Panasonic NN-SN973S Stainless 2.2 Cu. Ft. Countertop/Built-In Microwave with Inverter Technology

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2.2-cubic-foot microwave oven with Inverter technology for true, variable microwave power.
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Panasonic NN-SN973S 2.2-Cubic-Foot 1250-Watt Inverter Microwave Oven

The Genius Prestige Countertop/Built-In Microwave Oven

Attractively housed in fingerprint-resistant stainless steel, this 1250-watt microwave oven by Panasonic makes a stylish and convenient addition to any contemporary kitchen. The 2.2-cubic-foot unit with its 16-1/2-inch turntable perfectly cooks and evenly heats anything from breakfast foods and after-school snacks to dinnertime meals and appetizers when entertaining. Ideal for busy professionals and on-the-go families, the microwave oven provides quick and easy meal preparation while nicely accommodating surrounding decor.

Create savory stews and other meals with ease.

The countertop oven can be installed in the wall using an optional matching trim kit. (Oven and trim kit shown may not represent actual items.) view larger

Inverter Technology

Moving Beyond Just "Heating Things Up"

Many people just use their microwaves for making popcorn or warming up soup because most microwaves just have one temperature setting–high. Conventional microwave ovens might have a low-power setting, but this is achieved by "pulsing" the high-power setting on and off rather than by emitting a steady stream of low-powered energy.

Panasonic's trailblazing Inverter technology delivers true, variable microwave power, which means even temperatures and consistent textures throughout the food being cooked. The consistent delivery of microwave energy allows delicate foods to simmer without the edges and surfaces overcooking, so foods have the look and taste you expect–without the wait.

The Inverter microwave oven perfects the art of cooking, taking microwave cooking to a whole new level. You'll experience delicious food that better retains its color, nutrients, and flavor and that's easier and faster to prepare. Oh, and you can still make great popcorn.

Single, Compact Power Supply

Furthermore, the Inverter power unit is smaller and lighter than conventional microwave circuitry (aka the heavy, enclosed side of the microwave), which allows for more interior space to fit that favorite casserole dish, without increasing the oven's overall exterior dimensions. Weighing just 37 pounds, the oven's roomy interior measures 18-1/2 inches long by 18-7/16 inches wide by 10-15/16 inches high, while its compact exterior measures 19-7/16 inches long by 23-7/8 inches wide by 14 inches high.

Highlights

One-Touch Genius Sensor Cook

With the touch of Panasonic's Sensor Cooking button, the microwave takes the guesswork out of creating a great meal, by automatically setting power levels and adjusting cooking or defrosting time. The sensor measures the amount of steam produced during cooking, and signals the microprocessor to calculate the remaining cooking time at the appropriate power level automatically.

Embossed Tactile Control Panel

Raised control panel buttons deliver a slight resistant and enhanced feedback when pressed for quicker, more intuitive touch-sensitive operation.

Inverter Turbo Defrost

Panasonic evolved the Turbo Defrost feature, which allows you to defrost foods even faster than previous Panasonic Auto Defrost. Panasonic Inverter Turbo Defrost technology is an advanced microwave sequencing system using the inverter continuous-power delivery method.

Keep Warm Feature

A pulsing delivery of very low microwave power keeps food temperatures at a constant level–without overcooking. So, foods like stew, gravy, and desserts remain warm in the oven until they're ready to be served.

Clock/Timer

Time-of-day clock and versatile timer provide exceptional convenience.

Quick Minute

The one-touch button allows you to automatically set the time in one-minute increments.

Child-Safety Lock

For safety, the oven's child safety lock prevents electronic operation (door still opens). Press Start three times to lock ("Lock" will display); press Stop/Reset three times to cancel.

Embossed tactile control panel.

Make Mealtime Marvelous

Create all your favorite recipes, quickly and easily, with Panasonic's Inverter microwave oven.

Eggs Appetizers Soups

Casseroles Fish/seafood Meats

Pasta/grains/cereals Poultry Sauces

Vegetable side dishes Pies Desserts & breads

Panasonic 2.2-Cubic-Foot Inverter Microwave Ovens Model

NN-H965BF

NN-H965WF

NN-SN973S

NN-SD962S

NN-SD997S

NN-SE982S Size/Power Oven Capacity 2.2 cubic feet Wattage 1250 watts Turntable Diameter 16-1/2 inches Design Housing Black White Stainless-Steel Front with Silver Wrap Stainless-Steel Front and Wrap Stainless-Steel Front with Silver Wrap Control Panel 5 Button with Flat Panel Full Tactile ButtonSolid Dial with Buttons "Flashing Blue" Ring Dial with Button PanelElectrostatic Touch Dial with Button Panel Display Panel 6-Digit Expanded Display 4-Digit Display "Blue" 6-Digit Expanded Display6-Digit Expanded Display Performance / Features Sensor Cook/Reheat Yes Power Settings 10 Levels Specifications Cavity Dimensions (LxWxH inches) 18-1/2 x 18-7/16 x 10-15/16 Unit Dimensions (LxWxH inches) 19-7/16 x 23-7/8 x 14 Trim Kits (optional) 27" Model N/A NN-TK922SS 30" Model N/A NN-TK932SS

Customer Reviews

GOOD NEWS: Panasonic has fixed the door latch issue.

20 people found this helpful.
 on December 3, 2015
By Hisservant
GOOD NEWS: Panasonic has fixed the door latch issue! If you have read the reviews, you know that the weak link in Panasonic’s microwaves has been the door latch mechanism. Specifically, the door latch bracket that holds the micro-switches has been made of very thin metal that bends easily. The mechanism itself is fine, but the thin strip of metal bends over every time the door closes. Eventually (usually in 3-18 months, it seems) it is bent far enough that the micro-sensor anchored to it is out of place. As a result, the latches on the door will no longer activate the micro-switches and complete the “door closed” circuit, which of course renders the microwave inoperable.

Great Looking, Great Heating, Lots of Button Pushing

20 people found this helpful.
 on October 1, 2015
By cshell
We had an old Sharp microwave for many years. It was great and I really liked the features. This Panasonic is a very good microwave oven. It certainly has more power than the old one. I imagine that time takes a toll on magnetrons. Also it is a very good looking microwave. Overall the the feature set is great, I can’t think of anything more I would want it to do. I have a couple of issues about accessing those features and the display. One of the things is just doesn’t seem as convenient to operate. Two examples: On the Sharp the “add a minute” feature would start the unit with the first press adding another minute with each press. The Panasonic requires that you hit the start button after the “add a minute” button. Even less convenient is the sensor settings. The Sharp had a button for each type of food followed by a number for fine adjustment. (i.e. Popcorn; 1 for large, 2 for small bag.) On the Panasonic you have to hit the sensor cook button X time for the various food types – fresh vegetables require 8 button shoves! I’m not sure why you can’t just hit the sensor cook and the number 8. Also the old Sharp displayed a bit of prompting during the setup – “How many potatoes?”. It would be great if the Panasonic displayed “Fresh Vegetables” once you hit the button 8 times rather than “8”.

HUGE bang for your buck!!

34 people found this helpful.
 on November 5, 2013
By Symantha
Oh my goodness is this thing huge, but perfect!! Our plates are a little large and wouldn’t turn in our old microwave, but after getting this, I think I can cook a thanksgiving turkey in it without a problem!!! Simple and easy, with a very nice look!!!

I’ll tell you everything you need to know in a short review. This is a great microwave oven! 2.2 cubic food model is big.

7 people found this helpful.
 on April 5, 2015
By Mr. Pixel
This is a great microwave oven! It cooks faster and more evenly than our old 1250 watt oven. I place two slices of cheese and some sandwich meat on a tortilla and zap it for 30 seconds, cheese is all melted evenly, everything is hot. A cup of cold tap water zapped for 1 minute is too hot to drink. BUT, the 2.2 cubic food model is ridiculously big. Be sure to note the dimensions. I measured it t 14″ high X 24″ wide X 19″ deep. The glass turntable measures 16.5″ in diameter. If you don’t plan on thawing 30 pound turkeys or reheating 16″ pizzas, you don’t need an oven this big. We almost returned it due to the size, but then realized that we could place three medium sized plates of leftovers in there all at once, which could come in handy. This oven is available in a smaller size, consider it! It works great in every respect, no complaints other than the size. It is light for it’s size too. But if you unplug it, just like a microwave from the distant past, the clock has to be reprogrammed! Seriously? How about some 21st Century clock advancements? The stainless steel does look fantastic and modern, until you get some fingerprints on it, they really show. But it cleans off easily. The buttons feel nice and sturdy, not cheap like most ovens. Button panel has no gaps around buttons, it is one piece, so crud will wipe off. The internal light is bright.

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