The infrared convection oven or halogen oven is considered a new way to cook food and is more efficient and uses less energy than a standard electric oven. First we should take a look at what an infrared oven or halogen oven is all about and why they have become popular.
It will be a good idea to read some reviews so you can better understand how these kinds of ovens could add value to a kitchen.
The halogen oven uses infrared radiation to cook food. In case you didn't know, infrared radiation is invisible heat emanating from all heating sources such as the sun or a toaster in your kitchen. Using an applicant that uses infrared heat are totally harmless. They are efficient because they use infrared heating elements in an efficient manner.
Infrared heating elements are more energy efficient and take less time to reach the temperature that is required for cooking certain food. As well, the combination of an efficient high-performance fan ensures that the heat is used well to produce even cooking.
With an infrared or halogen oven no defrosting or preheating of the oven is required. You won't have to use added oil to the food which helps to cut down on calorie and fat consumption. The cooking times are reduced and energy consumption is lowered significantly. An important feature is that precious kitchen counter space is saved as a result of their smaller size.
Like most small appliances, not all infrared or halogen ovens are created alike. To ensure you get the best value for your money you probably want to do a little research first. Most reviews are written by people who have purchased the item so that is a good place to start.
They have probably had the oven for some time and are in the position to make a judgment on their quality and performance. Since manufacturers often use technical jargon to impress potential customers with the finer points of their product, it is a good idea to see what the end user has to say.
Also, it is important to check out the accessories for the oven as well as the oven itself. A $35 halogen oven probably does the job but might not have all the features and accessories you would like. Having to buy the accessories separately could be more expensive.
Another area to check is whether or not replacement parts are readily available. This is especially true of the halogen light bulb. Check the reviews to see if customers have found reliable service from the manufacturer and whether or not replacement parts are available. You will also want to make sure there is a user manual so you can easily figure out how to use the halogen oven.