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Toaster ovens


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Can these new convection toasters pull the same tricks most ovens can, just in a smaller form factor? Will these guys do roasted vegetables nicely, and can it finish off a piece of fish/meat that I start on the stove? I'm looking at the Cuisinart as a good way to avoid having to use the entire oven for small quantities of food.

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Can these new convection toasters pull the same tricks most ovens can, just in a smaller form factor? Will these guys do roasted vegetables nicely, and can it finish off a piece of fish/meat that I start on the stove? I'm looking at the Cuisinart as a good way to avoid having to use the entire oven for small quantities of food.

This thread http://forums.egullet.org/index.php?showtopic=59012 may shed some light on your question.

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Can these new convection toasters pull the same tricks most ovens can, just in a smaller form factor? Will these guys do roasted vegetables nicely, and can it finish off a piece of fish/meat that I start on the stove? I'm looking at the Cuisinart as a good way to avoid having to use the entire oven for small quantities of food.

That is precisely what I use mine for. There are just two of us most of the time so it's just a mini version of my oven. I roast veggies, finish off fish and meat started on the stove top, bake casseroles, etc. The only thing is finding suitably sized dishes for the smaller oven.

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Well that cinches it, Amazon/Froogle here I come. Thanks!

I am looking for a new toaster oven. My new kitchen has stainless steel appliances, so the scorched white one I currently have looks sorely out of place.

The DeLonghi retro is too retro for my kitchen. The Cuisinart recommended here is VERY tempting, but I would rather spend less. Does anyone have any recommendations for a good toaster oven that comes in a stainless steel finish? I use it mainly for heating flatbread, but would be more than happy to use it in place of my oven for small tasks.

I would also like to know if the stainless steel finish scorches.

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Does anybody have a Black&Decker Toast R-Oven model TRO870? I just won a free new one, but I don't know if I should keep it since I already have a fairly new Toaster Oven from Rival or just give it away as a gift. I'm not interested in toasting ability, but in how well it acts as a oven. The Black&Decker seems to be bigger, which is a plus over the Rival.

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Well that cinches it, Amazon/Froogle here I come. Thanks!

I would also like to know if the stainless steel finish scorches.

At least on the Cuisinart, the stainless steel finish does not scorch.

Does anybody have a Black&Decker Toast R-Oven model TRO870? I just won a free new one, but I don't know if I should keep it since I already have a fairly new Toaster Oven from Rival or just give it away as a gift. I'm not interested in toasting ability, but in how well it acts as a oven. The Black&Decker seems to be bigger, which is a plus over the Rival.

I gave this one to my sister in law for Christmas and she loves it. It does have a nice size capacity.

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For Christmas I will “ask” for a toaster oven. Price should be under $400. I do not want anything complicated; I am  not adding water to cleaning out an appliance regularly. (I am lazy). 
 

  I have an air fryer and it’s fine but it’s also huge and in the past I’ve found toaster ovens to do the same job to an extent. 
 

  Recommendations would be very helpful! 

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On 11/20/2023 at 6:15 AM, palo said:

Any of the Breville line will do fine

 

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Makes sense. I had one of their basic toaster ovens and liked it. 
 

 Am I being ignorant for not considering a steam toaster oven, given I have an air fryer? I’m cooking for one. 

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16 minutes ago, MetsFan5 said:

Am I being ignorant for not considering a steam toaster oven, given I have an air fryer? I’m cooking for one. 


Given your price range, I’d say it’s worth considering but depends on what you want. The steam bake setting on my Cuisinart CSO is hands down the best way to reheat almost any sort of leftovers.  I think it’s a worthwhile feature to have, but you may not. 
My CSO and most steam toaster ovens in your price range are on the small side. The Breville ovens will accommodate a standard quarter sheet pan. The Cuisi CSO is a hair too small and has less headspace but it has that steam!  

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32 minutes ago, MetsFan5 said:


Makes sense. I had one of their basic toaster ovens and liked it. 
 

 Am I being ignorant for not considering a steam toaster oven, given I have an air fryer? I’m cooking for one. 

I have an air fryer, a Breville smart oven and an APO (steam oven) - I use them all depending on my desied end result - the air fryer probably gets the most use due to its speed and efficiency

I too cook for one

 

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Thanks! Some of the pros (v cons) about steaming I have read seem to indicate they cook proteins very well, without drying them out. 
 

 As I mentioned, I’m only one person. I’d be willing to eventually spend more but I don’t want to do that from the start in case I don’t use it enough to warrant an  upgrade. 

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At the risk of being tedious I use my Anova every day -- couple hours ago for toast (6 minutes, 186C, 100% steam).  My big oven I've used twice in the last six months:  for baked potato and for a frozen pizza that specified not to use a toaster oven.

 

However I'm guessing a Breville will work well for what it does.

 

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1 hour ago, JoNorvelleWalker said:

At the risk of being tedious I use my Anova every day -- couple hours ago for toast (6 minutes, 186C, 100% steam).  My big oven I've used twice in the last six months:  for baked potato and for a frozen pizza that specified not to use a toaster oven.

 

However I'm guessing a Breville will work well for what it does.

 

We use Breville several times a day. Today was t he first time since last year that I turned on the big ass oven.

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