- Easy to use
- Compact dimensions
- Impressive performance
- A bit lacking in capacity
- No default power setting is annoying
- Feels a bit lightweight
Review Price £70.00
The Panasonic NN-E281MMBPQ’s oven has five power settings and nine auto programs including cook by weight and re-heat by weight. These functions are supported by an inbuilt weight sensor.
The touch controls are straightforward and consistent in operation, but one annoyance is that there is no default power setting – on most machines it’s “full power” – which means that the power level has to be set every time the oven is used. The machine is not overly sophisticated or feature rich, but what it does, it does very well, cooking food quickly and evenly with defrost programmes proving particularly effective.
A real lightweight unit at just 11kg, the Panasonic microwave oven can slide around in use, proving a little front heavy when the door is open causing the device to tilt forward. Coming with a child lock to keep inquisitive fingers out of harm’s way, construction is up to Panasonic’s usual standard but the relatively budget price is reflected in the plastic cavity walls and a certain feeling of ‘tininess’. Nevertheless, the Panasonic NN-E281MMBPQ is a decent compact microwave for the smaller family or where space is at a premium.