Panasonic has launched its latest Combination Steam Microwave Oven offering four different cooking methods – steam, oven (top-bottom heater), grill and microwave power.

Steaming preserves nutrients and maximises taste, especially when cooking fish and vegetables. Thanks to the integrated 600ml water tank and boiler, the NN-DS59N delivers 1,100 watts of steam. The steam completely fills the oven to cook an entire meal such as fish and vegetables in just 15 minutes. The steam function can be combined with the oven (top-bottom heat) and grill functions, ideal for recipes such as gyozas which can be steamed on top and grilled on the bottom.

For air frying, Panasonic’s unique grill tray is designed so that fat released when cooking runs down the grooves, removing oil so that food is juicy on the inside and crunchy on the outside. During cooking, microwave power heats the bottom of the grill tray, while the grill function works from the top.

With the choice of up to six combination cooking programs, users can select the right cooking method for the best results at the touch of a button. There is also the choice of 28 Auto Programs for dishes from baked bread to steamed rice. The Genius Sensor, an Auto Reheat function, measures the moisture in food and adjusts cooking times accordingly, while inverter technology cooks meals up to 40% faster.

The flat grill heater and flat stainless-steel interior can be wiped down and four automatic cleaning programs – such as cavity cleaning which uses hot steam – keep the microwave clean without any fuss.

Its large 27 litre cavity space provides the flexibility to use a range of cookware and no turntable means fewer components to wash. The grill tray is dishwasher safe.

From a design point of view, the NN-DS59N features a frameless downward-opening glass door, touchscreen control panel and LCD display.

Australian cook and Panasonic partner, Marion Grasby said, “I’ve been a proud Panasonic partner for some time now and I’m always impressed by the amount of technology they put into their appliances. This new NN-DS59N microwave is no exception. I love the healthy grill function. It’s great to be able to make air-fryer style food on a flat tray – as opposed to a cramped air fryer basket.”

Panasonic’s NN-DS59N Combination Steam Microwave Oven is now available from leading consumer electronics retailers for RRP $919.