Panasonic NN-SN966S Microwave Review

Panasonic NN-SN966S Microwave Review

Are you on a quest for a new microwave oven? In this article, I will share why the Panasonic NN-SN966S is definitely worth considering. Microwave technology has been around since 1967, with little to no change. That is until Panasonic improved the science. Panasonic inverter technology eliminates the most frustrating shortcomings of traditional microwaves – uneven temperatures in our food.

While Panasonic makes a lot of different microwaves, the NN-SN966S is the most popular model on the market. It has a large interior, packs a lot of power for large dishes, and the preset programs are quite convenient.

This Panasonic microwave comes in two styles; the NN-SN966S with touch controls and NN-SD945S with a dial-pad. These two products are identical except for the control panel. In this article, we tested Panasonic NN-SN966S with touch controls, which we purchased from Amazon.

Let’s take a closer look.

Panasonic NN-SN966S microwave with touch pad vs dial with push botton
Panasonic Microwave Control Panel

Choosing The Right Microwave For You

While microwaves are a commonplace kitchen item, we know that not all microwaves are created equal. It’s important to consider a few factors such as cooking technology, and preset programs for the convenience. However, when choosing the right microwave, the first order of business is to determine the right type to fit in the allocated space. Having delivered thousands of microwaves to our customers, we highly recommend measuring the area before making a decision.

Here is how Panasonic NN-SN966S fits in your selection process:

What Type of Microwave?

There are four different types of microwaves; countertop, built-in, over the range, and microwave drawer, that each come with their own characteristics. The Panasonic NN-SN966S is a countertop microwave, which is the most popular type.


One advantage of this Panasonic microwave is that you can place it freestanding on a countertop or explore the built-in design that can save counter space. Keep in mind that you will need to purchase the optional trim-kit from Panasonic for the built-in installation.


Size: Will This Microwave Fit?

Panasonic NN-SN966S is a large capacity microwave with external dimensions of (HxWxD) 14 x 23 7/8 x 19 7/16-inches. The interior capacity is roomy at 2.2 cu. ft., which is almost twice as much volume as other countertop microwaves. You can easily fit 16-inch casserole in it. The interior dimensions of the oven cavity is (HxWxD) 10 15/16 x 18 7/16 x 18 1/2-inches.


Features & Patented Inverter Technology

If you are looking for a microwave with an inspiring list of features, the Panasonic NN-SN966S might be the right product for you. Panasonic is the only brand that enhanced microwave cooking technology since the 1960s. Thanks to its patented inverter technology, a Panasonic microwave brings you two unique cooking benefits. (1) Food will cook or defrost evenly without burned edges and a frozen middle. The heat distributed by the Panasonic microwave is gentle, and it will evenly melt butter for a smooth finish. (2) Cooking times are shorter in Panasonic microwaves because of their inverter technology. According to the company’s test data, you can experience up to 40% shorter cooking times.


The Turbo Defrost feature of Panasonic speeds up the defrosting process, while the Keep Warm feature is perfect for keeping vegetables, soups, and sauces warm until dinner is ready to be served.

When it comes to cooking power, the 1,250 Watts Panasonic NN- SN966S is at least 25% more powerful than other comparable microwaves. More power will give you cooking versatility and speed. If your family enjoys thoroughly heated microwaved meals, easy-to-make dishes, hot breakfasts, and fast snacks, this microwave has the right amount of power.

We love the LED display clock and timer and its easy-to-use controls, both of which contribute to its excellent design.

Final Verdict: Why We Recommend the Panasonic NN-SN966S

The Panasonic NN-SN966S is the perfect size for families who depend on their microwave to cook delicious breakfasts, healthy snacks, sides like corn on the cob or baked potatoes, and quick meals. The well-designed, easy to manage controls are luxurious to the touch. The door is sturdy but swings and latches with ease. The inspiring stainless steel finish ensures this microwave will be a beautiful feature in any kitchen.

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SIDENOTE. This post was last modified on June 8, 2021. However, we regularly update our content as we test more products and new models are released. We also listen to the feedback of our customers and make changes to our product recommendations based on their experiences. So don’t be surprised if you see some old comments below! Since reader comments contribute to the topic, we have decided not to delete them.

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