivo.nl/huishoudelijk/koken/magnetron/whirlpool-jt-379-ix-jetchef/prijzen
http://www.youtellme.nl/magnetrons/1631645_whirlpool-jt-379-ix/ € 322 (good! but it says also that electrokoopjes has it in stock… which is NOT the case…. )
bolle.nl: € 385 (…. not really well….)
http://shopping.kelkoo.nl/ssc-146201-jt-379-ix.html (€335 at internetshop) (not good)
onestopshop: this specifies specifically a “NL” version? It also has 3 different versions although I think they are all the same ??? (or not?)
http://www.vergelijkenvanprijzen.nl/product/JT-379IX-JetChef-Combi-Magnetron.html: € 322
|Shops:redcoon € 365
coolsound: it takes 1 to 2 weeks : € 385
nuaanbieding: …. links to coolsound…..and other more expensive places, hmmmmm
electrowarenhuis: € 343
zercom: € 412
scheerenfoppen: € 364
|On correct.nl I now notice that there is both a JT 379 IX AND a JT 379 SL. So its both available in silver as in inux. They also have a different description for both:
I doublechecked the WhirlPool site and I only find the JT 379 IX … so … apparently there are 2 versions of the JT 379 and although the advice price of the IX is more expensive on the market the IX is cheaper.
update: i ordered it for 322 euro At www.internetshop.nl
update 14 feb 2014:
People are still visiting this post to find out more about the microwave so I will update it, almost 4 years after I bought the microwave
1. I love the machine. I do a lot with the microwave and have used it almost every day
2. The build-in assistant is really helpful and I use it all the time e.g. to steam rice or potatoes or any vegetables (with the supplied steamer) or just to warm a pizza. don’t need to think: just choode “pizza , frozen , start”, cool.
3. Its reliable. I read in the comments and on the internet some comments on “noise” ? But I have it in the kitchen and really, it makes the average microwave noise but nothing more. Also the “burning your hands” I don’t recognize, I have it at about 1.65 m high. Never even slighly had a problem.
4. just today, after 4 years, I had my first “problem” : on the left hand side inside the microwave there is a kind of carton colored square. And on the bottom of the square when I turned it on to have some bacon on the crisp plateau (for an egg). I saw a “flame”. So I turned it off and the carton-thing on the left hand side was sort-of burned on the surface ( black where the flame was). So I have no clue at the moment. mailed Whirpool what that thing is anyway on the side and if it needs replacement. I am pretty technical so It would not be a problem to replace “it” as long as i know what “it” is.
Anyway, I still think it’s the best consumer microwave you can buy (if you do your research).