418 of 424 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very pleased with this oven
After having my first microwave for about 18 years, it finally died and I did a lot of research before deciding to buy this Panasonic. Having Amazon gift certificates, free shipping and a $25 kitchen and housewares discount influenced my decision and I have to say it was a great buy. I'm very pleased with the evenness with which it cooks and defrosts.
Published on July 26, 2006 by sarany
184 of 188 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good cooker, but irritating
I bought this 6 months ago to replace a ten-year-old GE 1000W microwave. I have it installed in the same cabinet opening as the old GE, but with a different third party grillwork.
The oven cavity is gigantic.
It has lots more functions than I have used and probably more than I will ever use. I bought it for the size and...
Published on January 17, 2007 by Joe M
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418 of 424 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very pleased with this oven,
This review is from: Panasonic NN-H765BF Genius 1.6 cuft 1250 Watt Sensor Microwave w/Inverter Technology,Black (Kitchen)After having my first microwave for about 18 years, it finally died and I did a lot of research before deciding to buy this Panasonic. Having Amazon gift certificates, free shipping and a $25 kitchen and housewares discount influenced my decision and I have to say it was a great buy. I'm very pleased with the evenness with which it cooks and defrosts.
I upgraded from a mid-size 650-watt oven to this full-size 1250-watt oven. I have to remind myself sometimes that everything needs less time to cook. However, there are a lot of pre-programmed features in this unit that make it easier. For example, there is a sensor cook button that selects the time and power level for different kinds of foods depending on how many times you tap the button. Types of food include baked potatoes, frozen pizza, frozen entrees, fresh vegetables, frozen vegetables and omelettes. I made a baked potato last night that was cooked perfectly. There is also a separate popcorn button (you can select from 3 different bag sizes) that also worked perfectly. A More/Less button lets you add or subtract time to the sensor and popcorn settings.
There are a number of different functions you can select or turn on and off. Some of the functions include language (English, French or Spanish), a choice of pounds or kilos, child lock, reminder beep (I turned that off because unlike my old oven which beeped every minute, this one beeps every 15 seconds which was annoying) and menu action which when turned on guides you through each step of cooking. There is also a demo mode which is meant for retail displays but you can see how everything works without actually cooking anything.
Some other useful features are delayed start where you can use the timer to set the oven to start cooking at a later time and a keep warm setting if you won't be taking your food out of the oven immediately. A Quick Min button lets you select 1-9 minutes simply by tapping the button the appropriate number of times.
If you purchase this, I would suggest going through the owner's manual a couple of times. I went through it once before I used the oven. A couple of days later I went through it again and discovered that I had overlooked some shortcuts.
The only down side for me with this oven is losing some more counter space in a small kitchen. Keep that in mind if you don't already have a full-size oven.
UPDATE: It is now 2010 and I realized I have been using this oven for 3 1/2 years and I still love it! I do a lot of actual cooking in it too, not just reheating, popcorn, etc.
137 of 138 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic,
This review is from: Panasonic NN-H765BF Genius 1.6 cuft 1250 Watt Sensor Microwave w/Inverter Technology,Black (Kitchen)I have always been partial to Panasonic microwaves and this is one of the best. It has had constant daily use for over two months now with an excellent performance record.
In fact, I have only used my stove and oven twice since this purchase (for a large frozen pizza). The sensors are very accurate - oatmeal is perfect. With two frozen dinners, I had to add additional time, but everything else has cooked, reheated or thawed as expected.
Earlier reviews mentioned resetting the clock and a loud beep. Panasonic must have listened to their customers as neither problem appears to be present on this model.
With 1250 watts, it does reheat more quickly than older models so I would suggest reducing the time until you get used to your new microwave.
UPDATE - 10/21/2008 - In December it will be two years - still perfect!
285 of 294 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good, some minor flaws (failed after 3 years),
This review is from: Panasonic NN-H965BF Genius 2.2 cuft 1250 Watt Sensor Microwave w/Inverter Technology,Black (Kitchen)[ Dec 2006 ]
We've had this microwave for a couple of months now, so I can't comment on its long-term reliability.
Mostly, it's been fine. It meets my primary requirement for a microwave, which is that you can put food into it, press 3 0 START, and it cooks for 30 seconds at full power. (It's amazing how many microwaves fail that test, requiring some other key before the time. Easy enough if you know how to use it, but not for visitors.)
It can do relatively complex sequences like:
- Wait 5 minutes (to line up completion time with other foods)
- Cook 4 minutes
- Wait 20 seconds (to give me time to stir)
- Cook 3 minutes
- Wait 2 minutes (post-cook "let stand" time)
It'll prompt you through most operations, though ... the ... prompting ... is ... kind ... of ... tedious.
The Sensor Reheat feature seems to do a pretty good job of warming food up to a good serving temperature. It overwarms frozen corn dogs a little, but only a little.
I haven't used it much, but the Sensor Cook feature did a good job on baked potatoes.
It's going to sound picky, but my biggest complaint with this microwave is that its beeper isn't loud enough. It's a little chirp-chirp that you could easily miss if you're in the next room. It does repeat the chirp every few minutes until you open the door.
The child lock is too hard to use. My other child-lockable appliances have a button with a lock icon on it; if you hold the button for about 5 seconds it locks or unlocks the device. For this one, though, the sequence is Function, 5, 1 to lock and Function, 5, 2 to unlock. (I had to go check.) Too hard to remember, and if you don't know that it starts with "Function" you're just hosed.
There are a few features I don't use yet (and so at the moment they represent unnecessary complexity) - Popcorn, More/Less. "Quick Minute" doesn't seem like enough of a win to be worth a dedicated button - 1 0 0 START vs QM START? 6 0 START if you optimize a bit means QM only cuts out one keystroke. If you need three minutes, QM QM QM START is the same as 3 0 0 START.
I'd like a "hard pause" feature, where it would stop a cook sequence and beep, and then resume the cook sequence when I press "Start" after I stir the food.
[ July 2009 ]
Still happy with it, no problems.
[ October 2009 ]
At right about 3 years... just started smoking and shutting itself off. That's not good.
[ March 2012 ]
When the first one failed in 2009, rather than do the research to pick another one I decided to just buy another one of these. At about 2 1/2 years with that second one, it's still fine.
135 of 136 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best ever,
This review is from: Panasonic NN-H765BF Genius 1.6 cuft 1250 Watt Sensor Microwave w/Inverter Technology,Black (Kitchen)I've never been so happy with a microwave. It is wide enough to allow the defrosting of a long block of chicken thighs, yet short enough to fit in the limited space I have to stash it. If you yearn for modest height and generous width, this is your oven.
It's quiet. It looks GREAT. It beeps to let you know when it's time to turn something over you are defrosting, but won't shut off and wait for you to turn it. (Turning is optional.) It's clear from a bar indicator what power level you have set and is operating, which makes it easy to tell from a distance.
More on defrosting: My last micro only allowed up to 2.4 lbs in the display, so for that chicken block I was eternally re-defrosting. Not this baby. Bring on your big freezer items, as long as they aren't too tall. Up to 6 lbs can be entered in the display.
That "ENJOY YOUR MEAL" message that moves across the display when the cooking cycle ends is a nice touch.
8/02/2010- It's still doing the job and looking great.
9/26/2013- Had a problem with the turntable dolly getting stuck in a spot where paint had come off. It was in the path of the dolly wheels. That caused one of the wheels to flatten. Instead of ordering a new dolly from Panasonic I tossed the old one. The turntable balances easily on the rotating spindle underneath it without a dolly. Just center the food and it balances. If I had it to do it over again, I would have tossed the dolly from the outset to reduce wear to the unit's floor from the wheels and to simplify cleaning. I filled the spot with acrylic paint about a year ago, and it's holding up fine. Outside the unit still looks beautiful.
184 of 188 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good cooker, but irritating,
This review is from: Panasonic NN-H965BF Genius 2.2 cuft 1250 Watt Sensor Microwave w/Inverter Technology,Black (Kitchen)I bought this 6 months ago to replace a ten-year-old GE 1000W microwave. I have it installed in the same cabinet opening as the old GE, but with a different third party grillwork.
The oven cavity is gigantic.
It has lots more functions than I have used and probably more than I will ever use. I bought it for the size and color.
It boils water and cooks/heats thing substantially faster than my old GE. The defrost seems to be more even, but this is not a major change from my old GE.
The timer/done beeper is not loud enough. If I have the stove exhaust fan running on low, I cannot hear the beeper unless I am listening intently for it. If nothing is running in the kitchen, I can hear it at a much lower volume level than the old GE. The beeper does NOT repeat with reminders unless you turn the option on in the functions menu.
This microwave is electronically noisy. It kills my wireless WIFI connection whereas the old GE barely slowed it down. It also causes a noticable garbling of cordless phone calls. Again the GE did not do this. I don't know if the GE was abnormally good or if the Panasonic is abnormally bad, but the transition was downhill.
If I try to do anything complicated, the microwave prompts me through it with scrolling pormpts on a display that is too small for the purpose. The information is there, but it is a slow process. I would have prefered more info on the decal inside the oven so I didn't have to wait while things scroll by 6 letters at a time. The fact -- that there is help -- is good.
The exterior of the oven door is a high-gloss, soft plastic. The softness makes it easy to get small scratches on it. The high-gloss makes it easy to see them.
ENJOY YOUR MEAL
107 of 111 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Panasonic NN-H765WF 1.6, 1250 Watt Microwave,
This review is from: Panasonic NN-H765WF Genius 1.6 cuft 1250 Watt Sensor Microwave w/Inverter Technology,White (Kitchen)Purchased this to replace an older Panasonic unit that caught fire. It is well made, stays "put" on the counter when pushing selections. The Sensor Reheat seems to work well. I like the way the door works. At 1.6 cubes it is fairly large, but the foot print for counter space is not much more than the 1 cube that I replaced, and the height is about the same as my old unit. Also very quiet operation is a plus.
116 of 121 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Panasonic Microwave with inverter,
This review is from: Panasonic NN-H765WF Genius 1.6 cuft 1250 Watt Sensor Microwave w/Inverter Technology,White (Kitchen)The inverter technology makes microwaving foods dramatically better! Instead of short bursts of full power, which is what all other micro waves do when asked for partial power, this one actually powers down the microwave intensity. It eliminates burned spots, particularly when defrosting. Huge improvement, small price difference.
60 of 60 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Panasonic NN-H765WF,
This review is from: Panasonic NN-H765WF Genius 1.6 cuft 1250 Watt Sensor Microwave w/Inverter Technology,White (Kitchen)When my 25 year-old microwave died I started looking for a replacement. After reading a number of reviews I settled on the Panasonic for several reasons. One, I'm familiar with several Sharp ovens and a number of them have problems with their displays. For example, my sister's Sharp has a problem with the numbers and when you enter, for example, a nine it will read 1 with the parts of the nine that make it a nine left off. A 7 will also read as 1. Her oven still works fine and times correctly for the numbers you punch in, but the readout problem means you have to pay attention to the numbers you enter. Of the four Sharp ovens I've been around, all four suffer from that same fault. Two, I wanted one big enough to use a 9x13 dish in and the Panasonic does. While other ovens will also accommodate a 9x13 dish, they are larger ovens and take up more counter space. This is the smallest oven that I found which can handle my 9x13 dishes and still rotate them on the turntable. Some of the other ovens close to this size might handle 9x13 dishes provided the dishes don't have flanges on the ends to aid in lifting them as mine do. Anyhow, it will accommodate the size dishes I wanted to be able to use. Three, it has a sensor and I wanted to try one with it and see if it was an improvement. Four, it happened to be on sale at the time.
After using it for three weeks I'm very happy with the oven. It is much faster than the old one, which I expected, but it also cooks much more uniformly. While I expected some improvement in uniformity, I received much more than I expected. I am also very pleased with the sensor system. As I mentioned earlier, I wanted to try a sensor oven, but did not realize that I would use it most of the time. You want to nuke some potatoes, you do not have to figure out how much time per potato and multiply that by the number of potatoes. Just poke your holes, punch sensor cook until it reads potatoes, and hit start. I do find it does a better job if you turn your potatoes over after it beeps twice, but even if you don't it does an acceptable job. The sensor reheat also works better than I expected and I find myself depending upon it rather than standing there and deciding I'll give the dish a couple of minutes and see it that's enough. Lastly, the feature I like the best is the turbo defrost. My old Kenmore required a lot of fiddling to do a good job of defrosting such as adjusting the output and making sure to turn the food over several times during defrost with several waiting periods mixed in. While this oven still requires some fiddling, it requires far less and does a better job of defrosting without partially cooking. On small portions all you need do is enter the weight and hit start, but with bigger portions it works best by turning over, and with large portions of items like ground beef you need to scrape off the defrosted meat part way through the process to avoid partial cooking. Since most of the time the portions I'm defrosting fall into the smaller category I don't have to do anything more than enter the weight and allow the oven to do the rest.
On the con side, I don't like the way the turntable drive system engages the platter. It works fine, but you have to peer in and align the dogs on the bottom of the platter with their respective recesses in the drive flange. That is not earthshaking, but it is a miner aggravation. I can think of several ways to design the system so it would be easier to install the platter so it engaged the drive dogs correctly.
So as it stands, provided the oven is as reliable as the other Panasonic products I've used I heartily recommend it and so far I see no reason to think it won't be. I was also pleased with the service and price from Amazon, but I've come to expect that level of service and pricing from them. I've only had one foul up with an Amazon order, and when they were notified of the problem they quickly corrected it, in fact much more quickly than I expected. You can't ask or expect more.
152 of 162 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Pros and Cons,
1. It doesn't cook very fast, about the same speed as my old one, which had probably half the watts.
2. The construction quality, while on par for all today's microwaves, feels cheap compared to the way they used to make them.
3. Pushing the door open button is just hard enough to be annoying, and having to press start after quick minute is also annoying.
4. The biggest con in my opinion: It is hard (almost impossible) to see inside while things are cooking. My old microwave door was almost clear, and easy to see in.
1. It cooks like you would expect a microwave to cook.
2. Major Pro (and the reason I chose to keep this one), the inverter defrost actually works. I was amazed that I could thaw meat, and not have it frozen in the middle, and burnt on the edges.
Overall good microwave if you need one, not compelling enough to upgrade.
46 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE THIS MICROWAVE!!!!!!,
This review is from: Panasonic NN-H965WF Genius 2.2 cuft 1250 Watt Sensor Microwave w/Inverter Technology,White (Kitchen)I did quite a lot of research before purchasing a new microwave. I knew what I wanted as far as wattage, size, etc. I've had this one for ten months now and I still love it! Very spacious for large dishes, defrosts better than any I've had(doesn't "cook" the food). Haven't had one single problem. Would definitely recommend this item!
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