Product Type: Panasonic microwaves
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Well worth every penny.....
Member Name: sparkymarky1973
Advantages: A great little Combi-Microwave oven with lots of whistles and bells!
Disadvantages: Unit can get a bit hot in the Combi modes
Looking for something with a little bit more than your average microwave? Looking for something that can perform just that little bit extra? Well I was as, working as a busy Chef, one of the key things I always look for, be it in an oven, microwave or other kitchen appliance, is something that will make my life just that little bit easier when cooking at home. The last thing I want to do is spend my day off faffing about doing what I do every day for paying customers, so anything that makes my life easier at home is always going to get thumbs up from me!
This Microwave is actually a Combi-Microwave-Oven with plenty of attractive features expertly designed to give you a helping hand. It has no turntable, which I intially found a took a bit of getting used to, but this just means that the whole of the oven gets used rather than just a small localised area giving you much more even cooking and less chance of those troublesome cold spots that you get with most microwaves unless you keep stopping and stirring or turning! I don't know about you but I just want to put something in and leave it to cook not have to keep moving it about!
On the Microwave setting, all the usual programmes are present; from defrost cycle through to various tempature settings ranging from low through to medium and high. It is fairly simple to use and doesn't take much working out and the accompanying instructions are clear, concise and easy to follow!
Although this comes with a good selection of preset functions, it is also possible to set up your own programmes or tailor existing ones to your preference giving you much more control over your cooking times.
The quartz grill too is an absolute diamond ~ needing no preheat time and cooking much more effectively and quickly than my conventional grill which has now become virtually redundant. In point of fact, this is one of the best microwave grills that I have ever had occasion to use and the end results are as good if not a little bit better in some instances!
The only slight drawback so far that I have found, which isn't a problem for me, is that you do need a bit of space in which to put this because of the vents on either side of the unit and also that this is slightly larger than other brands and models available on the market. Likewise, it is a bit more expensive than other models but after a couple of disappointments in the past with microwaves, I wisely decided that it would be worth spending a little more for a better quality item! And I was not wrong! Because, with the helpful book of recipes that come with this Combi-Oven, there is very little that I can't use this for!
One other thing I have noticed is that the unit can get a little hot when in Combi or Grill mode but there are adequate warnings both on the unit itself and in the manual so so long as you are careful, which you should be anyway around ANY oven, then there is little chance of getting hurt!
Overall, I am very pleased with this product and think it is a little bit of Xmas money (earned from extra hours worked over christmas) very wisely spent! Once again, Panasonic have proved they are a brand you can trust and I could not be happier with my purchase despite the hefty price tag which left me with little change out of £300!
Still, it is true that often you really DO get what you pay for!
Summary: A decent Combi-Microwave Oven that doesn't come cheap but does perform well!
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