Product Type: Panasonic microwaves
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Great microwave from Panasonic.
Member Name: MamaC
Advantages: Quick to heat up food, great looking, excellent build quality, energy efficient.
Disadvantages: Exterior gets hot, a bit noisy, grill isn't the best.
AFter building my new kitchen over 3 years ago now, we'd had old faithful white microwave that had worked flawlesly for some 10 years. Whilst it continued to plod on we felt that our needs had a changed and we wanted something a little more attractive that would suit our new kitchen. We looked at many microwaves on the net and then decided to go for this stainless steel Panasonic one.
We ordered it online from Littlewoods and it arrived 10 days later. The first that that sprung to my mind when we unpacked and placed it on the worktop counter was the build quality - it lookedprofessional and very stylish and it was slightly smaller than our old Panasonic microwave. We ended up installing it into our kitchen so the microwave looks like it's integrated.
It has a 27 litre capacity, and a flat bed (i.e. no turntable) which makes it very easy to clean.. The microwave itself was 950 watts (200 watts more than our previous model) and the grill was 1300 watts - which we never use and the convection is 1400 watts. Temperatures ranges from 100c to 250c. It has an Eco mode which means that it will power down everything (including the clock) after 6 minutes of non-activity, but of course you can deactivate this. A drip tray is also included which pops under the edge of the door incase of any condensation drips that do frequently ocur.
To open this microwave it has a drop down door with a grabable silver handle. When trying out our first food which was a bag of sweet popcorn I noticed that it didn't have a turntable and the whole interior looked massive. The control panel consists of 2 dials (auto menu/temperature and time/weight of food) and just to the left of these controls is a vertical touch sensitive strip of 9 options including a timer. One great feature is the child lock.
It's quite noisy and it's tricky to see how well your food items are being cooked. Needless to say it has the usual compliment of automatice programmes for defrosting, boiling etc and the best feature is being able to control the power level as you cook - basically as easily as when you control the heat on your gas hob. It llows you to use a turbo reheat function that allows you to reheat your food safely. I use the Chaos defrost option which allows me to defrost my meat without it cooking on the outside or leaving some of the food to remain frozen on the inside.
I've cooked just about everything I possible can in this microwave right from rice to the Christmas turkey, needless to say I've mucked a few things up but that was purely down to my error.
As for the grill, I never bother to use it. It's a bit strange and hopeless with grilling toast - takes longer than a proper oven grill abd it's smaller than a normal grill.
Quite an expensive little machine, but after several years of use, I have no complaints yet.
Purchase from Littlewoods for £329.99
Summary: A great way to cook food whilst being energy efficient.
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