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4 reviews | 4.8 out of 5
When I was single I lived for many years in an...umm..economy apartment. It had a very limited kitchen with a stove (if you could call it that) that didn't work well at all. I had a small toaster oven. I used that toaster oven to make everything, including little pies, meatloaf, pizza and even quick breads. We also have a cheap toaster oven in our camper and have used it to make all sorts of stuff from muffins to garlic bread. I even made my son a birthday cake in it one year.
At home we now have a great oven but it takes forever to heat up and it seems almost ridiculous to use it to make a dozen chicken nuggets. On a recent trip to Walmart I came across this unit for less than $30. I figured I had little to lose and bought it. I'm surprised how well it works. So far we have made refrigerator cookies, muffins, chicken nuggets and pizza in it. The back of the unit curves out so it will accommodate a 12" pizza...cool. Everything has turned out well...now I have to try it with toast!
I think it would be perfect for anyone who wants a small countertop oven but doesn't want to spend a lot. Who? College students, people with efficiency apartments, folks with vacation cabins and, of course, me!
I purchased this toaster oven because of the ability to cook up to a 12 inch pizza. Before use, the instructions say to turn the oven on for 10 minutes to eliminate the smoke odor prior to the first use. It does have a very strong smoke odor! We actually placed the oven outside and left it there for the 10 minutes. We did cook a pizza in it and it came out well. I did notice that it was curled up a little bit... Nothing major, but it was noticeable. Being a vertically challenged person, I don't care for the location of the timer dial. You need to stoop down to be able to see it. My only other pet peeve is the length of the electrical cord. It is 24 inches long. It wouldn't reach the electrical outlet where we initially wanted to put it. So we had to move it to another area of the kitchen. All in all, I think it is a great value.
I could've bought a more expensive oven and/or a convection oven, but this one had what I really wanted! It is small to the eye, but take a peek inside. It's like an optical illusion. Very spacious. This toaster fills all expections. Just make sure you follow the directions for preheating! Also, adding 25 degrees to the temp is helpful, as is the case with most toaster ovens. And the price! So much product for so little price. And by the way, this oven is available in stores, at least in Northern Utah. I bought mine at a store.
I cannot beleive I found this in the store for 29.98. It is worth at least 10 dollars more. Great product! It is aswesome.