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Panasonic NN-SD681S Stainless 1200W 1.2 Cu. Ft. Countertop/Built-in Microwave with Inverter Technology
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- 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.
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Power + Innovation
1200 Watts of High Power with Panasonic Patented Inverter Technology for fast, even cooking and delicious results.
Microwaving Has Evolved
A Steady Stream of Cooking Power for Even Results
Panasonic Patented Inverter Technology
Unlike traditional microwaves that rely on pulse-on, pulse-off cooking at lower temperatures, patented Inverter Technology generates a steady stream of power at all temperature settings. The result? Consistent, evenly prepared food — edges to center — across a wide range of cooking techniques.
Poach, Braise and Steam to Perfection
Inverter Technology delivers microwave energy in a way that allows delicate foods to simmer without overcooking. In addition, foods retain more color, texture and nutrients for fast, easy and delicious results.
14 Auto Cook Options - Settings for Your Favorite Foods
- Frozen Entrees and Vegetables
- and More
Maximum Interior, Minimum Footprint
The smart, compact design of the Inverter power unit devotes less space to electronics and provides far more interior capacity. These smaller, more efficient energy and control units are also up to eight pounds lighter than conventional microwave components. All of which adds up to more interior space, while taking up less space on a counter.
A sleek dial, pre-programmed quick buttons and four-digit display provide a high-end look, with one-touch sensor cook and reheat.
Utilizes a microwave sequencing system based on Inverter's continuous-power delivery method to thaw foods more evenly and quickly.
Keep Warm Feature
Keeps foods like vegetables, soups, hors d'oeuvres, gravies, sauces and desserts warm and delicious in the oven until they're ready to serve.
More advantages include quick-minute timer that lets you set cooking and reheating times in single-minute intervals, delay start feature and child safety lock.
Upgrade Your Kitchen
If you prefer your microwave built in to a new or existing wall or cabinet, Panasonic offers optional stainless-steel trim kits. Precision manufactured to enhance the look and fit of your microwave, and the décor of your kitchen, this stylish trim kit will keep its quality and beauty for years to come.
This microwave is compatible with a trim kit for a 27 inch cabinet opening.
27 inch cabinet trim kit model: NN-TK621SS.
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|Item Dimensions||12.19 x 20.69 x 15.25 in||20.7 x 15.8 x 12.25 in||19.2 x 14.81 x 11 in||20.44 x 16.62 x 12.38 in||23.88 x 19.44 x 14 in||19.94 x 23.88 x 14 in|
|Item Weight||4.8 ounces||23.35 lbs||20.9 lbs||35.3 lbs||37 lbs||32 lbs|
|Material Type||stainless-steel||Aluminum||Stainless Steel||Aluminum||Aluminum||Aluminum|
|Wattage||1,200||1,200 watts||950 watts||1,100 watts||1,250 watts||1,250 watts|
Panasonic has collaborated with the "Culinary Institute of America" to prepare recipes that can be used in a microwave. You can bring that certified master chef skills out with this family size 1.2 cuft capacity microwave. This oven offers Panasonic patented "Inverter" Technology that offers linear cooking the prevents overcooking on the edges and surfaces and gives juicer and tender food every time. The NN-SD681S offers 1200 watts of high cooking power, while its on-touch sensor cook / reheat calculates times automatically, making cooking a variety of food easier than ever. Other highlights include Blue Fluorescent display readout, Programming dial for quick programming, Inverter Turbo Defrost technology, 10 Power Levels, Popcorn Key, Keep Warm mode, Delay start, Timer, Quick Minute, 13 1/2" Turntable, beautiful half-mirror door and More/Less Control. The countertop microwave oven measures 20 3/8" W x 15 15/16" D x 11 7/8" H and weights only 25 lbs. Stainless Steel face with a silver wrap finish. PLEASE NOTE: UPPER LEFT-CORNER DOOR HAS A SMALL INDENTATION TO ALLOW THE DOOR TO OPEN SMOOTHLY AND IS COMPLETED AT THE FACTORY.
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The Inverter System works perfectly. No longer do you have high power cycling off and on, cooking the edges of your items. I continue to explore all the features, but my initial reaction is this is a great microwave.
The only complaint is that by our placing it above our oven, the LCD lights are hard to see if you aren't 6' 1" like I am. My wife is 5' 9", and she cannot see the numbers unless she stands off to the side. If you leave it on the counter, you will not have a problem.
I bought this microwave on FEB. 2014 after reading many of the 4 and 5 star reviews. However as of today (2 years later) the microwave has stopped working. While I was cooking a piece of pizza on a paper plate the microwave suddenly LIT ON FIRE on the inside. The fire started on the right hand panel and was emitting smoke, sparks and flames. It now displays an H-98 error and will not start at all. Upon reading most of the 1 star reviews (that I wish I would have read earlier) I am discovering that there are many other people that have had the same fire issues that I had. This microwave is not a safe purchase at all. I called Panasonic about it and they escalated my claim and then about a week later I had a supervisor call me and he had me answer an incident questionnaire over the phone. My case was then sent to their safety department where they had me email them pictures of the scorched side of my microwave and the serial number plate. They then called me back about a week later and asked me if I had a receipt and I told them yes, that I had bought it on Amazon. They then said that the product was out of the 1 year warranty window and I would have to send it back at my expense and that it would probably be more economical to buy a new microwave. I told them thanks and that I would buy a different brand. Based on the microwave that I bought and the reviews of others on here, it seems to me that Panasonic knows that there are major safety problems with this microwave but continues to do nothing about them. I WOULD DEFINITELY NOT BUY THIS MICROWAVE.
Had this died within the 30 day period, Amazon would have printed out a shipping label, had UPS show up at my front door to pick up the defective unit and most likely cross-shipped a new microwave out to me so I could have a replacement in just a matter of days. Instead, since it was outside the 30 day period, I had to go through Panasonic's warranty service. Their only option is to have me hand-deliver the defective product to an authorized Service Center; the nearest one is a 90 minute drive from here. That would be understandable if I lived in rural Nebraska but I live in a heavily populated area and would probably pass thirty or forty Starbucks and at least three Best Buys that I can think of on the way to the Service Center. There's no option to ship the product by UPS; I have to drive it to the repair center. Of course they're unlikely to repair or replace the microwave on the spot so that'll be another three hour round trip to get the repaired microwave. This is a somewhat pricey microwave but to have to take six hours out of what little free time I have on the weekends just isn't worth the trouble. I'll just chalk this up as an expensive lesson in how not all manufactures are customer-centric and go look for another (non-Panasonic) microwave.
I can't comment on the overall reliability of Panasonic microwaves - I only have my own experience to go on. Perhaps out of a thousand appliances only one dies in under three months and I'm just lucky this time around.
As far as the design goes, some things I liked, some things take some getting used to. The spin knob instead of numeric keypad is "cute" and does the job but it does take some getting used to. It's pretty easy to overshoot the time you want and have to backtrack to get to your goal. The "always-on" variable power setting is pretty nice - I'd much rather use continuous power than have it cycle on and off to approximate partial power. I don't think it's quite linear, though - cooking at half power seems to deliver closer to two thirds power - two minutes at half power is much hotter than one minute at full power. Again, you can get used to it and make adjustments based on experience.
The "auto cook" feature was a bust. I eat plenty of frozen dinners and the cooking time was a) never right (food came out much hotter than if I'd just followed the directions on the box) and b) took significantly longer (I think it cooks at low power until it detect steam, then a quick blast and you're done) If the frozen box said cook for six minutes, then "auto-cook, frozen dinner" would take eight to ten minutes. That feature was quickly ignored, sadly.
Also, there are plenty of gripes here about the light not coming on when you open the door and let me add to that long list. While you don't -need- the light to put a plate into the microwave, it's a nice thing to be able to see what's going on. It's really a matter of "what were they thinking?" when the designers opted to have a dark, unlit box rather than the (very standard) lit interior. There's no getting used to that one, it just seems wrong. Not that it's horribly inconvenient but why did they feel the need to make it even a little bit more inconvenient than necessary?
Would I buy this unit again (if I hadn't had reliability issues?) Maybe, maybe not. I can't say that the features that make this microwave more compelling (variable power, large turntable) outweigh the disadvantages (useless auto-cook programming, no interior light, odd dial interface). There are other microwaves out there that are competitive with this one and there's no distinct advantage with going with this particular product line...
Quick update, 24 hours after posting this review. On contacting the Panasonic "Customer Service Center" I discover that it's a guy fixing appliances out of his home in a residential area! He actually asked me to call ahead before coming down so that he could make sure he's home - and mentioned that between 8 AM and 9 AM was most convenient for him. I was expecting at least a commercial storefront but this seems awfully small time to be the best that Panasonic could offer!
Wanting this issue to be over and done with, I went out and bought a microwave from a different manufacturer - Kenmore Stainless Steel 1.2 cu. ft. Countertop Microwave 69123 which is OEM'ed from LG and similar in design to a number of other Kenmore and LG microwaves. It's the same size and the same power rating but in so many ways the Kenmore is much, much nicer than this Panasonic. The user interface is significantly more informative - to the point of displaying whole phrases ("reheat: plate") so you've got feedback on what's happening. The door opens much more smoothly on the Kenmore (I hadn't realized how much that mattered until I got one that worked smoothly) and low and behold, a light comes on when you open the door! There's even a nice feature that reminds you every few minutes that the heating is finished but you forgot to take out your cup of tea. In retrospect I guess I'm glad I got the Panasonic first because it really makes me appreciate how much more I enjoy the Kenmore's design features! (And, if there ever happens to be any problems, I can just drive it to the nearby Sears and drop it off to be fixed!)