Best Halogen Oven 2019 – Buyer’s Guide

They admittedly look like something more suited to a kitchen in the 1980s rather than a modern touch on easy cooking, yet halogen ovens have never gone out of style – and for good reason.

They are pretty popular in the US, but here in the UK they are still relatively unknown. Air fryers, multi cookers and slow cookers rule the market, but we are here to fight the corner of the underappreciated halogen oven.

These are the best halogen ovens on the market if you have decided you want to revolutionise your cooking and meal times.

The Best Halogen Ovens – Our Top Picks

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Cookworks Digital Halogen Oven
  • Dimensions: H33 x W41 x D32cm
  • Power: 1400W
  • Capacity: 15L
  • Functions: Bake, Grill, Roast
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JML V0878 Halowave
  • Dimensions: H23.3 x W36.3 x D36.3cm
  • Power: 1400W
  • Capacity: 10.5L
  • Functions: Grill, Bake, Boil, Defrost, Roast, Self Clean
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Cooks Professional Halogen Oven
  • Dimensions: 35 x 33 x 43.6 cm
  • Power: 1300W
  • Capacity: 10L
  • Functions: Roast, Fry, Bake, Steam, Grill, Spit Roast, Stir Fry, BBQ
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Best Mini Halogen Ovens

Cookworks Digital Halogen Oven

Able to bake, grill and roast, this tabletop mini oven is perfect for one or two people when there is no point in firing up the larger oven.

With two racks, you can cook two different forms of food without the worry that the flavours will transfer. There is a timer so you can keep on top of everything and ensure perfect results, and there are ten heat settings in all so there is the perfect fine point for all forms of food.

The body stays cool to touch when the unit is in use, so you can safely remove food and check on it without worrying about dangers. Even though it isn’t the most advanced in terms of the selection of programmes, it gives consistent results and comes in at a fabulous price.

Specifications

  • Dimensions: H33 x W41 x D32cm
  • Power: 1400W
  • Capacity: 15L
  • Functions: Bake, Grill, Roast

We like

  • Great cooking quality
  • Generous capacity
  • Reliable touch button control

We dislike

  • No recipe book included

JML V0878 Halowave

If you want a halogen oven which can pretty much do it all, then this JML is a winner. It has every function possible with this kind of appliance, and also loads of nice little extra touches to make it a safe and easy experience.

Ten heat settings, from 125°C to 245°C, and five functions mean everything from cakes to chicken and chips can be cooked in the Halowave. Food like the latter two can often produce a lot of grease and fats, so the fact that it drains the excess away is very welcomed.

It has a cool touch body and is non-stick, and the safety switch will power out if it overheats or there is a problem, so it can largely be left to cook alone on the timer. When you are done, the self-clean mode means an easy task before popping it away, so there is no excuse not to use it every single night.

Specifications

  • Dimensions: H23.3 x W36.3 x D36.3cm
  • Power: 1400W
  • Capacity: 10.5L
  • Functions: Grill, Bake, Boil, Defrost, Roast, Self Clean

We like

  • Range of functions
  • Can clean itself
  • Cooks nice and quickly

We dislike

  • Smaller capacity than a few others on the market

Cooks Professional Halogen Oven

Using just a small amount of oil, this halogen oven can make low fat and low calorie meals in super quick time, and using a lot less energy than with an ordinary oven.

An adjustable timer and temperature dial means you aren’t restricted with the food you cook. There are six preset programme modes, and the non-stick bowl means you won’t have to struggle getting the food served up or when it comes to cleaning.

It comes complete with tongs, grilling rack, fryer basket and rotisserie forks/skewer, so you are good to go as soon as it arrives. The outer remains cool to touch throughout the cooking making it safe for busy households and clumsy hands, and there is also a pause function in case it is going to be ready before you are.

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 35 x 33 x 43.6 cm
  • Power: 1300W
  • Capacity: 10L
  • Functions: Roast, Fry, Bake, Steam, Grill, Spit Roast, Stir Fry, BBQ

We like

  • Heats up within seconds
  • Accessories included
  • Clear control panel

We dislike

  • Instruction manual is poor at thorough explanations

Tower T14001HT

With a 17 litre capacity, this is one of the largest halogen ovens on the market, which would make it ideal for a family or those who like to batch cook. It is also the model closest to resembling an air fryer if you’d like something multi-talented but which makes stellar chips, too.

The triple cooking technology of halogen, convection and infrared ensures a thorough cooking result no matter the food of choice, and it can also cook food from frozen without the need to thaw it beforehand so is perfect for busy homes who aren’t great at forward planning.

We liked the five litre extension ring too, which basically sits on top of the glass bowl to lift the cooking element and give more room for cooking, so it can actually go up to 22 litres. This also helps if you’re cooking fatty food as it is less likely to spit on to the element. It also comes with all of the trays and stands you need.

It is available either with or without the protective basket surrounding the glass bowl, but we think that the extra money is worth getting it. Not only does it make it safer to touch, but also gives a cleaner look.

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 32 x 41 x 31cm
  • Power: 1300W
  • Capacity: 17L
  • Functions: Frying, From Frozen, Bake, Roast

We like

  • Cost effective to run
  • Great price
  • Huge capacity

We dislike

  • Very large and bulky - not good if you’d be storing it

Salter EK1950

As a triple power model, halogen, convection and infrared power all work together to ensure even, perfect cooking of a massive range of foods, using little or no oil.

The high power level means it can do this in barely any time at all, almost three times as fast as an ordinary oven. The glass dome allows you to keep a beady eye on the proceedings, but there is a timer too in case you want to largely leave it up to its own devices and pop your feet up.

The bowl is removable so can be hand washed for a thorough clean, and it comes with a high rack, low rack, lid stand, tongs, mesh tray and oil sprayer, as well as a recipe book packed with 50 ideas.

As it can hold 12 litres of food, you can fit a roast chicken or joint of beef in there to keep the space in your normal oven free for all of the other meal components, or you can use the racks to separate different forms of food without the flavours mixing.

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 24 x 36.5 x 37cm
  • Power: 1400W
  • Capacity: 12L
  • Functions: Boil, Fry, Bake

We like

  • Can cook directly from frozen
  • Recipes included, from pies to sweet treats

We dislike

  • Quite heavy so can be tricky to wash up bowl or store

electriQ Premium Halogen Oven

Not only will this halogen oven cut the time it takes to make your dinner, but the results are also absolutely perfect so it will become one of the main features in your kitchen.

The capacity as standard is 12L, but if you use the added extension ring which adds a bit of height, it can increase up to 17 litres which gives plenty of space to prepare a full chicken and some vegetables on the side. Use the racks to keep everything separate to keep flavours consistent.

It will drain any fats which emerge during cooking, so the results are as healthy and clean as possible. When you are done, it can even clean itself using the correct setting, and all you have to do is fill it with a bit of soapy water.

The temperature and time are set using a dial, which is great for anyone who isn’t a fan of things which are too digital and touch-sensitive.

Specifications

  • Dimensions: H24 x W36.2 x D36.2cm
  • Power: 1400W
  • Capacity: 17L
  • Functions: Roast, Bake, Grill, Steam, Toast

We like

  • Nice capacity
  • Accessories available separately
  • Defrost setting

We dislike

  • Lid gets quite hot when cooking and isn’t hinged

Daewoo Deluxe

Daewoo has always been one of our favourite small appliance brands, and this mini halogen oven is no exception.

The powerful output and air circulation technology mean a fast yet consistent cook each and every time, and thanks to the variable temperature controls ranging from 125 to 250°C, you aren’t limited on the types of food you cook either.

There are plenty of accessories included, from the extender ring which can increase the capacity to a lid stand, oil bottle, two mesh trays, high and low rack and a set of tongs. A timer will reach 60 minutes, so you can largely leave it to do all of the work and know the food won’t be burnt at the end if left too long.

It will self-clean. Just fill with warm soapy water and set the correct function, and in around 15 minutes, the job is done.

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 36.3 x 36.3 x 23.2 cm
  • Power: 1300W
  • Capacity: 17L
  • Functions: Fry, Bake, Roast

We like

  • Air circulates well
  • Good price

We dislike

  • Instruction manual is too basic for anyone who hasn’t used these before

JML Black Halowave Oven

Have the halogen ovens above left you wanting a little bit more? Do you love accessories galore, and an item for every eventuality?

This halogen oven is the priciest on our list, but with good reason. You get a ridiculous number of extras, from Rotisseries to a Steak Rack, Skewer Drum, Frying Pan and Oil Sprayer. The skewer drum is our favourite addition, as you can cook up to eight skewer kebabs at any one time for the perfect midweek healthy barbecue treat.

It doesn’t stop there, either. There is a digital timer, and this has a delay function so you can set it to cook when you are away to have dinner ready after a busy day of work. On top of this, the Halowave can cook up to 46% quicker than a normal conventional oven so it uses less energy yet gives results which are just as good.

The fully glass bowl means you can keep an eye on the process, and it is with a hinged lid so not only is it easy to check on everything but there is no fussing about where to place the lid either. This does mean that there is no way to use an extension ring to increase the capacity, though.

Specifications

  • Dimensions: H13 x L14 x D15 inches
  • Power: 1500W
  • Capacity: 11.37L
  • Functions: Fry, Rotisserie, Bake, Roast

We like

  • Sheer number of accessories
  • Great cook book included

We dislike

  • Quite large to say it is a relatively small capacity
  • Instructions are poor to say it is on the complicated side

Elgento Halogen Oven

With a nice fully glass design for easy checking and a design which will fit into any kitchen, this halogen oven is nice and simple for anyone who doesn’t want overcomplicated setups, yet still does a pleasing amount of work.

Heat circulates around the bowl really well, for evenly cooked food with no need to manually turn it or interfere. With the ability to have the food ready up to 40% quicker than normal ovens, it is a great accessory to have to hand if you’re in a rush or don’t need tonnes of space to get the job done in.

As soon as you press the handle down, it gets to work. Two dials control the temperature and timing, and there are separate switches for both power and heat, so it is simple to get going and pretty self-explanatory.

The dials don’t feel hugely substantial, and a couple of reviews from users who have had the unit for a few years say that the timer has stopped turning. We would say not to expect an appliance which lasts for years to come, but it is a good price for something you’re happy to use for as long as it keeps up.

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 20 x 33 x 35 cm
  • Power: 1300W
  • Capacity: 12L
  • Functions: Grill, Bake, Boil, Roast, Defrost

We like

  • Simple to use
  • Good at air and heat circulation

We dislike

  • Instructions are quite vague and unhelpful

Schallen Deluxe Black & Glass

While this isn’t the prettiest halogen oven, it has a good high capacity and is very affordable bearing this in mind, so great if you want something for family meals but which doesn’t cost the earth.

Choose a temperature between 125°C and 250°C, then set the timer and get it to work by lowering the handle. It comes with a 5 litre extension ring in case you need a bit more space or want to cook a larger item such as chicken, and you also get an oil bottle, two mesh trays and high and low rack set of tongs.

It will self-clean at the end of it all once filled with hot soapy water, and it a lot faster than using an ordinary oven, only taking around 30-40 minutes to bake a chicken. 

The lid removes fully, so you’re going to need a suitable stand. Other than that it is pretty good for the cost, although generally doesn’t feel the sturdiest.

Specifications

  • Dimensions: H30 x W41 x D31cm
  • Power: 1300W
  • Capacity: 17L
  • Functions: Air Fry, Bake, Roast

We like

  • Price
  • Good capacity

We dislike

  • Feels a bit flimsy in places

Final Verdict

Great for the price, and if you want something which is going to do the job without any fuss

Help and Resources

Halogen Oven Buying Guide

What Should I Look For In A Halogen Oven?

  • Power – This generally shows how quickly the food can be cooked. With a lot of small appliances, this can vary widely, but with halogen ovens they are all generally around the 1200W-1600W mark, so it won’t make a huge difference in the end
  • Dimensions – Will you be storing it in between uses? Will it sit on the bench at all times? Either way, you will need the right amount of space. A halogen oven is designed to take up less space than an ordinary oven and sit conveniently on your worktop, but depending on your kitchen, you may be stuck for size
  • Capacity – What will you be cooking? If it will generally be big cuts of meat and vegetables, or you will be cooking for a few people, look for over 15 litres of space. On your own or just making vegetables and chips though, and something around 10 litres may suffice

Functions

Halogen ovens can generally bake and roast food, with most also able to air fry or grill. Some models, often at the higher end of the price scale, may also be able to boil, dehydrate, defrost, cook from frozen or keep food warm.

You may also want to look for accessories such as spit roasts or fry pans, as well as stands which will allow you to create two levels for separate food items using the same settings.

Lid

Just as with slow cookers and other small cooking appliances, the lid will either be hinged or entirely separate to the unit.

Usually, the choice is based on preference. Some will prefer a hinged lid as it means you don’t have to set it down anywhere, but others will prefer to be able to take it fully off for easier access to the space.

Whichever you go for, we will say that the lid of the halogen oven can become very hot in use even if the rest of the unit stays cool to touch, so if you will be removing it, always have a suitable stand or base for it to sit on.

FAQs

How Do Halogen Ovens Work?

Say goodbye to fat, oil and other greasy additions. A halogen oven is similar to a conventional oven, but on a smaller scale. They generally consist of a glass bowl with lid, fan and halogen bulb, and the latter releases far-infrared beams to cook the food. The fan means an even heat, and infrared technology means there is no need to preheat because it is instant.

In most halogen ovens, you can bake, grill and roast. Others can offer barbecuing, dehydration and steaming too.

They are a bit like a mini oven, air fryer and multicooker all rolled into one. Halogen technology can help to kill microorganisms on food and also ensure nutrients stay locked in.

Why Should I Buy A Halogen Oven?

Did you know that a halogen oven can cook food up to 40% faster than an ordinary oven? Probably not if you are asking the above question. But it is one of the reasons why we think having a halogen oven to hand is a great idea.

They are known as ‘turbo cookers’ for a reason. This not only means less time waiting around, but also less energy used which is great if you are conscious about your bills and your energy usage.

If you often cook smaller portions of side dishes and struggle fitting it all into the oven, or perhaps cook for one or two people, then they don’t require as much heat and energy as larger units but yet can still fit everything in.