The Stainless Steel Panasonic Countertop Microwave Oven, ignoring my bias toward aluminum, is one of the Best Microwaves thanks to its lightweight and even powerful cooking technology. Its dial-based design is a bit on the archaic side, but I promise that you will get used to it eventually.\r\n\r\nWhy We Like It - Panasonic Countertop Microwave\r\nThe Panasonic Countertop Microwave is a powerful, highly adjustable microwave that can easily cook or defrost most anything you throw at it. It\u2019s fast, easy to use, and does a fantastic job of cooking lots of different things from potatoes to popcorn.\r\n\r\nPower\/Performance\r\nPanasonic Counter microwave enjoys fast cooking times thanks to its 1250 watts of power, even higher than the Panasonic Stainless Steel Microwave. But power means nothing if it can\u2019t cook your food thoroughly, right? In tests, the Panasonic Countertop Microwave cooked food thoroughly and evenly. The highest degree of temperature variation amidst the size of the cooked products was 1.9 degrees Fahrenheit, hardly cause for concern.\r\nDurability\r\nI\u2019ll be honest and tell you, I have a personal vendetta against aluminum, so I was taken aback when I found out this microwave was made of aluminum. But even the Panasonic Microwave Ovens Countertop is made from aluminum, so I shouldn\u2019t be too surprised. It weighs 31 pounds, which is lighter than the average weight for microwave and great news if you find yourself moving things around a lot. I guess there are some benefits to aluminum, after all.\r\nEase of Use\r\nThe microwave has preset functions like popcorn and baked potato, and we\u2019re proud to report that the microwave performs well in both these regards. It does have a \u2018+30\u2019 second button, which is always lovely, but it won\u2019t automatically start the machine like other models. It also comes with a dial-pad, like the Panasonic Microwave Oven, which is more annoying to use than a number pad.\r\nVersatility\/Modern Features\r\nThe Panasonic Countertop Microwave sports inverter technology allows it to defrost items on top of cooking them. The \u2018Inverter Turbo Defrost\u2019 is effective and can defrost items very well so long as you enter the correct weight. For those of you who enjoy looking at your food while it\u2019s cooking, the Panasonic Countertop Microwave comes with an excellent interior light as well. On the other hand, The Samsung ME21R7051SS Microwave Oven allows you to defrost your frozen foodstuffs by either weight or time.\r\nValue\r\nThis is one of the best models of microwave you can buy, but it will cost you a pretty penny to do so. If you don\u2019t feel like cooking times, the microwave contains an abundant amount of sensors that will cook food for you without inputting the time. And although this might seem a non-problem, the Panasonic Countertop Microwave sits tight on the counter and refuses to slide when the door opens.\r\nPanasonic Countertop Microwave Wrap Up\r\nTwo things are holding the Panasonic Countertop Microwave back. One is the dial, which you can easily get over by observing how fantastic cooking and defrosting food are, a fair trade-off. The second is the steep price tag, which will be much more challenging to overcome.