Product Type: Panasonic microwaves
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A microwave and oven in one!
Member Name: MikeBorry
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If I could simply say this review in one word it would have to be ... Amazing! But I can't so I will go on ....
My previous microwave was a combination microwave that I had off my mum, therefore as she had already thrown away the instruction manual the microwave was used simply as that ... A microwave!
One day whilst browsing online I found that Panasonic were looking for testers for the microwave I am reviewing and after putting my name forward I was immensely happy to receive an email a few weeks later saying that I had been chosen and to expect a phone call to arrange delivery. And before long the call came through and I eagerly anticipated the delivery.
On the day of delivery I was also expecting another parcel which was nothing special if I am honest so I was disappointed when the first knock of the door resulted in the 'not so special' parcel, as the day was getting on I was thinking that maybe Panasonic had decided against sending the microwave after all and I was quite disappointed but then a knock at the door had me getting all excited ... Yes it was finally here!
Oh the shock I had when the driver brought it from the van! It was packaged in black wrapping and was absolutely humongous! I was looking at this huge black box thinking to myself how big could a microwave be, when I realised I must have been thinking aloud, as the delivery driver asked why was I so shocked at the size? I said it's a microwave ... He was pretty much crying in laughter and said are you sure it's not actually a cooker? Great!
After getting over the initial shock of the size and calling my hubby to lug in the huge parcel, I got about unpacking it. The wrapping was rather thin so the size of the parcel didn't change by very much at all, I got into the box and for once I was pleased to see a nice covering of polystyrene, this obviously meant the microwave was definitely not as big as I first thought ... Pheww!
Nestled in the box, amongst the protective packaging was a gorgeous shiny new microwave. I had my hubby to pick it up out of the box as it was rather heavy and he sat it in the place the previous microwave once sat. It was quite a bit bigger but luckily it wasn't under any cupboards so was fine where it was. I have read some reviews on this microwave where people have needed to re-shuffle the kitchen in order to make it fit somewhere, I think I was quite lucky here!
Now there are two really big differences between this microwave and any other microwave I have ever seen. The first one is the door. Rather than opening outwards and swinging open, the door on this one just pulls down, I really like this feature. The second is the fact there is no turntable/plate inside as it is a flat bed microwave, again this is another feature I really like it really makes a difference to how much you can cook inside it.
More features include shelves like in a conventional oven, the microwave comes with a wire shelf, an enamel shelf, a glass baking tray and an anti-spark ring - more on this later.
As a tester I was required to obviously test the microwave ... Duh! And in doing so I decided to try and make a roast dinner, very adventurous! I placed a joint of meat directly onto the enamel shelf, I then placed a few par-boiled potatoes onto the glass dish, inserted the meat onto the lower shelf setting and then placed the wire self onto the top shelf, onto this I put the glass tray and set the microwave onto the Convection option by pressing a button on the side, selected my temperature and time by turning the two control knobs. It really was that easy.
As this was my first attempt in using the microwave I kept popping back to check the meal was cooking, and it was, to perfection.
At the end when the time was up, the microwave beeped to let me know. Upon checking I saw that the LED panel was flashing and telling me to ' Open the door ', I did, and was pleased to find everything looked perfect. I had also popped in a few par boiled carrots towards the end and these roasted perfectly too.
The meal was soon devoured and everyone said how nice and moist the meat tasted.
So far so good!
So enough of the cooking, lets get back to the microwave.
The casing of the microwave is in a stunning brushed steel which is quite neutral so should fit in with any kitchen. It looks classy and smart.
The door like most other microwaves has a simple rectangle of glass which allows you to see inside. The handle to open the door runs along the top of the glass part, the handle is silver, slightly curved and feels very sturdy, like I have mentioned above this is a door that drops down rather than swinging outwards and as I have said I do like this. I like it because it gives you more options as to where you put the microwave.
On the right hand side of the door is the control panel, this is a nice sleek black panel and has nine different options on here to choose from.
4. Turbo Bake.
These are set on a nice touch pad that runs down in a line and looks really neat. Next to these you will find the LED panel and two knobs. These knobs can be pushed in when not in use and makes it looks very sleek, when you want to use them you simply lightly press the button and the knob will pop out. Under these is the little Start button.
Technical information -
1000w (IEC) Output
Flat Oven Technology
Stainless Steel Finish
Width - 531mm
Height - 328mm
Depth - 534mm
As previously mentioned, this microwave has no turntable and I have found that this allows me to cook larger items as they fit in easily. It offers a lot more space which is very handy. Of course this increases cooking flexibility.
When I first looked through the instruction book I noticed that it is recommended that you cook empty for five minutes before the first use to allow any lubrication oils to be burned away before the first use.
The instruction book is brilliantly detailed with so much written information as well as pictures, it also has useful guidelines to allow you to see what temperatures you may need to use, for instance a fruit cake would be cooked on either a gas mark 1 or 225f in a conventional oven yet in the microwave used on convection it would be a temperature of 140c.
I have the book really useful and am very grateful for the amount of information Panasonic have provided.
The book also has a nice selection of recipes and also tells you what every pad option does and how you can do it, you can combine cooking methods and the book shows you the simple process in doing so.
I have made a Victoria Sponge cake in the microwave and am really impressed with the results. I love to bake anyway but compared to using my gas cooker the cakes came out so much more fluffier in this.
I will be totally honest and say that since receiving this my cooker has been made pretty much redundant as this does everything and more!
It has a RRP of around £299, but Amazon currently have it on sale for £230 (ish).
Using it has been a dream. What with having four children I am grateful for anything that will offer to cut cooking times and this has lived up to that.
I am so impressed with it.
I would see this as an ideal item for students and for any small kitchens. It really could replace the need for a conventional oven as it does everything you would need it to do. With it being a microwave as well it's an all in one multi-function machine.
Thanks for reading :o) x
Summary: An excellent bit of kitchen kit from Panasonic.
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