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Panasonic NN-SD681S Stainless-Steel 1.2-Cubic-Foot 1200-Watt Inverter Microwave Oven.

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With its stainless-steel door and silver wrap, this 1200-watt microwave oven by Panasonic makes a stylish and convenient addition to any contemporary kitchen. The 1.2-cubic-foot unit with its 13-1/2-inch turntable excellently cooks and evenly heats anything from breakfast foods and after-school snacks to dinnertime meals and appetizers when entertaining. Ideal for busy professionals and on-the-go families, the microwave oven provides quick and easy meal preparation while nicely accommodating and enhancing surrounding decor.

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  • Inverter Technology for even cooking and delivering delicious flavor and Inverter Turbo Defrost for quick defrosting
  • Elegant 4-Digit Blue Readout LED Display with Programming Icon Dial and buttons for quick programming
  • 1200 Watts of High Power; One-Touch Genius Sensor Cook and Reheat for automatic cooking settings
  • Measures 15 15/16" (D) x 20 3/8" (W) x 11 7/8" (H), 25.3 lbs., Stainless Steel face
  • Please note: upper left-corner door has a small indentation to allow the door to open smoothly.
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Inverter Technology

Moving Beyond Just "Heating Things Up"

Many people just use their microwaves for making popcorn or warming up soup because most microwaves just have one temperature setting--high. Conventional microwave ovens might have a low-power setting, but this is achieved by "pulsing" the high-power setting on and off rather than by emitting a steady stream of low-powered energy.

Panasonic's trailblazing Inverter technology delivers true, variable microwave power, which means even temperatures and consistent textures throughout the food being cooked. The consistent delivery of microwave energy allows delicate foods to simmer without the edges and surfaces overcooking, so foods have the look and taste you expect--without the wait.

The Inverter microwave oven perfects the art of cooking, taking microwave cooking to a whole new level. You'll experience delicious food that better retains its color, nutrients, and flavor and that's easier and faster to prepare. Oh, and you can still make great popcorn.

Single, Compact Power Supply

Furthermore, the Inverter power unit is smaller and lighter than conventional microwave circuitry (aka the heavy, enclosed side of the microwave), which allows for more interior space to fit that favorite casserole dish, without increasing the oven's overall exterior dimensions. Weighing just 25-1/2 pounds, the oven's roomy interior measures 14-3/8 inches long by 13-15/16 inches wide by 9-15/16 inches high, while its compact exterior measures 15-13/16 inches long by 20-11/16 inches wide by 12-1/4 inches high.

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Additional Features

Genius Microwave

With the touch of Panasonic's Sensor Cooking button, the microwave takes the guesswork out of creating a great meal, by automatically setting power levels and adjusting cooking or defrosting time.

The sensor measures the amount of steam produced during cooking, and signals the microprocessor to calculate the remaining cooking time at the appropriate power level automatically.

Inverter Turbo Defrost

Panasonic evolved the Turbo Defrost feature, which allows you to defrost foods even faster than previous Panasonic Auto Defrost. Panasonic Inverter Turbo Defrost technology is an advanced microwave sequencing system using the inverter continuous-power delivery method.

Inverter Melt-Soften Button

This feature allows you to melt or soften a variety of foods such as butter, cream cheese, ice cream, and chocolate.

One-Touch Sensor Cook and Reheat

The Sensor adjusts power levels and calculates cooking and reheating times--automatically--for various food types like omelets, pasta, frozen entrees, potatoes, vegetables, beverages, and more.

Pop-Out Dial

With a spin of the dial, the easy-to-use pop-out dial is a departure from the standard keypad found on most microwave ovens.

Keep Warm Feature

A pulsing delivery of very low microwave power keeps food temperatures at a constant level--without overcooking. So, foods like stew, gravy, and desserts remain warm in the oven for up to 30 minutes after cooking.

Blue LED Display

4-digit neon blue LED display provides a high-end look that complements any kitchen decor.


Time-of-day clock and timer provide exceptional convenience.

Push-Button Door Release and Stainless Steel Front

Elegant, attractive, and easy-to-open, the microwave will look its best even when preparing some of the messiest recipes.

Child-Safety Lock

For safety, the child lock prevents electronic operation (door still opens). Press Start three times to lock (a key symbol will be displayed); press Stop/Reset three times to cancel.

Trim Kit (optional)

The Prestige countertop microwave can be installed in the wall using an optional matching trim kit accessory (27-inch model NN-TK621SS).

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • The old Panasonic has an annoying design flaw - I have to push the "power" button 7 times to reduce it to 30% power. Does this one?

    Yes, this unit requires you press the [POWER LEVEL] repeatedly to change the power level.

  • It looks like the buttons stick out. Are they hard to keep clean?

    The knob design is unusual; it can be left sticking out, which is where it needs to be in order to operate it, or you can push it in so it stays, giving the panel a "neat" appearance. In general I do not find the buttons hard to clean, but they are buttons rather than a smooth surface. I've owned the microwave for about three months and have been quite satisfied. The fact that the internal light only goes on when it's cooking has not been an issue for me.

  • Does it have a light when the door opens?

    No. The light is on while running only.

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