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Great Toaster Oven??

bitsubeats Oct 6, 2008 04:13 AM

My boyfriend just moved into a brand new house and is in need of a toaster oven. He wanted me to look on here for some suggestions, but alas I didn't really get any good ones ):

He's looking for something (probably less than $100) that is of high quality, easy to use, easy on the eyes, and has fun options/gadgets. He's really into his technology/kitchen gadgets lately, even though he doesn't cook.

The toaster oven will be used for your basic things like heating up pizza, frozen foods, etc.

  1. Sam Fujisaka Oct 14, 2008 06:32 PM

    Well, here I'm back again, johnb, inspired by "The Great Toaster Oven" obviously a lead on to that bluegrass classic "The Great Speckled Bird". So your post inspired a new arrangement and lyrics that could have been done by my old group, "Captain Pissgums and the Gay Cowboys". And I reserrve the copyright, although my times for doing so are older than your toaster:

    "Oh, I’m taking our old toaster on up to heaven
    So worn but faithful through these many many years
    By our side so often at our morning breakfast
    To give us such plain and simple cheer

    Yes, I’ll take that old toaster on up to heaven
    To bring God’s blessed angels their breakfasts just as dear
    For so simple are all our earthly pleasures
    But so grand to share with all those we keep so dear"

    2008 Fujisaka/Pissgums Music

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    1. re: Sam Fujisaka
      Gio Oct 14, 2008 06:41 PM

      Can you hum a few bars, Sam I am?? I know you can, but will you?
      (To the tune of.....)

      1. re: Gio
        Sam Fujisaka Oct 14, 2008 07:14 PM

        Can sing and pick it to basic old-timey almost (and hate to say it) bluegrassy phrasing. Maybelle Carter / Ray and Ina Pattisen Texas Radio show style. The basic melody would come from (because I can't remember the title):

        "Oh, I'm thiniking tonight of my blue - eyes
        Who is sailing so far over the sea
        Yes, I'm thinking tonight of my darling
        Who has left me ..."

        But, Joe, the key to success here is singing without moving your lips!

        1. re: Sam Fujisaka
          Gio Oct 14, 2008 07:33 PM

          Good Fio, I mean Sam. That works. But can you add a bit of Cajun spice in there? Or are the spices too benumbing?

          1. re: Gio
            Sam Fujisaka Oct 14, 2008 07:38 PM

            Love to do Cajun arrangements! Just a miniute or two.

            1. re: Gio
              Sam Fujisaka Oct 14, 2008 07:46 PM

              Aihee, my lovely toaster
              Come down with me to the bayou
              There we going to toast up the bread for our gumbo
              And let my love come to me in the night - oh

              Aihee, mon beau grille-pain
              Descendu avec moi au bayou
              Là nous allant griller vers le haut du pain pour notre gombo
              Et avons laissé mon amour venir à moi la nuit - oh

              1. re: Sam Fujisaka
                Gio Oct 14, 2008 07:57 PM

                To quote Zac Brown:
                ".....And a little bit of chicken fried
                Cold beer on a Friday night
                A pair of jeans that fit just right
                And the radio up...."

                1. re: Gio
                  beauxgoris Oct 18, 2008 09:31 PM

                  I love and do mean LOVE my Dualit toaster oven. We use it 2 or 3 times a day for 5 years - no problems and everything comes out like it should.

      2. Candy Oct 14, 2008 08:48 AM

        I really don't think there is any "great" toaster oven anywhere. None make toast well or do much of anything else well. Breville makes a very good toaster, if only the old 50's model Sunbeam was still available I'd be in toaster heaven. I make toast in my toaster and use my oven as an oven.

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        1. re: Candy
          johnb Oct 14, 2008 05:18 PM

          I gave my folks a Sunbeam toaster about 50 years ago. It is still in regular use. My Dad passed away last year (95 yo), but my Mom (now 93) is still with us (and still driving I might add). I have made it clear where the toaster is going when she no longer needs it.

          1. re: johnb
            Sam Fujisaka Oct 14, 2008 06:10 PM

            This reaches out and touches me no end.. Please hug your Mom and hang on to that toaster in the years to come.

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          kornaska Oct 13, 2008 03:46 PM

          I've had the T-Fal Avante Elite for over a year and it's been great. It's large enough for a frozen pizza. I've made Meatloaf, pies, brownies, and baked potatoes in it. And it even toasts. For most weeknight cooking, there's no need to open the oven.

          I didn't think I'd use the bun warmer, but it's great for warming tortillas or rolls just before sitting down to dinner.

          Also, the tray is really non-stick and looks as good as new.

          They say it's a convection oven and though the heat may be even, I don't think it heats more quickly than an ordinary toaster oven.

          I'm very happy with it and it does look like its from the future.

          1. OCAnn Oct 12, 2008 11:05 PM

            Here's online review by ConsumerSearch toaster ovens: http://tinyurl.com/4p2bsv
            They compile reviews of multiple sources, and I use them frequently before I make a purchase.

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            1. re: OCAnn
              OCAnn Oct 14, 2008 07:02 PM

              I checked my toaster. I got the Proctor-Silex 31115 4-toaster for $30 mentioned in the above review. We use it mainly for toasting (bread & otherwise). Since I like to get new toasters ever 2-3 years (style, cleanliness, etc), I can't justify spending > $100. I have no complaints on this toaster. Love the price!

            2. bworp Oct 9, 2008 02:28 PM

              T-Fal makes a nice option. It was reviewed on 3LUXE and I think you can get it for around $115 online.
              http://3luxe.com/category/Small_Appli...

              I think I might get one too - we've been without one for over a year and I miss the pizza reheat, broiled veggies, small servings of garlic bread, and bagels.

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                fluffernutter Oct 10, 2008 08:30 AM

                I'm also in the market for a toaster oven. Here's a related question: does convection really speed up cooking in a toaster oven?

                In my full-size gas oven, the convection seems to make no difference at all, though it does seem to make things cook and brown more evenly.

              2. RShea78 Oct 7, 2008 12:51 AM

                Hard to get anything of quality and size for under $100. Perhaps he may be better off with one of those combination microwave/convection units? Decent units $200-$250.

                Another suggestion is what my elderly aunt got was a 2 door range. The ones I am talking about have a simple reduced size upper oven with a standard size lower oven. Unfortunately, they run $1000+, but she claims it paid for itself in several ways.

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                  flowergarden129 Oct 7, 2008 08:52 PM

                  I got mine at Target, and I like it a lot. It is bigger than most--I can roast a chicken in it. It has a bowed back, and so will hold a 12" pizza. My old one was smaller, and I like the size of this one. It's by Black and Decker. It's not cool or gadgety, just functional. Looks vaguely retro. I like the size so that in the summer if I want to roast in it I don't have to heat up the big oven--keeps my kitchen significantly cooler.

                  1. re: flowergarden129
                    Jen76 Oct 8, 2008 08:34 PM

                    I have a Black and Decker from Target, too. I think it was about $80. It's digital with a convection option, which I rarely use. It does well and we use it a lot. It toasts well, too, which not all toaster ovens do oddly enough.

                    I had a Euro Pro before that and it was ok. It was noisy and didn't heat evenly, so I wasn't very happy with it. Stick with a toaster oven that's a toaster oven, and not also trying to be a rotisserie, bread machine, etc. The more functions, the more chance for poor performance or malfunction in my experience.

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                      flowergarden129 Oct 10, 2008 07:39 PM

                      Mine doesn't have convection. Personally, I never quite figured convection out. I tend to burn stuff, especially stuff near the walls of the oven. I guess I'm never in that big a hurry, although I know it's the "professional" choice.

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