For light-duty applications, the Sanyo EMS 1000 microwave oven is newly available from UK agent Valera (West Thurrock, Essex).

It has a power output of 1,000 watts and includes a stainless steel cavity and external construction. It also features a ceramic base plate and electronic controls with digital display.

Measuring 296mm(h) x 520mm(w) x 412mm(d), the oven will hold a 12in plate. The EMS 1000 features 10 programmable, pre-set controls, and 10 power levels, including variable defrost. It requires a standard 13-amp socket and the list price is £449.