Product Type: Panasonic microwaves
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Member Name: anwar7
I read numerous reviews and studied the best buy guides available on line before deciding that Panasonic again was the best option for me! I also wanted a silver microwave with a stainless steel ling as I think this makes it easier to clean and is harder wearing. Having found the model I wanted I decided to buy from a small local electrical retailer as they offered me the best price and an extended warranty at no extra cost. I paid £165.00 as opposed to around £200 offered by other retailers.
What you get for your money.
My old Panasonic microwave took up quite a bit of room on my worktop due to the fan being located at the back of the appliance. The new model has repositioned the fan into the roof of the oven meaning that the appliance now takes up 20% less space.
The microwave has a 27 litre capacity and measures 39.5 cm in length, 52 cm in width and is 31 cm tall. It weighs 13.5 KG.
I really like the clean, stylish lines of this microwave and feel it fits well into my kitchen décor. There is a clearly written and well illustrated instruction booklet (with lots of recipes for you top try) included. Also included is a wire grill rack and round enamel tray. The microwave has a round glass turntable.
The microwave has a demonstration mode, allowing you to experiment setting various programmes without any microwaves being produced.
There are 6 different microwave power settings from 100- 1000watts. The digital touch pad includes pre set programmes for reheating foods such as curry and Chinese and pasta and casseroles. There are also pre-set programmes for fish, vegetables, jacket potatoes, potato products, chicken and pizza. To use these simply key in the weight of the food to be cooked and select the programme and press start. The microwave will automatically cook the food for the correct time at the right temperature.
For other foods without a preset option, simply select micro-power, set the required time and press start.
The chaos defrost feature allows you to defrost any food safely. All you have to do is enter the weight of the food you are defrosting, select the chaos defrost button and the food will defrost evenly and without starting to cook. The chaos system is designed to defrost using a random sequence of pulsing microwaves which speeds up the defrosting process.
I have a fairly shallow grill on my main oven so tend to use the microwave grill when I wish to grill food. To use the grill simply select the grill option button, select the time and then place the food to be grilled onto the wire grilling rack. The rack then stands on the enamel tray and is placed onto the glass turntable. There are 3 grill settings making the grill suitable for all foods you may wish to grill including bread, meat and fish. The grill accessories are not suitable for the dishwasher and so have to be washed by hand.
The microwave can also be used as a combination oven that can be used in convection mode which incorporates a heating element and a fan. It is best to preheat the oven and use the metal tray provided. To operate the oven you will need to select the convection button with temperature, followed by start and the time required. The oven temperatures range from 150 to220 degrees.
The oven can also be used in combination mode either combining the grill and microwave or the convection oven and microwave. This is useful for browning and crisping foods, something microwaving alone is unable to do.
I have given you a brief overview of what this microwave can do, but have yet to say how well it does it! I am a fan of Panasonic microwaves as I think they are well designed and easy to operate. My previous model was used on a daily basis and gave over 10 year's service.
I like the new slim line look of this model and the fact it takes up 20% less space is great! The stainless steel interior is easy to wipe clean and the glass turntable is also easy to clean. The digital operating pad is well designed and the buttons easy to operate. There is a child lock to prevent little fingers from accidentally operating the appliance!
I use the microwave to defrost food on a regular basis and find it achieves this well without starting to cook the food. The food is always defrosted evenly as long as the correct weight is selected.
Reheating food is another regular occurrence in our family and this model performs well .I like the preset buttons are useful, although I would have liked a few more such as one for meat.
The pre set auto cook buttons are also useful and ensure food is cooked perfectly. It would have been great if the microwave could weight the food too!
I use the grill on a regular basis and again it cooks quickly and evenly. I have also found that food grilled in the microwave as tends to be moist and tender (in the case of meat) I don't use the grill for bread as I have a very efficient toaster! I like the 3 heat settings too, meaning I can select a gently heat for food such as fish. Although it is not recommended that you wash the grill rack and tray in a dishwasher they are easy enough to wash by hand.
I tend to use the oven in combination mode when I want to brown meat or achieve a crispy jacket potato. I also appreciate having another oven at busy times such as Christmas or family parties.
Any negatives ?
I struggle to find any real negatives with this microwave as it does everything I need it to do in an efficient way. However if I had to find a negative it would be that this is a very noisy appliance! The fan continues for several minutes once cooking has finished and this can be annoying when you have sat down to eat in peace!
I can highly recommend this microwave and think it is well worth the higher than most price tag!
Summary: Microwave combination oven by Panasonic
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