A combination oven that boasts 1000W of microwave power together with a 1300W quartz grill and a convection oven with a temperature range of 100 -220oC, as with other ovens in the Panasonic range the fan of the Panasonic NN-CT579SBPQ has been moved from the back to the top of the unit – this allows a capacity of 27 litres (0.95 cubic foot) in a unit measuring H31 x W 52 x D39.5cms – the impressive figure being the relatively shallow depth. The capacity translates into a cavity with the usefully-large dimensions of H21.7 x W35.9 x D35.2 – the turntable is a hefty 34cms; big enough for the most generous of dinner plates.
Featuring six power settings and 13 auto programs controlled by push buttons and a neat scrolling text display that gives useful prompts, the Panasonic NN-CT579SBPQ also plays host to the usual collection of programs with such things as auto cook and auto defrost all present and correct.
With a push button door release ensuring there is no danger of pulling the machine towards you when opening the door, there is still some skittering away when pushing the buttons. Some of the button labels can be a bit hard to read too being etched into the stainless steel.
Whilst general microwave performance is more than acceptable with the Panasonic NN-CT579SBPQ, be aware that there is no discrete ‘oven’ element; the convection oven function is provided by the quartz element. This limits the maximum operating temperature to 220oC; not disastrously low, but neither is it class-leading. Also this leads to a tendency for food to cook too quickly on the top when using it as a conventional oven. The exterior of the unit can also get very hot when used in this way.