Summary: Keep in mind that this unit is designed as a microwave with the normal intended uses of a microwave in mind. The convection and grill functions are added on with the same functionality in mind. If you forget this you will have trouble with this unit. It is not intended to serve as a replacement to your standard kitchen oven/stove. Don't try to use it that way. The instructions on this unit are very sparse.
Summary: This Sanyo replaced a Samsung that gave good service for 6 years or so. RIP. I've used it over a month now and so have an opinion or two about this Sanyo microwave. Its at the high end of the mid-range counterops. So, ding one... high price. What you get for this price is some additional bells and whistles, like being able to set various timings and power settings to run automatically to cook a particular dish in a particular way, microwave 10 minutes, then grill for 5...
Summary: Basically, this is a good microwave ... but NOT a good convection oven. Twice now I have tried conventional (convection) cooking ... and the food was NOT NEAR done in the anticipated cooking time. Oddly enough, convection SHOULD be FASTER than conventional cooking. Not with this oven. And, I agree the controls take some getting used to. They are not as complicated as some reviews suggested, but they are much different than most controls you are used to.
Summary: This replaces a toaster oven, a grill and your microwave. I will not say that this is the best device that has ever been made but for the price it is a good value for what you get and it only takes the counter space of a microwave. The mirowave is not the most powerful but we have learned to adjust about 20-30 seconds more for most instructions on food and the convection and grill do what they should if you follow the directions even though we don't use them often.
Summary: DO NOT BUY THIS OVEN! It is AWFUL! I wouldn't give it even 1 star. I have had it for a year now and a friend of mine also purchased one. We both hate it and have each bought new microwaves. I thought was excited about all the features but it really didn't work as promised. I tried to grill shrimp and burgers and it took longer than it was suppose to. Nor did the convection oven work as promised. Also when just microwaving items it SMOKES and the inside is hot!
Summary: if i had one word to describe this thing, i would use the word "FRUSTRATING" um, it looks nice and fancy, but i dont want a micro over where i have to read the MANUAL for everything. it should be simple enough to understand where i can just figure it out on my own. i've had it for like a month and i still dont know how to use it. and the manual itself is hard to read. i still dont know why my parents bought this. we had an old microwave that worked fine.
Summary: I purchased this to replace the Half Time Microwave / Convection Oven - Stainless Steel which I also reviewed. My Half Time is still working great although a lot of other people report problems, but I really wanted something with a grill. The Half Time can be used with a grilling rack, but it has no grilling element, so really it just bakes. I love steaks, but hate going outside to grill them in the winter almost as much as I hate using the broiler in my big oven.
Summary: I'm in an apartment. I cook for myself, or two people. I'm very happy with this machine, although I've owned it for about two weeks. I have not tried to toast bread. But, I can imagine it could do that. It can put out some heat around itself. Under, over, behind, and to the sides. As with any appliance, Be Careful. It heats my tea in the AM. It heats seafood Really well, (steamed clams, salmon rolled with crab with the broiler on, comes out nice and browned).
Summary: I purchased this microwave 7 months ago and after barely using it , the thing doesn't heat anymore. I just contacted Sanyo, but after seeing other reviews I have my doubts I will get anything resolved. This is my first time ever rating a product,because I'm that mad. Someone better stand by their one year parts and warranty.