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Panasonic NN-SN67KS Review

This product scored well in most of our tests but we think it was outperformed by a handful of other products
Panasonic NN-SN67KS
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Price:   $190 List
Pros:  Great with premade foods, easy to use
Cons:  Expensive, so-so at defrosting
Manufacturer:   Panasonic
By David Wise and Austin Palmer  ⋅  Aug 19, 2020
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RANKED
#3 of 10
  • Heating - 40% 7
  • Frozen Foods - 30% 9
  • Defrosting - 20% 4
  • Ease of use - 10% 6

Our Verdict

While the Panasonic NN-SN67KS did score in the upper portion of the group, it didn't quite do well enough to earn an award in our minds. It had one of the best performances of the whole pack when it came to premade frozen foods, heating them up quickly and evenly, but merited poor marks when it came to defrosting frozen meat. It did well in our heating and ease of use tests, just not quite well enough to redeem its so-so results in the defrosting test.

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Pros Great with premade foods, easy to useExcellent at defrosting, convenientExcellent with packaged frozen foods, compact, very easy to useGood at reheating, does well with premade frozen foodsGood at defrosting meat
Cons Expensive, so-so at defrostingLarge, expensiveSo-so with mixed leftoversDidn't defrost frozen turkey wellNot the most convenient to use, heating performance could be better
Bottom Line This product scored well in most of our tests but we think it was outperformed by a handful of other productsAn excellent all-around product with a larger capacityFor those with limited kitchen space, this is the best compact model we testedThis larger product did decently well but we don't think it quite matches the performance of the top-tier modelsThis product pairs average results with an average price in our minds, failing to stand out from the competition
Rating Categories Panasonic NN-SN67KS Toshiba EM131A5C Kenmore 70929 BLACK+DECKER... Panasonic NN-SB458S
Heating (40%)
7
6
6
7
6
Frozen Foods (30%)
9
7
8
7
7
Defrosting (20%)
4
9
8
4
7
Ease Of Use (10%)
6
8
7
7
5
Specs Panasonic NN-SN67KS Toshiba EM131A5C Kenmore 70929 BLACK+DECKER... Panasonic NN-SB458S
Watts 1200 1100 900 1000 900
Cubic Feet 1.2 1.2 0.9 1.1 0.9
Dimensions 12.25" x 20.7" x 15.8" 20.5" x 17.1" x 12.8" 14.5" x 17.7" x 11" 20.2" x 15.6" x 12.1" 19.1" x 11.5" x 14.8"
Turntable Diameter 13.4" 12.4" 11.2" 12.4" 10.6"
Internal Dimentions 9.9" x 13.9 x 14.4" 13.1" x 15" x 9.5" 9.3" x 12.4" x 13.6" 13.9" x 14.5" x 9.1" 12.4"x 13.9" x 8.1"
Warranty 1 year parts and labor
5 year magnetron
1 year limited 1 year limited 1 year limited 1 year parts and labor
5 year magnetron
Child lock Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

Our Analysis and Test Results

This product is also one of the pricier options of the group — and was outperformed by multiple models that cost quite a bit less in our opinion, making it a bit hard to recommend unless you exclusively are heating up Hot Pockets or frozen burritos and want the absolute best.

Performance Comparison


This product did quite well in our tests but does run on the more...
This product did quite well in our tests but does run on the more expensive side.
Credit: Laura Casner

Likes


When it comes to the Panasonic NN-SN67KS's noteworthy performances, it's easily the results in our frozen foods metric that come to mind first. This microwave delivered one of the best results of the entire group, evenly heating up the frozen burrito, Hot Pocket, and individual serving of lasagna above the required serving temperatures when following the manufacturer's instructions.

Both slices of pizza came out of the Panasonic quite evenly heated.
Both slices of pizza came out of the Panasonic quite evenly heated.
Credit: Laura Casner

This product delivered one of the best performances of the entire group with the frozen burrito, with only an average of 7°F of temperature difference between the left, right, and center regions of the burrito. This appliance did even better with the Hot Pocket, with our thermometers only reading an average difference of 3°F between the three regions.

The center came out quite a bit warmer than the edges.
The center came out quite a bit warmer than the edges.
Credit: Laura Casner

This microwave did a little worse with the individual frozen lasagna but not by much — still giving some of the better results of the bunch. We calculated an average temperature discrepancy of 9°F between the 6 different zones, with the largest difference being 18°F between any one zone. However, there were a few areas that fell just a bit short of the requisite 165°F but we think just a bit longer in the microwave would have remedied that.

This product also did well in our heating metric for the most part, reheating the canned soup and slices of pizza uniformly. It also did very well in the heat map test, with the marshmallow fluff showing no exceptionally burned or undercooked spots.

The top of the marshmallow heat map after its time in the microwave.
The bottom of the heat map after microwaving.

We also like how easy it is to use this product. It has a +30 seconds button, along with failing to slide around on the countertop when we hit a button or opened or closed the door.

It takes quite a lot of force to slide this microwave around even on...
It takes quite a lot of force to slide this microwave around even on slick countertops.
Credit: Laura Casner

The presets also seem to be quite effective to us, with the popcorn button effectively microwaving a bag of popcorn almost to completion without burning it and leaving only a few unpopped kernels.

The popcorn preset worked well in our tests.
The popcorn preset worked well in our tests.
Credit: Laura Casner

Dislikes


Regrettably, we weren't thrilled with the performance of the Panasonic NN-SN67KS didn't do the best with defrosting the frozen block of ground turkey. It barely defrosted a little more than half of the block, with the rest staying very frozen. It also has some areas that seemed to be fully cooked, even with a notification to flip the turkey over halfway through heating.

More than half of the frozen turkey was fully defrosted.
More than half of the frozen turkey was fully defrosted.
Credit: Laura Casner

This microwave also didn't deliver the best results in our speed test, only raising the temperature of the water by 78.1°F after 45 seconds of heating. It also didn't do very well with the plate of three different types of leftover food. We used green beans, sausage, and potatoes as are test types of food. This product showed some significant temperature variations between the food and didn't heat them up all that much, performing comparably to other microwaves with a much lower power output.

Unfortunately, there was quite a thermal gradient across the plate...
Unfortunately, there was quite a thermal gradient across the plate of leftovers.
Credit: Laura Casner

Value


All in all, we don't really think the Panasonic NN-SN67KS is a great budget buy, since it is one of the more expensive options and we think it was outperformed by some of the cheaper ones.

Conclusion


The Panasonic NN-SN67KS did earn one of the higher scores of the group and we would recommend it to anyone who wants the best of the best when it comes to premade frozen food items. Other than that, we think there are more well-rounded options that would be a better fit for most people.

David Wise and Austin Palmer