Do you love cooking with your air fryer? This new appliance might win you over

by Mark Bennett

June 01, 2024

Halogen oven

More and more people these days are paying attention to their diets, preferring healthy, fat-free foods. And for this reason, the choice of cooking methods have also been re-evaluated.

In the past few years, the use of the air fryer has become widely popular: this appliance allows one to make tasty foods without using too much fat and seasonings. But a recent invention might soon replace the air fryer: the halogen oven.

Is this alternative really worth it when compared to an air fryer? Well let's look into this topic:

What is a halogen oven?

So, what is a halogen oven? Well, it's a small and compact borosilicate glass container - similar to a pot - which houses a halogen bulb and a fan. Some models are also equipped with grills that allow you to cook multiple foods at the same time. The light bulb produces the heat and the fan disperses it inside the container, activating a convection cooking process. The cooking temperature (up to 250 degrees C) and cooking times can be set using the controls. Cooking progress can be checked by looking through the glass (thereby avoiding heat loss due to opening appliance to check).

The advantages this appliance has over a traditional oven, is how quickly the halogen bulb heats up the oven, consuming a lot less power. Additionally, the fan ensures food is cooked evenly by circulating the hot air efficiently.


What foods are suitable for cooking in a halogen oven?

So, what foods can be cooked in a halogen oven?

It must be said that compared to a traditional oven, the dimensions of halogen ovens are smaller, limiting the quantity of foods that can be cooked in them. That said, all those foods that you could cook in a traditional oven you can cook in a halogen oven (with the advantage of reducing time and having a more uniform cooking). These foods include:

  • meats and roasts
  • fish and seafood
  • baked vegetables

A halogen oven is also suitable for cooking pizzas and savory/sweet pies and pastries (although the small size could cause raising issues).

But is a halogen oven really more convenient than an air fryer? In reality, the latter guarantees faster heating times when compared to the halogen oven and it provides more or less the same cooking results. For this reason, many will continue to stick with air fryers. 

Which of these two appliances would you buy?