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berkleybabe Dec 1, 2012 02:56 PM

We've been through at least 3-4 and they keep getting worse. We have a half-ass toaster oven/"convection" that works pretty well but the knobs for temp/time/ etc are miniscule and you end up toasting stuff when you want to bake. Plus it does a crappy job of toasting bread. This is at least a 5-6 year Oster model.

So what's my next choice. We use this primarily for toast, broiling (stuff with cheese on top) and baking (mainly bone=in chicken breast, burgers, garlic bread, minimal amt. of cookies.

The toaster ovens have obviously gone to hell in the last 10 years...so what's my next step without a bunch of bells & whistles?

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    Florida Hound Dec 1, 2012 03:17 PM

    We purchased a Hamilton Beach Toastation toaster oven about 3 months ago. Type 030 toaster oven, 1300 Watts, it says on the bottom. "Without a bunch of bells and whistles?" OK, this one does not have a Convection oven. Toasts and does its tiny "oven" thing just fine.
    Spouse likes the "Cancel" button for getting a piece of toast to pop up early, without having to fight with the push-down lever.
    We looked over the pictures on the boxes and the display models in WalMart, and picked it up without a whole lot of heartburn. Its been fine.

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      alwayshungrygal Dec 6, 2012 09:48 AM

      I got the same one and it's perfect. It heats up very quickly and now use the oven pretty frequently. Toast comes out perfect and I also like the Cancel button. My last toaster oven was a Delonghi, worked fine for about 15 years or so but it took up too much space on my counter and took forever to heat up. I never considered buying the same model again.

      I used credit card miles for it so I can't comment on the price/value, but I also got one for my son when he moved into his first apartment. Would definitely recommend it.

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      axial Dec 1, 2012 03:22 PM

      Krups, not sure whether the models have changed at all for at least 3-4 years, but we have the convection model. I see there is one without convection, too. I like the convection myself, use it a lot when the full oven is just overkill, too much of a pain or too slow to heat.

      It's far and away the best toaster oven I could find, I looked at a lot and discarded them all because either the controls idiotic and confusing, sized too small, racks were cheesy cheap quality, in use the controls ticked and were unbearably noisy (Delonghi was excruciatingly loud and obnoxious).

      I'm dismayed to read some the reviewer comments on Amazon; I've never had a problem with mine, but I guess it's like all computer-controlled products these days, there are lots of ways for it to go bad.

      http://www.amazon.com/Krups-FBC213-To...

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        berkleybabe Dec 1, 2012 04:58 PM

        Thanks you both...anybody else want to chime in?

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          NHCarol Dec 1, 2012 05:12 PM

          We love our Haier four-slice toaster that we've had for years. Very reliable and the toast pops up nicely. It got great reviews and has lived up to its reputation. A few years ago, we bought a Breville toaster oven when my stove broke down. I use it for baking, toasting, broiling . . . you name it. After years of crumby toasters and toaster ovens, we finally have an abundance of riches!

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          John Francis Dec 2, 2012 08:37 AM

          Krups no longer makes the FBC412 that I bought about 5 years ago, following a Cooks Illustrated equipment testing. Doesn't toast bread so evenly, but I hardly ever use it to make toast, and the broil, bake, and convection bake do their jobs well. The nonstick bake pan and broil tray didn't stay non-stick very long, and they've become hard to clean; it appears Krups no longer sells replacements, so I'm mostly using Nordic Ware instead.

          The FBC2 on the Krups web site looks just like it and I don't know what the differences are, if any. Neither has the programmable feature of an earlier model; you adjust the time and temperature as you please.

          amazon.com says the FBC2 is currently unavailable, which usually means it's discontinued. Instead amazon lists 2 other Krups toaster ovens, but these aren't on the Krups web site. I've no idea what's up with Krups.

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            John Francis Dec 10, 2012 06:54 AM

            If Krups has discontinued the FBC2, that may be no great loss - Cooks Illustrated says it's lousy at making toast.

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          rasputina Dec 1, 2012 05:09 PM

          Breville Smart Oven, it has convection and cooks and toasts beautifully. We use it more than our full sized oven which also has convection.

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            mikefly Dec 1, 2012 05:52 PM

            Wow. A $200+ toaster oven!!

            I'd suggest finding a 10-20 year old Black and Decker. Mine broke, and I replaced it with the new version - which sucks. (slow & uneven toasting)

            All I wanted was something simple, that toasted quickly and evenly.

            It's shocking that I'm old enough to say this... but they sure don't make 'em like they used to!

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              rasputina Dec 1, 2012 07:37 PM

              Why would I want a 20 year old black and decker? I bake everything from pies to bundt cakes to toast in my Breville. I had basic toaster oven for over 10 years. I'm so glad I finally replaced it with the Breville. There is no comparison.

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                mikefly Dec 2, 2012 06:52 AM

                Sorry, did not mean to suggest that you are not making full use of your toaster oven.

                I'm just frustrated it's hard to get one that is reasonably priced and good at making toast.

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                THoey1963 Dec 5, 2012 04:42 PM

                I agree about not making them like they used to. I am looking for just a toaster, not a toaster oven. Only need a two slice model. I have bought two so far and have taken them both back. Tried the first about 5 times. Irregular toasting and no release button to stop during a cycle. The second I pulled out of the wraps and immediately put it back away.

                Just looking for a simple toaster that will toast evenly... Next best thing since sliced bread...

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                  Florida Hound Dec 6, 2012 06:52 PM

                  My post, above, on the Hamilton Beach Toastation... That "simple toaster" may still be worth your consideration, even if it can also be a small "toaster oven." It is a great "2 slice toaster" and has the cancel feature (or 'release button') you would enjoy.

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                  berkleybabe Dec 8, 2012 12:30 PM

                  You're not the only one...I have a fond memory of the old Black & Decker, lasted for years/dependable...."back in the day..." I just want something that isn't crap.

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                    mikefly Dec 30, 2012 10:52 AM

                    So I cracked and bought the compact Breville on sale today. My first test - to toast a slice of bread.. And it does not give an even toasting. One side brown, the other side lightly toasted. I will give this a whirl, but if I'm going to get uneven toast, I'd prefer it in a $50 toaster. Will toast a few more slices, and see.

                    The build quality does appear to be light years ahead of B&D.

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                  eperdu Dec 6, 2012 02:03 PM

                  To bounce onto the Breville train .. one of my favorite bloggers uses her quite a bit. She's quite the foodie with her sous vide cooking and browning things in her oven, etc. Here's her rec for it:

                  http://nomnompaleo.com/post/373361686...

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                    MelMM Dec 8, 2012 05:26 PM

                    Yup. Gotta agree with the Breville Smart Oven. It's like having a second oven, only it's better than my wall oven! I roast chicken in it, and rack of lamb. Bake cakes, pizza. Oh, yeah, and occasionally even toast. Seriously, I no longer covet a double oven (which I have had in the past) with this thing. It does so much, so well, if mine died tomorrow, I wouldn't hesitate to get another. It has become my favorite appliance, by far. Price tag be damned.

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                      Stephanie Wong Dec 12, 2012 05:31 PM

                      So you can roast a whole chicken (not butterflied) in the Breville Smart Oven? Sorry but I haven't don't any research so I don't know the inner size of this model but I really miss having a countertop convection oven to roast a whole chicken.

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                        MelMM Dec 12, 2012 06:41 PM

                        Yep, I've done it, and I prefer it to my full size oven for this purpose. Now, I don't know what size chickens you get, but I prefer smaller ones. I think, though, that I've done up to a 5 lb one in my Breville Smart Oven. It seems like it won't work, but it will, because of the convection. And the thing is, it doesn't take up that much more space than my previous toaster oven, which was an Oster, non-convection model.

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                      Mother of four Dec 8, 2012 05:38 PM

                      Voted #1 at Cooks Illistrated,but the Hamilton Beach came in #2.

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                        Mother of four Dec 8, 2012 05:52 PM

                        How about cleaning it ? I realize its not self cleaning but how difficult is it to clean?

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                        debbypo Dec 1, 2012 10:40 PM

                        Hi... I don't have room for the larger Breville so I bought the Compact Model. With the 20% coupon from Bed, Bath and Beyond, it was under $150. I've only had it about 10 days but so far I am very pleased. I've not only toasted and melted cheese but baked some fish and broiled some chicken breasts. All has gone well.

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                          Cam14 Dec 2, 2012 01:06 AM

                          I think you'll get a lot of use out of it. I gifted my elderly parents the compact model last Christmas because they just couldn't bend to lift things in and out of the oven any longer. The countertop compact is great for them, they use it for all of their roasting, baking and toasting. A nice plus is it's very simple to use and doesn't frustrate them like a lot of electronic devices.

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                            icookueat Dec 2, 2012 08:03 AM

                            Not much talk about it on CHOW but I own a Calphalon XL Digital Convection Oven. Great for everything including toasting. The controls and display are high quality - best I have seen, and that includes the Breville. It can hold a 9x13 pan which is nice but the flip side to that is it takes up a lot of counter space.

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                          betsey Dec 4, 2012 05:48 PM

                          i too am looking to replace my old, but reliable black and decker toaster oven. the more i read, the more confused i get. explosions, burned toast, shattering glass doors, non-user friendly, noisy, and breaking after 6 months are just some of the complaints. then i started reading about the health issues attached to the easy-clean interior coatings! it is almost enough to make me give up on a toasted bagel! the breville sounds good, but i would really prefer a smaller sized model. any thoughts or sugggestions??

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                            rasputina Dec 4, 2012 06:30 PM

                            The Breville comes in 3 sizes, the Smart Oven, the compact and the mini. The compact and mini do not have convection though.

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                              mikefly Dec 6, 2012 08:25 PM

                              It seems like you must go high-end or be unsatisfied. I may yet be convinced to spend in order to have nicely toasted toast.

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                              berkleybabe Dec 8, 2012 12:28 PM

                              Thanks, all...seems like there are several of us still searching for a good match. Not ready to jump on the $200 bandwagon yet...so please keep suggestions coming. Also any bricks and mortar places to get alternatively to amazon.

                              1. sal_acid Dec 8, 2012 06:11 PM

                                Breville Smart Oven is the best thing in our kitchen. A bit pricey, but really useful for small batch baking as well as toasting.

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                                  sueatmo Dec 10, 2012 10:41 AM

                                  Consumer Reports reported favorably on the Breville Smart Oven. BOV800XL. List price is $180, Next choice is the Oster TSSTTVMNDG at $80.

                                  Many Hounds here have reported satisfaction with their Brevilles. I have a 3 or 4 year old Cuisinart that I don't think is made any longer. It has been a pretty good oven. I use it for toast, but you have to like the kind of toast it makes. (I do.)

                                  I think CR ratings are a good starting point for shopping. Good luck!

                                  1. THoey1963 Jan 11, 2013 03:44 PM

                                    In my search for a replacement toaster, I bought one of these yesterday at my local HEB (Texas grocery store) for about $35:

                                    http://www.amazon.com/Oster-TSSTJCPS0...

                                    Longer than what I really need normally, but every once in a while I do buy a sour dough round that this will be useful for.

                                    Has all the features I wanted (toast, bagel, a cancel button) and also has a from frozen to toasted button.

                                    Made a couple English Muffins for breakfast today and it worked well. Guess this is what I'll end up with as I could never find anything that was exactly what I wanted.

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                                      Mother of four Jan 13, 2013 09:36 AM

                                      Doesn't seem to be available anymore. I have a Haier one that I really like but unforunantly that too is also unavailable. Maybe if they are too good they just stop making them! After all that would mean we won't have to keep replacing them!!

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                                        zoey67 Jan 13, 2013 08:06 PM

                                        Look in your local craigslist. I lucked over the weekend found a Cuisinart TOB-95 their top model NIB for $100. The Breville had too many 1 star reviews citing catching on fire LoL.

                                        If you're in So ca, there's another option that I had passed for the Cuisinart. It's a really nice 2 rack Hamilton beach that's listed on ebay so if you're in Santa ana area you can pick up and the seller said he'll sell it for only $75. It's $150 on Amazon.

                                        I was ready set to pick this up but found that Cuisinart the last min. This model is rated just as good as the Cuisinart if you want it do a search for "hamilton beach" convection and you'll see it listed for $89 buy it now.

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