Updated 14 Sep 2017

Panasonic

NN-CF874BQPQ

Snapshot: The Panasonic NN-CF874BQPQ is a built-in/benchtop combination microwave with 6 power levels and auto-cook. How well does it cook and grill?

NN-CF874BQPQ
Consumer score
SCORE
Avg price

$1097

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Test results

Overall score
70
Cooking performance
?/10
Cooking broccoli
?/10
Defrosting mince
?/10
Defrosting chicken
?/10
Reheating quiche
?/10

Good points

  • Good at microwave cooking and grilling.
  • OK at combination cooking.
  • Very good at convection cooking.
  • Excellent at melting chocolate on auto-melt setting.
  • OK to use.
  • Digital display is bright and clear.
  • Audio feedback when using controls.
  • Audio feedback to prompt putting food in once the oven’s preheated on convection mode.
  • Large pull door handle.
  • Comes with glass shelf, enamel shelf and wire shelf.
  • Self-cleaning catalytic plates on top and back wall.
  • Grill element isn’t exposed.
  • Flat bed (no turntable), so easier to clean.
  • Drip tray at front of oven collects excess water during cooking and is easy to remove and clean.

But

  • Very difficult to see through the door during cooking.
  • Noticeable fan noise after cooking completed.
  • No catchment area inside in case of spills.

How we test

Overall score includes:

Cooking performance (70%)
The cooking performance score is based on defrosting, cooking and reheating.

Ease of use (30%)
The ease of use score assesses ease of using controls, ease of cleaning, and visibility through the door during cooking.

Avg prices are from a September 2018 survey (combination models) and November 2017 survey (standard/standard with grill models).

Running costs ($/year) are evaluated on reheating a plated meal once a day (with electricity costs at 26¢/kWh).

Key data

Model

Avg price
$1097

Brand survey results

2018 brand reliability (%)
93%
2018 brand satisfaction (%)
72%

More test results (/10)

Grilling toast
7.5
Scones
8.5
Roast chicken
7.5
Pizza
5.5
Microwave
7.9
Combination
6.5
Grill
7.5
Convection
8.5
Ease of use
5.5

Specifications

Measured capacity (L)
29
Wattage
1000
Claimed external WxHxD (cm)
48 x 38 x 44
Measured useable internal WxHxD (cm)
41 x 22 x 32
Measured useable shelf/turntable diameter (cm)
n/a
Number of power levels
6
Running costs ($/year)
$14
Standby energy costs ($/year)
$6

Features

Sensor cook
Yes
Sensor reheat
Yes
Auto cook
Yes
Auto reheat
No
Grill
Yes
Quick start
No
Adjust time during cooking
No
Delayed start
Yes
Multi-stage cooking
Yes
Standalone timer
Yes
Stainless steel exterior
No
Inverter
Yes

More Info

Notes
Door opens downwards.
Availability
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