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Jan 12, 2013 10:32 PM

Toaster oven - looks matter

I am looking for a great toaster oven because we use it so often and we just moved, and it needs to be stainless steel and sharp looking for appearances and work well. If it can double as a convection oven that would be great as a 2nd oven or making side dishes etc that need a different temperature

what products should I be considering

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  1. The Breville Smart Ovens seems to be the most popular. I'm in the market for a new toaster, myself. I looked at Breville Smart Oven which can serve as both toaster and convection oven, but decided it was more than I need. There is also a compact version, but as I understand it, the compact version does not have the convection feature. Not sure if that is important to you. However, there are hundreds and hundreds of 5-star reviews on Amazon that should answer any questions for you. Good luck!

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    1. re: kbjesq

      We bought the Breville Smart Oven last year and couldn't be happier with it. We'll use it before we turn on our large ones. Convection feature is great. Toast is even on both sides, something most toaster ovens can't do.

      1. re: rexster314

        Reviews sound great - do u need a lot of clearance around the unit...can the back of it be against a wall

        1. re: Dapuma

          I have the Breville 800 and I love it. I think it's a good idea to give any convection oven some clearance around the unit. We use it nearly ever single day, it's replaced our regular oven unless what we're cooking is too big for the convection oven and that rarely happens.

          1. re: Dapuma

            There are at least 2 different sizes of the Breville Smart Oven.

      2. We bought the Breville Smart Oven last year. It has performed very well - I make toast almost daily and use the oven functions daily as well. I"ve baked a few pies in it with good results as well.

        It has a pizza bump in the back...we have it pushed back on our counter and haven't had an issue. It is a pretty big footprint for a toaster oven but again I haven't regretted it and it tucks into a corner of the counter nicely. It does get hotter than our old Cuisinart - both to touch and in how much heat it throws out in the kitchen(I think you're in PHX too, Dapuma?) - but even so, I"m happy with the purchase.

        W-S and SLT both carry this model(for $180 not $250) if you want to see and touch before purchasing.

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        1. re: ziggylu

          Similar looking, and a bit cheaper is this Frigidaire

          It has plastic bumpers on the back that guarantee sufficient clearance.

          It is a pseudo convection oven. The top and bottom elements provide the heat, but there is a small fan to circulate the air.

          I mainly use it of biscuits (a 2cup recipe fits nicely), baking in a 9x9 cake pan, and roasting vegetables. I also have a 10" dutchoven that fits, so I can braise in it.

          1. re: ziggylu

            I am looking into the Breville Smart Oven but W-S has it for $250, not $180? The $180 is for the compact, right?


            1. re: Dax

              oops, yes you're right they both have it for $250..sorry. Did a quick google to see current prices. I don't remember paying that much for it last year but maybe we did. I guess that means it's really worth it! LOL

              1. re: Dax

                I have the compact Breville and love it.

                1. re: lynnlato

                  But the compact does not have the convection setting, right? I want the bigger one but the space I have may be best for the smaller. Boo.

                  1. re: Dax

                    You're right, no convection. But it's still lovable, I swear. ;-)

                    1. re: Dax

                      I bought the smallest Breville last year as an xmas present for my parents (they have the worst luck with toaster ovens). I was so impressed with it, that I bought one for myself after the holidays. I love this thing. While it doesn't have the convection setting, it's a couple of inches smaller then the next size up. The interior is larger then you think, I've baked and roasted a fair amount of vegetables in it and it's large enough to heat a whole roast chicken. I can also easily fit a pie plate with room to spare. This thing was a lifesaver in the summer since I don't have a/c.


                  2. re: Dax

                    Get a 20% Off coupon for Bed, Bath & Beyond and buy the large Breville oven for $200.

                2. I bought a Cuisinart convection toaster oven about 3 years ago, and I like the way it looks and I like the way it works. I don't believe it is made any longer. If I had to go buy a new one I'd get a Breville convection model. I think Williams-Sonoma has one and if so, it would be quite handsome. Also pricey.

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                  1. re: sueatmo

                    +1 on Cuisinart. I have long love affair with toaster ovens and this time wanted the best and was going to choose the Breville but after reading the 1 star reviews on Amazon that they catch on fire I hesitated.

                    Plus I just think no way in hell am I going to dish out nearly $300 for a glorified toaster oven that's just absurd and that the above Fridgidaire or better yet I got Cuisinart top of the line TOB-95 on craigslist for only $100 brand new. Can't beat that ladies an gents.

                    Dapuma, there's also a really nice 2 rack Hamilton beach that's listed on ebay but if you're in Santa ana 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 even higher than the Frigidaire so if you want it do a search for "hamilton beach" convection and you'll see it listed for $89 buy it now. Good luck on your search

                    1. re: zoey67

             Cuisinart Convection/Broiler Toaster Oven Total Touch Touchpad Controls, Exact HeatTM Sensor and Automatic Shutoff

                      t appears that "my" oven is still being made. I recommend it unreservedly. It is quite handsome as well.

                    1. re: ipsedixit

                      that is correct..thanks for being on top of it

                    2. I got the Breville Smart Oven a few weeks ago and am very happy with the performance. I bought it at BB&B for $200 after the 20% off coupon.
                      This is my first ever 'toaster oven' and I wanted one that served as a true convection oven as well. This one is all that I wanted and more.
                      And it's pretty cool looking, to boot.