Review - Panasonic Steam Combination Microwave NN-CS894S

I'm super excited to have been asked to review the Panasonic NN-CS894S Combination Steam Microwave Oven.  Oh yes, this is one very stylish, family sized microwave oven with Microwave, Convection, Grill and Steam functions.  I've used this oven many times over Christmas and New Year more than any other combination oven I've ever had; I truly love it.  I found it fantastic for entertaining as it means I effectively have the space of two ovens when used along with my main oven.


Flatbed means no turntable:
In my opinion this is far better than the usual turntable as the large flatbed gives you a much larger cooking space and also means you can cook two dishes at the same time since there are 3 shelf positions plus you can use the base of the oven too.  There's none of the usual bother when you want to use your own dishes and find they are too large to turn around on the turntable since it doesn't have one!
Although it is a little taller by about 5cm than my previous microwave oven but it is actually 5cm less in width so all is fine.  Full size details can be found at the bottom of this review.

Cooking functions:
Choose from a variety of cooking functions to ensure the best result for your meal. The turbo steam options enable you to create healthy, fat-free dishes that retain vitamins within the food.
The convection function can be heated up to 240 degrees centigrade and circulates hot air around the oven to bake and roast your meal.

This oven has a 1300 watt quartz grill; a quartz grill means it heats up fast (in just a matter of seconds) and the 1000 watt microwave re-heats items thoroughly from the inside. You can even combine the grill and microwave functions to speed up the cooking time.

Easy to use:
I must say I've never before had such an easy to use combination microwave than this one.  The instructions are really clear and has a large blue LED light display with word prompting to assist you in the cooking process; you can turn this feature off when you get familiar with the oven. The instruction book is the best I've ever seen with what I call proper instructions.

Recipes:
The book also has at a quick count 46 pages of recipes which again are clear and easy to follow. Covering Soups and Starters, Fish, Meat and Poultry, Vegetable and Vegetarian, Pasta and Rice, Cheese and Egg Dishes, Sauces, Pastry and Desserts and Cakes, Bread and Preserves.

Programming:
You can swipe to change numbers or tap minus or plus for precise control or just press longer for sequential number changing.  A word prompt display scrolls instructions across the screen, displaying the programme you have selected and informing you of the next step that’s needed so you really can't go wrong.

Easy to clean:
It's is also simple to clean and has catalytic self-cleaning and fluoric coating on the walls and roof of the cavity, making it much easier to wipe away grease and grime.

Accessories:
Glass dish, steaming trivet, wire shelf, enamel shelf, drip tray.

Size (W x H x D)
Outside Dimensions
494 x 390 x 438 mm

Oven Cavity Dimensions
410 x 250 x 320 mm

Steam function and more to follow:
Since I'm aware this review is getting a bit on the long side as there's so much to go on about I will be doing a series of posts with recipe I've made in this Panasonic Steam Combination Microwave oven.

The steam function intrigues me and I'm so excited to give it a go!  At the time of writing having only had this oven a couple of weeks as far as the steam function goes I've only used the Auto Steam Program with Turbo Cook to steam some carrots.  They turned out great but I did find they needed 2 minutes more than the pre-programmed time for 200g so I'll be giving that another go and report back.  In any case two minutes more is no big deal and who knows, perhaps I cut them too thickly.
I also can't wait to steam some fish and I have a recipe in mind which will follow shortly.

The steam function works by filling up a small water tank that lives underneath the door part; it just slides in and out to fill or empty.  Then you simply select a steam program to suit the food you want to steam.  You can add a Steam Shot to add a shot of steam to your cooking when using Microwave, Grill, Convection, Grill + Convection and Microwave + Grill + Convection.  You can add a Steam Shot either 1 minute or 2 or 3 minutes.

Meanwhile as far as I can see this oven is in my opinion a brilliant thing and I'm loving it.

Find out more about this oven and other products pop over to Panasonic.

The Panasonic Steam Combination Microwave NN-CS894S is exclusive to John Lewis and is currently selling at £499.00
The price may seem a bit on the expensive side but you have to remember this is an oven that could fully replace a conventional oven in every way and has the ability to cook with steam.

Check out my Cheesy Potatoes with Peppers made in this oven.


You can read Karen's (Lavender and Lovage) review of this oven here.

Disclaimer:  I was sent the Panasonic Steam Combination Microwave to review and keep.  I was not paid to write this review and as always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.  I was not required to write anything positive.   Pictures of the oven were supplied by Panasonic. 

6 comments

  1. I SO agree about NO turntable Jan! Cannot wait to get mine!

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  2. You mentioned that you used this a lot over Christmas and New Year. Did you use it to roast anything? Did it brown beautifully? We have a fan assisted oven but we are considering getting the Panasonic steam combination microwave as we like the idea that we can use it as an oven especially when entertaining which involves cooking different things at different temperatures.

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  3. You mentioned that you used this a lot over Christmas and New Year. Did you use it to roast anything? Did it brown beautifully? We have a fan assisted oven but we are considering getting the Panasonic steam combination microwave as we like the idea that we can use it as an oven especially when entertaining which involves cooking different things at different temperatures.

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  4. Hi Samantha - Yes I used this oven a LOT over Christmas and New Year and it was fantastic when we had guests; along side my regular oven so I had extra space.

    I haven't done a huge amount of actual roasting but I did roast some chicken and it turned out brilliantly and browned just as good as it would in my regular Stoves fan oven.

    There's no turn table so it's brilliant as you can cook on two levels(3 if whatever it is your cooking happens to be flattish) so doesn't need much depth.

    You can use it just like a normal fan oven but with the added benefit of being able to add a shot of steam or microwave. I truly love this oven; check out my recent post on Cheesy Topped Potatoes and Peppers made in the Panasonic to see the use of steam and grill.

    Please do let me know if you decide to get one!
    Cheers
    Jan x

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  5. Hi Jan,

    Thank you for your response. We ordered the appliance on Saturday and it was delivered yesterday! A lot of info to digest from the booklet and we are looking forward to using it.

    Cheerios,
    Samantha x

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  6. Brilliant Samantha - you will love it!

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Thanks for taking the time to comment - much appreciated.
Cheers
Jan

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