Best Halogen Ovens for Faster and Healthier Cooking

Review & Comparison, Last Update February 11, 2020
Are you one of those people who can't completely switch to a healthier lifestyle only because you don't love cooking? Well, in that case, a halogen oven is what you should definitely get for your kitchen. With this appliance at hand, cooking even sophisticated recipes at home will be a breeze and require almost no effort. Look through our selection of the 5 best halogen ovens and make your pick! ...Read more ...Read less
BEST 2020
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OUR VERDICT
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PERFORMANCE
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WHAT'S IN THE BOX
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PROS

A digital control panel allows adjusting the cooking time and temperature with maximum precision while an LCD screen will display the remaining cooking time. Besides, a Delay function will let you have your meal cooked when you need it.  

CONS

Somewhat low maximum cooking temperature. 

OUR VERDICT

Fitted with digital controls and packed with a high-power heating element, the Pro Plus oven from NuWave is by far one of the best models on the modern market. It offers unmatched accuracy and flexibility when cooking and will deliver amazingly delicious cooking results lightning fast. It's definitely a recommendation for creative and experienced home cooks.

detailed parameters
FUNCTIONS

Broiling, Roasting, Grilling, Baking, BBQ-ing, Boiling, Steaming, Air frying, Dehydrating, Defrosting, Heating

PERFORMANCE

1500 W

CONTROL

Digital control panel with an LCD-screen, Max temperature up to 350ºF, Cooking time up to 10 hours, Delay feature, Keep warm feature

BOWL SIZE

~12 Qt bowl, ~16 Qt with an extender ring

MATERIAL

Plastic

WHAT'S IN THE BOX

2 cooking racks, 1 extender ring, Lid holder

WARRANTY

1 year

PROS

The see-through design provides a 360° view and will save you the need to open the lid to monitor the cooking process. Besides, Rapid Air technology will ensure better hot air distribution inside the bowl to prevent cold and hot spots.

CONS

The power cable is somewhat short. 

OUR VERDICT

Want to cook two dishes quickly and without a hassle? If so, this high-performance halogen oven from NitriChef will have you covered. Packed with an extender ring and a wire rack, this model not only allows for two-tier cooking but also is a great choice for cooking in larger portions.

detailed parameters
FUNCTIONS

Roasting, Broiling, Baking, Air frying, Grilling, Boiling, Steaming, Defrosting, Heating

PERFORMANCE

1200 W

CONTROL

482°F mechanic thermostat, 60-min timer

BOWL SIZE

13 Qt bowl, ~16 Qt with an extender ring

MATERIAL

Glass bowl, Plastic base

WHAT'S IN THE BOX

Wire racks, 1 extender ring, Tongs

WARRANTY

1 year

PROS

All the removable parts (except a powerhead and a base) are dishwasher safe for no-hassle cleaning. Meanwhile, a cooking rack and tongs feature a special coating resistant to rust and corrosion.

CONS

An extension ring is not included. 

OUR VERDICT

Despite a moderate bowl capacity of 12 quarts, this model can still accommodate a middle-sized turkey and will easily handle a 3-4 servings meal. Hence, it's a solid choice for an average family and a great helper when cooking for family parties and get-togethers.

detailed parameters
FUNCTIONS

Roasting, Broiling, Baking, Air frying, Grilling, Boiling, Steaming, Defrosting, Heating 

PERFORMANCE

1200 W

CONTROL

482°F mechanic thermostat, 60-min timer

BOWL SIZE

12 Qt  bowl

MATERIAL

Glass bowl, Plastic base

WHAT'S IN THE BOX

Tongs, Dual cooking rack, Lid holder

WARRANTY

1 year

PROS
75% less energy consumption (compared to a conventional oven) allows you to cook as much as you want.
CONS
In case of improper installation, the hot air may leak through the extension ring.
OUR VERDICT

If you want to eat healthy food and cook it fast, the Rosewill oven is a perfect choice! Just put all ingredients in a bowl, set the time and temperature and leave it to do the rest.

detailed parameters
FUNCTIONS
Broiling, Roasting, Baking, Grilling, BBQ, Broiling without water, Defrosting, Heating
PERFORMANCE

1200 W

CONTROL

482°F mechanic thermostat, 60-min timer

BOWL SIZE

12.68 Qt bowl with the ability of extension

MATERIAL
Glass bowl, Plastic base
WHAT'S IN THE BOX

2 cook racks, Tongs, Extender ring

WARRANTY
30 days
PROS

Two racks coming together with the oven will let you cook several courses of a meal at a time, making it a real breeze.

CONS
High temperature settings might make dishes drier than you expect.
OUR VERDICT

If cooking isn't your cup of tea but you still have to do it, choose the Secura Turbo halogen oven! With an intuitively simple control panel, even novice cooks can become real chefs.

detailed parameters
FUNCTIONS
Broiling, Roasting, Baking, Grilling, Barbecuing, Frying, Steaming, Defrosting, Heating
PERFORMANCE

1300 W

CONTROL

482°F mechanic thermostat, 60-min timer

BOWL SIZE

12.68 Qt bowl with the ability of extension

MATERIAL
Glass bowl, Plastic base
WHAT'S IN THE BOX

Tongs, Dual rack, Low rack, Extender ring

WARRANTY
30 days

NuWave 20633 Pro Plus

Your Cooking All Arounder

Today, customers are somewhat leery of infomercial products since more likely than not, they appear totally different from what was advertised. They either feature poor quality or lack functionality or even both. Yet, there are rare instances when you can get exactly the product shilled. The NuWave halogen oven is one of those advertising products that will rather leave you amazed than disappointed.

First off, it’s an electronic model with a digital control panel and an LCD screen. Digital controls provide maximum precision in cooking temperature and time settings to let you achieve the targeted cooking results while the display will show the remaining cooking time. Paired with a powerful 1500-watt heating element, electronic controls will give you the ultimate flexibility in cooking to make anything from delicate desserts to mouth-melting juicy roasts, all requiring accurate temperature adjustment when every single degree matters. Besides, a 10-hour timer is an amazing option for all fans of slow-cooked treats.

The NuWave uses three cooking technologies including induction, convection, and infrared heat to ensure quick and even cooking with no hot and cool spots, no overcooked tops and undercooked bottoms and to give your meals an appetizing look and excellent taste. In addition, this technological trio allows cooking with no to little oil and seal all the natural food juices and nutrients inside to get a tasty and healthy meal. Cooking technologies in a combo with variable cooking settings deliver unmatched functional versatility allowing you to broil, roast, grill, barbecue, air fry, steam, boil, bake, or dehydrate foods not to say about simply heating pre-cooked meals or leftovers. And you can quickly cook your meals even without preheating or defrosting.

Speaking of design, instead of a traditional glass bowl, the unit comes with an enameled metal pan and a dome made of heat-resistant plastic. Thanks to this solution, this model is pretty much lighter and portable than those with glass bowls and lids. The capacity of 12 quarts is enough for cooking everyday family meals why an extender ring will enlarge the inner space up to 16 quarts to cook a whole chicken, turkey, ham hock or lamb leg.

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A Tasty Meal Just in Time

Along with a top-of-the-line functionality, there are a few options that set this NuWave cooker apart from rivals. These are Delay and Keep warm functions. With a delay option, you can program the oven to cook your meal just when you need it which is a great feature for busy cooks. Meanwhile, a keep warm function allows maintaining your freshly cooked dish deliciously warm and flavorful until all guests or family gather at the table.

There is hardly anything you might dislike about the NuWave halogen oven except the price may be that is somewhat high for this kind of appliance. However, as functional, efficient, versatile, and easy-to-use as it is, this cooker is worth every cent you’ll pay for it.

NuWave 20633 Pro Plus Infrared Oven with Stainless Steel Extender Ring in the use

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NutriChef PKAIRFR48

Family Cooking Made Easier

Cooking for a family is not an easy task, especially you are a busy worker and have a number of other home chores to do. This is where a functional and high-performance cooker like the NutriChef halogen oven will come to help and make family cooking an easy job. 

First things first, you’ll be able to cook larger portions at once in a set-and-forget manner. A 13-Qt bowl can easily accommodate a multi-serving meal and even allows for two-tier cooking.   A wire rack included in the package is a handy accessory to cook the main dish and the garnish simultaneously. Meanwhile, an extender ring will let you increase the bowl capacity and cook a whole chicken and even some veggies on the top. The bowl is removable, so you are free to serve your meals right in it. Besides, made of glass, it is very easy to clean by simply washing it under the running water or in a dishwasher. 

Similar to other halogen ovens, the NutriChef provides a variety of cooking options to cater to different tastes and preferences. You’ll be able to broil, roast, grill, air fry, and BBQ all sorts of meat, fish, and seafood as well as to steam and boil foods and bake pastries or delicate desserts. A defrosting function will help you thaw ingredients before cooking and a reheat option is great for warming up pre-cooked foods. Overall, the NutriChef cooker will be able to replace many other kitchen appliances and will definitely cut down the time you spent at your stovetop since it will cook much faster and require less effort from your side.

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With Safety in the Focus

When you cook on the stovetop, in the oven, or on the grill, you are always exposed to the risk of burning yourself with steam, hot oil splashes, sizzling grills or lids. With the NutriChef, that risk is reduced to the minimum. Once you put all ingredients into the bowl and turn the unit on, there is no need to lift the lid until the dish is ready. At the same time, the see-through design provides a 360° view and will let you conveniently monitor the cooking process. And thanks to a 60-minute timer with an automatic shut-off function, your meals will be cooked just right with no risk of overdrying, overcooking, or burned ingredients.

Safe to use, the NutriChef oven also offers the benefit of cooking healthy food. Combining halogen and convection technologies, it will enable you to cook without any added oil or fat. More than that, when cooking on the rack the excess fat contained in the foods will be drained into the bowl. Your favorite fries and chips will come out crispy and delicious and won’t add centimeters to your waist. Meanwhile, the fan-assisted Rapid Air technology will ensure even hot air distribution inside the bowl to avoid hot and cold spots or uneven cooking results.

To conclude, the NutriChef is a functional and reliable cooker that will meet the needs of larger families and will help you treat your loved ones with healthy delicacies.

NutriChef PKAIRFR48 Halogen Oven in the use

 

Excelvan 1200W

A Solid Choice for Any Household

Even having a conventional stove in the kitchen, many home cooks often look for an alternative cooking solution to be able to treat the whole family with delicious and, what’s more important, healthy dishes with minimum time and effort required. And normally they don’t want something too much sophisticated and technologically advanced but rather need a simple yet functional appliance for everyday use. If you are that kind of cook, the Excelvan halogen oven will suit you just right.

Like all models with mechanic controls, this appliance is a breeze to operate. Even a novice cook or a first-time user will cope with two dial knobs on the top to adjust the cooking time and temperature. Meanwhile, two indicator lights for power and heat below the control panel will show when the appliance is plugged in and in operation. A standard for this type of cookers combo of forced air circulation and infrared heat will let you cook quickly and use little to no oil. With that, variable temperature settings allow selecting a cooking technique ranging from roasting to broiling to frying to steaming and even to baking. Whether you need to fry eggs and toasts for breakfast, grill chicken wings for dinner, or to fudge up a quick dessert for kids, you’ll be able to do it in nearly no time.

The only downside of this model is the lack of an extender ring normally coming in a halogen oven package. However, even without that accessory, a 12-quart bowl will accommodate a 4-serving meal and provide ample space for a whole chicken or small-sized turkey that makes it a solid choice for any average household of 3 or 4. Other than that, pretty compact in size, lightweight and portable, it will fit into a dorm room or concise kitchen spaces in RVs and boats.

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No Maintenance Concerns

Along with functionality and ease of use, the Excelvan offers no-sweat maintenance every cook will appreciate. As with any other dry-heating halogen oven, there will be no after-cooking mess. No scorched splashes on cooktops, no greasy griddles, and hard-to-tackle food debris stuck to the cooker walls. Since all the cooking magic takes place in a closed bowl, it’s only the bowl and the lid you will have to clean. Besides, all the removable parts (except a powerhead and a base) are dishwasher safe, so cleaning won’t be a hassle at all. To resist rust and discoloration, a metal cooking rack and tongs feature a special coating. As for the glass lid attached to a power head, due to a dry heating method applied in halogen ovens, the cover lid won’t be all over in fat and you can easily wipe it with a damp cloth.

Whether you need an extra cooker to cook for some feasts or special events, a reliable cooker for a small kitchen, or a cooking appliance to turn to a more healthy eating, the Excelvan is a good-to-go solution for all sorts of household needs.

Excelvan 1200W Halogen Countertop Toaster Oven in the use

 

Rosewill R-HCO-15001

Save Time and Energy

Cooking fast and cooking delicious are hands down the major goals of all home cooks. Modern kitchen appliances are all designed to make your kitchen life easier and the Rosewill halogen oven isn’t an exception. Yet, being electric, not all of them are energy-efficient or time-saving. And this is where the Rosewill cooker will really shine.

To start with the design, the unit is very easy to use and operate. The controls are straightforward and simple. Two rotary dials on the lid are self-explaining and will help you precisely set the needed cooking temperature and time for any meal. Jut follow the recipe book to learn the settings for different meals. After the designated time is up, you’ll hear an audible beep informing that your food is ready to serve. Packing 1200 watts of power, this oven is energy-saving and can help you fix a big meal with minimum cost on your electricity bills. Surprisingly enough, it will consume 75% less energy than any conventional electric oven while cooking noticeably faster and delivering even better cooking results.

With the Rosewill halogen oven, there will be no need to bend over the stovetop to roast a chicken, sear steaks or pork ribs or bake a berry pie. Whatever cooking task you are about to do, the Rosewill will do it with ease and quickly. You can cook frozen foods without preliminary defrosting or reheat meals in an instant. You are free to make roasts, bake desserts or steam foods to fit your diet and please your taste buds.

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For All Kinds of Cooking Needs

Delivering versatile cooking options, the Rosewill halogen oven is a really multifunctional cooker. Besides, you’ll be amazed by the cooking results. Halogen lamps coupled with the infrared heat and convection technology will ensure highly efficient cooking performance. All foods will be cooked evenly from all sides, with no burned bottoms and mushy middles or undercooked tops. Thanks to perfect moisture preservation, the food textures will be soft and natural juices will be locked in.

Another benefit this model has to offer is an ample bowl capacity that makes it suitable for all cooking needs. An average 12-Qt bowl that has enough space inside for cooking a dinner for a couple or a mid-range family can be expanded up to 18 Qt by using an extender ring included in the set. This way, the unit will become an irreplaceable helper when cooking for larger groups, some feasts, special events or simply when you need to toss off a meal for a larger family. With that, the model will become a helpful addition to your conventional oven or even can replace it in a smaller kitchen, apartment, studio, summer house or RV.

All in all, the Rosewill halogen oven is a versatile kitchen appliance that can do a lot of work for you giving you more spare time to spend on other things or chores.

Rosewill R-HCO-15001 Infrared Halogen Convection Oven in the use

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Secura 787MH Turbo

Meet the Guests

Have you ever been in a situation when your friends turned up at your door without giving you any notice? If so, you know exactly how uncomfortable it is to have nothing to treat your guests with. The Secura Turbo halogen oven will help you never get in this kind of trouble again.

This cooker will help you fix big meals and quick snacks without the need to spend time in the kitchen at all. Chicken roast or succulent burgers, pizza or French fries, Buffalo wings or grilled sausages, the Secura halogen oven can do it all and even more. A standard 12-Qt bowl can be extended to 18 Qt to make it possible to cook in several tiers. Two racks contained in the set will let you bake on the lower rack while roasting, frying or grilling some treats on the higher rack. So, you can have two dishes ready in a single cooking session and impress your guests with fresh and delicious homemade foods cooked easy and fast.

As for the cooking results, they will be second to none as well. A glass bowl ideally retains heat and a combo of halogen, infrared, and convection cooking technologies will ensure even heat distribution, so, there’s no chance at all that your regale might come up undercooked. At the same time, the timer function will take care of your foods being cooked to perfection and will turn the unit off when the set cooking time is over to avoid your meal being burned or dried out.

To operate the unit properly, you won’t have to read a multi-page manual. No-nonsense mechanic controls are pretty intuitive. There are only two dial knobs for time and temperature settings accordingly while the settings for different foods are readily available in the recipe book. Besides, there will be no hassle with cleaning the unit as well. The bowl is dishwasher safe and the lid is a breeze to clean with a damp cloth.

If you are not an avid cook, yet, still want to be able to cook delicious and versatile meals at home in a quick and easy manner, you can’t go wrong with the Secura halogen oven.

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Easy Recipe

Carbonade

Ingredients:

  • 2 pounds of pork loin
  • 3-4 cloves of garlic
  • Salt
  • Black pepper
  • You can use any other species to your taste.

Preparation:

1. Wash the pork loin and leave it on a countertop to let it dry a bit.

2. Peel the cloves of garlic. Stuff loin with garlic.

3. Now rub the meat with salt and pepper (or other spices you like) and wrap it in the kitchen paper.

4. Put the meat in the fridge. If you want it to be more flavorful, leave it there overnight. However, if you are waiting for guests to come, several hours will be enough.

5. Put the meat (don’t unwrap it) into the oven’s bowl. Set 400°F temperature and 25 minutes time. When the time’s up, change the settings to 350°F and 50 minutes and leave it in a bowl until the meat is done.

6. Serve the dish with any sauce you prefer.

Secura 787MH Turbo Countertop Convection Oven in the use

 

What Is a Halogen Oven?

Every homemaker probably dreams about all-in-one kitchen appliance to bring both simple and unusual culinary ideas to life. Of course, almost every family has a microwave oven in the kitchen to defrost, heat or even bake and roast different stuff. However, the performance of these functions leaves much to be desired sometimes. Moreover, microwave ovens need a lot of energy to consume. In this case, a halogen oven can become a great alternative.

Generally, a halogen oven is a portable and pretty compact appliance consisting of a bowl (usually made of glass) installed over a base and a power head with controls on the top which is the core of the unit. Fitted with a halogen bulb, this oven uses far infrared heat combined with a fan-assisted convection technology to deliver consistently perfect cooking results. This way, halogen ovens not only cook much faster to save energy but also can perform the functions of a microwave, toaster, slow cooker, grill, dehydrator, and a conventional oven. On top of that, a halogen cooking technology offers a healthier way to cook all-loved grilled dishes with literally no oil. And the meals will come out appetizing and delicious.

Avid meat lovers, those who often throw barbecue parties, and simply all experienced home cooks will also appreciate replenishing their kitchen arsenal with a cooking thermometer to always cook their meals in a proper way.

What Features to Compare

Functions

If you want to make the process of cooking easier and faster and meanwhile diversify your cooking options, functions are the first issue to consider before choosing a halogen oven for your kitchen. Basically, the majority of halogen cookers can defrost foodstuff, heat pre-cooked dishes, bake pastry, roast or/and broil meat, steam vegetables and do all of that in a much quicker manner without taking time to preheat since infrared beams start producing heat immediately after turning on the unit. In addition to a standard set of functions, some more sophisticated modern models can also boil, air fry, and barbecue foods.

Controls

Controls are also of the utmost importance as they determine the ease of operation. Depending on the type and price-tag of the model, you can come across electronic and mechanic controls. Units with digital control panels are pretty handy to use and adjust as all available options and programs are displayed on a screen. This type of controls provides more precision and flexibility in operation adjustments. Yet, it should be mentioned that electronic models are usually more expensive. On the other hand, mechanical halogen cooking pots are more affordable and even more simple in use. They only have two dials for time and temperature settings that you can turn to any desired position. Units with manual controls are a better choice for beginner cooks and those who use a halogen oven for some basic cooking tasks.

Materials

Pay attention to this criterion as this is what the durability of a halogen oven depends on. An oven’s bowl can be made of either glass or heat-resistant plastic. Glass is one of the most natural and harmless materials. It doesn’t oxidize, is resistant to dishwashing detergent and easy to maintain. As for plastic, make sure to check whether it's BPA-free. An oven’s base is usually made of reinforced plastic to withstand the weight and temperature of an oven’s bowl. The attachments can also be made of a different material, but the most durable are those made of stainless steel.

Usability and Attachments

It’s not a secret that details matter. So, let’s pay attention to small things which will make the use of your halogen oven a better experience.

  • Handles located at the base let you move it from one place to another together with a hot meal in a bowl.
  • High and low cooking racks are what help you cook several meals in one go. A cross-wire rack might be useful in case you want to dry herbs or fruit.
  • An extension ring is a special tool that can increase the volume of an oven up to 18 quarts. This accessory will come in handy if you’re planning to cook a holiday dinner or just a big meal for a family.
  • By using tongs, you’ll protect your hands from direct contact with hot elements and won't run a risk of getting burnt. For extra protection, some models come with a special lid stand.
  • A majority of halogen cookers have a self-cleaning option which saves your time and makes its maintenance simple. Moreover, all the parts of these cooking pots (except for a lid with dials) are dishwasher safe.

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