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Mar 12, 2014 07:20 PM

Countertop/Mini oven recommendation please

Hi friends,

I hope everyone is doing well. I am slowly moving to cooking more at home, as I am drifting towards family life (after being a bachelor for long) and need to equip my kitchen a bit at a time.

I use my full size Oven on occasion but just for simple recipes, like roaster vegetables or baked potatoes (yes, I am an amateur). I am told that using the large oven consumes a lot of electricity and I believe I observed that in my recent bill!

Thus, I am looking for suggestions for a good countertop oven/mini oven that can fit my needs. I plan to use it to cook vegetables, toast bred (not bake bread) and associated recipes. It will rarely be used to cook meat.

There are two of us in the household.

I look forward to and appreciate your suggestions.


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  1. I am very happy with the Breville that I bought based on an America's Test Kitchen reco. There isn't much difference between the 650 and 800 - but I bought the latter because it accommodatea a 12 " pizza. If you have a 20% off coupon at BB&Beyond - they seemed affordable.

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    1. re: spicegirrl

      Did BBB honor the coupon for the Breville? It's listed on the exclusions, but they are sometimes really lax about such things there.

      1. re: ccbweb

        They did- that brought the price below what Macy's had listed as well.

        1. re: spicegirrl

          Came back to say thanks. We went to BBB and got the oven and we love it so so so so much. My wife has been making cherry pie all summer because it's so easy to toss it in there and doesn't heat up the whole house. It's such a fantastic upgrade from the Delonghi (which I still recommend because you can get it for $99) for us. Well worth the money if you can afford to spend it. (Bonus was we used a gift card we'd been given for Christmas by my in-laws.)

          1. re: ccbweb

            Congratulations! I too recently the Compact Smart Oven, and am slowly trying out some recipes, as I am a very amateur cook!

            Bon Appetit!

          2. re: spicegirrl

            spicegirrl, ccbweb, and desidude -
            I'm looking at toaster ovens, and trying to decide between Cuisinart and Breville. Are you still happy with your Breville Compact Smart Oven? I am leaning towards either the Breville Compact Smart Oven or the Breville Mini Smart Oven, and just can't seem to commit to a decision... I would love to hear your thoughts after a few months of using your Breville - things you love about it, things you hate about it, what you use it the most for... Thanks!

            1. re: lizmari

              I love, love, love my Breville countertop oven. Can you say "Hello TJ's Arancini?" I have the 800 - whichever Breville version that is. Heats up Fast the settings are perfect. Only downside is that the sides and op heat up also - so don't leave anything that might melt or catch fire around it.

              1. re: spicegirrl

                The 800 is the full size version, same one I have.

      2. I also have the Breville 800 and use it more than my large oven. Not only does it make toast, English muffins or bagels every morning, it gets called into service for most baking/roasting tasks.

        We're a small family and find it more convenient, less expensive and it keeps my kitchen much, much cooler. That's no small thing here in Tampa. Tonight, I baked and broiled mini meatloaves. Last night it was a pan of brownies.

        1. I use a Cuisinart convection/toaster oven that I believe is no longer made. I think either a Cuisinart or a Breville (which gets a lot of good comments on Chow) would be fine for you. I use my small oven a lot. If you have the counter space for it, I think you will too. I believe there are several sizes of these, so you should choose the best oven for your use.

          1. Another vote for Breville. It gets more use than my regular oven and came in handy at Thanksgiving. The convection is a nice option as well.


            1. We have the Breville Compact Smart Oven and love it! Can do 4 potatoes, a dozen cookies, 10" pie plate, etc. And it makes decent toast to boot ;)

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              1. re: gourmanda

                gourmanda -
                How long have you had your Compact Smart Oven? Do you still love it? I'm looking at toaster ovens, and can't seem to commit to a decision - at the moment the Breville Compact Smart Oven and the Breville Mini Smart Oven are at the top of my list, followed closely by a couple of Cuisinart models... What do you like the most about the Compact Smart Oven? Is there anything you don't like about it? Thanks!

                1. re: lizmari

                  I've had it about 3 years and still love it. I like not having to heat up the oven in the summer...and just taking less time to preheat in general. There are just two of us at home and I find the Compact is just right for our needs. I can't think of anything I don't like about it. It's even easy to clean.