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Jun 23, 2008 11:19 AM

Toaster ovens

If left to my own devices,, I would have a toaster, but I'm married to a toaster oven fan. In an example of choosing your battles, I have acquiesced all these years, and now it's time to buy a new one. Any recommendations? We mainly use it for tasting bread, bagels, etc. I'd like one that doesn't take up a huge amount of counter space, and it doesn't need to have all kinds of added bells and whistles. Thanks!

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  1. I ususally check out prior to making purchases. My last toaster oven just died on me and so I ordered (and just received) the Procter Silex 31115 (the recommended Basic Toaster oven). Haven't used it yet, but looks promising.

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    1. re: OCAnn

      We have the dualit toaster oven. We have had it since december (purchased online from target). It's a great little oven and it even has convection. It's very durable, like the dualit toasters. It may be a bit more pricey, but their products are built to last. We've had one of their toaster for many years without a bit of trouble.

    2. We use our convection toaster oven almost exclusively when toasting, roasting, or baking any of that Monday thru Friday kinda stuff...
      We have one of those taller ones that are becoming more common to find...
      A 'GE' this time, only because when I was looking to replace my previous tall toaster oven this was the only one I could find...

      I think it was Target where recently I saw a couple new cool lookin' models...

      It'll do a whole chicken, meatloaf, lasagna... Toasts, broils...
      We don't have a microwave so this is our instinctive go-to cooker & heater upper--- along with the stove of course...

      360 days a year my proper oven is simply a storage facility for my pans and skillets...

      1. I just bought the Cuisinart BRK-200, I guess you could call it a toaster oven, I love it.

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        1. re: temurr

          Does this oven make toast, temurr?

          We have a Cuisinart Toaster Oven we've been happy with ( . I use it all the time since there's just two of us. Particularly in the summer I use this oven a lot rather than the big oven heating up the kitchen. the Convection seems to work well.

          because we've been so happy wiht the one we've had we've been considering "trading up" to the brick one because of the stones in it but I'm not clear if it toasts...and if so how is the toast( I will say ours makes decent but not great toast....but as far as toaster ovens go the toast isnt' terrible).


          1. re: ziggylu

            The brick toaster ovens toast - and do it very evenly. I've had one for about a year (w/ convection) and it's great!

        2. I bought and returned several toaster ovens in my long search for a replacement for our trusty old Black & Decker. I finally settled on the Cuisinart Toaster Oven Broiler. I looks like a big black hulking mass on the counter but in fact its footprint is just an inch larger in each direction than the B&D. This toaster makes quite good toast and works on three simple knobs instead of a complicated set of digital buttons that have to be reset each time you use the appliance. For me, the fact that this toaster doesn't have a timer was a plus but I guess some people would regard it as a negative. The Krups model was one of the ones I bought and returned and one of the things I liked least about it is that it automatically turns off when the timer sounds and then you have to go through the process of re-setting the temp and cook time all over again. Also, the Krups made lousy one-sided toast. The beep that signals when your toast is done is not obnoxiously loud, which is a nice thing when you're not fully awake yet. I don't use a toaster oven to cook things like chicken and pizza, which seem to be standard test items, but I do like having the option of making a tuna melt, baking potatoes or baking a couple of cookies without turning on the oven. This toaster recently had a price reduction at Bed, Bath and Beyond and is now $79.99 - the ubiquitous 20% off coupon for a net of $63.99, which makes it quite reasonably priced compared to all those $200 models out there.

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          1. re: Velda Mae

            I have a Dualit that we've used 2 or 3x a day for 4 years with no problems what so ever. I love it!!

          2. I also had an 'old faithful' B&D toaster oven, when it came time to replace it, I checked the reviews & opinions & settled on a Sanyo digital convection. We've had it 6 months now, love it! slide out shelf, LOUD buzzer (a bit disconcerting, until you get used to it), have cooked things in it, using as a small convection oven...I'm satisfied, just hope it holds up as long as the B&D did....