Panasonic NN-CT579SBPQ Slimline Combination Microwave, Stainless Steel
A compact combi oven
This is the second of this combi oven I have bought. I had the first for 10 years until it had to be replaced. It is a good size - compact exterior but spacious enough inside. I don't have the space for a really big microwave oven so this is a perfect size.
I find it easy to use and gives good results both microwave and convection modes. For small dishes it is more economical to use this convection oven rather that heat up my main oven. I have rated it good above as I do not have any experience of any other type of combi oven so I cannot say if this is excellent.
26 November 2013
Died after less than 2 years light use
We only use our microwave to heat or reheat food for maybe 2-3 mins a day at most and not every day. I used the grill function once and it was good. So, this was probably overkill for what we needed but we bought it because we only had space for a slimline at the time. After just under 2 years of use it sparked and stopped working. Unfortunately, when we bought it, JL only offered a 1 year warrantee so I would say that this is a waste of money for us when there are cheaper microwaves which can do the job that I need it for. Very disappointed.
01 November 2013
The good points first... it's a nice finish, and the exterior size is particularly compact [this was our reason for chosing it as a replacement for our old combi microwave]. Oh, and the 1000W microwave is nice and speedy and heats well.
But compared to other combi microwaves I've used - Samsung and Sharp were our previous ones - the oven is just rubbish. It heats up quickly, but once cooking it just doesn't distribute the heat well, leading to burnt tops and undercooked bottoms.
Most annoyingly though is something which is so trivial I hadn't considered as a feature to check. The door only opens to 90 degrees, so it bounces back on your arm when putting things on or taking things out. Combined with the lack of door handle this is plain unsafe in my opinion.
I only wish we had given up sooner and returned this for another model, now we're stuck with it...
04 October 2013
not the best for baking
I have used other microwave combination ovens for successfully baking bread and cakes etc.After a couple of days baking I found that cakes and bread were burned on top. The heating element at the top of the oven glows like a grill maybe this is the problem.I write this review not to complain but to praise to the heavens John Lewis response. Just wonderful the product is to be exchanged for a different model.No fuss no drama,just very helpful and kind .
28 March 2013
I bought the Panasonic microwave which most resembles the last one.I find I can eat well using this cooker only.
28 January 2013
Great replacement microwave
very easy to use, does everything it says well !! recommended by Which.
14 January 2013
We've got a bigger Panasonic combi-oven so we knew roughly what to expect. This one though has a Jacket Potato button which produces good results - better than using just microwaves though it does take longer.
The top convection temperature is 220C which I thought would be a bit low for cooking roasties but it coped very well and the results were fine - the potatoes were well-browned.
It doesn't "peep" at you to remind you that the cycle has finished which I had got used to with the previous combi but I can cope with that!
26 December 2012
A bad experience
I needed a combination oven for Christmas, my previous one having died. I therefore ordered one for next day delivery. Having waited all the next day, it arrived at 20.45. I removed all the cardboard packing in the machine, including one piece of silvered card 8 by 12.5cm which was on the inside right of the oven. This exposed a cavity in the machine, which didn't look right, so I emailed Panasonic, to be told that the oven would not work safely without it. I had to pay an unspecified amount for a new one. In my opinion it would have been helpful to mention that this piece of cardboard was not meant to be packing. I am also surprised that a piece of cardboard is used inside an oven at all. Needless to say, we had Christmas without our oven, and are still waiting for the part.
26 December 2012