Panasonic microwave is one of the leading appliances on the market and this is due to their patent inverter technology. The Panasonic brand as a whole also features as one of the oldest in the manufacture of office and home appliances. Having been around since 1918, they have mastered the art of bringing up some of the best items the world craves for. A proof of their experience lies in the durability and quality of all the appliances they have ever manufactured.
In the microwave cooking world, there was the challenge of certain foods not simmering properly at low temperatures leading to an undesired texture and color in such foods. This left a lot of consumers frustrated and disappointed in a number of microwave ovens they purchased. The traditional pulse on pulse off technology employed by microwave is the reason why foods needing low temperature to cook become soggy and almost inedible.
The Panasonic Microwave Inverter Technology
In order to proffer a solution to this lingering issue, Panasonic went back to their drawing board and crafted the microwave inverter technology for which they currently have over 110 patents. Now you are probably wondering what the heck makes the difference between both technologies.
The traditional pulse on pulse off microwave technology triggers the oven on and off in cycles when you set it to cook at low heat. What this mean is:
for example, you have a microwave oven with its lowest power rating at 700 watts. If you have to prepare a food such as vegetable that require low heat, setting your microwave to the lowest power wouldn’t reduce the power capacity of your oven below 700 watts. It will instead cycle on and off at preset intervals to meet your foods low heat demand. The result is a plate of food that may appear mushy and in worst cases, inedible.
The Panasonic microwave inverter technology on the other hand reduces the temperature within the oven to the required level and stays constant at that level ensuring that the same amount of heat is distributed across your food. This leads to even cooking from right to left, top to bottom, as well as center.
With the Panasonic microwave inverter technology, no more overcooking, undercooking, and mushy appearance.
More Features of the Panasonic Microwave Oven
The inverter microwave technology is the first feature that makes Panasonic stand out from its competitors in the microwave industry. Now that we have demystified that aspect, here are some more features that keep Panasonic microwave ovens on the edge.
One-touch Sensor Cooking
A lot of modern microwaves employ the one-touch sensor cooking, and Panasonic happens to do that on all their models. With this technology, you don’t have to babysit your food the way you do with gas burners and traditional cooking appliances. You also don’t have to come back frequently to activate different functions (such as defrosting, reheating, or cooking) on your food. All you have to do is get your food out of the refrigerator, place it in a Panasonic microwave, click on a button and your food will be ready in a few minutes. Thanks to the advanced microprocessor in the oven which does some critical calculation to determine cooking time, and power level for optimum results.
Sleekness is one of the hallmarks of modern appliances. Unlike in time pasts when no one cared about the beauty of appliances design, the opposite is the case now. If you put two appliances side by side:
- One being sleek but not of premium quality;
- Another being of premium quality but not sleek
Don’t be surprised that a high percentage of people will opt for the first option forgetting that appearance may be deceitful.
But how about an appliance that is up to scratch both in sleekness and in quality??? That should get a 100 percent patronage; and no other fits this bill but the Panasonic microwave.
Turbo Defrost Sensor, Inverter Assisted
The defrost feature is an important one for microwaves. This is because foods are stored in the freezer and become frozen over time. In order to have such a food ready to be served, it has to go through a period of defrost. If done naturally, (I.e. leaving it on the kitchen sink for some time) it could take up to an hour or more to have all the ice melt before being ready for heating. The turbo defrost feature in the Panasonic microwave is fitted with a sensor, assisted with the inverter technology to ensure defrosting is even across all areas of the food.
Keep Warm Feature
This is just as easy as it sounds. The essence of microwave is to have your food ready to serve hot, but there are times when you are just not ready to eat. Rather than the food cooling down in the oven, the Panasonic microwave uses a pulsating, automatic stream of low microwave power to maintain constant temperature within the food until you are ready to eat. This helps avoid waste of energy to reheat the same food again.
Interactive Display Unit
Being able to interact fully with your microwave oven helps you dish out instructions and watch it obey. The display unit on the Panasonic microwave doesn’t only show date and cooking time, but also shows you step by step processes as you operate. It also guides you through the steps needed to prepare a variety of dishes especially if you are not very good at it. You can now prepare a wide range of appetizers, sumptuous dishes, soups, casseroles, sauces, desserts, and several others with the help of the Panasonic microwave auto-chef. You can also toggle the display between three major languages which are English, Spanish and French.
Compact and Light Weight
Have you seen some microwaves where the control takes up almost one-third of the whole dimensions? I bet you have. This is just a waste of space and a very poor design as well. Compactness and lightness are some of the features consumers check out for when purchasing kitchen appliances. The best microwave design is one which, aside from the interior capacity, tries as much as possible to maximize a small surrounding space for electronic controls and display. The Panasonic microwave is one of such as it has its controls and display squeezed into a small rectangular space by the right and the interior capacity by the left. This maximizes the interior and minimizes the footprint leading to a more compact and lightweight microwave, compare to conventional models.
Child Safety Lock
The fact that this Panasonic microwave can be operated very easily serves as an advantage to matured hands, but can also be a disadvantage especially if you have children at home. In order to protect against accidental operation, and children playing with the appliance, this unit features a child safety lock. Simply activate it before going to work and be sure that your children will remain safe at home even in your absence.
Panasonic Microwave NN-SN651B 1.2 cu. ft.
The NN-SN651B is the smallest microwave in this review, but not the smallest in the Panasonic brand. The smallest in the entire brand is 0.8 cu. ft. but has failed to gain popularity. This is probably because 0.8 cu. ft. is too small and may not accommodate even small families. The 1.2 cu. ft on the other hand is a good entry level for microwaves as it can serve a small family even with its compact nature. It comes with all the features discussed above and consumes 1200 watts max.
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Panasonic Microwave NN-SN736B 1.6 cu. ft.
The Panasonic microwave NN-SN736B happens to be the next on this list and boasts of the same features discussed above. At 1.6 cu. ft. it is a slight upgrade from the 1.2 cu. ft. microwave. It mostly comes in black finish, but you may also opt for the white finish if it is available. At 1250 watts power consumption, one may feel it consumes much. However, Panasonic smart power management plan will help you conserve as much energy as possible.
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Panasonic Microwave NN-SN936B 2.2 cu. ft.
You rarely find 2.2 cu. ft. microwaves performing well in the market as many people try to avoid bogus appliances for their kitchen. The Panasonic microwave NN-SN936B with 2.2 cu. ft. capacity is one of those few microwaves loved by consumers. This is due to the inverter technology and other mouthwatering features discussed above. The fact that it is compact and sleek even at its size is another reason why consumers just can’t stop requesting for this unit. At 1250 watts power consumption, this inverter microwave will not only cater for the stomachs of a large family, but also conserve energy and thus extra bucks.
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Conclusion and Recommendation
Microwaves do a great job of cooking and reheating various types of food. There is almost no food that one can’t prepare with a microwave, except that the final results may not be good depending on the type and texture of the food. The Panasonic inverter microwave came into the market a few years ago to combat this issue, and it has done that perfectly well. You can now have your vegetables and other food maintain their texture when you prepare them in a microwave. The Panasonic microwave in this review all have similar characteristics except for the sizes, and designs. If you have a very large family, then the 2.2 cu. ft. is your best choice, otherwise the 1.2 cu. ft. will also do a great job. In fact, it has the best reviews on amazon.