Panasonic Microwaves - 4 Styles

Check out the product page for the NN-SA651S and TONS of reviews (4.3 out of 5.0) over at bestbuy.com

Never buy a microwave you can’t turn off the annoying beeps on. .

These specs say Programmable. What’s to program about them? Can i get more details on that?

I brought one directly from Panasonic. The Inverter technology is great but the reliability is the problem. (Google it). Moreover, this little bugger uses 15 amp throughout the entire on cycle, no matter what settings (I measured it with a meter) Make sure the outlet can handle it. I am wiring a separate 20amp outlet just for this little thing.

It’s programmable in the sense of multiple cooking instructions can be set before hitting the start button.
Ex High for 3 min then 50% for 5 min min.

I have a similar Panasonic microwave and it does not make popcorn very well. Otherwise it’s ok.

My very first Microwave (many, many moons ago) was a Panasonic. It lasted FOREVER. I thought it would never die.

I have a Kenmore microwave that uses the Panasonic Inverter technology. It is now over 10 years old, is used a lot, and still looks and works like new. I love the inverter system, it heats so much more evenly. And the “smarts” in this thing are awesome. If it ever does break down, I know I want another Panasonic.

I’ve owned and used a Panasonic (the large one) for years now and I can tell you they’re NOT survivors. I buy my microwaves at Sams Club and bought one 2.2 cu. ft. about 6 or 7 years ago. I bought it with the extended service policy, which costs about $30 additional for a 3 year policy. The first one lasted about a year before it gave up. The following 2 lasted a bit longer with the 3erd one going for almost 2 years. When I went back to turn in the third microwave, I learned that they no longer carry the Panasonic brand. So I had to take a Sharp brand microwave in place of the Panasonic. So far the Sharp is holding up fairly well, but it’s only been about 7 months so far.

The people at Sam’s tell me that the buyers gave up on Panasonic because they were having too many problems. I could understand that completely.

Love the turbo defrost function on my Panasonic, although it is a slightly different but is 1200 watts. It cooks like a champ and is almost 2 years old, no issues and used multiple times per day. I paid $40 more 2 years ago, so this is a great deal. This is the first micro I’ve owned that doesn’t cook the meat on defrost and turn it into rubber.

I’m not sure what is different (if anything) but I’ve had the 2.2 cubic ft. model for close to 10 years and never had a problem until recently when the inside light burned out. Not a big deal but slightly labor intensive to change.

It gets used numerous times every day and, because of its high wattage, is so much faster than the giant, 45 yr. old Kenmore (900 watts and still working) on the other side of the kitchen.

Keep Warm, Turbo Defrost and Quick Minute are the things I use most but there are many other features that I’ve never really had the occasion to use. I especially like that it’s so huge inside that you can heat two or more sides at the same time. I use a 13 in. platter to cook a 12 oz. package of bacon and it fits with room to spare.

I don’t want to sound like an ad but the bottom line is; I wouldn’t trade it.

It’s really the luck of the draw. Much of the time you get a good machine and sometimes you get a lemon. I’ve had very poor luck with my Panasonics…but there may be a good reason…

First: My microwaves (the 2.2 or larger size) fits into a custom cabinet with a roll down face which hides the oven when not in use. Since it’s confined, we opted for a ventilation fan to keep the oven from overheating when in use. Maybe this makes my oven run a little hot, having some effect on its longevity.

Second: Panasonic no longer makes a 1,500W oven (at least this is what I’m told.) Now, they are all 1,250W maximum. Maybe this is a reason why my ovens broke down frequently.

Aren’t all microwave ovens made by Haier in China, regardless of what name is on it?

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  1. We love Panasonic microwaves due to that Inverter technology. BUT, I also learned where they tend to fail and therefore, how to easily fix it. There is a door interlock safety switch that appears to overheat and melt, rendering the microwave inoperable. It is a very standard micro-switch and since we harvested several of them (same switch used in several places) from a prior Panasonic that failed, we have a supply ready to swap in. It’s a 5-10 minute fix.

Seems to fail about every 12-18 months under heavy use. It appears to be a design defect across many, if not all models since they likely all use the same door safety interlock design.

  1. We used to go thru a microwave per year (fried circuit boards) - tried virtually all brands. Until we simply started plugging them into a surge protector strip. That problem solved.

We have one, large, 7 or 8 years old at this point, rock-solid and very powerful, cooks stuff really fast. It does suck a lot of juice, you can’t use the Keurig while the microwave is on, but in our 1940 house there’s too few circuits anyway, we pop breakers in other areas as well. Bottom line is when this one goes, I’m getting another one. We had a $50 GE that only lasted a year, this one was about $125 at Best Buy IIRC.

I bought one of these last time they were offered. I’m sorry I can’t tell you which one it is but it is fine. No complaints about the microwave. I’m actually writing this because the most annoying part of this was that they required a signature for delivery of this microwave. In all the years I’ve been wooting I’ve never been required to be home to sign for anything. It’s an $89 microwave. I’ve bought things far more expensive than this with no signature requirement. It did not specify this in the description. I work during the day and can never be home during the week for acceptance of delivery. So I had to contact them to have them leave it at the nearest Fed Ex for me to pick up at my “earliest convenience” provided it’s before they decide they need to send it back. I luckily got there before they sent it back to woot and had to put it in my car and haul it home. By this time it was several weeks after I ordered it. It was absolutely not worth the effort. I order online for the convenience of delivery right to my door. So just be prepared to have to deal with the signature requirement and possibly picking the thing up yourself at a Fed Ex facility.

It wouldn’t surprise me. I toured a plant in Korea back in the 80’s and there was one assembly line right up until the outer shell was added. At that point the line split into four different brands. Same microwave though.

Finally got mine today, it’s all beat up and dented. Packaging was terrible and I’ve now got a huge box that’s useless. I’ll send a note to ask for a refund/exchange tomorrow, but I’m highly disappointed.

Also went through the same thing this time, which is why it took until now to receive my dented/broken piece of ----. I’ve had things costing 10 times as much delivered without the hassle that this broken microwave was.