Panasonic NN-CF873S Combination Microwave, Stainless Steel
This microwave was smaller than I was expecting, much smaller than the one it replaced, but the lack of a turntable means it's almost as capacious. Two microwave meals (you don't expect me to COOK, do you! ?) just fit in side by side. I assume that I could do two level microwave cooking if I use the glass shelf, but that isn't made clear in the manual, which is a bit useless to be honest.
I haven't used it for anything adventurous (see note above re cooking) but it makes excellent jacket potatoes on sensor cook, heats the milk for my coffee, and zaps those microwave meals just fine.
On the downside, it is pitch black in there! The two LED lights are useless, and you can't see anything that's happening in the oven. Not much use when you're watching to make sure your milk doesn't boil over.
Another minus point is setting the cooking time. My previous oven would give a minute on high power when you pressed the start button. Very useful. It had 10 minute, 1 minute and 10 second buttons. Also very useful. The sliding time setting doodad is very sexy looking, but not actually that easy to use. I'm used to a couple of button presses to get my milk cooked for two minutes on high, now it's a case of press for power setting, slide up and down 5 times as you keep missing the 2 minute mark, and then press the start button.
Another thing I've noticed is that the numbers on the display aren't visible if you stand to the right side of the oven. If you're standing on the left (which for me involves climbing into the fridge) they show up fine, as they do when you're directly in front of it. But if you glance at the oven to check the time, you better hadn't be standing on the right.
The manual could be better. It's not easy to find what you're looking for.
All in all its it's an excellent machine, with loads of features I shall probably never use. But it's worth the outlay just for the jacket potatoes.
27 February 2014
Purchased this as our last Panasonic Microwave died although it was old. Saw this and although it is a considered purchase it has more than lived up to expectations. For instance the oven has a 40 degree setting which is great for proving bread. The pre set programmes are also great. It is so much more than a microwave and it looks good too.
07 February 2014
chose this in a hurry and didn't do much research.
But have found that the speed in which it heats the simplest things very valuable fast fast fast!
the "Flat & Wide" interior is a dream for us busy housewives. Everything fits inside. It is also a dream to clean
the interior light is very poor ( maybe there is a way to alter it but have not so far found it. You cannot watch the milk heat and save it at the last minute - disappointing.
After cooking there is always condensation on the glass of the interior door - even the next day (if not wiped as you go ) . this worries me as it is bound to cause problems in the future - I am going to discuss this with Panasonic.
07 February 2014
Exceeded my expectations
I'm currently using this as my main oven and am truly impressed. It comes with 3 quality trays i.e. glass, enamel and a rack and a huge instruction book (which you need as there are so many combinations of cooking!!) When I set the program to cook me jacket potatoes...via sensor (not telling it how many potatoes or the weight) I didn't believe it was going to produce the perfect jacket p's after 30 minutes.....and it did! Soft and fluffy on the inside and crunchy on the outside - I literally pricked them on the outside, chucked them in...told the machine I wanted jacket potatoes and it worked out the rest. I'm in awe! On convection oven function it pre-heats super fast as well! No more waiting 20 minutes for the oven to preheat, it's done within about 5....my last tabletop took half an hour so I'm well chuffed.I tested the roast potato function...cut them up and shoved them in raw with a bit of oil and they came out ok considering...hardly suprising not the best (how can they be without fluffing up?!) but more like school roasties - ideal if you're in a hurry or for the kids.I've kept my old microwave...this is more of an oven than a microwave and I can't be bothered to keep removing the trays. Bacon grilled in this is perfect and I've made some great sponge cakes in here. Whilst I was reviewing before purchase, I was put off by a review I read somewhere that it wasn't deep enough for a dinner plate...and when I measured I realised that was true.......but I got caught in the moment whilst in the JL store (they didn't have the alternative I chose) and ended up buying this one - I'm glad I did as my large Jamie Oliver dinner plates fit perfectly so I'm not sure if maybe I was looking at an earlier model?! Anyway, very glad the alternative Panasonic wasn't in stock as this little oven is superb. I'm very VERY pleased.
12 November 2013
Best Combi-Microwaved Ive Owned
I Bought it 2-weeks Ago As I moved in With my partner and we decided to Replace his Solo-Microwave As i was use to using and cooking With my Parents Combi
Oven and it is just Brilliant At Cooking everything on all modes and Very Impressed With its Defrosting Capabilities Thanks To the Inverter And Is Quite on Microwave Cooking And Nearly As Quite on Convection-Grilling We Use it Over Our Standard Oven-Grill it is that good. 5 Stars It Just Perfect.
26 October 2013
What a great microwave
My previous microwave was a Panasonic and I had it for nearly 10 years until 2 weeks ago it died on me. So I decided to get another Panasonic and I like the look of this one. It arrived and looks absolutely superb. Its very slick, it's bigger inside than my previous microwave, much bigger. You can have optional shelves inside ( it comes with the microwave) so if you've got a lot of food you want to cook or warm up, you can use the shelves. The buttons are all easy touch, there is no glass turntable, like my old microwave. it opens from the top down. It really is good. Food I have put in to warm up is warmed up in super quick time, much quicker than my previous microwave. There are lots of function buttons you can use, I haven't used them all. I have however had to keep the instruction manual out as there are lots of buttons which the symbols are not obvious so I am constantly referring back to the instruction manual. I really like it though, it looks great, its big inside, nice easy touch buttons. Its going to come in great for Christmas as an extra oven. Its a very good microwave, it looks the part and it appears to do a lot. I am pleased. I have sent in for the extra guarantee that comes with the machine - 5 years in total.
22 October 2013