Have had a few of these, over recent years, inc the JML etc
I love the ease of use, great for all joints, chicken, sausages, bacon, even toasted sandwiches, love jacket potatoes in them, fish is just perfect, but had no luck with anything like a casserole etc
They are great when they are working, bought two at Aldi with a 3 yr warranty, but both have now failed, Aldi not interested, and the company who made them, Delta Kitchen, say you contact JTM contracts, but they do not reply to mail.
The first just stopped lighting up, but the second when I was turning the temperature went with a flash, sparks and bang!! scarred the life out of me.
Have messaged Aldi but got no where, have mailed the e mail address on the inductions and again no reply, so much for a 3 year warranty.
I have used Lidl before and found the customer service amazing, but seems like Aldi is not the same, reading the reviews on Face Book they never reply, which will be there downfall
Wish someone would make a quality one of these that allows for changing the lamp easily
Firstly let me say excuse the pun in the title but it's two in the morning and I found it sightly amusing :).
Secondly I'll say that any home should not be without one of these beauties! I bought this as a present for my mom, and even I, being the amateur chef, have fallen in love with it, I'd argue I use it more than her! It's no wonder why either, it shrinks cooking times - often drastically - and makes it that much more effortless! For instance I've got away with cooking a chicken in 40 minutes, and that's even 10 minutes longer than the recommended time, which is surprising because my mom usually cooks her chickens for a good 2 hours in a cast iron pot.
It is of a good size, perhaps the most common size for such cookers, and it holds a fair amount, I've yet to run out of space and I've cooked a meal for three people. albeit burgers, chips and peas*. The way it cooks ensures the food isn't dry and is always of a consistently high quality, for instance this has cooked some of the most tender and juicy chicken I have ever tried, and if I threw in some secret herbs and spices I'd surely give the colonel a run for his money!
It comes with a good range of utensils ensuring you are fully prepared from the get go. Oh and it's more energy efficient than a conventional oven meaning that you'll recoup your money and eat better for it. Cleaning is a doddle helped by the fact that you can even put some water in the bowl, set it to a very low heat, and steam clean it to lift off any heavy grease.
The only issue I have with it is can occasionally make a bit of a racket but that's only when it's kicked up to a high temperature and the fan has to work extra-hard circulating the hot air causing the halogen to vibrate, thus creating noise.
An issue for other people might be the weight of the lid, for instance, my nan was put off buying herself one for this very reason, she's not frail in the slightest but she thought it would be too straining.
*Obviously the peas weren't cooked in the halogen.
Overall: I'd recommend this to anyone, providing you aren't too frail, because not only does it cook delicious food, quicker than conventional methods, it also ensures you save money on your bills. It's a win, win, win!
Halogen ovens!these seem to be somewhat in vogue at the moment and i think jml were the ones who started it all off,they seem to range in price from £20-£100 and ive always thought one would be a good edition to the kitchen,Well Aldi were selling them on they,re thursday special offer day(you know the one where they sell everything from power tools to roller skates),well the price was right at £29.99 which seemed reasonable so out came the debit card and she was mine.
Opening the box it felt quite large and the 12ltr capacity seemed enough for our needs,it also came with some extras in the shape of racks to lay food on and safety tongs as it does get very hot,it took no time setting up at all as easy as plugging it in deciding what too cook.once you have done that you close the lid turn the timer to the desired time,the actual handle on top of the lid is the part that clicks the power on and off.
I must say i have had mixed results with it on some things,sausages and burgers on the rack cook very
quickly and all the way through,things like a small chicken are a diffirent matter and should be done with care as i found it slightly inconsistent,for steaks, salmon,chicken kievs,nuggets and breaded fish its very good and Convenient.
One good point is it dosent take a lot of cleaning just the large bowl and the racks and utensils really,
a couple of small cons with the oven are the lid gets very very hot and i actually put it on top of a plastic chopping board and it melted it,had i put it on top of the power cord when plugged in well you can imagine,another is it dosent cook larger things as quick as pepole say in my experience no where near as quick.
So in summary i would ask did i really need it?probably not just another novelty that may end up in the same place as the juicer and the breville toaster(remember them lol)hey i could write a review about them,better not h,avent used them in years.
im am also not sure of the longevity of this product after the 1 year guarantee,time will tell.
In conclusion a bit gimmicky should have put it towards the holiday fund.
Seems to be very very similar to the JML, Flavourwave and other alternatives but much cheaper. Cooks a chicken a treat; crispy; moist; leaves it a nice golden colour and the glass bowl basis of the oven collects the huge amount of juices that drip off a treat. Roast potatoes and accompaniments all cooked well too but difficult to manipulate round to turn over for doing the uncooked side when necessary.
It is probably hard to visualize what 12 litres actually amounts to and would have some doubts to the advertising suggested claims that you can do a whole Turkey dinner all at once in one of these. An approximate 2 to 2.5 kilo bird would just about fill the usable space, you might be able to tightly squeeze in a 3 kilo one.
Unlike a traditional oven did not seem to cook a normal sponge cake mix very successfully, but if you want to do jacket potatoes, meat or things you might consider grilling it is really good.
It comes with a rack to stand things on which is about the size in an average microwave and you get a pair of very awkward looking tongs to remove or put the rack in when it is hot. They do seem to work but you are always looking at them as well as where you have placed them mistrustfully.
Also despite what the adverts say there are definitely hotter spots in the oven which you can see form the way bits are cooking quicker than others. You therefore do need to rotate the food round the oven (or move the lid round) to get even cooking.
The main drawback and cautionary thing I would say about the oven though is the lid which has the heating element in it. This is heavy and awkward to hold up for reaching in to the oven to correct something in it quickly. You do really have to put the lid on to a trivet or something that can support a fairly weighty large hot object before accessing the food in the oven. Therefore I would most certainly dissuade an elderly person from buying one of these.
Otherwise all things considered I would say we are perfectly satisfied with ours.