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We didn't often think about our microwave, that was, until Nigella Lawson went viral in 2020 for her very special way of pronouncing the word.
Now every time we heat up leftovers, cook a ready meal, or cook some veggies in the kitchen appliance, "microwavé" creeps into our minds.
If you've noticed that your microwave has probably seen better days, we've come across a stylish and highly rated Panasonic design that could be the upgrade you need.
Why we rate it
The Panasonic NN-E28JBMBPQ Microwave Oven is practical, stylish, simple to use and affordable.
The appliance has five power levels, as well as nine programmes, which have automatically been programmed, to ensure there is a setting to suit an array of cooking options, whether to defrost meat, re-heat meals or cook dinners.
The interior is made from an easy-to-clean enamel liner, which means clean up is simple and easy.
It can hold up to 20 litres of food, so is suitable for single-person households or families.
It also has a child lock to prevent little hands from changing the settings, or catching their tiny fingers in the door.
And you don't have to splash out a fortune for this microwave as it costs £79 at John Lewis & Partners.
What the reviews say
Panasonic's Microwave Oven is one of John Lewis' bestselling microwaves.
"Though compact, this microwave takes a standard dinner plate well and is simple to use. Surfaces are easy to clean. Basically, it does everything most of us use a microwave for."
"This is such a great microwave oven at an excellent price - the controls are incredibly easy to use and the food always comes out piping hot."
"Does exactly what you want a microwave to do, looks good and has a good selection of cooking programmes. It is compact (yet fits a large dinner plate and my mixing bowls), and fits perfectly on my kitchen worktop. It is excellent value for money."
"This is an ideal microwave for a smaller kitchen, compact and easy to use. For someone who doesn't microwave a lot but needs one for the odd job, this is perfect."
"I found this microwave very easy to use without having to spend ages reading complicated instructions. Very easy to clean. I really like the simple buttons for the levels and times. A great value product."
Buy it: Panasonic NN-E28JBMBPQ Microwave Oven | £79 from John Lewis & Partners
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