Product Type: Panasonic microwaves
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Basic, yet smart and functional microwave
Member Name: sas87
Advantages: Compact yet fits large plates, aesthetically pleasing, performs well.
I feel I should firstly make the point that this is a basic microwave - if you are looking for something more than basic reheating, defrosting and cooking veg/ready meals then this will not impress you. We are a family of 5, but we find this perfectly adequate for us as we don't use it for more than the above.
I'm really impressed with the look of the microwave, I didn't buy it for it's looks, but I must say it's much nicer than the online photos show. It has clean lines with no overly modern design features that could risk it looking dated in a few years. The metallic silver finish gives this classic design a modern look, and both the exterior and grey painted interior are very easy to wipe clean. I love the smooth touch button panel, rather than the metallic buttons and dial I had on my previous microwave, as again it's easy to just wipe clean as there are no crevices for dirt to get stuck in.
When I first used the microwave, I was quite surprised by how small it looked inside and was certain it wouldn't fit my large 27cm diameter plates, but they fit perfectly. I've had no problems with it at all so far, it does everything I would expect from a microwave. Considering it's a 700w machine, it seems powerful and cooks very quickly indeed. I haven't really had to adjust cooking speeds from what I was used to with my previous 800w model. It's also very quiet in operation and the finishing beeps aren't annoying like some can be (to me personally).
The only downsides I can think of are that the interior being grey makes it a bit dark inside, and the microwave slips around on the worktop when you press the buttons - but that will be easily fixed with some non slip matting underneath. Aside from those minor points I really can't fault it. My parents had a Panasonic microwave which lasted about 20 years, so I have high hopes from the brand for reliability.
Summary: A compact, basic microwave, that looks good and performs well.
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