Panasonic’s latest professional microwave, the NE-1878 with inverter technology and full metal door, has been awarded ‘approved product’ status by the Craft Guild of Chefs.
It achieved 173 points from a total of 180 following testing as part of the organisation’s Product Endorsement Scheme.
The NE-1878 is the first commercial microwave to come with inverter technology and a full metal door.
Chefs involved in the testing agreed that the full metal door and inverter technology offeredhuge advantages” to their operations, with one stating: “We used this in one of our outlets that is customer-facing – the perception of this being an oven and not a microwave is excellent, it fitted in alongside all other equipment and didn’t at all look like a microwave.”
The cooking ability of the product also ranked highly, along with its energy-saving credentials, operating at 6% less than its predecessor.
One chef said the focus on energy efficiency was an important distinction to make. “It’s very important and a huge advantage, especially when using a lot of microwaves across the business. The power savings contribute to larger potential savings and an eco-friendlier approach.”
Ease of cleaning, its stackability and reduced weight were also seen as important features that chefs would consider when buying a microwave.
Iain Phillips, sales and marketing manager at Panasonic UK, said: “We were thrilled to have been the first to receive Product Endorsement recognition from the Craft Guild of Chefs for a microwave previously so to achieve this status as the second for the NE-1878 shows that we are bringing products to market that offer real solutions for chefs.”