Sanyo is a major Japanese electronics company that has been in business since 1950. Sanyo first manufactured bicycle lamps, but quickly moved to making small plastic radios and then washing machines. The name Sanyo means "three oceans" in Japanese. This is a reference to the founder's goal to sell his products worldwide, across the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans. Today, Sanyo manufactures many different types of consumer electronics, including mobile phones, digital cameras, digital video recorders, DVD players and microwave ovens.

Sanyo produces only countertop microwave oven models. They are available in compact, mid-size and family-size varieties. Sizes vary from 0.7 cubic feet for the compact units to 1.1 cubic feet for the mid-size and 1.4 cubic feet for the family-size units. Compact units operate with 800 watts of power output. Mid-size units operate at 900 to 1,000 watts of power, depending on the unit. Family-size units have 1,100 watts of maximum power output.

One notable Sanyo microwave is a combination microwave/grill. This model is a compact unit of only 0.8 cubic foot capacity. In addition to an 800 watt microwave power output, it includes a 1,000 watt quartz grill power output. Eight direct access keys allow for quick programming of popular foods.

Another interesting Sanyo microwave is their combination microwave oven/toasting oven. This is a compact model of 0.8 cubic foot capacity. It has a 900 watt power output for the microwave and a 1,000 watt quartz grill for browning and toasting. It features a stainless steel interior and front. There are five power levels and 9 automatic menu functions. A large glass turntable is standard.

Sanyo mid-size standard microwaves operate at 1,000 watts of power. They have 10 microwave power levels and six direct access keys for quick programming of popular foods. They allow multi-stage cooking and defrost by weight or time. Their two color displays are easy to read.

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