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Panasonic Microwaves - When Cheaper is Better...

By Edited Feb 13, 2014 0 0
Panasonic NN-SN651B Genius 1.2 cuft 1200 Watt Sensor Microwave w/Inverter Technology
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(price as of Oct 18, 2013)
Another great microwave from Panasonic

Buying a top of the line microwave can be an excellent investment. An expensive appliance that will last for a few years and has a lot of features can be a good addition to a new kitchen. But just because something is expensive doesn't necessarily mean that it's good. Panasonic are well known in the electronics world for making great quality products that are reliable. Quality does come with a price tag though. Panasonic's top of the line models do come at a commensurate price. However, you should never choose an electrical appliance by its price alone, it's important to look at the specs of the product before making a purchase. If you fail to look at what a product has to offer then you may find yourself making a very expensive mistake. Today we're looking at two of Panasonic's best-selling microwaves, the NN-CT579SBPQ and the NN-CF778SBPQ. These are top of the line products, and one is far more expensive than the other. And one has far better features than the other. But the price and the features don't necessarily go hand in hand...


Always an important consideration when buying a microwave, dimension can make a big difference to your purchase. As microwaves usually stand on kitchen counters, they take up valuable work space, so you might want to consider a more compact model. These two come in at around the same width (the NN-CT is 52 cm, the NN-CF is 52.6 cm). However, the NN-CT is wider at 39.5 cm (versus 32.8 cm), whereas the NN-CF is much taller at 53.2 cm (versus 31 cm). Height isn't an issue on counter space obviously, but taller microwaves may be an issue if you have overhanging cupboards or shelves.

Special Features...

Both these models have their own special features. The NN-CT has a defrost function, as well as a rotating plate to help food cook more evenly and a child lock. The NN-CF has a defrost setting and child lock, but lacks the rotating plate. It does, however, have a crisp function.


Of course, you're looking for a device that can cook efficiently, which both of these can. They're both 1000 W machines, meaning that they're fairly high powered and can cook fast. They also both have the same 27 litre capacity, which is fairly large for a microwave. However, there is one huge difference. The NN-CF is a standard microwave. The NN-CT on the other hand is a combination microwave. Combination microwaves combine microwave technology with the grill and convection technology of a regular oven, allowing more flexibility in cooking style. A combination microwave can roast, grill, broil and bake in a fraction of the time of a normal oven, and can microwave as well.


The NN-CT is the cheaper model, coming in at around £200, the NN-CF retails at around £265.

The Better Buy?

Given that the NN-CT is the cheaper model as well as being a combination microwave, it is by far the better buy. The flexibility that a combination microwave gives you usually means that it's more expensive than a regular model, but that doesn't hold true in this case. Which proves the point that you should always look at the specs of a model before you buy...




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