Best Solar Cookers

Review & Comparison, Last Update September 4, 2017
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 2017
PROS
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OUR VERDICT
Cooking Methods
Food Capacity
Construction
Temperature
Size
Accessories
 
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.
PROS

Quite expensive but extremely versatile solar oven cooker that can find its application in various environments and be used for cooking just about any meals. Due to its rotatable dish, it's easy to adjust the cooking temperature.

CONS

When compared to most other cookers on our shortlist, this one is the heaviest one and also the most expensive.

OUR VERDICT

If you need a powerful solar cooker to set up in your backyard or to take to mountains, you won't find a better solution. It will serve you for a decent length of time due to its quality materials and solid design.

detailed parameters
Cooking Methods
Grilling, baking, frying, boiling, brewing, simmering, stewing
Food Capacity
9 pounds
Construction
Carbon steel
Temperature
550°F
Size
32.3 x 28.4 x 11.4 inches / 40.8 pounds
Accessories
Reflectors, a pot stand, a foldable tripod leg, a 360 rotatable parabola dish.
PROS

The advantage of this solar power oven is that it doesn't lose its effectiveness throughout the day. It is built so that it could trap the rays of the sun at any angle during the whole day, from the very morning right up to the evening.

CONS

Lack of a grilling rack and a baking sheet limits its cooking abilities.

OUR VERDICT

Inexpensive and unique hybrid solar oven that can be used at any time of a day all year round. Accommodates enough food for 3-4 people to have a meal.

detailed parameters
Cooking Methods
Boiling, frying, brewing, simmering, stewing
Food Capacity
6 pounds
Construction
Corrugated polypropylene
Temperature
200°F-500°F
Size
24 x 24 x 24 inches / 2.3 pounds
Accessories
A 3 legged trivet, a sun sight, reflectors, a pot stand.
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
An attached thermometer, 2 heat-resistant baking racks, 2 baking trays, 2 silicone pots, 1 enamelware pot, a carrying bag.
PROS

Provides enough room to place two pots inside, which allows you to cook several dishes at a time.

CONS

The plastic lid of the oven is not scratch-resistant; at some stage, this may lead to deterioration of the heat conduction.

OUR VERDICT

With this solar cooker at hand, you'll be able to treat yourself and your family and friends to amazing meals, cooked right on your patio or in the backyard. It offers great capacity, reaches pretty high temperatures and comes at a very attractive price.

detailed parameters
Cooking Methods
Baking, simmering, roasting, dehydrating, pasteurizing water
Food Capacity
12 pounds
Construction
Polished aluminum
Temperature
200°F-300°F
Size
27 x 17 x 12 inches / 9 pounds
Accessories
Al-season solar reflectors, 2 graniteware pots (3 quarts each), thermometer, water pasteurization indicator (WAPI), user manual with recipes

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 one 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 fully substitute for a conventional cooker, thanks to their high heating performance. So how do solar cookers work? Despite 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 a good weather with enough sun. Even if you’re not a camp enthusiast, having a solar cooker at your place may benefit you in many ways. Whenever the weather’s fine and beautiful, and you’ve got guests around enjoying a barbecue party as well as nice and chilled drinks, you can treat your family and guests 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 do often go on travels 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 abandon 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 may 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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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 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 to what to cook - follow your imagination and harness the energy of the sun with ease and comfort.

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 at 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.

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 interchangeable 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 got an attached 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.


Sun Oven International, Inc. All American
Sun Oven International, Inc. All American
 

One Earth Designs OEDSS2001

Cooking Methods and Abilities

SolSource Solar Cooker is truly an outstanding cooker in the market with powerful heating capacity and overall roominess. The carbon steel surface of a cooker quickly captivates the sunlight and converts it into the heat, making it possible to boil a liter of water in less than 10 minutes and grill a good chunk of steak in just 5 minutes. It’s also a versatile cooker that’s good for use of multiple cooking utensils such as pots, kettles, pans and more, and for different cooking processes - baking, grilling, frying, boiling and brewing hot beverages.

Size

If you think about traveling with a solar cooker and use it for outdoor cooking, buying SolSource Solar Cooker might be not the best idea. It’s rather bulky and heavy to take it around. The pure weight of construction is 40.8 pounds which makes its carrying quite complicated. However, for home use it’s gonna be hardly to find a better solar power oven. Made of a durable carbon steel frame and plastic outdoor panels, it easily withstands all weather conditions and environments. Even if you plan to move to the Qomolangma mountain, it will do the business at its best (provided that the sun is in the sky, of course).

Features and Accessories

This is a perfect oven solar unit for regular use at home that may save you thousands of dollars on fuel and electricity. The cooker will easily accommodate all cooking processes and let you take control of the cooking temperature. By changing the angle of the reflective dish against the sun, you’ll be able to change the heat intensity and thus, either slow down or speed up the cooking process. The cooker doesn’t have any extra dishes or trays enclosed. It features a roomy cooking surface and a pot stand for different kitchen utensils.


One Earth Designs OEDSS2001
One Earth Designs OEDSS2001
 

SolCook and Trivet

Cooking Methods and Abilities

The unique design of All Season Solar Cooker allows users to use it from dawn to dusk. The construction of this hybrid solar oven is adjustable into two positions so that a mirrored cooking surface can harness the sunlight from morning till evening. This peculiarity makes All Season Solar Cooker a great emergency device in situations when it’s not possible to use a conventional oven. Unfortunately, it’s quite limited in types of cooking. You won’t be able to do grilling or baking on it as it doesn’t include any racks or sheets, but for frying, boiling and steaming it’s gonna work perfectly. The cooker will easily prepare 3-4 meals a day and accommodate about 6 pounds of food.

Size

All Season Solar Cooker is a perfect solution for people who’d like to have one for camping gear. It’s very lightweight and hence, easily portable. When folded up, the cooking surface measure 24 x 24 x 24 inches, which is a sufficient size for most of the meals. You can also take it down and put it in a store. It’s not gonna take a lot of room, even if you buy it for use in a balcony. There are many solar cookers of different designs for sale, but just a few of them are so versatile and compact. All Season Solar Cooker can become the optimal solution for owners of small flats and big houses. It’s made to meet the needs of most average families and cook food from sunup to sundown.

Features and Accessories

On purchasing All Season Solar Cooker, you will get a kit with the following hardware enclosed - a cooking chamber, a cookware stand to support different utensils, sun reflectors and adjusting clips. Like the above mentioned SolSource Solar Cooker, it doesn’t include any utensils, but it’s got a full list of the cookware you could potentially use. The minor drawback of a model is that it’s got neither grilling racks nor baking sheets. However from what we’ve tested, you can easily put a spare bread pan on a trivet and bake some bread, directing the sunlight to the bottom of the pan.


SolCook and Trivet
SolCook and Trivet
 

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.

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.

 

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.


Sunflair Portable Solar Oven Deluxe
Sunflair Portable Solar Oven Deluxe
 

Solavore Sport Portable

Cooking Methods and Abilities

Believe it or not but cooking outdoors with Sport Portable Solar Oven is a breeze. This solar oven allows you to prepare multiple meals in summer, winter and in all weathers without using electricity or gas. Using the sun energy only, Sport Portable Solar Oven reaches a temperature of 200°F to 300°F within minutes and it is quite enough for preparing most dishes and even baking cookies, bread, and cakes! But you should be aware that this model is not capable of boiling water, however, owing to water pasteurization indicator (WAPI), your water will be crystal clear. Pasteurization kills all the bacteria under the temperature of 155°F and makes any water you have safe for drinking. Moreover, you will like the fact that the food cooked in the solar cooker preserves as many vitamins as possible and is known to be quite beneficial to health.

Size

It is interesting to note that this solar cooker has a superb capacity albeit its quite compact size of 27" x 17" x 12". Moreover, Solavore solar oven weighs only 9 pounds, so you can easily take it when you go camping or on a picnic and treat your family and friends with fine cuisine al fresco. Owing to the floor dimension of 9 1/4'' x 17 1/2'', you can place 2 included pots with 3 Qt capacity simultaneously, therefore you will be able to cook 2 different dishes at a time! The bowls are made of granite that provides the best heat transfer and keeps your food hot for a long time. All in all, buying this solar cooker you will be able to cook up to 12 pounds of delicious meals for your family or a group of several people.

Features and Accessories

The solar cooker can be used with or without reflectors made of polished aluminum. The reflector panels are attached to the cooker with a special hook and you can be sure that they won't drop off even in high winds. The manufacturer claims that Solavore solar cooker works well even in a cloudy weather for the good reason. A number of users confirm that they've successfully used this appliance even in winter and their dishes have been cooked perfectly. Solavore comes with a thermometer that indicates the temperature inside the oven, and a Water Pasteurization Indicator (WAPI). This indicator is a small plug of soybean wax that indicates when disease-causing organisms (bacteria, viruses, and parasites) are killed. You will also get a user manual with quick-start solar cooking recipes to prepare your favorite healthy food.


Solavore Sport Portable
Solavore Sport Portable
 
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