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Are halogen ovens worth buying?


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In reply to an earlier post on 14 Jul 2012 17:06:58 BDT
Are you on commission?

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Jul 2012 17:11:18 BDT
Hallucinogenic side effects of a halogen oven?

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Jul 2012 17:12:09 BDT
A well-known danger.

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Jul 2012 17:14:04 BDT
So, a rotten day? - have a free gift then - X !

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Jul 2012 17:27:51 BDT
Love my free gift. The cat will have a lot of fun with it...

...when I get a cat.

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Jul 2012 17:31:16 BDT
Scarlet is looking for you - gazing wistfully into a 'large mixing bowl' -
so I shall release you from our engagement, Poppet! - go and have fun! x x x

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Oct 2012 12:23:08 BDT
The ovens are great to use but seem to go wrong just at the end of the guarantee, usually the thermostat breaks, the first 2 I had broke within the guarantee so I had them replaced free, the third one just out of its guarantee, jml refused to replace it?

Posted on 27 Oct 2012 12:25:28 BDT
Hi I have had three JML ovens they have all gone wrong in the first 15 months, is there a better one I can buy?

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Oct 2012 14:29:21 BDT
Hiyah Richard,
What I know about Halogen Ovens you can write on the back on a postage stamp! However, reading through the many reviews across the Internet, before deciding against purchasing one for myself, I did get the impression that they do have, by their very design, a limited life expectancy - around 2 - 3 years was the common quote. Now, I don't know how true that is? - but the one to ask on here is probably Pixie.

Pixie is away on holiday right now, and so she just bobs in and out to do the odd post! - but I'll let her know of your post, so that she can come and answer you, just in case she is not tracking this thread and misses it. I do know that she rates - Andrew James 12 LTR Premium Halogen Oven Cooker + Easily Replaceable Spare Bulb + 2 YEAR WARRANTY + 128 page Recipe Book - Complete with Extender Ring (Up to 17 Litres) Lid Holder, Baking Tray, Steamer Tray, Skewers, Low and High Racks - and at the price that it is, for all of that? including a spare bulb! - then it does seem an absolute bargain?

There is also another thread on here too? With some very interesting recommendations, comments and complaints, reviews and recipes on Halogen Ovens - if you just ignore me and Pixie and our daft posts in between. There was no-one posting on the Forum for several months, so we got bored and start chatting!
The link is - http://www.amazon.co.uk/forum/cooking/ref=cm_cd_et_md_pl?_encoding=UTF8&cdForum=FxU58WR6J6QX29&cdMsgID=Mx2QF02CL5N5AQ3&cdMsgNo=1&cdPage=1&cdSort=oldest&cdThread=Tx2F141933GA9F3#Mx2QF02CL5N5AQ3

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Oct 2012 19:53:52 BDT
pixie says:
Hi Richard have you checked out the Halogen oven in Idealworld shopping channel? They have a bargain price on their standard model but they have introduced one with a paddle....like the Actifry! Very clever! They do monthly payments no interest and both models come with the racks etc and have a hinged lid. I have a JML and I have not had a problem with it. I think thet are a great invention and I always take mine on holiday! Cooks everything perfectly and so less stressful than trying to work out how strange ovens work. Hope this helps and good luck!

Posted on 27 Oct 2012 20:54:10 BDT
I know nothing about halogen ovens but I have to chime in and say there is no way I would buy an appliance that I would have to replace every 2-3 years unless they were like 5 quid apiece.

Posted on 4 Nov 2012 08:20:48 GMT
Will the halogen oven microwave e.g. cooked veg. ?

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Nov 2012 08:47:55 GMT
Hi William, what ever you can cook in a conventional oven you can cook in here, so veg if you roast it.

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Nov 2012 08:56:33 GMT
Hi Pixie, I have found an oven with a 2 year guarantee so I have bought that, its from Andrew James, they have their own Webb site, it looks good fingers crossed, at least I will get two years without buying another one......

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Nov 2012 09:18:05 GMT
pixie says:
That's great! Let us know what you think of it. Andrew James has a good name I think.
Please post back and tell us what you cook in it.
I've just returned from a holiday, self catering and I took mine with me...I always do! It cooked everything that I needed. Great breakfasts..jerk chicken that I'd taken in it's marinade. I made crispy chicken thighs, roast veg...loads!
No firing up a strange oven and then worrying about cleaning it. Don't you just hate that? Staying somewhere and being unable to find the right dish, or not knowing how efficient or not a strange oven is?
Glad you got sorted, and a good guarantee!

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Nov 2012 10:27:06 GMT
Last edited by the author on 4 Nov 2012 10:27:54 GMT
Hiyah Richard,
Is it like the model they sell on here? I must admit I do visit it regularly and I am very tempted by it too!
The price + warranty + spares + extras seem to indicate that you can't really go wrong with an Andrew James?
Let's hope so! Fingers crossed for you and please do let us know how you get on with it.

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Nov 2012 12:52:54 GMT
Last edited by the author on 4 Nov 2012 12:58:53 GMT
Bz says:
Our first halogen was from JML who offered to extend the warranty to 3 years for an extra £10 - bargain ! 2 years later and they exchanged our burnt out oven for a new one, simples !
Feeling confident with halogen cooking, we decided to buy the Visicook ie the one with the paddle. Problems with the importer meant that Lakeland had the last one in the country at a local store AND it had their usual Lifetime warranty.
So, the paddle-system produced superb wedgies and chunky chips once you've mastered the recipe for the flavoured olive oil coating ( chillie, currie etc ).
However, without the paddle inserted, the supplied rack sits on the spindle and rotates during 'normal' cooking. Sounds impressive but I'm not sure that such a facility adds anything to a fan-assisted oven.
Problems ? Yes, several and they are a direct result of the paddle or rather the required mechanism.
1. The bowl has a hole in the base for the spindle - so cleaning is manual ie you have to lift it into a sink rather than use the 'auto-wash' function of a normal halogen. At best, this is tedious.
2. The spindle results in a raised turn-table which is too high. Even with the extension ring fitted, cooking a whole chicken is a serious problem because it is far too close to the heating source. High temperatures mean that fat-spitting usually occurs and the heating element's cowl becomes coated in baked-on fat. This is very difficult to clean and within a short period of use it looks like a poor quality Teflon coating that's flaking !
There is one good point, which may surprise you after the above negatives. The hinged lid ie being attached to the frame is a big plus. Conventional ovens have one serious flaw, IMHO, fire-proof gloves should be used to remove the lid which then stands on a flimsy rack.
My conclusion : the addition of an 'interesting' feature (a paddle) has produced basic design faults. Lakeland have dropped this product from their catalogue - enough said !
Our Visicook lasted 10 months and we claimed a re-fund.
Our replacement ? Andrew James' offering because :
a) 2 year guaranty, b) a replaceable bulb system, c) an extra bulb is included and d) they sell separate replacement lids, so should the fan burn out beyond the 2 year end ...
Finally, are they value for money ? There are bound to be problems with an oven that concentrates so much heat into such a small bowl. My pal and I have conventional ovens - his a single oven, mine a twin - costing, respectively £350 and £500 approximately. His lasted approximately 7 years before he noticed uneven temperature ie 'hot spots' whereas mine needed repair work a couple of months before the 5-year warranty expired. My first halogen ( £ 80 incl extended warranty ) lasted 20 months. I'll leave you to calculate the £'s per year ! I think the halogen edges it ( albeit based on a very small data base ) but when you throw in the lower running cost I think you'll see which I prefer for 80% of our cooking.
Advice such as "anything that can be cooked in an ordinary oven can be cooked in halogen ovens" is all well and good, but basic ideas for the novice ? Spiral-bound books with large colour photographs are a waste of money ( IMHO ! ) - they're just 'cash-cows' for the Shopping Channel.
My recommendation : Sarah Flower's "Everyday Halogen Oven Cookbook" has 255 pages of recipes, hints and shopping lists with the odd photograph - a 'must-have' in my book ( and at a bargain price here on Amazon ! £5.60 ! ) 'The Godess' gives real value and inspiration and her books are worth every pennie !

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Nov 2012 13:24:36 GMT
Last edited by the author on 4 Nov 2012 13:27:02 GMT
pixie says:
These are quite good too Bz..

Halogen Cooking Made Simple there is another one by the same author but I can't find the link..

Thanks too for the info..will be very useful to other's wishing to buy a Halogen Oven...All advise gratefully recieved on here!

I'll put the link up for your book too...

The Everyday Halogen Oven Cookbook: Quick, Easy And Nutritious Recipes For All The Family I have this one too and it IS a good book.

Posted on 7 Nov 2012 21:17:33 GMT
Bz says:
Two further points : To avoid the 'Teflon effect' caused by spitting meats / chicken, we've tried 'cook-in' bags ( currently on sale in Aldi so they're cheap) and the results have been great - meat just as brown and the inside of the lid is clean and fat-free ! Success !
To those who crave recipes, then a simple google will help. Sign up on this site http://www.halogenovenrecipes.org.uk/ and you'll get daily recipes by email.
Hope that helps.

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Nov 2012 21:27:18 GMT
pixie says:
Thank you Bz..I'll sign up to that!

Posted on 2 Jan 2013 10:24:03 GMT
Gary2 says:
Brilliant to use but expect it to last about 15 months before the element goes. Everyone says the same. You can buy replacement elements for about £10 but we found it impossible to get the thing apart, thankfully before we bought the element and, sadly, it's gone to the tip which is a terrible waste as the rest of the unit was still in very good condition.

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Jan 2013 13:17:55 GMT
S. Pullen says:
I haven't used my "proper" oven since we purchased our halogen well over a year ago! I thought perhaps the following points may help both current owners and anyone considering buying one:

1. You can cook anything you would cook in your "proper" oven provided it fits and you are willing to experiment a little to begin with.
2. To prevent food over-browning cover it with foil but DO secure the edges to prevent it flapping about. You can remove the foil part ways through cooking to finish the browning off process.
3. A lift off lid model is best if the halogen is to be positioned under kitchen cabinets but you WILL need to purchase a lid stand if one is not supplied.
4. Re. cleaning, yes the bowl is heavy but you can squirt it whist still warm and in situ with a good degreaser, let it work for several minutes then wipe clean and rinse with a clean, damp cloth. DO NOT squirt inside the lid though as this could reach the electrics! (L-K-L-ND - you know who I mean - do a brilliant degreaser - HG Grease Away!)
5. DO NOT ASSUME THE BULB HAS BLOWN unless you actually see a flash or hear a bang! Our halogen appeared to have stopped working a while ago. I, like a lot of others, thought the bulb had packed up but found that in fact it was to do with switch. On our model there is a very small, round button on the back of the lid's rim. This activate the oven when the handle is lowered to the rear. I found that a small groove had been worn away in the handle where it should engage. A small "wedge" of sticky tape (I used Elastoplast) wound around the centre of the handle and - HEY PRESTO - it was up and running again.

Hope this helps. HAPPY HALOGENING NEW YEAR TO ALL!

Posted on 6 Mar 2013 09:04:57 GMT
I am from Australia (live in England now) and my old Nana had a halogen oven quite a few years back. It seems to me that this is a rather new thing this side of the world. Anyway, she used it daily and cooked everything in it and never had an issue, unfortunatly I do not remember the brand and as we have our own brands and also use a lot of Oriental brand products it would be no help anyway. What I will say is that after spending much time looking at many reviews I have decided to purchase my own halogen oven.

It seems to me that the Andrew James at £39.95 is the best value, it seems to be the lowest price that still has very good reviews and in addition you recieve all the extra's, lid holder, extender ring, various trays, spare halogen lamp etc etc

I am just sick of heating up a huge oven to cook one pizza or one battered cod fillet or what ever it is i decide to cook at the time and with rising gas/electricity prices I feel that anything that uses less energy to work is a mega plus!! Apparently ovens use betwwen 3000 - 9000KW and halogen ovens use between 1300-2000KW, plus the halogens won't need to be on as long as no warm up time with almost instent heat.

In regard to cleaning, I don't mind having to carefully wipe clean the lid constently to prevent fat biuld up, I don't mind one bIt . If It will mean less time spent on my knees with a scrubbing brush and my head in the oven removing baked on crap, then, BRING IT ON!!

And as for storage which a few people have said you need space, I will be storing mine when not in use in my big oven which I never ever plan on using again EVER oh and one reviewer said he/she prefers placing the lid during cooking on the toaster and uses it to warm plates, rather than using the lid stand, what a great idea!

I am very excited about becoming a halogen oven convert!!! YAY

Posted on 6 Mar 2013 09:31:37 GMT
Last edited by the author on 6 Mar 2013 09:35:12 GMT
Bz says:
@Scott : good choice ! (IMHO !) Andrew James are a treat to deal with - I had to replace the lid under warrantee ( faulty timer ) and they simply posted one to me - without having to return the faulty lid, thus saving on postage and the struggle of finding packaging - simple and very reassuring.
2 additional tips : use roasting bags for fat-splattering items eg chicken, pork chops, chips etc., the lid won't get clogged up. ( Sainsburys and occasionally Aldi have them @ at about £1 for 10 - worth it to keep your oven clean) It makes turning food over easier, too.
#2 : Sarah Flower's Everday cookbook for menu planning and shopping lists
#3 : An oven GLOVE ( not mitten ) as the supplied tweezers are useless ( quite dangerous in fact ) - all manufacturers supply the same design.
Enjoy !
Edit : doh ! Just found I've repeated myself on several points - see above ! Sorry !

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Mar 2013 11:09:38 GMT
Hi, good choice, this with the extended grantee is the best buy, we never store ours it is in use all the time so stays on the side in pride of place.. all the best Richard and Susan.
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