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Air fryers ‘ditched’ in favour of ‘amazing’ gadget that’s cheap to run


Nov 9, 2023

Air fryers, known for their quick and cheap cooking, have been a hit in recent years.


But now, people are swapping their air fryers for another gadget that's said to be even cheaper and healthier. Halogen ovens are being hailed as an "amazing" alternative to air fryers, according to the Irish Mirror.

These ovens consist of a glass bowl with a lid containing halogen bulbs and a fan. When switched on, infrared radiation beams create heat, which is then circulated around the food by the fan.

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You can buy a Daewood 17-litre one on Amazon for £34.98, or an EMtronics model, also 17 litres, from B&Q for £44.99. The Amazon model has received top reviews, boasting an average rating of 4.4 stars out of five.

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One customer said: "I've had this for just under a week and honestly don't know how I got by without it. Heats faster and cooks more efficiently (and cheaply) than my oven, I've cooked several meals for a family of three including lasagne, roast potatoes, chicken etc, everything has come out perfect except the pizza where the base was soft but I think a decent pizza tray will fix that. "

Another user said: "There is nothing to dislike. Easy to use. Quick, very cost effective. The glass bowl is easy to keep clean. Also makes great toast."

A third reviewer added: "I have had this halogen cooker for nearly a month now and I am pleased to say that it is proving to be very efficient and you can cook such a wide range of items. It is particularly useful when you only want small quantities of several items, I managed to fit beef burgers, garlic bread and oven chips into the cleverly thought out baskets and shelves provided."

Last year, Energia carried out research encouraging households to use microwaves and air fryers for cooking as they often proved cheaper than an oven. Their team of experts worked out exactly how much electricity each appliance uses, and what that would cost per hour of usage.

The average energy usage (wattage) for an oven is 1575, meaning it costs 50p to run per hour.

Air fryer

The average energy usage (wattage) for an air fryer is 1500, meaning it costs 43p to run per hour. Therefore, using an air fryer for 30 minutes would cost 22p.


The average energy usage (wattage) for a microwave is 1750, meaning it costs 57p to run per hour. Therefore, using a microwave for five minutes would cost 0.04p.

*An AI tool was used to add an extra layer to the editing process for this story.

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