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.
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.
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.
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.
T-Fal makes a nice option. It was reviewed on 3LUXE and I think you can get it for around $115 online.
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.
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!
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.
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.