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There have been many innovations in the world of kitchen appliances in recent years that have made cooking not only easier, but more enjoyable. Take the microwave oven: few kitchens are without one these days, as they are very handy indeed for cooking and heating very quickly, and they are also remarkably cheap and easy to use.
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|Andrew James 12l Halogen Oven Hinged Lid||12L|
|Daewoo Deluxe Halogen Oven||12L|
|Tower Airwave Low-Fat Fryerl||12L can be extended to 17|
|Cookshop 12L Halogen Ovenl||12L can be extended to 17|
|Cooks Professional Halogen Oven||12L|
Other devices such as ceramic hobs, fan ovens and other devices have become standard issue in many kitchens, and now we have a new appliance that is making waves in households across the country. This is the halogen oven, and if you have yet to try one of these very clever yet very simple cooking appliances, we’re about to tell you all about them, why you need one, and what the advantages are with cooking with halogen ovens.
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What is a halogen oven, and why are they all the rage right now? The concept is not new, and has been used for some time, but it is only in recent years that these very neat and clever devices have been available on the domestic market. They have limited moving components, are cheap to make and therefore buy, and are very safe to use if the instructions are followed correctly. They are also very energy-efficient, much more so than a conventional oven or a microwave.
Many people buy them to use alongside their conventional ovens, others as the primary cooking device in the kitchen. Either way, there is certain proof that a halogen oven will cook quicker than a conventional one, although now much quicker is open to dispute. Before we go on to review the top 10, here’s a little more info about halogen ovens, and how they work.
So, here are the top 10 best halogen ovens reviews on the market right now.
Table of Contents
- Best Halogen Oven Reviews
- 1: Andrew James 12l Halogen Oven Hinged Lid
- 2: Daewoo Deluxe Halogen Oven
- 3: Tower Airwave Low-Fat Fryer
- 4: Cookshop 12L Halogen Oven
- 5: Cooks Professional Halogen Oven
- 6: Andrew James Halogen Oven
- 7: Russell Hobbs Halogen Oven
- 8: VonShef Halogen Oven
- 9: Elgento E14020 Halogen Oven
- 10: Swan Products Halogen Oven
- How It Works
- Important Features to Consider
- Let’s Wrap It Up!
Best Halogen Oven Reviews
1: Andrew James 12l Halogen Oven Hinged Lid
You will find that the basic design of halogen ovens differs in one main area: the lid and, specifically, whether it is hinged or not. This model, from the extensive Andrew James range, has a hinged lid, and it should be said that this is the preferred design, and the more convenient. All halogen ovens will automatically cut-off when the lid is opened, so you have no worries on safety grounds. This is a 1400W model – that’s pretty much the norm – and as standard is a 12Litre capacity oven. It can be extended to 17litres with the extender ring supplied.
One thing you do need to look out for on halogen ovens is that the glass bowl gets very hot, so children need to be supervised if using one. There is a good selection of accessories with this model, including the required racks, frying trays and tongs, and there is also a replacement bulb included with this one – a neat touch as they do blow eventually. Overall, it’s a good, standard package.
2: Daewoo Deluxe Halogen Oven
One of the biggest industrial outfits in the world, Daewoo has a hand in everything from kitchen appliances to cars, with a promise of quality at a sensible price. This budget halogen oven does not disappoint. It is very much a basic model, with simple dial controls for temperature and timing, and comes with the requisite stand for the glass bowl. This one has a lift-off lid – rather than the hinged variety – and this presents a possible safety concern, as while you do get a handle attached, it is awkward and the glass lid can be hot.
The oven comes with a couple of racks and trays, plus a stand for the lid, in what is a somewhat awkward accessories package, and it is a 1300W power model with a 12Litre capacity extendable to 17Litres with the ring supplied. It also includes a set of tools, and the usual self-cleaning action that most halogen ovens come with. Overall, if you are looking for a basic model on a budget, this one is worth checking out.
3: Tower Airwave Low-Fat Fryer
Tower is a brand with a large range of kitchen appliances, all of which are decently made and at sensible prices, and this halogen oven – branded as a low fat fryer – is of the conventional design. It has a lift-off lid, so those safety concerns are with us again, and it is a 1300W model so is not the most powerful. However, it is perfectly adequate for normal family use, and will happily cook a decent-sized joint. It has simple dial controls with on and off warning lights, and a temperature light indicator.
This model comes with a range of accessories including the stand for the lid – this is essential in any with a non-hinged lid – and the usual racks, plus a couple of baskets, so it’s not the most extensive but a decent set of accessories. You also get an extender ring, so you can take it from 12L to 17L with the addition of this, and you also get a recipe book.
4: Cookshop 12L Halogen Oven
With such a variety of brands in what is a fast-growing sector of the kitchen appliance market, it is no surprise to find some lesser-known names in the mix. Cookshop nevertheless has a wide variety of items to offer, and this is a decent halogen oven. It has a hinged lid – a plus in our eyes as it does away with the safety problems with lift-off lids – and it is the usual 12L design, and you have very simple dial controls for temperature and timing and the usual light indicators to tell you when you have reached temperature.
The accessories include the extender ring, so you can maximise the bowl to 17L capacity, plus a couple of racks, and that is all so you need to buy extra trays and the like if you are going to use them. Also, the timer only takes you to one hour; this means you have to keep an eye on it if you are cooking for longer, which you will be with some items.
The differences between these ovens are few and far between, thus it comes down to a handful of small details that will be the things you look for. These include the size – all appear to be a standard 12L – plus power, this one being 1400W, and whether the lid is lift-off or hinged. This model, a basic and simple one, has the lift-off lid, which as we have said is not the ideal answer, but one that is nevertheless popular.
What you do get with this one is a full 12-piece accessory set; this includes the extender ring, the racks, frying trays, tongs, and a toast rack, so that’s pretty much everything you need to use your halogen oven to the full. It’s a good all-round package with simple controls – although again, only a 60minute timer – that you can cook just about everything in.
This is pretty much the same model as that which is first on the list, from Andrew James, except it has the lift-off lid. As you know, this is not our preferred option, but it is still a good model. All halogen ovens will automatically cut-off when the lid is opened, so you have no worries on safety grounds. This is a 1400W model – that’s pretty much the norm – and as standard is a 12Litre capacity oven. It can be extended to 17litres with the extender ring supplied.
One thing you do need to look out for on halogen ovens is that the glass bowl gets very hot, so children need to be supervised if using one. There is a good selection of accessories with this model, including the required racks, frying trays and tongs, and there is also a replacement bulb included with this one – a neat touch as they do blow eventually.
There are few brands as well-known in the world of kitchen appliances as Russell Hobbs, and this very neat – if somewhat standard – halogen oven lives up to their promise of quality at sensible prices. Unusually, it is only 16litres in capacity with the extender ring in place – most are 17L – which means some people may look elsewhere, but we can’t see the extra one litre making too much of a difference when all is said and done.
This is a lift-off lid model with a 1400W lamp, so is pretty much the top power for one of these, and it comes with the requisite lid stand, one rack – and that is it. That’s a poor selection of accessories compared to some of the others, so you will need to buy trays, frying pans and more if you intend to use your oven for such.
It may not be the best-known brand, but VonShef offers a wide variety of quality kitchen appliances that routinely garner positive reviews from users. This halogen oven is no exception, and is a quality item at a sensible price. We like it first of all because of the hinged lid; this is the main safety feature in halogen ovens, and while it is more complex than a lift-off design, it does mean there is less chance of burning yourself when moving a heavy, hot glass lid from bowl to stand.
It has simple to use controls for heat and timing, is a 1400W model so is top power, and the extender ring – which takes it to the full 17L – is neatly lined with a silicone protector for added safety. You get a full range of accessories including rice bowl, steamer and more, and it comes with tongs, skewers, a 2-year full warranty and everything you need to get going.
As we said at the beginning of our reviews, there are few differences between halogen ovens as they all follow the same design layout – with the only exception of the lid. This one, from Elgento, is best described as a basic offering. It is a lift-off lid model, finished in white, has simple to use controls for heat and timing, with a 1300W lamp for adequate heat and a 12Litre capacity. And that is about it – there’s not a lot else to it.
There are a couple of drawbacks with this one compared to some of the others here; first, it does not come with an extender ring, so you are limited to 12L. You can buy the ring, but every other model here comes with one supplied. Second, there are no accessories bar the simple rack. You will have to buy everything else too.
Our final choice is another model with the lift-off lid design, and comes from Swan, a well-known and established brand in the kitchen kit market. Curiously, this one is just 10L in standard trim, although does come with an extender ring to take it to 15L. It has the usual simple controls for heat and time – with only a 60minute timer – and you get the ring, the rack, and that’s it; no more accessories so, as above, you will have to buy trays and further.
This model is a 1300W lamp version, so not the most powerful, but will do the job required. It is perhaps best recommended for a small family or single person, as the capacity is too low for cooking major meals for a larger family. We would label it a decent basic buy for someone who perhaps previously owned one and already has the accessories, but at not much less than £50 it is expensive in this company.
That’s our list of ten halogen ovens for you, so before we sum up, a quick recap of the features you need to look for.
How It Works
Whereas your conventional gas oven uses a flame to heat the air inside the oven, and your electric version heats metal bars for the same purpose, a halogen oven uses a different process. The basic make-up of one of these is a large circular glass bowl, on a stand, with a lid on top that contains the bits that do the cooking. What are these bits, and how do they heat the air and cook the food?
First, built into the lid and facing down is a halogen lamp. This is the primary heating element in the oven. Also in the lid is a fan. The halogen lamp uses infra-red light to heat the air in the container, which the fan then moves around. This means that the air is heated evenly within the bowl, providing an even cooking finish for whatever it is you have in the oven (and they can be used for just about anything).
The outside of the lid will include the controls; the basic models have a timer and a temperature control. Check your recipe for the correct time – there are many cookery books specifically for halogen ovens available – and the temperature, place your items on the rack at the required height (this changes with the type of cooking you want to perform, from grilling, to roasting, to baking) close the lid and press go.
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The lamp will light up and the fan switch on, and once the temperature is reached, the lamp will routinely switch on and off, keeping the temperature even. This can be a little confusing at first as it is a bright light, but rest assured your oven is working correctly. With a claimed reduction in cooking time of anywhere between 20% to 40%, and great savings in energy usage thanks to the efficient halogen lamp, you have the perfect cooking device.
Important Features to Consider
There are just a few differentiating factors when it comes to the best halogen ovens, so let’s check them out:
Hinged or Lift Lid – make no mistake, the glass parts of your halogen oven will get hot, and this includes the lid. A lift-off lid is fine if you are happy with it, but a hinged model is much easier.
Capacity – the standard capacity of these is 12Litres – although a couple are less – but look for one with an extender ring that takes it to 17Litres.
Power – there’s not much in it between the two power levels here, 1300W and 1400W, but if it’s important to you it could sway your decision.
Accessories – some come with all the racks, trays, tongs and other bits you need to cook as your wish, and others don’t – look for the best value.
That’s about it, so all that remains now is for us to wrap things up!
Let’s Wrap It Up!
Is there a winner among the halogen ovens on this list? We think there is, so we have no hesitation in recommending that you take another look at the VonShef model, number 8 on the list as the best halogen oven. It wins for a variety of reasons: it has a hinged lid, comes with all the accessories, has a sensibly-insulated extender ring, offers full power and full capacity, and is a very sensible price.
That’s our word then, so why not get yourself the best halogen oven, and see what all the fuss is about!