Panasonic Announces a Smart Microwave that Works with Alexa

Panasonic joins the pack of other microwave oven manufacturers by releasing a new model that works with Alexa at CES 2022. Users can connect the Panasonic Smart Inverter Countertop Microwave Oven, Works with Alexa (NN-SV79MS) to an Alexa-enabled smart speaker , and commands, at will.

What makes this microwave so smart? Well, if you plug it into a smart speaker, like an Echo or Echo Dot, you can tell the microwave to do over 100 things. Tell Alexa to make popcorn or heat up your tea and the microwave will do it. Setup should be fairly easy using the zero-touch setup (we think this is all done through the Alexa app) or 2D code setup (usually that’s scanning a QR code). While you don’t need to connect the microwave to Alexa to work, you won’t be able to use the command function if it isn’t plugged in.

How does it work as a microwave?

The unit is fairly compact (measuring just under 13 by 20.5 by 17.3 inches), so it fits well on a counter or in a dorm room. The microwave has many of the standard features expected, including 10 power levels, standard cooking settings (popcorn, 30 second reheat and Turbo Defrost, which prevents the edges of food from cooking when defrosting items), Stop/Reset and Timer/Clock. Panasonic’s Genius sensor sets this model apart from other microwaves. Choose from 20 pre-programmed foods (oatmeal, melted butter, potatoes, etc.) and the microwave measures the moisture of the food and calculates the required cooking time.

Like other smart microwaves with Alexa, it can be helpful to tell Alexa to start a microwave while you’re cooking, just as it’s helpful to ask Alexa for a measurement conversion, but it’s not the reason to buy it. What really matters is whether it’s a solid microwave that won’t let you down.

The Panasonic NN-SV79MS smart microwave is now available at Best Buy and Amazon, where it retails for $300.

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