Best Solar Oven: The Sunflair [Deluxe and Mini] – A Quick Review

The Sunflair Solar Oven is one of the niftiest products I’ve tried in a long while. While not practical all the time, this solar-powered, portable oven is ideal for anyone looking to build up their supply of emergency gear or seeking¬†an energy-saving alternative to traditional propane camping stoves.

Sunflair Mini Portable Solar Oven
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Sunflair Mini Portable Solar Oven

  • Cook From Sun-Up To Sundown.
  • Includes 1 Solar Oven Thermometer, 1 Trivet, 1 Collapsible Silicone Pot.
  • Cook Where Open Flames Are Not Allowed.
  • Possible To Cook In Some Vehicles. (Cook Responsibly!).
  • World’s Lightest And Easiest Solar Oven; Floats And Dries Quickly.

The Sunflair comes in two sizes, the Sunflair Deluxe Solar Oven Kit and the Sunflair Mini Solar Oven Kit. The products are very similar…which one is right for you will come down to the size you prefer, and whether you’re cooking for a crowd or just for yourself.

Here’s How They Both Work

Think of the Sunflair as a portable, solar-powered slow cooker (crock pot). Its closed-cell insulated wrap/wall heats the interior of the stove to a temperature between 190 degrees and almost 300 degrees (similar to a crock pot).

This means you’ll be slow cooking your food. When folded, the Sunflair Deluxe is roughly the size of a stadium cushion (and not much heavier). To use it, you simply open the insulated walls, which wrap around the cooking rack.

The clear plastic top ensures the heat stays inside. Point the oven in the direction of the sun (it’s best if the sun’s rays are slanting toward it), and wait for your food to be ready. You can see the temperature via the included thermometer.

The Deluxe comes with a recipe book, so I tried out what I would consider the simplest dinner option: baked potatoes. On a hot summer day, I set up the Deluxe in our backyard and followed instructions for directing it at the sun.

I placed my raw potatoes in the included roasting pan, and started cooking. After five hours (again, it was a hot day…at least 95 degrees out), my potatoes were perfect! I did have to adjust the oven a few times during that time period to ensure it stayed in the sunlight.

While I tried the Deluxe first, I then tried the Mini, and found that both worked with the exact same principle. For the Mini, single servings fit on the included trivet (as opposed to two tiers of baking trays), so adjust accordingly.

Sunflair Portable Solar Oven Deluxe
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Sunflair Portable Solar Oven Deluxe

  • #1 Portable Solar Oven From Alaska To Afghanistan.
  • Everything Included To Start Cooking.
  • Bake Cookies Or Pizza. Dry Fruits And Herbs.
  • Easily Portable For Camping, Boating, RV-ing.
  • Sunflair Donates A Portion Of Our Proceeds Toward Greener Cooking.

What You Get in The Deluxe Kit

  • 1 solar oven
  • 1 special solar oven thermometer
  • 1 3 lb. (1.36 kilo) round roaster
  • 2 collapsible European-grade silicone pots
  • 2 baking trays
  • 2 baking/dehydrating racks
  • 1 handy carrying bag

What You Get in The Mini Kit

  • 1 solar oven thermometer
  • 1 trivet
  • 1 collapsible silicone pot
  • 1 handy stuff bag

The Mini weighs only 8 ounces, and folds down to the size of a school binder, compared to the 1 lb + of the Deluxe. Both take up room when erect, but were surprisingly portable when folded down.

Will you use solar power for all your outdoor cooking needs? No, of course not…the limitations are obvious. But solar ovens are ideal during camping trips when: A. you have someone around camp to tend to them, B. you have the necessary sunlight, and C. you can wait the required time for slow cooking.

It’s great to forego fuel costs and harness your own power. Our solar ovens will join our stash of emergency supplies so we have peace of mind knowing we can cook without power if necessary, and come along on camping trips when we know we will have time to enjoy slow cooked meals.

Pick up the Deluxe for $164.99 and the Mini for $79.99. Both are available on Amazon for a few bucks less.

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Amy Whitley is a freelance creative and travel writer and founding editor of the family travel website Pit Stops for Kids. An avid lover of the outdoors, Amy makes her home in Southern Oregon, where she, her husband, and three school-aged children spend much of their time backpacking, camping, skiing, and hiking. When not exploring her own backyard, Amy and her family hit the road for travel reviews of resorts, tour operations, and hotels across the country and abroad. Follow Amy Whitley on Twitter and Facebook.