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About Panasonic

Corporate History

Innovative Products
1966

Home microwave oven




Photo: the company's first microwave oven for business use
The first microwave oven for home use was placed on the market in 1966. It was a compact, vertical-type microwave oven requiring only a small space. While needing only a small amount of power input (1.65 kVA), it provided output equal to the largest in its class (700 W). It could be used in any place where there was a power source of 100 volts.
What occurred in the development of this product was that microwave ovens came to be used in virtually all restaurants in 1966 from limited installation, only in exclusive restaurants and large hotels. More particularly, they became indispensable for bakeries. In addition, there were growing expectations for a more casual and easier use of microwave ovens in home kitchens.

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