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My Black & Decker toaster oven has finally died. It owed me nothing, since I adopted it from my sister 12 years ago, and she had it for about 5 years before that. It was not fancy, but it was good.

So now I'm in the market for a new toaster oven. I've narrowed it down to the

Krups FBC4
Krups FBC2 (since I really don't need the pre-set functions)
Krups FBC1 (pre-set functions and not a convection)
Cuisinart TOB-175BC

http://www.cuisinart.com/catalog/prod...

I use it a fair amount, mostly for things like baked potatoes, frozen chicken fingers for my kids, veggie burgers, re-heating stuff, and of course toasting stuff. I'm not looking to cook a roast or bake a cake, but it does get used several times a week.

What I'm wondering is this...What does the convection oven really do? Based on my criteria, do I need it? I don't mind spending the money on a good toaster oven, but I don't want to spend the extra money for functions that I will never use.

I just realized that the Krups FBC1 is the same basic model as the others, but without the pre-sets and convection. Maybe that would be a better choice?

Thanks!

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  1. I think you would be happy with any of the Krups- I have the FBC4 only because I got such a good deal on it, but I never use the presets or the convection. It is the best toaster oven of those I have owned- even temp, decent toast, good capacity. It does have a good-sized footprint, but worth it in my book.

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    1. re: Bramble

      Thanks. I sent my husband out to Linen's & Things today to buy the FBC2. I'm pretty sure that I'll never use the convection part, but they have a good deal going. You get a $20 gift card to LNT by buying this model, plus we have a million coupons for 20% off. So it ends up being around $120, only $20 more than the model without the convection.

      Will let you know how it works out.

      1. re: Bramble

        I have heard great things and read good reviews for the Krups FBC4. Our old BD just died and we are looking to upgrade to the Krups. After speaking with a friend who as one, he really likes the consistent heat when using it as an "oven." He also mentioned the presets are awesome for heating up a pizza for lunch - probably not gourmet but better than cold.

        Here is one of the independent reviews on the krups:
        http://www.3luxe.com/best_ofs/Toaster...

      2. I bought my parent's the Cuisinart TOB-165, which I think is the same one, just in white. It works as well as a regular oven, just smaller. It's prefect for making meals for 2 people. You can easily roast a small chicken in it. Baked potaotes, chicken fingers and reheating shouldn't be a problem. It has lots of pre- set buttons, making it easy to use. You can even figure out which setting works best and teach the kids which button to push for the chicken fingers. However, like all toaster ovens in the category, it really sucks at making toast. It seems to take so much longer than the old black & deckers. However, it's less prone to burning.

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        1. re: elainew

          This may be slightly off topic, but do any of these have the feature that automatically pops the door open when the toast (or bagel) is done? I haven't been able to find that feature for a long time. It was great because the toast didn't burn and you didn't have to stand over it and watch it until it was done.

        2. I have the Cuisinart. I bought it last year for two of us. I use it all the time, mostly for the oven. I use the convection when I bake in it - cookies, pies, baked potatoes, etc We use it for toast..it's slow but it makes better toast than any other toaster oven I've ever used(of course that's not saying a lot!). I paid $99 for it at Costco. I think they still carry it.

          1. Ended up getting the Krups FBC2 today. Unpacked it when I got home from work. Wow, this is a serious looking toaster oven! Toasted 2 slices of bread, but that's all so far.

            I have to say that in the 3 hours that I've had this thing, I already know that I miss something that my B&D did. When you opened the door, the tray slid out a bit. This one doesn't do that. I'm sure that I will get used to it in a short time. I just need to get to know it better!

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            1. re: valerie

              I got a Krups FBC2 a couple a weeks ago also. I've been pretty happy with it baking, toasting and broiling. However, I'm wondering if it's defective and maybe you can help: after it's turned off, half an hour later (when it's basically cold already) it makes a pretty loud cracking noise. Sometimes once, sometimes a couple of times, 10-15 min apart. And when I say loud, it's loud - just like thick glass cracking.

              Should I exchange it? Or is tipical for this model (I'm thinking the quartz elements are different than others?)

              1. re: RedVelvet

                I have only used it for toasting thus far. This morning I toasted some corn mufffins and it was fine. I have not heard any weird noises, and I have to say that I would be a paranoid wreck if I did. I'd always wonder if the thing was about to go up in flames. I'd take it back or call Krups. I wouldn't just let it go. Not for any price, but certainly not for what these cost.

                1. re: valerie

                  Thank you for your quick response, valerie. I have to admit that the noise startles me every time. Hopefully it's just this one that's defective, I'll exchange it and report here in a week or so - it might help others in the future.

                  1. re: RedVelvet

                    I've had my FBC2 for about 6 months, and never a crack or noise (other than the fan when you turn on convection bake). I'd take it back. And the convection works really well for frozen pizza, which you otherwise would have to turn.

                    1. re: DebL

                      No cracks here either, and we've had ours over a year with at least daily use. Wouldn't like that, no not at all.

                      1. re: Bramble

                        Thank you both for your responses. I did exchange it and the new one was ok until a few days ago when I heard a cracking noise (not as loud) while it was heating up. I'll see if it was just a one time thing or it will happen again. I use it almost everyday and I love it - now if I'd figure out how to use it to reaheat leftovers the proper way... What I do is cover the leftovers with aluminun foil and blast the oven at 450F for a few minutes.
                        Any tips about reheating would be much appreciated.

            2. I have the FBC2 with convection. I like convection because when I'm running short of time, it will cook quicker than regular bake. I'm puzzled about its toasting only on one side. I haven't called them yet, but I'm wondering if the bread is meant to be turned over midway in the toasting. I use mine frequently and love the broil feature. I'm curious about other users and how theirs toast.

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              1. re: conniemcd

                Ours toasts really well, both sides simultaneously. Sounds like a repair or a return is in order.

                1. re: Bramble

                  I meant that frozen pizza needs to be rotated to bake evenly if you use the regular bake instead of the convection bake.

              2. Qeustion: Does it put off allot of heat. I rarely bake or turn on the oven in the summer. It gets hot here and I know I can turn down the a/c but my toaster oven died about a year ago and I'm really just looking for an excuse to need another.

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                1. re: tlegray

                  We live in Phoenix. One of the reasons I bought oru toaster oven was the summer heat here, my kitchen is already the hottest room in our house before I try cooking anything. The toaster oven throws heat in the immediate area but I haven't noticed it heats up the whole kitchen the way our big one does. It's so much smaller it heats up fast and cools faster compared to the main oven that I think that makes the main difference.

                  Of course it could all be in my head. With the summers we get here the psychological aspects can be big dealing with the heat! :-)