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Are halogen ovens worth buying?

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In reply to an earlier post on 14 Jan 2012, 19:19:15 GMT
IJP says:
i have had several halogen ovens they are good and i use it every day but if you going to buy one i would suggest going to comet and getting the warrenty out on it because the bulbs only last about 6 months at least you can take it back with less hassel ,hope this helps

Posted on 19 Jan 2012, 01:43:04 GMT
Last edited by the author on 19 Jan 2012, 01:44:45 GMT
Is the light ment to flash when defrosting thanks ?

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Jan 2012, 14:02:18 GMT
Fenman says:
Yes, the light flashes off and on when the oven reaches the upper and lower limits that you have set the temperature (thermostat) to.

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Jan 2012, 15:50:55 GMT
P. Osborne says:
you should have researched you product before you bought it We brought a Andrew James oven and you can purchase and replace the bulbAndrew James 12 LTR Premium Halogen Oven Cooker + FREE Easily Replaceable Spare Bulb + 2 YEAR WARRANTY + FREE 128 page Recipe Book + £50 of Extras

Posted on 19 Jan 2012, 17:05:20 GMT
Dragonara says:
I am on my third oven...I simply cannot be without one now. The first two had a hinged lid...which I prefer, but as the bulb could not be replaced on that model, this time I opted for the oven that comes with a replacement bulb and a removable lid, it also had all the accessories included and a two year guarantee. This supplier also offers all the spare parts you could ever need, and the option to replace a part rather than the whole machine was very appealing. I am finding that this oven cooks just as well as my other two and so far I am very happy with it, the lid is more fiddly than the hinged type, but I am getting used to putting it on the lid stand provided.
As long as you accept that it cooks in a different way to your usual oven, and take time to learn how to use it, I think you will love it

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Jan 2012, 00:20:09 GMT
E Iantosca says:
if you really are in to cooking I wouldn't go near a halogen oven. The control of heat is not what is required for perfect cooking. You cannot enjoy food on such an invention as far as I'm concerned.

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Jan 2012, 00:30:46 GMT
F. Gibson says:
Hi, I've been using a halogen oven for about 14 years, the first one we had for 12 years and when it broke down the whole household were devastated. We bought another one straight away,We use it everyday, so if you are thinking of buying one go for it you won't be sorry.

Posted on 20 Jan 2012, 08:25:14 GMT
Last edited by the author on 20 Jan 2012, 08:26:40 GMT
Bz says:
We've had one for about 9 months now and wouldn't be without it. Ours was from JML and for an extra £10 we extended the warranty to 3 years ( in our ignorance, we later discovered that bulb replacement meant returning the separate lid under this warranty ). The stand is a "Must-have" for models with separate lids.
Another "Must-have" is Sarah Flower's Everyday Halogen Cookbook from Amazon (IMHO) - bought several books but this one is by far the best for simple instructions and variety of recipes which encourage you to expand your repertoire ! She even gives you shopping list planning. Eventually, you'll want her Cake book, too ! Rapidly becoming a Godess in my eyes.
A pal has bought an oven from Aldi (this week !) for £29.99 ! Half the price of mine, but he has had to order trays ( and a stand, I think ) from Andrew James. It has a 3 year warranty included - so if you want a bargain, get down to your local store ASAP - they may have some left ! ( it does have an Extention ring, too which is vital !)
What can I say, that hasn't already been said ? Cooking for two, we've only used our conventional oven for the turkey at Christmas. Follow Sarah's simple method for whole chicken and you'll have a succulent feast ! ( I always use a temperature probe to check as heavier birds need slightly longer time than her suggestion ).
Like many others, I wouldn't be without ours ! ( with prices ranging from £30 to £100, I do wonder what you achieve by spending more than £30 ! However, if money were no object, I would be tempted by the Ideal World model which offers a rotating paddle as an additional feature ).
My apologies for the ramble. Hope this helps

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Jan 2012, 11:07:34 GMT
Fenman says:
14 years? This must be the best kept secret in modern times, I only discovered halogen ovens in December at Morrisons. The marketing people seem to have fallen down on this one. Those people who can't get on with them are not trying very hard. I'm 83 in March and I have managed it, so much so that I have sold my conventional oven to a friend.

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Jan 2012, 13:14:50 GMT
Thank you Fenman ...:-)

Posted on 20 Jan 2012, 20:57:32 GMT
B. Lobley says:
My first halogen oven I got over 10 years ago from QVC. It was digitally controlled (unusual at that time!), with separate lid but it did include extender ring and other accessories. It was wonderful to use and easily cooked for four people. I had this for over 6 years and was devastated when it broke down as that particular model was discontinued. Thereafter I tried one from JML with manual dial timers and heat controls which broke down immediately. To their credit they did replace it immediately only to have exactly the same happen (faulty temperature dial). I was disheartened so opted for a refund. It was only early last year QVC got some in stock, known as Flavourwave, these too are digitally operated, with attached lid, but a lot more expensive than the original one I had. Nevertheless I purchased one and it is great. I would go so far as to say anything I cook in it tastes even better than my original. As for cleaning it, yes it is awkward, but beats hands down having to clean the interior of my big oven or grill!

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Jan 2012, 21:25:10 GMT
Bz says:
Ian, with due respect, I think you must have been unfortunate if your bulbs only last 'about 6 months'. In my case, the retailer offered to extend the Warranty to 3 years (including bulb replacement by returning the lid ) all for £10. Insurance is all about risk assessment. According to your view, my oven would need 6 bulbs ie 5 replacements during that 3 year period. Even if I pay the return postage, they'd still be out of pocket.
Sorry to be a clever ****, but I still think you've been unlucky.

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Jan 2012, 06:48:57 GMT
polegate says:
try amazon I have bought four H O books over the last twelve months, all different with some good and easy recipes

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Jan 2012, 11:29:39 GMT
beau nydle says:
Nip down to your nearest Robert Dyas store, pay £34 for one of their Nuo ovens. Take it home and fall in love with it. As long as you get a book on how to get the best out of it, you will be amazed. I've never got crackling like it on a cheap Co op gammon joint before. I have now. Cheap to buy, cheap to run, and it makes a chef out of you. But buy a decent pair of tongs while you're in the shop, as the ones it comes with are rubbish. Oh, by the way, the toast is magnificent.

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Jan 2012, 11:31:43 GMT
beau nydle says:
As far as the book goes, the best one i've found is Hamlyns' 200 Halogen Oven recipes. Amazon do it for about a fiver. Worth every penny of it.

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Jan 2012, 20:15:37 GMT
A. Burns says:
you can get replacement bulbs on amazon for your oven

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Jan 2012, 10:50:29 GMT
Amy, Bristol says:
My oven lasted 6mths and then the thermostat malfunctioned, overheating to over 250 C. It seems it may have come from the same shopping channel as yours, it took extreme persistance - 5 months worth to retrieve my money. When it was functioning properly I found it very useful, would recommend the units with the hinged lids if you decide to purchase one.

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Jan 2012, 15:19:26 GMT
how do you cook a piazza?

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Jan 2012, 15:37:55 GMT
Last edited by the author on 22 Jan 2012, 15:41:08 GMT
Terfyn says:
In a very large square!!
I love the Piazza San Marco in Venice.

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Jan 2012, 16:14:03 GMT
Fenman says:
Thinking on this problem of short lived halogen bulbs, it may be that shock when the element is hot could shorten the life of the bulb. You MUST be careful when handling the hot lid, place it carefully into the lid support. This applies to any lamp with an element (hot wire).

Posted on 22 Jan 2012, 18:05:47 GMT
you cant beat it i use mine every day not only do they cook great they save on electric as well meat comes out so juicy the only thing wrong with them is that you wont be able to live with out it i moved last year and my fist one got broke in the move god i missed ti ad i couldnt belive how much electric i used using the cooker

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Jan 2012, 18:28:16 GMT
Barbara says:
I thought the same but have found the oven good and versitle I'd reccomend it for cooking for one, it's cheaper.

Posted on 22 Jan 2012, 18:35:28 GMT
Barbara says:
I've had one for about two months now, and love it. Cooking is easy just for two, and it's better than having a large oven on for two small chops eg. I now cook almost everything in it and find its easier than messing with the large oven. My daughter in law as had one and love hers too. I usually don't really like cooking, but this as given me more interest to try different things. I've the digital one and find is easy to set. As I've an electric oven this is cheaper to cook in than a large oven. Easy to clean, manageable, and I'm now aged 70, so age is no barrier at all. Not heavy to lift but one does have to be careful as the glass is hot, secret let it cool before you touch it.

Posted on 22 Jan 2012, 20:21:33 GMT
Element flimsy and cannot be replaced. NOT robust.

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Jan 2012, 07:00:10 GMT
polegate says:
You can buy replacement elements, I did recently, I just put H O elements into Google and I was spoilt for choice
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