When I first got this microwave, it seemed to be fine, adequate at least. I'm not a big microwave cooker; I try to prepare meals from scratch, but for reheating, or for the odd ready meal, it can be useful. This microwave is not however useful.
The microwave, when it works, does its job well. There are numerous features, such as auto-reheat, defrost, and cook, and a variety of power levels ranging from high down to low. This is good, but fairly standard to what you might expect for a microwave. It's not the prettiest thing in the world - mine's in silver, so it looks like a fairly standard microwave. It is quite big, which is good, means you can get a good sized plate inside it. It seems pretty sturdy, and I often rest stuff on the top of it, so as a shelf it's not bad.
However, after a few months, the ability to press the buttons seemed to go. The buttons aren't protruding from the device, they've quite an odd feel to them. After a while, it became impossible to get the microwave to perform certain functions, because those buttons didn't work. Even then, the buttons which did work required frequent attempts to press, goading them into working. This makes things very annoying indeed. For example, the timer buttons don't seem to work any more, where before they did. This means I have to use the auto-reheat because it has a built in time for almost everything; frustrating to say the least.
What's more, the microwave can be extremely noisy. I've not used many microwaves, so this may be a standard thing, but it did seem exceptionally loud. In terms of its other features, it seems alright - there is a light which comes on when something is cooking; a clock feature, although I rarely use this. The food normally comes out okay - haven't got food poisoning yet at least.
The interior is painted, but I've never really had any problems cleaning it - put a bowl of water with a lemon in and stick the microwave on for a bit, take the bowl out and wipe down the sides; easy! In terms of pricing, I was unable to find any current prices for this, so I presume that it's no longer stocked, nor could I find it on eBay. In terms of its bulkiness, it's a pretty big thing, doesn't feel compact at all. It does fit relatively well in my kitchen, so it's not a massive issue, and stuff can be put on top of it. There are also auto-cook facilities, but rendered largely impossible to use, because some of the buttons you need to use to enter values don't work.
When the microwave does work, it works fine. It's just getting it to work which is the main difficulty; so I'd recommend that you avoided this; get one which has working buttons.
For the past few years, I've been getting really lazy at cooking meals that take half an hour to prepare and over an hour to cook in the oven, so this microwave certainly hasn't helped me get any more fit, rather than become even lazier.
It isn't very stylish, it is quite the opposite. A big white square box with a window on the front, yah that's stylish! It is certainly an eyesore to look at and I normally try not to look at it that often. If you are purely buying this microwave on aesthetics, stop reading now.
It is a reliable piece of kit. Whenever I needed a quick and easy meal, not once did it break down on me. It also has a defrost option (I wouldn't use it on meats though, just in case), that has made frozen bread into bread that is fresh and tastes like it just came out if the oven.
Once your meal has finished, it beeps five times to tell you this. I don't know if it's to say, don't open the door until the fifth beep or just to tell you your meal has finished cooking, it's a nice little feature for it to have.
Short name: Panasonic NN-E222M