A solar powered oven, cleverly designed for life on the go and ideal for camping, but how does it perform during a typical British summer and just how practical is it? Read on for our full GoSun Go review.
What is it?
GoSun Go £129.99
Our Rating (2.5 / 5)
- Bake, roast, steam or boil with no fuel source needed
- EVA frame
- Stainless steel cooking tray
- Glass vacuum tube
- Silicone Cook Pans (4x)
- Universal Action Mount
- 13.5 oz capacity / 1 meal
- Solar-powered but also works under clouds (adjust cooking times)
- Cooking time 20-45 minutes
- Cleaning brush
- Solar dial
- Instruction manual
- Drawstring carry bag
When the GoSun Go arrived we couldn’t wait to use it and patiently had to wait for 3 straight days of rain to clear before we got our first chance.
The first day we tried it out was less than ideal, it rained until late afternoon so we only managed to set it up outside around 4pm. Pretty late in the day and with the strength of the sun waning, and significant intermittent cloud cover, we filled the tube with chopped and seasoned potatoes, convinced nothing would happen.
20 minutes later I went back out to check and was amazed to see steam coming out of one end. 20 minute later and the smell of garlic and rosemary started to waft across the garden to me.
I couldn’t resist a peak and could see very clearly that the potatoes were indeed cooking. I left it another 35 minutes before checking again, to find the potatoes not only fully cooked, but many of them starting to brown and crisp up nicely.
We’ve since cooked king prawns, cake mix, brownies and an omelette and have had mixed results with some successes and a couple of fails, mainly down to overcooking and difficult in judging cooking time on cloudy days.
On a hot but mostly overcast day, some king prawns seasoned with fresh parsley, lemon and garlic took a very silly 2 hours 15 minutes. On another hot but overcast day with the sun peeping through only occasionally, the cookie dough mix we tried took 2 hours before it started to look like it might be cooking, but then the sun came out and 20 minutes later it was very brown and over-done (thought just about edible!).
On a very hot 32° clear sunny day, we tried a 3 egg omelette but the cooking tube wasn’t big enough so we had to leave some of the mixture out.
Placed in direct sunshine, the omelette took 35 minutes to cook but it was light and fluffy with slight browning at the top, just the way I like it – result! Using a spoon to scoop it out of the tube, it came out more cleanly than I was expecting too.
- Lining it up with the sun is easy to do using the gauge on the front of the cooking tube
- Easy to use once you’ve read the instruction book
- Highly portable – It’s really well packaged and is ideal for camping and days out
- Relatively easy to clean the cooking tube after use
- The inside of the case does get mucky, but is easy to wipe clean too
- We found it didn’t need constant direct sun to cook and operated on sunny days when it was also a little cloudy
- Opens up additional food options when camping
- We found it best to line with foil or baking paper to stop food sticking to the cooking tube
- The Go is too small to be of truly practical value
- Suitable only for very small amounts of food for 1 person at most – you can just about fit in a large 2 egg omelette
- It does not cook on overcast, fully cloudy days even if it’s a very hot day
- It’s tricky to get cooking times right, especially on days with a lot of cloud cover
We love the design of the GoSun Go. It has been very well thought out to make it as light and portable as possible. The padded case feels reassuringly protective and is big enough to fit the silicone cooking trays inside too. As well as the case, there’s also a drawstring carry bag, so it’s clear that it really has been designed for use on the go.
Our scone mix experiment didn’t go particularly well
A simple rule of thumb is when looking at the cooking gauge, if you don’t see a sunspot glare to line up with the red dot, then it’s too cloudy and won’t cook (or expect it to cook very, very slowly!).
Once we got over our initial glee that it really does cook like an oven under the right conditions, albeit a slow oven, the small size, whilst highly portable, severely restricts the volume of food that can be cooked at any one time which means it’s not massively practical.
The small size limits its usefulness of the GoSun Go. That said, for camping trips when we’re usually limited to food we can cook on a gas stove, it’s good to now have the option of tossing some veggies in the GSun Go, sprinkling with olive oil and garlic and enjoying some roasted veg to go with our camping meals or popping in cookie dough for a freshly baked dessert!
DISCLOSURE | Thank you to GoSun who supplied the featured product to us to test. We were not paid to write this review.
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