I own a combination microwave oven which is great except when I want to use the microwave for the meal at the same time, which is quite often. I also own a conventional oven but this takes a long time to heat up and cooking for one it always seemed wasteful. So I decided to give a halogen oven a whirl. I tried to get the Prolectrix one as advertised by the Daily Mail as being the best. However, the only stockist appeared to Robert Dyas and these were always out of stock so decided to give this one a try. (The Factory Shop also sells them but when one lady bought seven (!) there was none left again!) Must say I have been delighted with it. For one or two people this is a real cooking boon. From chicken to frozen chips, cooking time is less and it heats up in no time to temperature. I own an energy monitor and it is true it takes less power to heat than a microwave. It is great to able to see the food cooking so clearly. It is easy to keep clean and mine came with lid stand, two pans and a handle for lifting them out. Plus the two racks of course. Definiteley worth paying the extra for these items. Everything stores in the basin when not in use which is handy. There is an extension lid which can accommodate larger meals but for me this is obsolete so resides elswhere. The only drawback is not in the product itself, and so have not marked it down because of this, but in the accompanying instruction / recipe booklet has strange spelling mistakes and contains very little real information. Recipes are poor and too few. So you need to search the Internet or try one of the newer Halogen Cookbooks. All this aside I can thoroughly recommend this cooker.