Panasonic NN-SN67KS Review
Pros: Great with premade foods, easy to use
Cons: Expensive, so-so at defrosting
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|Cons||Expensive, so-so at defrosting||So-so with mixed leftovers||Large, expensive||Low power, Echo device required for some functions||Pricey, lacks some features|
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|Rating Categories||Panasonic NN-SN67KS||Kenmore 70929||Toshiba EM131A5C||AmazonBasics Microw...||Nostalgia RMO4AQ|
|Frozen Foods (30%)|
|Ease Of Use (10%)|
|Specs||Panasonic NN-SN67KS||Kenmore 70929||Toshiba EM131A5C||AmazonBasics Microw...||Nostalgia RMO4AQ|
|Dimensions||12.25" x 20.7" x 15.8"||14.5" x 17.7" x 11"||20.5" x 17.1" x 12.8"||17.3" x 10.1" x 14.1"||11" x 15" x 19"|
|Internal Dimentions||9.9" x 13.9 x 14.4"||9.3" x 12.4" x 13.6"||13.1" x 15" x 9.5"||10.9" x 6.9" x 10"||12.5" x 13.5" x 7.75"|
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.
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.
This product delivered one of the best performances of the entire group with the frozen burrito, with only an average of 7°F of a 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 all that much, performing comparably to other microwaves with much lower power outputs.
All in all, we don't really think the 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.
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