The Panasonic NN E255W is a 19 litre 800 watt micro wave. Costing about £70-80, this is not a low budget microwave, but rather quite a sturdy product targeted at families who will put it through extensive use. I'm sure we've all dealt with low budget microwaves costing less than half the price of this Panasonic one, and they usually break within a couple of years. This is not the case with the NN E255W.
As mentioned, the microwave holds 19 litres. In practical terms this translates to, while it is a compact microware, it is not far from being standard size. You can fit in a dish with leftovers, a bowl of soup or any other thing you would expect to be able to fit into a normal microwave. The external dimensions are 46cm x 29cm x 26cm and the weight is 10.5kg. The microwave features 800 watt power, which is reasonably high. There are 6 auto reheat and cook programmes as well as 5 manually adjustable power levels. There is a child lock, meaning you can easily prevent your baby or small kids from being able to program the microwave. The Panasonic also features an Auto Weight Defrost function, which will ensure you can defrost anything you put in there with the right timing being automatically figured out as long as you enter the right weight and category (bread, meat pieces, meat joints).
I've dealt with my fair share of microwaves in my life, and what I've learned from my numerous experiences is, with microwaves as with so many other things, you do have to pay for quality. The budget ones tend after a while not to cook things properly, or they'll just break down. One microwave seemed after a couple of years to operate at about half the specified power. Along came the Panasonic NN E255W, a sturdy construction, visually not looking too different from any other microwave, in a stereotypical white metal with glass window. Althought it has a bunch of features. I tend personally just to put my leftovers from the refrigerator in, dial in 2 minutes on default power, and that always has my food ready, steaming hot. As far as microwaves go, this is reasonably quiet. When it finishes it lets out a series of fairly loud beeps, to alert you that your food is done. If I was in another room of the house, it would be loud enough for me to hear it. Since I tend to wait around in the kitchen, it is almost too loud, being about the volume of an alarm clock, although not as unpleasant sounding. Since the microwave has acrylic lining, it is fairly easy to clean it out using a damp cloth. The controls are so called "electronic touch", not really being traditional plastic buttons you push. They are somewhat becoming one with the surface of the microwave and approaching touch screen technology. I'm not sure about this, but either way, it's easy to identify what buttons to push and to push the right ones. They are large and clearly marked. There is an LCD display and buttons to set the strength, program type and time (hours, minute, 10 second increments). As there are no vents on top of the microwave, you can position things on top of the microwave without it blocking air flow. This makes it easier to take use of the space you have in your kitchen. One potential negative is that the mains cable is only about 60cm, so if you want to be very creative about your positioning of the microwave, you might need an extension cable.
The Panasonic NN E255W is not a low budget microwave, and that shows in its sturdyness and reliable performance. The microwave has been through almost daily use for years, and has showed no signs of wear or tear as of yet. If you are looking to get a microwave in this price range, I would recommend this one, based on my experiences.
There are quite a few appliances I want to review these days and I expect them all to start with the sentence: 'I have bought a new one because my old one died silently while on duty...'
The first one sent to the recycling site is microwave which lasted longer then expected as it was very simple and small one with no famous brand name on the front and with only two simple mechanical controls. Well, one of them decided to give up the hard work and made itself voluntarily redundant.
Our search for new one coincided with the pre Christmas period but we managed to get a new product quickly thanks to Amazon and their special delivery.
Our demands to Santa were that our new microwave should be:
- small as we only use it for reheating (milk, soups) and have limited space on the kitchen top
- simple for use as we don't need to make anything sophisticated (or soft-isticated)
- slightly stronger build than the previous one
I was surprised that there are not so many small microwaves (20 l) on the market. Among 3-4 models our choice was Panasonic NN-E255W.
We are now proud owners of small, simple, does-what-it-says-on-the-box microwave. There are few unnecessary buttons for our liking but overall control panel is simple and clear. That makes it very easy to use. It is not particularly silent when works but nothing unusual or noisy. The only small problem is the signal that it had finished. There are 5 high pitched sounds which you cannot stop unless you are next to the oven and press Cancel. That is a bit over the top alarm - like a baby which needs attention. Although I have to say that my boys (1 1/2 and 5) love that sound and run in anticipation of the hot milk.
Another small gripe would be an internal light. It stays on if the door is open and becomes hot after few minutes. So better keep door closed once dish is taken from the oven.
It has five power levels including defrosting and 6 preset programmes. It has digital display which shows time when not used for cooking. The power is 800W and dimensions are (WDH) mm - 455x315x260. It is easy to clean inside or take turning plate out and wash it (but pretend you didn't notice it is dirty and leave it to your OH to notice first, same advice applies for nappy changing - advice taken from my best seller "1001 great advices for avoiding chores and ruining your relationship"). The price is around £50 mark. Ours is white acrylic colour and I think it is the only colour they make it but don't be put off by that. You can paint it or put stickers on it if you think it is a clever and nice thing to do. Or you can switch it off turn upside down and use as a flower pot. But I can assure you it is best used as a simple microwave oven. It does exactly what it says on its control panel and announces that job is done quite loudly.
I would recommend for not so adventurous cooks/users of microwaves.
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Buying such kind of microwave that is Panasonic NN E255W has become a necessity for any kitchen as it has so many nice features like auto weight programmes means the microwave itself would judge you how much time would it take to cook the food according to its weight. Another facility available is child lock so that children could remain away opening it in between which is necessary for safety. The maintainence is also not a headache as it has acrylic lining which is a glassy thermoplastic that could be cleaned very easily and fastly. There are 5 power levels given which could be controlled according to the need of temperature and time. Its self programming also judge in this. The cost is around 64 pounds which if comapred to the quality is a reasonable price.In looks also , it has a sophisticated appearance which would look great in any corner of your kitchen. In short a good microwave to buy.
I just love this microwave. It has many one touch buttons which are a neccesity to busy moms like myself. Its also so easy to use and maintain cleanliness. Before I got this machine I had a rather old one and it just looked like a dinosaur sitting on my couter top but not this one. I think this microwave would look good with any decor. This model also has a child lock feature which is great if you have a nosy 3 year old like me who has to look inside everytime the microwave dings. The auto weight feature is also great to me because it take the guess work out of "how long should I cook this. I would recommend that anybody buy this machine because it has so many great features. I mean not only is it super easy to use but it is relatively cheap. Try it out for yourself and you will see why I love it.
Auto Weight Programs will automatically cook your food to perfection, once the weight has been entered / All our compact microwave ovens have an easy to clean Acrylic Lining / It is very simple to maintain, just needing a wipe after use / Child Lock provides extra security to prevent little fingers interfering with the programming of the oven / Short name: Panasonic NN-E255W