Best Solar Cookers

Review & Comparison, Last Update July 19, 2019
All fans of picnics and camping should definitely take advantage of the sun while being in woods or mountains. A solar cooker is a device specifically designed for cooking meals right in the sun. Consider our selection of the best models we've come across so far and make your choice. ...Read more ...Read less
BEST 2019
PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
Cooking Methods
Food Capacity
Construction
Temperature
Size
Accessories
Warranty
 
PROS

Equipped with a three-layer rack for a variety of cooking options. One of the hottest cookers within its price range. 

CONS

Even when folded flat, the cooker takes quite a lot of place.

OUR VERDICT

Capacious and high-performance, this All American Solar cooker will accommodate easily a whole turkey and roast it in the shortest time possible, requiring minimum effort. 

detailed parameters
Cooking Methods
Grilling, frying, baking, boiling, simmering, brewing, stewing
Food Capacity
6 pounds
Construction
Anodized aluminum
Temperature

360-400°F

Size
24 x 20 x 16 inches / 35 pounds
Accessories

Collapsible reflectors, a rack, a built-in thermometer. instructions, a disc with over 600 recipes, an alignment leg

Warranty

Amazon's 30-day return policy

PROS

A wear-resistant aluminized polyethylene material and an attractively low price make this solar oven a popular choice of most American families.

CONS

The use of more than one cooking tray in the chamber may lead to foil melting.

OUR VERDICT

This solar cooker is incredibly lightweight yet durable to use both in the backyard and outdoors during camps. It comes fitted with a cooking thermometer and includes several pots and tray for cooking.

detailed parameters
Cooking Methods
Grilling, frying, baking, boiling, simmering, brewing, stewing
Food Capacity
6 pounds
Construction
Aluminized polyethylene
Temperature

285°F

Size
19 x 15.5 x 2 inches / 9 pounds
Accessories

1 solar oven thermometer, 1 heat-conducting/baking tray, 1 baking/dehydrating rack, carrying bag

Warranty

1 year

PROS

The model doesn't lose its effectiveness throughout the day. You can use this device to dry firewood, shoes, and gear. With its help, you'll be able to make candles without setting the wax ablaze.

CONS

The polypropylene is relatively subpar. 

OUR VERDICT

There is so much you'll be able to do with this solar cooker that calling it a cooker in the first place is a little reductive. Having said that, it is a great cooker. With it, you can cook from dusk to dawn, preparing enough food for 3-4 people at a time. 

detailed parameters
Cooking Methods

Grilling, frying, baking, boiling, simmering, brewing, stewing

Food Capacity

5 pounds

Construction

Corrugated polypropylene

Temperature

~180-300°F

Size

18.3 x 16.3 x 4.5 inches / 4.75 pounds

Accessories

1 metal grill

Warranty

Amazon's 30-day return policy

PROS

With its advanced self-healing polymers, the cooker does a bang-up job maximizing the mirrors' durability as well as the effectiveness of the sun. It lets you adjust the reflectors to prepare perfectly grilled meats with a delicious outer crisp and tender slow-cooked insides. 

CONS

The cooker is a little heavy. 

OUR VERDICT

What we have here is easily the best option for people who like to throw parties or simply enjoy having a dozen friends over every once in a while. You'll be able to treat them all at the same time without preparing anything in advance.

detailed parameters
Cooking Methods

Grilling, frying, baking, boiling, simmering, brewing, stewing

Food Capacity

10 pounds

Construction

Carbon steel plate, metal frame

Temperature

200-500°F

Size

~59 x 59 x 45 inches / 37 pounds

Accessories

Solar cooker only

Warranty

Amazon's 30-day return policy

PROS

A unique tubular design of GoSun sport solar oven attracts camping fans from all over the world. When taken down, it may easily fit a small carry bag or tucked away for storage.

CONS

The narrow glass tube is the only cooking surface that you can use for preparing food.

OUR VERDICT

Somewhat limited in cooking abilities, but extremely portable sport solar cooker for camping and outdoor cooking.

detailed parameters
Cooking Methods
Grilling, baking, frying, boiling, brewing, simmering, stewing
Food Capacity
3 pounds
Construction
Stainless steel
Temperature

200-500°F

Size
24 x 5 x 8 inches / 8 pounds
Accessories

A stainless-steel cooking tray, a cleaning scrubby, a convertible carrying handle, two reflectors, a cooking chamber

Warranty

2 years

Sun Oven International, Inc. All American

Cooking Methods and Abilities

All American Sun Oven is probably the hottest solar oven cooker among a variety of options available in the market that reaches the maximum cooking temperature 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Such heating capacity is predetermined by the material it’s been designed from and insulation used inside a cooking chamber. The unit is capable of retaining the heat for much longer than some other solar cookers and keeping the food warm for a few hours after it’s been cooked. The cooking capacity of All American Sun Oven is not extremely large, but the surface it offers is enough for simultaneous cooking of a few different meals. Upon using this unique box solar oven, you’ll be able to cook literally everything - from quick snacks to proper desserts and pizza. You are not limited in your options - follow your imagination and harness the energy of the sun with ease and comfort.

Review of Sun Oven International, Inc. All American Solar Cooker

Size

As it’s been mentioned before, All American Sun Oven is not a huge solar oven to roast a whole beef, but still, it’s capacious enough to put several pots in a cooking chamber and prepare a few meals per one go. The unit measures 24 x 20 x 16 inches and weighs 35 pounds. This is quite a bulky cooker, and yet, well portable when taken down. We like the fact that it comes with three baking racks that may easily maintain a few pots on three different layers so that it’s possible to make soup and bake cookies at the same time. Control the cooking process through a tempered glass lid and adjust the unit to face the direct sunlight.

Sun Oven International, Inc. All American Solar Cooker in the use

Features and Accessories

Cooking with All American Sun Oven can be not only simple but also enjoyable. The unit has got all the required accessories and tools to make your life easier. It comes packed with a few pots with matching glass lids, three baking racks, a rack for roasting a turkey, twelve fire starters, a Cloudy Day Cube stove and a built-in thermometer, mounted to the oven. Having a thermometer will let you control the cooking process with ease and cast the ingredients the right moment when a cooker has heated to the optimal temperature.

Detailed review of Sun Oven International, Inc. All American Solar Cooker

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All American Sun Oven: An Introduction

What customers say about this product

Key Specs

The solar oven temperature reached 325 and stayed there consistently for about 4 hours. I went outside every 30 minutes to realign. No biggy. Very easy to do.

Size & Weight

The internal cooking chamber is larger, so you can now use a full sized (9 X 13) cake pan.

Features

The adjusting leg is now a "T" which makes the oven more stable.

Accessories

The stabilizing bar really helps keep the oven from tipping over, as do the E-Z sun track alignment guides.
 

Sunflair Portable Solar Oven Deluxe

Cooking Methods and Abilities

At an attractive price you can purchase a camping and emergency preparedness kit to always have at your hand and cook all types of food right in the sun. Not only is it affordable for most buyers, it is also very easy-in-use. It doesn’t require any assembly and it’s ready to use right out-of-the-box. The maximum temperature a cooker reaches measures 285 degrees Fahrenheit, which is considerably less compared to some other models from our review, but in practice, it only means that you’d spend a little bit more time on cooking. In the rest, a cooker is definitely great. It will let you bake cookies, pastries, pizza, grill steaks and roast meat, brew hot beverages and stew vegetables; - its cooking abilities are really vast.

Review of Sunflair Portable Solar Oven Deluxe with Complete Cookware and Thermometer

Size

Sunflair Deluxe Solar Ovens are very portable and lightweight. The construction with all accessories enclosed weighs only 9 pounds that makes this cooker an ideal companion on trips - camping, boating and picnics in the countryside. You can put this solar powered oven in the trunk of a car and cook a variety of meals outdoors whenever the sun shines in the sky. The cooking surface of a solar oven measures 19 x 15.5 x 2 inches, that’s more than enough for preparing food for 4-8 people. Sunflair Deluxe Solar Oven is certainly a must have for camping fans. It’s made of weather and wear resistant aluminized polyethylene that would quickly heat up your food on the go and last for years.

Sunflair Portable Solar Oven Deluxe with Complete Cookware and Thermometer in the use

Features and Accessories

Sunflair Deluxe Solar Oven is one of the most versatile and lightweight solar ovens in the market that can become an irreplaceable device in your everyday life. Whatever reason you’ve got in mind to get a cooker, it will surely do the job. It’s lightweight to carry around and simple to set up. It might be not the most attractive cooker in look, but it’s definitely designed to do what’s expected - to cook all types of food and do it efficiently. The model is equipped with a built-in thermometer, a roaster, two silicone pots, a baking sheet and a carrying bag, all it’s required for getting started right away. Use trays and pots for baking bread, making brownies, brewing beverages and other snacks and desserts.

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What customers say about this product

Features

Clean up is easy too. And I love how it folds up and stores in its own carrying case.

Key Specs

This thing really works. On a sunny day with ambient temperature in the 80s or 90s, it maintains 250 degrees F without much problem.

Size & Weight

The nice "zip-up" design makes it very convenient to assemble and collapse -- and to transport.

Accessories

Two small cook pans with lids, the rack and the thermometer are all that is included. I also purchased a small dark roaster for cooking small chickens in my new solar cooker.
 

SolCook All Season

An Efficient Cooker

The people behind this cooker advertise it as the world's most efficient solar cooker. That's a lofty title and we don't necessarily feel comfortable assigning it to this product. It is, however, most definitely up there, somewhere in that "most efficient" vicinity. But let's start with the basics.

First things first, just like any other solar-powered cooker, the model will allow you to cook anywhere. All you need is a little sunshine, even with some broken clouds here and there. It will let you cook early in the morning as well as in the middle of the day or closer to the late afternoon. It allows you to focus on the sun with great ease and accuracy.

It is able to quickly reach the cooking temperature, meaning that this little solar appliance will not be wasting a whole lot of your time. The model fits most cookware and you'll be able to use it with practically any pot out there.

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The Lightweight Champion

Again, the biggest advantage, as well as the biggest selling point of this product is how it doesn't lose its effectiveness throughout the day. The way it is built allows the model to essentially trap sunrays at any angle, doesn't matter what time of the day it is, you should be able to use it from the early morning right up to the later evening.

What we have here isn't the biggest, most spacious solar cooker on the market today. Far from it, really. Adding up to 18.3 x 16.3 x 4.5 inches in overall dimensions, the model's food capacity doesn't exceed 5 pounds. That being said, it should be able to accommodate enough food for 3-4 people at a time.

Plus, what the model lacks in the capacity department it more than makes up with its lightweight construction. The whole thing weighs less than 5 pounds, which is practically unprecedented for solar cookers. You'll be able to transport it anywhere and move the cooker around with remarkable ease.

SolCook All Season Camper Solar Cooker in the use

More Than Just a Cooker

Now, the aforementioned lightweight construction carries with it a certain disadvantage. Made of corrugated polypropylene, it is as functional and effective as its stainless steel or aluminum counterparts but hardly as durable.

On the bright side, you can do so much more with this thing than just prepare breakfast, lunch, and dinner. For example, you can use it to dry firewood, shoes, and gear. With its help, you'll be able to make candles without setting the wax ablaze. Given how quickly the model evaporates salt water, you can definitely use it for a little domestic salt production. This thing excels at dehydrating vegetables and drying jerky, be it beef, poultry, or fish.

Bottom line, there is so much you'll be able to do with this solar cooker that calling it a cooker in the first place is a little reductive. Having said that, it is a great cooker. With it, you can cook from dusk to dawn. 

Detailed review of SolCook All Season Camper Solar Cooker

 

HUKOER 1.5m

A Huge Cooker

This Hukoer model is a huge solar cooker. The whole thing adds up to around 59 x 59 x 45 inches in overall dimensions, so it really comes as no surprise that the cooker weighs a little more than every other product on this list (37 pounds, give or take half a pound).

Now, that "portable" part in the name is still true. Even though it is far from the smallest, most compact model here, you should still be able to move it around the patio.

Sure, again, it isn't the most lightweight cooker but it isn't a truck either, you shouldn't have any difficulties maneuvering this device to find optimal sunlight angle or to create more space for your guests.

Fortunately, finding the right angle will hardly prove much of a challenge. More often than not, a touch of sunlight is enough to get this thing up and running. It doesn't matter whether it is a scorching summer day or a chilly winter afternoon, as long as the sun is out and visible, you'll be able to use this cooker to its full extent.

Review of HUKOER 1.5m Portable parabolic solar cooker

Time to Throw a Party

Some may see the model's size as a disadvantage. We definitely do not look at it this way. Sure, it takes a little more space. Yes, it weighs a little more too. However, as far as we're concerned, the model's food capacity more than makes up for any of these shortcomings.

You can load this thing with 10 pounds worth of food at a time. This way, you'll be able to prepare enough food for 15 guests at once. Doesn't sound like a bad deal, does it? You can invite more or less as many friends as you want and treat them all to a delicious meal without cooking anything in advance.

Of course, this is a solar cooker we're talking about, so you'll be able to do that without relying on propane, fire, gas, or electrical power. But this isn't just some random second-rate cooker either. With its advanced self-healing polymers, the model does a bang-up job maximizing the mirrors' durability as well as the effectiveness of the sun.

HUKOER 1.5m Portable parabolic solar cooker in the use

Speed is of the Essence

Just like any other solar-powered cooker, the model is able to reach the desired temperature (between 200 and 500 degrees Fahrenheit) 6-7 times faster compared to any charcoal grill. Furthermore, it gives you the ability to control the heat. With a cooker like that, you can adjust the reflectors to prepare perfectly grilled meats with a delicious outer crisp and tender slow-cooked insides. You won't get any soot or ashes in your food either, which is always a plus in our humble opinion.

Now, there are 2 big differences between this model and the vast majority of these cookers. First, it allows you to adjust the operating height, meaning even more options to control and manage the cooking progress. Second, this cooker's metal frame and carbon steel plate are practically indestructible. You can use any cookware without worrying about it damaging the plate.

In conclusion, what we have here is easily the best option for people who like to throw parties or simply enjoy having a dozen friends over every once in a while.

Detailed review of HUKOER 1.5m Portable parabolic solar cooker

 

GoSun Stove 1SP1D1P1

Cooking Methods and Abilities

GoSun Stove Solar Cooker is a versatile cooking device for preparing multiple meals of any kind in summer and winter. Whenever the sun shines in the sky go outdoors and cook. The metal cooking area quickly catches the sunlight, heats up within seconds and produces all sorts of meals in less than 20 minutes. Without making a fire or using a charcoal, you’ll do the job and pamper your whole family with a delicious meal, cooked outdoors in the backyard. The heating capacity of GoSun Stove Solar Cooker varies in a range from 200 to 550 degrees Fahrenheit, which is perfect not only for preparing quick hot meals but also baking bread and roasting meat.

Review of GoSun Stove 1SP1D1P1

Size

This is a small, and yet, capacious solar oven cooker that will easily accommodate up to 3 pounds of food and 14 oz. of various beverages. When folded up, the size of a unit is measured up to 24 x 5 x 8 inches, not a lot, but definitely enough for simultaneous cooking of several meals in different containers. For traveling purposes, the cooker can be folded flat and placed in a carry case (sold separately). Contrasted to bigger sun cookers, GoSun Stove weighs only 8 pounds. It wouldn’t harass you on the go even if you decide to take it on a hike.

GoSun Stove 1SP1D1P1 in the use

Features and Accessories

Apart from the standard features - a cooking chamber of a tube shape and two reflectors, the GoSun cooker includes a stainless-steel cooking tray with a heat-resistant handle, a cleaning scrubby and a carrying handle for easy transportation. When the need be, this handle can be transformed into supportive legs, quickly adjustable to the sun position.

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Comparison of  Solar Cookers

What Is a Solar Cooker?

Within a very short time after being first introduced to the consumer market, a solar cooker has become one of those devices everyone wanted to have. And this comes as no surprise, considering the benefits and practicality solar cookers offer. Designed as a standalone unit, solar cookers come pretty small, compact, often foldable, so that a user could easily transport it if going camping or elsewhere. They require no fuel at all, which sets them wide apart from all other kitchen equipment, and yet, they can replace a conventional cooker, thanks to their high heating performance. So how do solar cookers work? Though they may take different forms and come in a variety of designs, they all have a mirrored surface to which the sunlight attracts and further converts into the heat required for cooking. Thus, all you really need for making a meal on one of these cookers is good weather and enough sun. Even if you’re not a camp enthusiast, having a solar cooker may benefit you in many ways. Whenever the weather’s fine and beautiful, and you’ve got guests around, you can treat them to some absolutely fantastic meals prepared in the fresh air with one of the solar cookers we offer for your review and consideration.

If you’re an outdoorsy kind of person, and you often travel with your family or friends, there are more other things, besides a cooker, that you should gear yourself up in advance. For starters, you will need a camping tent, and it’s got to provide enough space for all travelers. You may also need a solar panel. Even though sometimes we all want to be cut off from civilization, you don’t want to be without mobile gadgets for too long. If you go somewhere to the sea, you can take a boat and teach your kids fishing. While if you go to the woods, you may like an idea of taking binoculars with you for watching birds, hawks, and other animals wandering peacefully yards away from you. Make sure that your camping kit includes all the stuff and gear you and your family need to have a great time together.

What Features to Compare

Type

Despite a wide range of options available, most solar cookers fall into these three main varieties: solar panel cookers, solar box cookers, and solar parabolic cookers. The most common and popular ones are solar box cookers. Produced from a couple of boxes, with insulation and a transparent lid, box cookers effectively trap the rays of the sun and retain them inside a cooking container for effective results. The operating principle of solar panel cookers is based pretty much on the same concept, with the only difference that instead of the glass they use a special panel to convert the light into the heat. Panel cookers consist of two units and are usually made out of aluminum, foil, or a thin sheet of metal with a mirrored surface. Parabolic cookers are constructed quite differently and unlike the other two varieties, may require certain skills and experience. The advantage of parabolic cookers, however, is that they reach higher temperatures within a shorter period of time and that they can be adjusted to fit different cooking needs. The downside is, some of them are limited in the amount of food to be cooked. This is why when choosing a solar cooker, you should choose with that thought in mind.

Size

What else you may want to check out is a cooker’s dimensions. As a rule, the biggest of the three cookers are parabolic, which is kind of obvious, seeing its design peculiarities and materials used. Box cookers, on the contrary, are usually the most lightweight. They can be made out of either paper, cardboard, wood or similar materials that have a very little weight. Solar panel cookers are often produced to be compact and small, either. The only part about them that some of you may find less convenient is an uneven shape of a cooking bag. In all the rest, they boast the same effectiveness as the other two.

Features

Accessories and extra features may also vary, and even if you don't want them all, some of the things like a built-in thermometer, several extra pans or pots or trays will definitely come in handy. Hopefully, in our review of the 5 best solar cookers, you will find the right solar cooker for your particular needs.

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