where can i buy a convection/countertop (not toaster) oven in TO?
Nella Cutlery can hook you up. I find their prices competitive with or better than the major retailers like Home Outfitters and The Bay.
If this is just for home cooking, you're missing out if you don't consider the Breville Smart Oven. I've had one for years and I've been happy with it every day. The only toaster oven that's good at being an oven and a toaster. The convection works like a charm unlike some other brands I could name (ahem, cough, Black & Decker). Everything I do with it turns out so well I've pretty much stopped using my regular oven.
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+1 for the Breville Smart Oven. I use it for catering small parties on-site and it is very reliable. I also use it at home when I need a second oven.
You might check if you have a local Bed Bath and Beyond store (we have several in the San Francisco Bay Area). If you have a 20% discount coupon, even better.
thanks, all! i didn't know they were so common... i was at zellers today and decided to take a peek in the small appliances section, and lo and behold, there were several of these ovens. however, i noticed they were all pretty small (like the size of a microwave). i was thinking that my baking sheet wouldn't fit into any of these, nor would a large pizza, or my lasagna pan.
do they make them bigger?
As with anything for the home, take measurements and shop around. I looked at the Waring Pro when doing research into my purchase. While you can get a large one, there's a huge price difference; aesthetically the WP isn't even in the same ballpark; the Breville's controls are far more intuitive and user friendly; and, according to Consumer Reports at the time, the Breville outperforms the WP.
I can fit my pizza stone into my Breville Smart Oven just fine and I've roasted flattened chicken in there too. From the Breville website:
13" (33 cm) pizza capacity
0.8 cu ft (.02 cu m) interior
13" (33 cm) non-stick pizza pan
12" × 12" enamel baking pan
12" × 12" enamel broil rack
(30.5cm × 30.5cm)
Interesting. I bought the smaller Waring Pro, and one reason was the old style mechanical controls, which respond immediately without re-programming. I don't know what Breville has, or why it would be more pleasing to the eye, but it appears to have a micoprocessor, and no rotisserie. The larger Waring model was only$100 more (when I looked, at Home Outfitters), but has the same BTU's, so I went with the smaller .9 cu. foot unit. I have roasted a 14 lb turkey in it. Never used it as a toaster, but got rid of my range, and added two induction burners.
The Breville doesn't really require programming anymore than the Waring Pro does. Dial in your function, temp, and set your time. Bing! Dinner's ready. It's incredibly user-friendly.
I didn't need a rotisserie since my bbq did that and, personally, I prefer spatchcocked anyway. I didn't opt in for it. It would have been a bell & whistle only to me so it wasn't worth paying 35% more for. The Breville tends to put a beautiful finish on anything I've done so far so I feel I'm missing nothing. While you got a rotisserie you needed, I got to save space in my tiny kitchen by not needing a toaster.
I didn't realize the WP had a toast function now. Is that new? I also liked gaining the toast, bagel, cookies, pizza, reheat, and warm functions.
With respect, I find the Waring Pro dials butt ugly. They should consider another shade of plastic for them.