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Lightweight, high-wattage microwave uses inverter technology

The Panasonic NN-SN651B 1200W 1.2 Cu. Ft. countertop microwave is lighter than many microwaves, but does not skimp on power. It offers high wattage for fast cooking and reheating times, and innovative inverter technology that heats food more evenly than the traditional coil-style of microwave power.

1200 watts

This Panasonic microwave has 1200 watts, which is very high for microwaves intended for at-home use. You can use the microwave for much more than just reheating leftovers or beverages. A potato can be baked in just three minutes with the high wattage, so if you aren’t a fan of using the stove, the microwave can become a more frequently-used kitchen appliance.

Inverter technology

Inverter technology is a superior method for harnessing microwave power. Rather than using coils, the Panasonic 1200W uses inverters for the main power source. The main difference is that when you choose a certain power level on a traditional microwave (like 50%), the microwave uses 100% power and turns off/on to average out to 50%. Inverter microwaves are actually able to use 50% of its power for the whole cycle, resulting in juicier food that isn’t dried out.

Sensor cook

You don’t always know how long a food item should heat up in the microwave, so the Panasonic’s sensor cook setting is very useful. With just the touch of a button, you can set the microwave to “sense” how long a food item should be reheated or cooked, so you don’t have to do any experimenting.

Strengths

Lightweight

Most microwaves are fairly heavy, but at 25 pounds, the Panasonic 1200W is about as light as they come. Moving the microwave is much easier, and the construction is less clunky than heavier microwaves, giving the unit a more streamlined, modern look.

Family size

The Panasonic 1200W is a great size for families who want to heat up whole platters and plates of leftovers. The microwave measures 1.2 cubic feet and has a 13.5-inch turntable, making it easy to fit larger dishes inside without blocking the turntable’s rotation.

Ten power levels

Many microwaves only offer “low” or “high” when it comes to choosing power levels, but as a more modern and efficient microwave, the Panasonic 1200W gives you ten power levels. You can reheat and cook food very precisely, and save energy when you cook foods that are fine with a lower power level.

Weaknesses

Loud fan

The fan on the Panasonic 1200W is pretty loud. This can be annoying when you’re making things that take a while or trying to be quiet during the early morning or late night, but most things cook/reheat faster in the Panasonic than other microwaves, so it shouldn’t be a huge problem.

Overall Review

With its superior, even heating thanks to the inverter technology and ten power levels, the Panasonic NN-SN651B 1200W microwave represents a more convenient way to microwave. It is a great size for families (1.2 cubic feet) while still being lightweight, and provides a powerful 1200 watts ideal for cooking as well as reheating. It’s on the loud side, but it also cooks foods much faster than most microwaves, so you don’t have to deal with the noise for very long.