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Panasonic NN-CT579SBPQ

In our latest review, we take a quick look at a spacious mid priced combination microwave in the form of the Panasonic NN-CT579SBPQ. On paper it offers a competitive specification - massive 27 litre 1000w combi microwave, with an above average sized 34cm diameter turntable.  The exterior features the traditional Panasonic styling that appears across most of their range, with an understated stainless metal and black look.  But does the microwave live up to expectations, or were we left feeling disappointed by it's performance?  Read on to find out!

Panasonic NN-CT579SBPQ Review

Incredibly spacious - especially for a slimline model, gorgeous modern design, very well constructed, and operates flawlessly May be slightly too large for some kitchens - check the measurements before purchasing.
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Our Panasonic NN-CT579SBPQ Combi Microwave Review

Panasonic NN-CT579SBPQ

So you're considering buying a new combi microwave, but unsure of which model or manufacturer to plump for?  The combination market has an abundance of options, with all of the leading brands wanting a slice of the action, and so initially it can be a pretty overwhelming choice.  To help narrow down your options, firstly we'd recommend working out the main features you require from the appliance, in particular the size and capacity.  The size refers to the physical measurements of your microwave's exterior - this is particularly vital if you have limited space in your kitchen.  The capacity refers to the room available within the microwave, and is usually provided in litres, and is further illustrated by the turntable diameter.

Arguably the latter is more important than the former for the vast majority of users, as most kitchens will have room for a large microwave - however it is imperative that you measure before buying to avoid having to deal with returns.  In order to determine if a particular model is spacious enough for your needs, measure the widest point of the largest dish you intend to use within the combi microwave, and make sure the turntable will cater for this.

So now you'll know the rough size of appliance you need - we can proceed with details on the NN-CT579SBPQ - a mid size slimline microwave with a 34 cm turntable.  The slimline aspect of the name refers to the slim nature of this microwave - it's body measures just 52cm by 39.5cm by 31cm, and weighs an impressive 13.5kg.

Sound about the right size? In terms of performance, the NN-CT579SBPQ may well be the ideal cooking solution for a busy household, with 1000w of power in microwave and oven mode, and 1300w when using the built in grill.   Panasonic are renowned for manufacturing high quality and reliable products, and the NN-CT579SBPQ continues to support this trend, with an incredibly well built body - it's solid to the touch.  The controls are simplicity itself to operate, with a series of well labelled buttons and overall our testers were very impressed with the build quality and user friendliness.  Each function is clearly defined, and we didn't need to consult the manual at all, which for us is a breath of fresh air!

Power output is pretty good - 1000w in microwave mode, the same in convection oven mode and 1300w in grill mode and, unlike some cheaper models, all of which can be used in combinations to compliment each other.  Six different power levels are included, as are the usual child safety locks, built in timer, and a handy weight sensor.

Enough about the specification - how well does it work?

In short, the NN-CT579SBPQ cooked beautifully - with food coming out perfectly cooked - our testers were very impressed with the performance of this model.  We tested several different dishes, from basic reheating of meals to roasting meat joints, and all came out looking and tasting delicious.  Cleaning afterwards was pretty simple too - a quick wipe of the stainless interior and it looked good as new.  It seems that you do indeed get what you pay for - If you're after a versatile and high performing combi microwave, then the NN-CT579SBPQ is well worth the money.  It may be quite an investment, but our test team were unanimous in believing that it is worth every penny.

Our Verdict for the Panasonic NN-CT579SBPQ

The Panasonic NN-CT579SBPQ is an incredibly well designed combi microwave - finished in a sleek silver exterior, it is both well built and looks stunning.  Our testers loved it - it cooked food to a very high standard, is a piece of cake to use and takes no effort to clean.  If you need a large combi microwave, then the NN-CT579SBPQ should definitely be on your shortlist.

Panasonic NN-CT579SBPQ Features

  • Silver Finish
  • The NN-CT579SBPQ features Panasonic's unique slimline microwave oven that takes up less kitchen space
  • 20% slimmer than conventional ovens
  • 1300W Quartz grill element built in
  • Auto weight reheat and cook option
  • Touch control system
  • Stainless steel exterior - looks stunning
  • Stainless steel interior lining for easy maintenance
  • 34cm diameter rotating removable turntable.
  • Microwave/grill/convection oven which can be used in any dual combination - highly versatile
  • Inverter system included for fast and effective cooking.
  • Child safety lock built in
  • Round wire rack and enamel tray supplied as extras for flexibility
  • Capacity of 27 litres
  • Grill Power of 1300w
  • Maff Rating : E.
  • Microwave Power of 1000w
  • Oven Power of 1000w
  • 6 Different Power Levels
  • Depth is 39.5cm.
  • Height is 31 cm.
  • Weight is 13.5 kg.
  • Width is 52 cm.
  • Programmable system
  • Built in Timer
  • Built in Weight Sensor

Panasonic NN-CT579SBPQ Specification

Manufacturer: Panasonic
Model: NN-CT579SBPQ
Capacity: 27 litres
Power: 1000 Watts
Colour: Silver
Dimensions: 52cm by 39.5cm by 31cm
Internal Dimensions: 34cm turntable
Weight: 13.5kg
Our Rating: 4.5 out of 5
User Rating:

11 Customer Reviews of the Panasonic NN-CT579SBPQ

    1. We Love Microwaves (Website Admin)

      As with all microwaves, we’d avoid using metal utensils inside the microwave, as they can cause it to malfunction and possibly break.

  1. jane beesley

    I’m seriously considering buying one of these models having had an ordinary Panasonic microwave for 20 years now! As I am only cooking for myself these days,is there any advantage to having one of these as opposed to using my conventional electric fan assisted oven???? or is it best to keep to the tried and test conventional microwave???

    Some reviews I have read don’t rate this model very well or is that just bad luck???

    Another thing you keep calling the colour silver – or is it stainless steel on the exterior???

    1. We Love Microwaves (Website Admin)

      Hi Jane – Thanks for your questions – it will almost certainly be cheaper to run than your traditional oven in terms of power consumption, as well as being easier to clean – we can’t speak for others but we all really liked this model, and were very impressed by it’s performance – to answer your question, it is finished in stainless steel (sorry if the review is a little vague on this!) Hope this helps :)

    1. We Love Microwaves (Website Admin)

      Hi Janet – I’m afraid the manual states that “It is not intended for built-in use or for use inside a cupboard.” due to needing space to avoid overheating. However Panasonic do make a trim kit for the NN-ST479SBPQ and the excellent

  2. Rivka rosenheim

    We would like to buy this microvave and take it with us to another country. How do we get the tax back?

    1. We Love Microwaves (Website Admin)

      Hi Rivka

      I’m afraid I don’t know the answer to this – however if you contact the relevant tax authorities then they should be able to advise you.

      Hope this helps :)

  3. val

    Does this microwave heat from back.. as had an old inverter Panasonic cooked beautifully on combining micro /convection does this do same.. I don’t want heating from top.. Why if it is from top has it changed…

  4. colin beardmore

    I have a another variation of this model ie the same power size , capacity and user instructions are the same.
    I am on the third one in a month due to quality issues albeit arguably minor.These were a broken glass turntable,and a noisy vibrating side panel.
    The oven is unbeatable for its specification and price.I have cooked/reheated many items successfully including a chicken but I am struggling to cook some others eg a pizza on the auto programming and a frozen strudel. This is due to the location of the heat ie from the top . The tops get burnt.
    I suspect that might be solved by an intermediate level wire rack and perhaps covering the tops of items when necessary on some convection cooked recipes.
    Its a challenge and I am hoping to resolve these issues.

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