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Panasonic NN-SN797S Microwave Oven Review

Updated on March 15, 2014

Panasonic NN-SN797S Microwave Oven Review

I use the microwave often so when my microwave broke, I quickly tried to find a replacement. After reading lots of reviews online and doing lots of comparison shopping, I decided to go to Costco, where I found the Panasonic NN-SN797S Full Size 1.6 Cu. Ft. Genius Prestige Countertop/Built-In Microwave Oven.

So far I am impressed with its technology. I've cooked meals in the microwave that don't end up tasting like they've been microwaved! Technology has definitely improved in recent years and it looks like Panasonic is one of the best Microwave Oven brands.

My Review - Pros

  1. This microwave provides instructions as you use it. For example, it says "seconds" and "minutes" (abbreviated) as well as "Press Start" and other instructions. This makes it easy to use.
  2. It's 1250 watts, which is very powerful. Foods and beverages heat up very fast.
  3. The sensor reheat feature is a great way to steam vegetables and reheat casseroles. The microwave automatically determines when the food is cooked by sensing the presence of steam.
  4. The Microwave Inverter technology makes the food cook more evenly. Rather than turning the power on and off at the lower settings, it actually continuously cooks but at a lower power.
  5. The instruction manual (PDF) is easy to understand and contains lots of good tips.
  6. It comes with a 1 year warranty, and you can buy a 2 or 3 year warranty directly from Panasonic.

Panasonic NN-SN797S Microwave Oven Features

Panasonic NN-SN797S Microwave Oven Features
Panasonic NN-SN797S Microwave Oven Features

My Review - Cons

  1. The display is not easily viewable far below eye level. My tall husband had trouble reading it when it was sitting on our counter, so we raised it up higher by putting it on some shelves.

    For optimal readability, the display should be near eye level, or above eye level. Therefore, you may need to put it on a microwave cabinet.

  2. No 30 second button.
  3. No one button operation. Each operation requires at least two button pushes. For example, if you push "Quick Min," you still need to press "Start."
  4. To access options like Soup, Potato, Rice, Vegetables, Pasta, etc, you have to push the buttons for Breakfast, Lunch/Snack, Side Dish, or Dinner. This isn't too difficult, but does take some referring to the operating manual until you learn it.

Similar Model - Same Price as Costco

Panasonic NN-H765BF Genius 1.6 cuft 1250 Watt Sensor Microwave w/Inverter Technology,Black
Panasonic NN-H765BF Genius 1.6 cuft 1250 Watt Sensor Microwave w/Inverter Technology,Black

We bought the Panasonic NN-SN797S Microwave Oven at Costco for $139. On Amazon, it sells for much more. However, if you don't have a Costco near you (or if they're not currently selling this model), you may want to consider this similar model on Amazon. It's also a Panasonic that's the same size and power (1.6-Cubic-Feet 1250-Watt). It's not exactly the same, but similar enough to consider. You do get free shipping and in most states pay no sales tax.


Panasonic NN-SN797S Automatic Features - Built in Sensor has the Following Modes

This microwave has a lot of features! However, it may not be apparent because many of these features are accessed through sub-menus. For example, if you want to cook an omelet, you would access this option by pressing the breakfast button 3 times... Each time you press the breakfast button, a new sensor cooking mode appears on the screen.

  • Sensor Reheat (for heating leftovers and canned foods)
  • Oatmeal
  • Breakfast Sausage
  • Omelet
  • Soup
  • Frozen Entree
  • Frozen Pizza (Single)
  • Frozen Pocket Sandwich
  • Potatoes
  • Fresh Vegetables
  • Frozen Vegetables
  • Canned Vegetables
  • White Rice
  • Brown Rice
  • Frozen Dinners
  • Pasta
  • Stew
  • Ground Meat
  • Fish Fillets

Top Selling Panasonic Microwaves on Amazon - 1.2, 1.6, & 2.2 Cubic Feet Microwave Ovens

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