Survey: Toaster Oven or Microwave Oven? What is more important to you?
This topic has been touched upon before, but I think it deserves a deeper discussion.
Both a toaster oven and a microwave oven can be very useful.
Why is a toaster oven more useful? Well, it can create more traditional dishes and better tasting food than a microwave oven can. A microwave oven is just for food warming, not for cooking.
Why is a microwave oven more useful? A toaster oven is just a smaller version of a full size oven. Everything can be done in a toaster oven can be made better in a full size oven. A toaster oven brings nothing new. A microwave oven is unique and its functions cannot be recreated by any other appliances.
Based on your own experience, which is more valuable to your kitchen? In other words, if you are forced to lose one, which one you rather to keep? Please share your reasons.
1) Keep the Toaster Oven
2) Don't know -- they are about the same importance
3) Keep the Microwave Oven
Our choice was either a full double oven or a "speed" oven convection/microwave. Opted for the latter, this thing is great. My daughters baked Thanksgiving pies in the speed oven while the big bird was in the full size oven, they turned out just the way they would in the regular oven. There is a crisping feature if you want a crispy crust on something. This is definately the best option #4.
What about the small ovens the Costco people use in the demos?
May be they are convection?
They do put a nice crust on the samples!
Well, it depends. At home, I would keep the toaster oven. I don't care for the way the microwave cooks certain things (and used it rarely, more in an investigative way - "hmm, I wonderi if I can nuke these peanut butter bars..."). I got rid of the microwave almost two years ago, and I don't miss it at all.
OTOH, at work I'd keep the microwave and ditch the toaster oven. The toaster oven NEVER gets used, by me or by the boys. (My job is providing a hot meal to 27 frat brothers every night.) But I prepare a great many things in short-term advance (steamed veg., rice, etc..) and for re-heating, the microwave cannot be beat.
It also provides thought and fodder for the young gents. I have come into work and stumbled onto them doing bio. experiments, so it's definitely not a single-purpose product.
1). Keep the Toaster Oven
Yes, it's a small version of a regular oven, but it's very good for preparing small quantities of food, or holding a protein to rest thereby freeing your oven(s) for the next thing. I would lug one around when doing my traveling pop-up show.
If you eat toast, it will do that for you too.
A straight-out microwave is just that.
Combi-ovens as suggested by TeRReT are considerably more expensive.