Panasonic NN-SN973S Stainless 2.2 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
- 1250 Watts of Power with a 2.2 cu ft. capacity; One-Touch Genius Sensor Cook and Reheat for automatic cooking settings and even Keep Warm feature
- 16 1/2" turntable; Delay Start and Timer; More/Less Control; Quick Minute, Popcorn Key
- Tactile keypad panel for easy-to-use programming, PLEASE NOTE: Upper-left corner of door has a small indentation to allow door to open smoothly
- Exterior Dimension Measures 19 7/16" (D) x 23 7/8" (W) x 14" (H), 37 lbs., Stainless steel with Silver wrap
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|Item Dimensions||23.9 x 19.4 x 14 in||23.88 x 19.44 x 14 in||23.88 x 19.44 x 14 in||20.7 x 15.8 x 12.25 in||23.88 x 19.44 x 14 in||19.18 x 23.88 x 13.56 in|
|Item Weight||42 lbs||37 lbs||37 lbs||23.35 lbs||36.8 lbs||39.7 lbs|
|Material Type||Stainless Steel||Aluminum||Aluminum||Aluminum||Aluminum||metal|
|Wattage||1,250||1,250 watts||1,250 watts||1,200 watts||—||1,200|
Panasonic NN-SN973S 2.2-Cubic-Foot 1250-Watt Inverter Microwave Oven
The Genius Prestige Countertop/Built-In Microwave Oven
Attractively housed in fingerprint-resistant stainless steel, this 1250-watt microwave oven by Panasonic makes a stylish and convenient addition to any contemporary kitchen. The 2.2-cubic-foot unit with its 16-1/2-inch turntable perfectly 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 surrounding decor.
Moving Beyond Just "Heating Things Up"
Many people just use their microwaves for making popcorn or warming up soup because most microwaves just have one temperature setting--high. Conventional microwave ovens might have a low-power setting, but this is achieved by "pulsing" the high-power setting on and off rather than by emitting a steady stream of low-powered energy.
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 perfects the art of cooking, taking 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.
Single, Compact Power Supply
Furthermore, the Inverter power unit is smaller and lighter than conventional microwave circuitry (aka the heavy, enclosed side of the microwave), which allows for more interior space to fit that favorite casserole dish, without increasing the oven's overall exterior dimensions. Weighing just 37 pounds, the oven's roomy interior measures 18-1/2 inches long by 18-7/16 inches wide by 10-15/16 inches high, while its compact exterior measures 19-7/16 inches long by 23-7/8 inches wide by 14 inches high.
One-Touch Genius Sensor Cook
With the touch of Panasonic's Sensor Cooking button, the microwave takes the guesswork out of creating a great meal, by automatically setting power levels and adjusting cooking or defrosting time. The sensor measures the amount of steam produced during cooking, and signals the microprocessor to calculate the remaining cooking time at the appropriate power level automatically.
Embossed Tactile Control Panel
Raised control panel buttons deliver a slight resistant and enhanced feedback when pressed for quicker, more intuitive touch-sensitive operation.
Inverter Turbo Defrost
Panasonic evolved the Turbo Defrost feature, which allows you to defrost foods even faster than previous Panasonic Auto Defrost. Panasonic Inverter Turbo Defrost technology is an advanced microwave sequencing system using the inverter continuous-power delivery method.
Keep Warm Feature
A pulsing delivery of very low microwave power keeps food temperatures at a constant level--without overcooking. So, foods like stew, gravy, and desserts remain warm in the oven until they're ready to be served.
Time-of-day clock and versatile timer provide exceptional convenience.
The one-touch button allows you to automatically set the time in one-minute increments.
For safety, the oven's child safety lock prevents electronic operation (door still opens). Press Start three times to lock ("Lock" will display); press Stop/Reset three times to cancel.
Make Mealtime Marvelous
Create all your favorite recipes, quickly and easily, with Panasonic's Inverter microwave oven.
- Vegetable side dishes
- Desserts & breads
Panasonic 2.2-Cubic-Foot Inverter Microwave Ovens
|Size/Power||Oven Capacity||2.2 cubic feet|
|Turntable Diameter||16-1/2 inches|
|Design||Housing||Black||White||Stainless-Steel Front with Silver Wrap||Stainless-Steel Front and Wrap||Stainless-Steel Front with Silver Wrap|
|Control Panel||5 Button with Flat Panel||Full Tactile Button||Solid Dial with Buttons||"Flashing Blue" Ring Dial with Button Panel||Electrostatic Touch Dial with Button Panel|
|Display Panel||6-Digit Expanded Display||4-Digit Display||"Blue" 6-Digit Expanded Display||6-Digit Expanded Display|
|Performance / Features||Sensor Cook/Reheat||Yes|
|Power Settings||10 Levels|
|Specifications||Cavity Dimensions (LxWxH inches)||18-1/2 x 18-7/16 x 10-15/16|
|Unit Dimensions (LxWxH inches)||19-7/16 x 23-7/8 x 14|
|Trim Kits (optional)||27" Model||N/A||NN-TK922SS|
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The failure is not in the control circuits or the magnetron or the other expensive bits. No, it's in the cheap, simple part. The door latch is no damn good. The bracket that holds the microswitches is made of thin material that fails with time. (The microswitches are interlocks that are supposed to prevent operation of the oven unless the door is properly latched. An admirable goal, that.)
If you're lucky and use the microwave oven a lot, it will fail within the warranty period. If you're smarter than i was (not difficult to achieve) you'll pat the $14 for the Square Trade warranty offered when you register your microwave oven with Panasonic. That will put put your eventual failure in the sweet spot between the end of the one-year Panasonic warranty and the almost-assured failure before two years have elapsed.
HERE'S WHAT TO WATCH FOR: Maybe after a few months you'll notice that the door can be moved up and down a little when it's closed. At some point you'll close the door, select your cooking protocol and push the START button. Maybe nothing will happen when you start the oven. Maybe the counter will start but the oven won't actually operate, then it will shut down. After awhile you'll find that SLAMMING the door makes it work. That's just a temporary workaround. It won't be long before nothing you do will make it work. The bracket and/or the sheet metal to which the bracket is attached are thin and inadequate and WILL fail.
According to my spectrum analyzer, the microwave oven leaks rather a lot of microwave energy during the period the door doesn't latch properly. Fortunately, the oven will probably stop operating before too much tissue damage occurs. I am not an oncologists, so I don't know what the medical implications of a partially latched microwave oven might be or how much genetic damage might result.
You really have to admire the advanced metallurgy and materials engineering that results in failure of the cheapest parts to render the microwave oven completely useless the day after the warranty expires. I suppose the junkyards are a rich source of working magnetrons and working inverter boards from dead Panasonic microwave ovens, most rendered useless by 11 cents ( a guess) in substandard parts.
Thanks "value engineers". Thanks MBAs.
UPDATE: Late 2014
There is not a Panasonic service center in the San Francisco bay area, and shipping microwave ovens around just doesn't make sense. However, there is a Panasonic authorized service company in Sunnyvale. The quoted price to repair the oven was $65, about half what we paid for the oven. Rather than engage in another festive round of buy-and-discard, we drove the Panasonic microwave oven 18 miles and left it for repair. A few days later we picked it up, brought it home, and tried it out. No improvement at all; the door closed (or more correctly, didn't close) exactly as it had the week earlier. The oven did not work as the interlock switches (or whatever the problem was) had not been repaired. So we took it back. This time, the repair was completed properly. Apparently this oven CAN be fixed if anybody cares. We did the second time what we should have done the first time: we made them put a glass of water in the oven and prove that the repair was done. It is now the end of June 2015 and the thing still works. The door closes with a gentle push. With luck, we might get another year or two out of it. The expensive bits (the power supply, the inverter, the magnetron, the control panel) seem to have much longer lifespans than the door latch and interlock. Weird.
But for all that complaining I still am quite happy with the Panasonic microwave. It looks good, it is a sturdy build, it heats evenly and quickly and has plenty of features available.
Going to say this a few times: Buy a Microwave Leakage Detector, it just may save your life.
Pros: * Looked great
* Cooks food
* Easy to set
* Quiet operation
* Bright inside
Cons: * COOKS You TOO in addition to food. (Watch video)
* Gets hot on outside after only 1 minute operation
* Sensor cook is by number not item. You need a printed sheet to cross reference numbers to food type.
I had concerns but figured why not give this a try. Well I'm returning this and thank GOD I own a Microwave Leakage Detector. In the past I have checked all my microwaves and have had minimal movement of the needle into the green. With this unit as you can see from my video we are all the way into the red. Could not believe it so I did it twice plus went to my hobby microwave in the garage just to be sure that it wasn't my Microwave Leakage Detector that was at fault.
Conclusion: Get a Microwave Leakage Detector that works and use it. This unit was HOT in more ways than one. Granted it may not be all of them, but I was not willing to try again. Back to shopping :(
Lastly: Buy a Microwave Leakage Detector, it just may save your life. Okay the Microwave Leakage Detector I used is a Micronta from Radio Shack. I found two detectors from Amazon which may work read the reviews and you decide as I don't own either. Reed ST-2G Microwave Leakage Detector, 0-9.99 mW/sq cm Range, +/-1mW/sq cm Accuracy and General Tools & Instruments MLD290 The Leak Seeker Microwave Leakage Detector It is tough to test a Microwave Leakage Detector as a working microwave oven really should not leak. For years I wondered if my Radio Shack detector worked, well it does now...