Panasonic Vs. Sharp Microwave – Which Brand Is Better?

Whenever microwave brands are mentioned, you can never miss Panasonic and Sharp. They’re two famous companies in the world of microwaves.

The 2 are also highly favored and appreciated by customers.

So, what are the unique characteristics of microwaves from these brands? Is there any difference? This article provides the answers to these questions.

But before that, here’s a brief introduction to each brand:


Panasonic is a Japanese Company with a long history of formation and development since 1918. It is familiar to many when it comes to kitchen products such as electric rice cookers, multi grinders, pots, and microwave ovens.

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So far, the company has around 20 microwave product models that are pretty diversified. They focus on a high-end multi-functional microwave oven with a grill, energy-saving inverter technology, and steaming and convection.

Panasonic microwaves boast a luxurious compact design, high-quality materials, a large kiln, and various cooking modes.


Sharp is also a household electronics company from Japan. It was established in 1912 and is quite a big name in the world of kitchen appliances. They manufacture products such as blenders, electric cookers, and microwave ovens.

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When it comes to microwave ovens, the company has launched about 50 models. They include mechanical microwaves, electronic microwaves, dedicated microwave ovens, and superheated microwaves.

Sharp microwave ovens come with a variety of capacities ranging from 19-32 liters, varying wattage (800-2580W), and varying modern technologies.

Sharp microwaves come in a compact modern design, elegant colors are made of high-quality materials, and are suitable for all users.

Comparing Panasonic and Sharp Microwaves

1. Special Features

Panasonic microwaves come with innovative features that make them highly functional. The key feature is the patented inverter technology that helps to deliver a steady flow of low heat, even when using low power modes.

And this is why you can’t compare Panasonic microwaves to normal microwaves that usually turn on and off to approximate low power.

Set your Panasonic microwave on a 50% heating mode, and it will apply 50% power. You’ll, as a result, always get food that is consistently and evenly cooked.

Other features of Panasonic microwaves include:

  • Smart controls
  • LED interface
  • 10 different power levels
  • Turbo defrost for fast defrosting and thawing
  • Popcorn button
  • Sensor reheat for automatic cooking
  • Automatic cooking modes

Since the Sharp line of microwaves spans a wide range of options, features are not always consistent. Also, when compared to Panasonic, the features are less diverse and robust.

One key feature in Sharp microwaves is the sensor heating function. It takes the guesswork out of cooking!

All you need to do is simply choose the food you want to prepare, select the time, and the microwave will use the humidity sensor to detect when your food is well cooked.

Other special features of Sharp microwaves include:

  • Preset  cooking modes
  • LED display
  • 10 different power levels
  • Kitchen timer
  • Auto defrost function
  • Bilingual control panel
  • Convenient automatic cooking menus

2. Design

Panasonic microwaves come in a sleek modern design. Most come in stainless steel or black colors to match well with any modern kitchen.

Sharp microwave ovens also boast a sleek modern look present in most modern microwaves. The aesthetics of these ovens will remind you of the electronics in the 80s.

Their microwaves come in a wide range of colors, including white, black and stainless steel.

3. Power and Size Options

Panasonic microwave ovens are not only big and powerful but also packed with plenty of extras. Great, right? But there’s a drawback to this.

There are no budget options for this brand line!

On the other hand, Sharp offers a wide range of options, including compact, medium, and extra-large families. These microwaves come with a variety of power output options.

Larger microwaves from the brand usually cook faster than smaller models, which operate on low power.

A selling point for Sharp microwaves is that they are available in different color options, including white, black, and stainless steel.

4. Reliability

Everyone needs a reliable microwave, and you can never go wrong with either a Panasonic or Sharp microwave oven. However, Panasonic has a greater reputation in this area.

Visit, and you’ll be amazed by the number of positive reviews left by users of microwaves from this brand. Although there are complaints as well, they are minimal, which proves one thing-Panasonic microwave are highly reliable.

And to assure you of their reliability, Panasonic microwaves come with a 5-year warranty on the magnetron and a 1-year warranty on all parts.

Sharp microwaves are also quite reliable, and you’ll rarely come across complaints and reports of breakdowns being rare. The brand also offers a 1-year warranty on their ovens.

5. Ease of Use

There are different Panasonic models, meaning that you need to check out the one you intend to buy before you make the purchase.

The good news is that all models come with a user interface that is easy to use. The labeling is nice and simple, a feature that makes it easy for you to choose every option.

Sharp microwave ovens are equally easy to use. And although the keypad may not be quite appealing to everyone, the options are clearly marked hence easy to operate.

6. Price

The price of a microwave depends on the size, technology, and features included by the manufacturer. The bigger the size, the more automatic modes, the more the technology, the more diverse features will be, and the higher the price.

But although this is always the case, expect to pay more for Panasonic microwaves than those from Sharp. Actually, it’s really hard to get a microwave from Panasonic to fit a small kitchen space.


As aforementioned, both brands are quite popular for their high-quality microwave ovens. Whichever company you choose to get a microwave from, you’re assured of getting value for your money.

Both boast excellent features, are highly reliable and durable, are easy to maintain, and are available in various sizes and power options.

If money is not an issue and you want a bigger microwave with more diverse features, get a Panasonic microwave. Go for a Sharp microwave oven if operating with a low budget or living in a small apartment.