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Are halogen ovens worth buying?


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In reply to an earlier post on 22 Nov 2011 17:40:55 GMT
Did you buy a Halogen oven in the end? My mum and dad have one which they swear by, I am thinking of getting one, the only thing that puts me off is the size.

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Nov 2011 10:43:33 GMT
C. Parsons says:
If you line the base with foil you will not need to clean the bowl so often.

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Nov 2011 08:23:55 GMT
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Cornish maid says:
I have the Flavorwave and it's just great. Recommended to me and I couldn't believe it would be so good. Quick, easy to use, moist and tasty food, easy to clean though I'm a bit miffed that the lid section with the grid and heat source is not easy to clean. I didn't think a cake baked too well in it, though will try again. Definitely converted, even cooking large casseroles etc are fantastic. Seems cheaper to run too as there's hardly ever any need to pre-heat on most meals. Cookbook is very poor though most recipes can be adapted but I'm looking for a good cookbook to go with it (any recommendations?) otherwise, as mentioned in other posts, search the web for recipes. Extender ring seems to be useful though. Going to buy one for my batchelor son to try to encourage variety in his diet!

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Nov 2011 06:16:12 GMT
polegate says:
halogen bulbs can be bought, I got one from ebay, friend fitted it no problem

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Nov 2011 10:19:33 GMT
I bought the Andrew James 12 ltr model from Amazon so pleased with it I have got a 2nd for when I'm cooking for family lunch, as that normally runs to 14-16 people! the negative is the cleaning, with needs to be done after every use, I am fine with cleaning as I'm a hygiene freak!!

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Nov 2011 15:53:02 GMT
dollybird says:
yes brilliant for everything cooks meat joints fantasticly and ready meals with crispy tops, idealworld is where i bought mine 2 or 3 years ago and still using now

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Nov 2011 16:00:24 GMT
dollybird says:
just make room in any cupborad and put away after use thats what i do at home and down my caravan as i have two halogen ovens if you can find a home in a caravan im sure you can find a place in a larger dwelling.

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Nov 2011 18:13:40 GMT
i have one it is great i use it a lot,i was given mine, but would not hesitate in replacing it should the need be.

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Nov 2011 19:28:27 GMT
Hi, I bought my halogen oven about two months ago and I am sooo well impressed with it. You may not be able to do absolutely everything in it, but I have cooked chicken (breast, whole etc.), pork chops and stake in it and it cooks brilliantly. I don't use my regular oven any more for anything else but casseroles. It's great for grilling bacon etc too and the fact that it uses less electricity is just an added bonus. Mine is called Gold-tec and I paid about £30 including p

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Nov 2011 20:12:46 GMT
Jean Evans says:
I've had a halogen oven for a year or so now, they make amazing crispy chickens but you do have to watch them as they get brown and crispy before they're cooked, and if you have the heat too high they burn, but if you have them too low they get dried out especially chicken breast. they do cook lamb chops beautifully and baked, roast potatoes, veg is a bit of a pain as you need to wrap in kitchen foil and some times they don't cook properly. I use it now and again only when i need more room in my conventional oven. They are good for a spare cooker when entertaining, but if i knew before i bought it how infrequent i actually used it i wouldn't have spent my money on it. I bought an actifry and that i use daily it is great, so if you're looking for something extra to cook with in the kitchen i would definitely plumb for the actifry, i've had it for 3 years and use it more or less everyday, it cooks casseroles, chips to die for great roast potatoes, chicken portions, chops, chilli con carne etc etc i'd be lost without it.

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Nov 2011 09:10:37 GMT
sisjay says:
got one a couple of years ago and the halogen oven for me is the best thing since sliced bread and i do most of my cooking in it. recommended to my family and my sister got 2 one for home and one for the office

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Nov 2011 13:02:47 GMT
As I live on my own I felt that I was wasting electricity using a full sized oven. Best decision I ever made. 2 heights of wire shelves means that 2 separate items can be cooked. The only downside is that cooking from frozen not so successful but I now defrost item in microwave before cooking in oven. These Halogen ovens will bake, grill & toast. Ideal for small amounts but not sure whether large quantities are as successful. I haven't used by full sized oven since I bought the Halogen oven in the summer. You have to be careful as oven gets very hot so I use a pair of strong oven gloves to remove food from the oven. I also find that food retains heat for longer than food cooked in a conventional oven. Hope that this is helpful

Posted on 2 Dec 2011 12:02:58 GMT
J. Kirkham says:
I am an absolute fan of halogen ovens. I wouldn't be without mine in spite of the initial difficulties I faced when the element broke, at only 10 months, on my original JML oven. They were a nightmare to deal with, very unhelpful and gave lots of misinformation on the telephone but they record all calls and I record dates, times and the names of the people I speak to so when I finally had a hissy fit and demanded to speak to the manager, he pulled the recording, admitted they had lead me a merry dance and given me incorrect information and provided a completely new oven.

I would not buy from them again but currently I have one halogen that remains boxed and goes on holiday with me (I always go self-catering and often find ovens in disgusting condition), I bought it from Netto for £24.99 and it works just as well as the original JML which was about twice the price (the JML replacement lasted just 2 years and they don't sell the halogen elements seperately, even though I think they claim they do). I then bought 2 others from different mail order company that advertise in the back of magazines, each for about £50 with all accessories. They look slightly different from each other but give exactly the same results.

The first year I used a halogen I saved around £350 on my electric bill so even if the element goes and I have to buy a new, complete oven it is still cost effective for me. You do have to take into account that the oven in my main kitchen cooker is large and takes a long time to warm up and also that I make virtually everything from scratch and use my oven almost every day. If you use a microwave or the hob for most things and/or rarely use your main oven your savings will be significantly less than mine.

I know people with far more expensive halogen ovens than mine but they all seem to be on a par, even though prices vary susbstantially.

When buying you need to take into account that some companies provide only the two racks and the 'lifters' while others include the extension ring (very useful when roasting chicken), the non-stick tray (none of mine have been non-stick for long) and the diffusing tray. If you have to buy these things as extras they put the price up considerably so do your homework and get lots of price comparisons before you make the final decision.

I bought a lid holder but thought it was quite dangerous as it wobbled a lot and the lid slipped out of it a couple of times, I usually put the higher rack on the worktop and rest the lid on it when I need to take it off - of course, having 2 halogen ovens and the remains of the one that broke, means that I also have 2 higher racks and I've never needed them both at the same time.

I'm currently waiting for a halogen oven to arrive from Ideal World (if HDNL/Yodel ever get around to delivering it), it has a 'paddle' that moves things around so it claims to do exactly the same thing that hot air fryers do. I'm also mad about my actifry so a halogen oven with the ability to hot air fry as well as the usual halogen cooking was just too good an idea for me to ignore - only time and usage will prove whether it does what it says on the sales programme. This one will have a hinged lid so it doesn't need anywhere to sit on the work-top when it's removed. It's cost about £110 but if it does the hot air fryer job and the halogen oven job it will be a good buy.

They do reach quite a height when sitting on the work-top. I'm under 5' and have to stand on a low stool when moving things around or turning them. You have to be very careful when cleaning the inside of the lid (grease builds up very easily) as if you knock the element it could destroy it. The bowl is easy to clean but heavy to lift, I start the cleaning process by putting water and a little washing-up liquid in the bowl and running the 'wash' programme but I put it in the dish-washer every couple of weeks to do the job properly.

Posted on 12 Jan 2012 10:26:15 GMT
Fenman says:
I knew nothing about Halogen ovens. I saw a Lowry in Morrisons, asked my brother-in-law if he knew anything about them. He said "No, but I've heard they are good". I bought one to try it out and am very pleased with it. After about two weeks I decided to get rid of my electric oven and a fellow member of the cycling club offered to buy it. I made up the space where the electric oven was with a shelf and worktop. The shelf is for the Microwave and the worktop has a double hob on it. On the original worktop I have the Halogen oven and a Grill/Toaster. These cover all the cooking that my wife and I require, saving electricity is a bonus.

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Jan 2012 11:36:30 GMT
Etak Cymru says:
We got one for mum-in-law - very sceptical at first but it is actually fab! We do things like chicken, cheese on toast, chips, roast veg etc and its really quick and easy to clean. Not tried whole roasts etc like they claim. We ignored the expensive one on the shopping channels and shopped around and read reviews through amazon.

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Jan 2012 11:36:55 GMT
Etak Cymru says:
We got one for mum-in-law - very sceptical at first but it is actually fab! We do things like chicken, cheese on toast, chips, roast veg etc and its really quick and easy to clean. Not tried whole roasts etc like they claim. We ignored the expensive one on the shopping channels and shopped around and read reviews through amazon.

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Jan 2012 17:57:49 GMT
I put my potatoes in the microwave first, then into the H/oven great results and quicker.

Posted on 12 Jan 2012 19:47:39 GMT
Moose says:
Bought a halogen about a month ago from amazon - an amazing deal by the way - and have never looked back. Have cooked pork and chicken roasts - very successfully, quiches, cheese and ham toasties, cakes, brilliant jacket potatoes and roasties, etc, etc, and to top it off some very nice iceland salmon kebabs for tea tonight. The only thing I use my oven for now is pizza, cos with 3 of us we need 2 large ones and these won't fit in the halogen. I also bought the Sarah Flowers Halogen book - really helpfull. I cannot say enough how useful it has been - use it virtually every day. Takes a bit of getting used to obviously but as long as you don't expect it to be really quick and act like a microwave you will get it sorted no problem, just think of it as a traditional oven and grill - just without the mess these can get into.

Posted on 13 Jan 2012 16:57:40 GMT
jinxifer says:
buy from qvc-then u can send it back if you don't get on with it-30 day money back guarantee-even if you have used it.

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Jan 2012 17:27:26 GMT
J. Kirkham says:
I've searched for a good cookbook without luck. I like watching Paul Brodel on Ideal World's halogen oven spots, he does some things that look intresting and the sales pitches are quite informative but I'm not at all impressed by his halogen cookbooks.

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Jan 2012 18:09:03 GMT
Moose says:
The Sarah Flowers book is really good, even tells you high o low rack, I found it easy to follow and quite cheap to buy.

Posted on 14 Jan 2012 14:06:03 GMT
A halogen oven is an excellent purchase for anyone living alone and I would recommend a JML model.

Posted on 14 Jan 2012 14:22:04 GMT
Snunkie says:
I wouldn't be without mine. It was on special offer in our local shop, £30 for a 12ltr one and we hardly use the normal oven now as we all eat at different times. My 11 year old can use it it's so easy.
We use it for roasted vegetables, cooking chicken (I hate the smell from the standard fan oven and having to clean it afterwards, whereas you can just wash the halogen oven bowl in the sink with hot soapy water). We do bacon & sausages in it, cook cakes and pastry, heat stuff up that needs to be crispy and not soggy like it would be in the microwave. Definately worth buying at the right price

Posted on 14 Jan 2012 14:22:52 GMT
Snunkie says:
I wouldn't be without mine. It was on special offer in our local shop, £30 for a 12ltr one and we hardly use the normal oven now as we all eat at different times. My 11 year old can use it it's so easy.
We use it for roasted vegetables, cooking chicken (I hate the smell from the standard fan oven and having to clean it afterwards, whereas you can just wash the halogen oven bowl in the sink with hot soapy water). We do bacon & sausages in it, cook cakes and pastry, heat stuff up that needs to be crispy and not soggy like it would be in the microwave. Definately worth buying at the right price

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Jan 2012 18:19:30 GMT
epeak says:
I would be interested in finding out what brand you bought
Thanks EGP
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