Advantages Looks fabulous, cooks like a dream, very reliable.
Disadvantages Bit expensive
I’ve had my Panasonic microwave/convectoroven now for around eighteen months, and I can honestly say I couldn’t do without it. The particular model I have is the NNA713 version, which combines a standard microwave oven with 1000 watts, together with a fan-assisted convection oven and grill function.When I bought this particular model, I was told by the salesman that it also has something called an ‘Inverter System’ inside. I remember he tried to use this little fact as a good selling-point, stating that an ‘Inverter System’ is some new type of Japanese technology, used in Japanese microwave ovens for some time, but only recently been used in this country. Apparently, it improves the cooking performance of the oven and it also means that I can benefit from increased space inside the oven, without it having to take up more space on top of my workspace. To be honest, it went a bit over the top of my head, but to be polite, I pretended to be listening, all the time admiring the ‘lovely silver colour’, and thinking how well it would look on top of my new shiny work surfaces. I was also impressed with what looked like a vast array of knobs and buttons, and couldn’t wait to get started!
It was expensive – approximately £275.00 from Curry’s, but I figured that it had so many ‘little extra’s, that it was probably going to be worth it. Our previous model was Argos’ own brand, and was very basic. It was cheap, lasted well (I think we got it as a wedding present many years previously) but as I’d just had a new kitchen recently installed, I felt I wanted to ‘splash out’ and get something which not only looked good, but would allow me be able to cook a range of food in various ways, other than to just plain heat/defrost etc.The control panel of the microwave did look a little daunting at first glance but once I got used to it I had real fun! There is a display window, which shows how long your food has still to go before it’s ready. Underneath this there is an hour and minute timer which allows you to set the time you require, using either the oven’s ordinary microwave function, or alternatively its grill or convection method, or, if you like, a combination of all three! Another useful function is the timer delay cooking programme, which allows you to delay the cooking of food for up to nine hours and ninety-nine minutes – I can’t imagine ever wanting to delay cooking my food for this long, however, but have delayed cooking for up to about an hour if I’ve been busy preparing something else in the kitchen at the same time.
My daughter tells me that she can taste the ‘difference’ between microwaved food and food I cook using the traditional method. She tells me microwaving food is bad for my health and has suggested on occasions that I don’t use it. For this reason, I decided to look into her comments more closely but I can’t find anything really concrete to back up her statements.I have, however, discovered that microwave energy has been used in this country since World War 2 – primarily to cook and re-heat food.
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