Panasonic NN-SN973S Countertop Microwave Review
Built-in or on the counter, this Panasonic is a great value.
We have one word to describe the Panasonic NN-SN973S's popcorn performance: Wow! The cycle took just 2:53 and, once complete, we counted zero burnt kernels and only 25 unpopped kernels. Considering that each bag contains about 300, that's an amazing result.
The NN-SN973S also has really good sensor cooking performance. The microwave took 6:50 minutes to cook a potato. When we checked the temperatures across the potato we noticed very little variances. In fact, the largest discrepancy was only 4°F. The potato was slightly overheated at 191°F. We aim for 185°F, but still 6°F isn't going to impact your food too much.
Sound and Features
The Panasonic NN-SN973S isn't the quietest kid in the library, but it isn't defening either. We recorded a sound level of 55.9 dB.
Heating and Defrosting
As we have already mentioned, the NN-SN973S makes use of Panasonic's Inverter technology. The merits of this feature became apparent upon examination of the evenness results of our tests. We saw excellent evenness when heating a portion of macaronic and cheese using the default power levels. We found an 8°F difference between sections of the food.
The NN-SN973S also proved particularly adept at heating water. It took only 3 minutes to heat a cup of water to 207°F
Unfortunately, the NN-SN973S's defrosting performance was a big disappointment. The defrost setting only took 4:45 to defrost a pound of ground beef, but at the end of the cycle a quarter of the meat was still frozen, while the edge sections of the food were completely cooked. Our advice if you plan to do much defrosting is to remove sections of the food as they thaw.
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