Panasonic Countertop Microwave Review
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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.

Why We Like It – Panasonic Countertop Microwave

The Panasonic Countertop Microwave is a powerful, highly adjustable microwave that can easily cook or defrost most anything you throw at it. It’s fast, easy to use, and does a fantastic job of cooking lots of different things from potatoes to popcorn.

Pros
  • Cooks Food Thoroughly and Evenly
  • Lightweight
  • Inverter Technology
Cons
  • Aluminum
  • Dial-Based
  • Expensive

Power/Performance

Panasonic 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’t 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.

Durability

I’ll 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’t 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.

Ease of Use

The microwave has preset functions like popcorn and baked potato, and we’re proud to report that the microwave performs well in both these regards. It does have a ‘+30’ second button, which is always lovely, but it won’t 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.

Versatility/Modern Features

The Panasonic Countertop Microwave sports inverter technology allows it to defrost items on top of cooking them. The ‘Inverter Turbo Defrost’ 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’s 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.

Value

This 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’t 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.

Panasonic Countertop Microwave Wrap Up

Two 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.

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Michael Iaboni

Michael Iaboni is a Canadian Freelance Writer and Editor. He graduated from York University with a Degree in English and Creative Writing and then attended Queen's University where he obtained a Professional Editing Standards Certificate. He is a member of Editor's Canada and, in his spare time, enjoys reading, writing, soccer, and gaming.

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