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Panasonic NN-CD87KS Microwave Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Reviewed Jul 10, 2024 at 10:13 am

The Panasonic NN-CD87KS is a high-end countertop microwave with a medium-sized cooking chamber. Unlike most microwaves, it has a dial and a bigger LED screen. Unusually, it has seven power settings instead of 10, but otherwise, it has plenty of controls and functions, including sensor cooking programs and a mute option. It also doubles as an air fryer and oven, but we haven't tested those functions.

Our Verdict

9.1 Power

The Panasonic NN-CD87KS is a fast microwave. Despite its lower 1000-watt power, it heats food as quickly as the 1200-watt Breville the Smooth Wave.

  • Heats food quickly.
  • Mute option and sensor cooking modes.
  • Fantastic visibility into cooking chamber.
  • No dedicated 'Popcorn' button.
  • Only seven power settings.

Performance Usages

  • 9.1 Power
  1. Updated Jul 10, 2024: Review published.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Panasonic NN-CD87KS only comes in one stainless steel microwave. You can see the label for the unit we tested here.

If you encounter another variant, let us know in the comments, and we'll update our review.

Compared To Other Microwaves

The Panasonic NN-CD87KS is a high-end inverter microwave. It has a medium-sized cooking chamber, and it's bigger overall than the Breville the Smooth Wave, which has similar controls, including a dial and a big LED screen. However, while you can mute its controls, you can't choose between different chime options, unlike the Breville. If you don't care about its more premium design or air fryer/oven functionality, you might prefer a cheaper option like the Panasonic NN-SC67NS.

If you're still looking for a microwave, check out the best microwaves and the best over-the-range microwaves.

Test Results

perceptual testing image
Height 13.3" (33.9 cm)
Width 21.6" (54.9 cm)
Depth Without Handle
17.6" (44.7 cm)
Depth With Handle
Power Cord Length 3.51 ft (1.07 m)
Cooking Chamber
Advertised Chamber Volume
1.2 cu. ft.
Turntable Diameter
14.2" (36.0 cm)
Chamber Height
8.5" (21.5 cm)
Chamber Width
15.1" (38.3 cm)
Chamber Depth
15.6" (39.5 cm)
Measured Chamber Volume
1.1 cu. ft. (0.03 m³)

It has a medium-sized cooking chamber. It's wider than the Breville the Smooth Wave but not as high. The light inside makes it very easy to see into the chamber.

Controls And Functions
Door Release
Cooking Sensor
Popcorn Button
Defrost Button
Add Time Button
Kitchen Timer
Mute Sounds Button
Lock Controls Button

While most Panasonic microwaves we've tested have reshuffled versions of the same controls, this high-end model has something else to offer. Like the Breville the Smooth Wave, it forgoes the usual number pad for a dial and has a bigger screen than classic microwaves. The dial helps you avoid pressing the same button several times in a row, and the bigger screen can display more information about what program you've chosen and what power level you're using.

Otherwise, when it comes to microwaving, it doesn't offer much over other Panasonic microwaves. It has sensor cooking, reheating, and defrosting modes. You can also choose to set a 'Standing Time' or a 'Delayed Start' or use the lowest power setting to keep food warm. It has seven power settings instead of 10 and lacks a dedicated Popcorn button, although it does have a popcorn function under its 'Sensor Cook' menu.

Plus, unlike other Panasonic microwaves, it also works as an air fryer, broiler, and convection oven. There are 'combo' modes that combine the broiler and microwave functions for heating casseroles and microwave and oven functions for food like frozen French fries or chicken wings.

In The Box

  • Turntable
  • Turntable roller
  • Wire rack
  • Air fry basket
  • Enamel tray
  • User Manual

Inverter Technology
Advertised Microwave Output Power
1,000 W
Tested Heating Rate At 100% Power
717 W
Shallow Dish Heating Uniformity
Area Of Underheated Dinner Plate
Grayscale Range Dinner Plate
Area Of Underheated Turntable
Grayscale Range Turntable

Microwaves all perform similarly when it comes to evenly heating food in shallow dishes. Evenness depends on what you're heating and in what amount instead of varying between models. If you're curious about why microwaves all perform similarly, check out our investigation into microwave performance here.

Deep Dish Heating Uniformity
Min. Food Temperature (100% Power)
84 °F (29 °C)
Food Temperature Range (100% Power)
110 °F (61 °C)
Min. Food Temperature (50% Power)
97 °F (36 °C)
Food Temperature Range (50% Power)
109 °F (60 °C)

There are no noticeable differences between microwaves when it comes to evenly heating food in deeper dishes like bowls. Evenness depends on what you're heating up and in what container. If you want to know more about microwave performance, read about our investigation here.