Written on: 17/09/2006 by Zaitch (5 reviews written)
Fabulous range of capabilities and cooking combinations
Great user manual with useful and tasty recipes
The internal light is shockingly bad. If you expect to see your food cooking through the window in the door you can largely forget it.
Can be a bit complicated to program, especially when utilising multiple modes.
L.E.D. display on front panel is a bit dim, especially if you are tall and look down to it).
Can generate a lot of heat in the vicinity of the device when in multiple convection/grill/microwave mode.
We bought the Panasonic NN-A873S1 BBXQ microwave oven off the shelf in Comet about a month ago. We had a new kitchen put in with a new oven, but we didn't want to use the oven much, as we plan to sell the house at some point next year, so we bizarrely spent another 250 quid on this gadget!!
So we bought this as a table top oven. It comes with multiple accessories for grilling high and low, cooking trays, anti splash trays,
Really nice brushed metal styling. I have good previous experience with Panasonic make, and was drawn to the multiple cooking modes, including the "turbo bake" capability and "chaos defrost".
We've tried multiple cooking combinations so far, and once we got over the initial learning curve, we've had excellent results. The recipes in the book are surprisingly good, and we've had about half a dozen of those (Cumberland sausage curry was extremely good). It's sometimes a bit difficult to find cooking instructions for individual items in the book, but we've begun scribbling notes, and this has helped.
We've had things like oven chips and pies cooking, and they are really good. They benefit from moving via the turntable, even when just in convection mode. Casserole type foods work quite well, and it's easy when you can just throw everything in a single container and leave it to cook. The auto reheat mode seems to work quite well (eg. throw a carton of soup in, press auto reheat and it figures it out based on humidity or something), but sometimes it seems to overdo it a tad.
I think the proof is that we have used this 4 - 5 times a week in the evenings, and for doing soups for lunch at the weekends. It's easy to clean (being counter top height).
It's clearly an expensive device, but I took a chance on it based on gut feeling, and we've not been disappointed. We've not had to go back to the new and unused integrated oven!