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Panasonic 1200W 1.2 Cu. Ft. Countertop/Built-in Microwave Review

Panasonic NN-SD681S Stainless-Steel 1.2-Cubic-Foot 1200-Watt Inverter Microwave Oven with its stainless-steel door and silver wrap, this 1200-watt microwave oven by Panasonic makes a stylish and convenient addition to any contemporary kitchen. The 1.2-cubic-foot unit with its 13-1/2-inch turntable excellently cooks and evenly heats anything from breakfast foods and after-school snacks to dinnertime meals and appetizers when entertaining. Ideal for busy professionals and on-the-go families, the microwave oven provides quick and easy meal preparation while nicely accommodating and enhancing surrounding decor.

Panasonic’s trailblazing Inverter technology delivers true, variable microwave power, which means even temperatures and consistent textures throughout the food being cooked. The consistent delivery of microwave energy allows delicate foods to simmer without the edges and surfaces overcooking, so foods have the look and taste you expect–without the wait.

The Inverter microwave oven takes microwave cooking to a whole new level. You’ll experience delicious food that better retains its color, nutrients, and flavor and that’s easier and faster to prepare. Oh, and you can still make great popcorn. It’s a very powerful microwave an usually cooks/heats things a lot quick than I expect so it’s taking some getting used to. Really modern and cool looking and the nob for setting the time is pretty unique.

It has a high enough wattage that it takes about the time that the package suggests. It is not very large on the outside for its wattage, with enough clearance below our cupboards that my cats can sit on it.

Nonetheless, there is enough space inside for a very tall travel mug. It has three ways of setting the time: a twist knob, a “quick minute” button, and a sensor that senses steam and then adds cooking time after steam is detected. It has a rotating glass base that is probably responsible for its even heating.

At first I just set the minutes/power and allowed for the new to me 1200W which did a great job. Then, I put a washed potato(leaving it wet) on a microwave safe plate and covered it with a Nordic Ware MW cover that has six small vents to let steam escape and pushed “Sensor Cook” to start the process. Not trusting it I also started a timer at the same time with six minutes which has worked well with standard non Sensor cooking.

The Sensor Cook produced a perfect potato actually in a little less time. Then I tried “Sensor Reheat” on some brisket which was placed on the plate with some sauce and covered it with the NW cover. The reheat was excellent resulting in a moist brisket ready to serve. So, you need to have some moisture on the food and cook/reheat it covered to allow steam to escape for the sensor to read.

Cons would be that that I was at first daunted by the new technology and unsure that I would be able to make use of the Sensor functions. Now, I wouldn’t want to be without Sensor Cooking as it is not a gimmick, but a real advance in MW cooking.

Instead of guessing how much time is needed to reheat a dish, just hit the sensor reheat function and it reheats until done. I’ve tried it with everything from pizza slices to bowls of stew, and all reheated perfectly without having to set a time. The dial is a much better way to set cook and clock time than the push-pad interface, too.

INVERTER: The best feature is the Inverter low power heating function. Most microwaves attempt low power cooking by cycling on and off high (normal) power and off, for example, 10 sec on and 10 sec off for 50%. Not so with this fellow. It has some magical technology that can scale the power down and actually heat at low power. This produces much better results when you need low power, like melting/softening dairy products. I tried several of the %s and I never detected that the microwave was switching off and on.

NOISE: I debated knocking down 1 star due to noise. I would like to give it 4.5 but ended up rounding up to 5. IT IS LOUD. However, I forgive the noise for the other nice features.

SIZE: The right side where the microwave element is really is narrower than most units which means the outside dimensions are smaller compared to other units with the same interior dimensions. It also really is lighter. It replaces an old Sharp with about the same interior dimensions and it feels much lighter than the old Sharp.

POWER: When cooking on regular high power the 1200W is plenty of wattage to cook food quickly.

DISPLAY: I read some reviews about some Panasonics that had displays that were hard to read or dim. This unit’s display is bright blue and easy to read.

CLEANING: Cleaning the stainless steel also is easy. After each use, I just put a little white vinegar on a microfiber cloth and wipe, going with the grain. I also have no problem with the light going off when the door is open as I like to leave the door open for a bit after cooking to eliminate odors.

More Product Details

Panasonic NN-SD681S Stainless-Steel 1.2-Cubic-Foot 1200-Watt Inverter Microwave Oven with its stainless-steel door and silver wrap, this 1200-watt microwave oven by Panasonic makes a stylish and convenient addition to any contemporary kitchen.

The 1.2-cubic-foot unit with its 13-1/2-inch turntable excellently cooks and evenly heats anything from breakfast foods and after-school snacks to dinnertime meals and appetizers when entertaining.

Ideal for busy professionals and on-the-go families, the microwave oven provides quick and easy meal preparation while nicely accommodating and enhancing surrounding decor.

Panasonic’s trailblazing Inverter technology delivers true, variable microwave power, which means even temperatures and consistent textures throughout the food being cooked. The consistent delivery of microwave energy allows delicate foods to simmer without the edges and surfaces overcooking, so foods have the look and taste you expect–without the wait.

The Inverter microwave oven takes microwave cooking to a whole new level. You’ll experience delicious food that better retains its color, nutrients, and flavor and that’s easier and faster to prepare. Oh, and you can still make great popcorn.

Some of the top Features

  • Inverter Technology for even cooking and delivering delicious flavor and Inverter Turbo Defrost for quick defrosting
  • Elegant 4-Digit Blue Readout LED Display with Programming Icon Dial and buttons for quick programming
  • 1200 Watts of High Power; One-Touch Genius Sensor Cook and Reheat for automatic cooking settings
  • Measures 15 15/16″ (D) x 20 3/8″ (W) x 11 7/8″ (H), 25.3 lbs., Stainless Steel face
  • Please note: upper left-corner door has a small indentation to allow the door to open smoothly.

Overall, a well-engineered cooking and heating tool with quality performance.

Panasonic NN-SD681S Stainless 1200W 1.2 Cu. Ft. Countertop/Built-in Microwave with Inverter Technology
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Panasonic NN-SD681S Stainless 1200W 1.2 Cu. Ft. Countertop/Built-in Microwave with Inverter Technology
  • Inverter Technology for even cooking and delivering delicious flavor and Inverter Turbo Defrost for quick defrosting
  • Elegant 4-Digit Blue Readout LED Display with Programming Icon Dial and buttons for quick programming
  • 1200 Watts of High Power; One-Touch Genius Sensor Cook and Reheat for automatic cooking settings
  • Dimensions: Outside HxWxD ( " ) 12 1/4" x 20 11/16" x 16 5/16", Interior HxWxD ( " ) 9 15/16" x 13 15/16" x 14 3/8", 25.3 lbs., Stainless Steel face
  • Please note: upper left-corner door has a small indentation to allow the door to open smoothly.

Last update on 2017-04-02 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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