The Panasonic NN-DS596 is a microwave-grill-oven combi that a steam oven. It has a large capacity and a flatbed design. Thanks to its rectangular, full-width tray, which slides into the appliance like an oven shelf, it is possible to use the Panasonic as additional oven space as well as for microwave cooking. The Panasonic is an undeniably high-end appliance. It’s large, contemporary and classy. The finish is a discreet black glass that seems impervious to fingerprints and the curved handle for its pull-down door is well made. Two differentiate it from more affordable combis such as the Panasonic NN-DF386. The first is that it offers steam cooking as an oven, but also in combination with the microwave or quartz grill. This can reduce cooking times as well as keeping food moist.