Top 5 Best Solar Oven Reviews: Solar Cookers for Outdoor Camping
A solar oven, also called a solar stove or solar cooker, is a device created to utilize solar power or the sun’s rays to cook food. It usually comes in the form of a box lined with something akin to aluminum foil, so as to be shiny and conductive of the sun. The box is then covered with a glass or plexiglass type material to hold in the heat that accumulates.
These units are an absolute must-have in a situation where there is little or no electricity because no matter what happens, even in the most dire emergency situations, people still have to eat. Since there are times when it isn’t feasible to sit with a campfire while a meal cooks, these stoves – which can be set up and left unattended – can really come in handy.
While it does take longer to cook food than a lot of other methods, it’s somewhat like using a crock-pot. You can set it to cook, leave it and when you return, the food is ready.
Solar ovens and stoves are easy to acquire and don’t cost a great deal of money, so it’s definitely worth it to have at least one in your supplies. Even if you think you won’t need it, better to be safe, just in case.
In this articles, I will be covering what I think are the best solar ovens on the market. I will compare five different types of solar oven/stove units, which will hopefully aid you in making an informed decision when you decide to purchase one for yourself.
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All American Sun Oven Review
The All American Sun Oven is an ultimate solar appliance that features anodized aluminum reflectors that are rust proof and highly polished. It is lightweight, sets up in minutes and can reach temperatures of up to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. It is an American made solar power over, and when folded up and not being used, it features a nice carrying handle for easy transport.
Some features that make the Sun Oven stand out apart from the rest: it is 20% larger than previous models, making it easier to cook more food and accommodate larger cooking pans, has increased wind resistance, and has 15% higher cooking temperatures than older models.
You can cook just about anything in this solar stove including breads, pizza, vegetables, pasta, desserts and more. Depending on how the unit is set up, you can choose fast or slow cooking times, from 20 minutes as conventional ovens or all day cooking like a slow cooker.
- Size: 24 x 15.5 x 20.5 inches
- Weight: 22 pounds
- Maximum Cooking Temp.: 400 degrees F.
Sunflair Portable Solar Oven Deluxe Kit Review
The Sunflair Portable Solar Oven Deluxe Kit is a combo cooking set that comes with everything you need to set up a solar cooking space. This kit includes 1 solar oven, 1 solar oven thermometer, 2 heat conductive baking trays, 2 baking racks that can double as dehydrating trays, 1 enamelware pot and a handy carrying pot, all in a convenient carrying case.
The whole unit is incredibly portable which makes it easy to carry with you whether you are using it for a recreational purpose or in an emergency preparedness situation.
One of the best aspects of this unit is that there is no assembly required, it sets up or stores in just minutes and it cooks for a total of four to eight people. Featuring state of the art closed cell insulation, this oven can reach an internal temperature of 285 degrees Farenheit which can vary based on your location and the time of year. A UV index of 3 or more is advised for the best cooking conditions.
- Size: 19 x 15.5 x 2 inches
- Weight: 4.2 pounds
- Maximum Cooking Temp: 285 degrees F.
All Season Solar Cooker and Trivet Review
Next is the All Season Solar Cooker and Trivet, which is said to cook more food on a sunny day than any other solar cooker of a similar size and design.
It is designed to capture the sun’s rays from sunup until sundown, works anytime during daylight hours, any day of the year, as long as the sun is shining. It will prepare three to four different meals with ease and has a two to three quart capacity.
This solar cooking oven is also equipped with a “sunsight” which allows you to set the unit slightly ahead of the sun for unattended cooking. It will cook a pot of dried beans to completion with no soaking or parboiling, from scratch, beginning with just beans and cold tap water.
Lightweight and portable, this unit folds neatly for easy transport between camps or anywhere you’d like to take it. The design allows for cooking eight to twelve hours a day as opposed to about four hours with competitor’s ovens.
- Size: 24 x 24 x 24 inches
- Weight: 2.3 pounds
- Maximum Cooking Temp: 200-300 degrees F.
Go-Sun Sport Solar Oven Review
The Go-Sun Sport Solar Oven is a little different from any of the other solar ovens on the market. In fact, if you do not know what you’re looking at, you might not even be aware, at first sight, that it is a solar oven at all.
This unit is a vacuum tube oven, and with its tube shape, flanked by two parabolic reflectors, the stainless steel cooking tray, which slides into the main tube, can cook a meal for two in just twenty minutes and remain safe to touch. It is equipped with a wooden handle for getting the food out and also comes with a cleaning scrubber and an integrated handle that becomes a stand while in use.
Incredibly portable, the Go-Sun Sport sets up in mere seconds, cooks fast and can cook anything: bake, broil, steam or fry. Something else that sets this oven apart is its two-year, no questions asked warranty. All other solar ovens come with a one-year warranty, with stipulations.
- Size: 24 x 5 x 8 inches
- Weight: 8 pounds
- Maximum Cooking Temp: 400-500 degrees F.
Happycamping Outdoor Solar Oven Set Review
The Happycamping Outdoor Solar Oven Set is very much like the Go-Sun Sport in the tube-type design, it just doesn’t get as hot during cooking. It utilizes the same cooking tube with the wooden handle for insertion and removal of the vacuum cooking tube. And like the Go-Sun, it sets up and breaks down in seconds making it ultra portable and easy to carry where ever you go.
- Size: 24 x 5 x 8 inches
- Weight: 3.5 pounds
- Maximum Cooking Temp: 90-300 degrees F.
My Vote for Best Solar Cooker / Oven
As with most of my review, these sun oven reviews aren’t any different. You can’t really go wrong with any of these portable solar ovens. If they made this list, they are the best solar cookers on the market. That said, I do have a favorite of the five solar power ovens.
My favorite pick of these five is the All American Sun Oven. Overall, I think it offers the best combination of uses including the ability to cook more food and use larger cooking pans. In an emergency situation, there’s no telling how many people you may have to cook for at once, and having the ability to do so with a completely solar device takes a lot of guesswork out of the situation.
The fact that its maximum cooking temperature potential is 400 degrees lets me know that it would be great for cooking bread and other quick-cook items. In addition, the ability to choose a fast or slow cook speed gives it a versatility the others don’t have. There might be situations when a quick meal is needed and other times when it is important to be able to leave it unattended for longer periods of time.
While its weight might mean it isn’t as portable as others, a heavier unit will be a hardier unit and will probably stand up to a little more wear and tear than some of the others. Light is good in some situations, but in an emergency, the ability to take a little wear and tear goes a long way.