Summary: This microwave oven replaces a GE XL super 1860 whatever, made by Samsung by the way, that died of a broken magnetron on it's SECOND day. I love the variable power as opposed to the of/on recycling to imitate lower cook levels. This unit's 4 speed fan is more powerful that big box store's over-range vents. To get the most from this unit DO read and understand the manual.
Great high end features... some basic features missing.
3 June 2010
Summary: When researching microwaves, my criteria was 1. The most powerful fan I can get in an over-the-range microwave and 2. Looks decent and the basics work. Unfortunately it only does one of those. I do a lot of cooking and basically only use microwaves for reheating leftovers and melting butter, so I thought this would be a no-brainer purchase.
Summary: Comments about Panasonic NN-SD297SR: We are very happy the unit. Very beautiful, sumple design by Panasonic. The microwave is very easy to clean because of the coating on stainless steel. This is the only unit that has stainless wrapped around including the bottom, not just the front as most other brands do. Very quite fan with five speed and 2 functions. The lights are very bright. They illuminate my cook top very well. Cooking functions are easy and simple. Love it!!
Pros: Attractive Design, Easy To Clean, Easy To Install, Heats Evenly, High quality stainless, Powerful, Powerfull quite vent fan, Simple Controls, Simple Display
Summary: Product delivered on time. Installation was fairly easy. A template was included with the manual. I drilled everything according to the instructions and had the microwave up and running within an hour. Cooks evenly, attractive design, longevity is TBD.
Summary: I consider buying a kitchen appliance to be risky. The cost and labor involved to install means I am going to be stuck with whatever decision I make for years--unless I really mess up and have to replace it early. So I researched this purchase to death. I replaced a worn out GE microwave/convection oven.