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Post# 989280   4/3/2018 at 10:18 by bajaespuma (Connecticut)        

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I've been using thrift store toaster ovens for the last few years but I'm considering buying a new one for safety reasons.


Are there any really good toaster ovens out there? Brands and model numbers would be appreciated.

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Post# 989290 , Reply# 1   4/3/2018 at 11:24 by Ultramatic (New York City)        

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I recently purchased a Cusinart TOA-60. It's a Toaster/convection oven and air-fryer. So far I have been impressed with the air fryer feature. French fries come out crispy, without oil. Although you can give them a light coating of oil if desired and they'd come out even crispier. And everything cooks much faster than with a regular oven. One down side is the racks and pans are not dishwasher safe. Hand wash only. I've had it for about 2 weeks. So far so good.


Cuisinart TOA-60 Convection Toaster Oven Air Fryer with ...

Post# 989330 , Reply# 2   4/3/2018 at 15:32 by DADoES (TX, U.S. of A.)        

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Recently bought a Breville Mini Smart Oven.

Works nicely thus far.  Expen$ive.

The selector knob is somewhat "loose."

The baking timer automatically starts countdown upon finishing the auto preheat cycle.  I prefer to preheat a bit longer so have to reset the timer.

Includes a dark porcelain-coated pan which browns biscuits too much. I kept the aluminum pan from my previous Walmart/GE which works better, although it's smaller.

1,800 watts so technically requires a 20amp circuit.


Post# 989335 , Reply# 3   4/3/2018 at 16:13 by appnut (TX)        

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I have the full size Breville Smart Oven and I find baking results outstanding.  I've hade mine for about 7-9 years.  Not a problem.  I'm pleased with the toasting function too. 

Post# 989337 , Reply# 4   4/3/2018 at 16:20 by petek (Ontari ari ari O )        

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To me anyways, some of those aren't toaster ovens, they're counter top ovens.. A toaster oven isn't much bigger than a toaster and takes up little counter space. Don't mess with me.. I'm grumpy today LOL.

Post# 989360 , Reply# 5   4/3/2018 at 21:35 by bajaespuma (Connecticut)        
Thanks to all responders

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I'll take a look at the Breville because I keep hearing how great their smalls are. My thinking is more in line with petek's; I'm looking for something that's more like the compact toaster ovens of yesterday, not the expensive counter-top ovens that seem to be the norm these days.


Ideally, I'd love something like those old GE/B&D models with the continuous cleaning insides. Now THAT was a good use of the old flawed catalytic continuous cleaning technology that wasn't so hot with big ovens.

Post# 989362 , Reply# 6   4/3/2018 at 21:59 by IowaBear (Cedar Rapids, IA)        
Panasoinc FlashXpress

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I've always been intrigued by these, but not intrigued enough to pay full price for a new one.  If I ever find one at a yard sale it's mine.


Anybody ever used one?


Post# 989375 , Reply# 7   4/4/2018 at 00:03 by tolivac (greenville nc)        

The thing I DON'T like about these machines is they are HARD to keep clean.You can't take off the doors to clean them.So the few I have sit in the back shelf of the closet.Use a regular toaster and oven instead-esp my Advantium.

Post# 989377 , Reply# 8   4/4/2018 at 00:34 by petek (Ontari ari ari O )        
Flash Express

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Yes I have one.. I bought this one for my mother 9 or 10 years ago now and she loved it and used it daily for toast and cooking her fish . That's saying something because my mother was NOT a gadget person but she loved this little oven. When she went into the home 5 years ago I kept it... it's a little scruffy looking now around the edges but it still works fabulously..

I don't think there's a toaster oven out there than can make two even four slices of toast as fast as this thing can... it heats up instantly so you don't have to preheat or anything...

Soon as it quits I'm getting another.. it's well worth the $100 bucks or so imo.

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Post# 989378 , Reply# 9   4/4/2018 at 00:35 by PassatDoc (Orange County, California)        

breville smart oven 7-8 years. works as a toaster, oven, rewarmer, and the pro model has a slow cook feature. outstanding performance.

Post# 989395 , Reply# 10   4/4/2018 at 06:31 by retro-man (nashua,nh)        

I purchased a black and decker toaster oven a few years back. Stainless on the outside. Don't use it that often but it works well. The difference I have noticed on this is that they only put one radiant tube on the bottom and one on the top. All the others that I have had previously had two on the bottom and two on the top. We use a regular 4 slice toaster for bread instead. This is mainly for reheating pizza and small leftovers.


Post# 989427 , Reply# 11   4/4/2018 at 12:54 by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

Good heavens, I still have my 1975 GE toaster oven with the second rack to do two TV dinners at once and the little lever on the side to tip the toaster rack to make it all slide out if you could not reach in.  It is rarely used anymore, just dusted, but back before microwaves, it got used a lot.  GE sure was an innovator in those days.

Post# 989462 , Reply# 12   4/4/2018 at 18:25 by IowaBear (Cedar Rapids, IA)        

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petek - thanks for the Panasonic review.  It's the "instant heat" with no pre-heating that is primary appeal of this.  Looks like they are well made if yours has lasted that long with regular use.  Probably worth the money if that's the case. 



Post# 989468 , Reply# 13   4/4/2018 at 19:28 by Jmm63 (Denville, NJ)        

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I have this one, and really like it. It's compact enough not to take up too much room on the counter, toasts well and bakes well.

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Post# 989558 , Reply# 14   4/5/2018 at 13:29 by MixGuy (St. Martinville, Louisiana)        

I have a GE Versatronic that I have been using since 1980, best $100.00 spent for a toaster oven the liner is removable and the so are the door and back, all dishwasher safe. Rack has two positions and a sensor. I never broil in it knowing the mess it would create.

Post# 989562 , Reply# 15   4/5/2018 at 14:22 by joeekaitis (Rialto, California, USA)        
Another vote for the Panasonic Flash Xpress

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Post# 989589 , Reply# 16   4/5/2018 at 19:21 by IowaBear (Cedar Rapids, IA)        

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That is a great review and those pictures of those sausages look great.


We got a microwave oven in 1978 (when I was 10) and I've been eating un-browned, un-crispy mush ever since.  Now I'm so used to it I don't know anything better!




Post# 989642 , Reply# 17   4/6/2018 at 08:53 by PassatDoc (Orange County, California)        

the Breville Smart Oven has a substantial 20 x 16 inch (50 x 40 cm) footprint. For me it's a great reliever oven to my 30 inch/75 cm gas range oven. Heats up in a few minutes, and less wasteful than the range oven for smaller jobs. It's large enough to hold standard sized cookware, such as a 13 x 9 pan, 13 inch pizza pan, or 10 inch pie pan. I've baked 10 inch pecan pies in it, and thanks to convection, they cook as evenly as in a large oven.

If/when the oven dies, I'd replace it with the current Smart Oven Pro (had not been released when I bought my base model), which adds an interior light and 12 hour slow cook function (my model's cook time is two hours max).

Post# 989657 , Reply# 18   4/6/2018 at 12:58 by mjg0619 (Scranton, Pennsylvania)        

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I was lucky enough to find a NIB Montgomery Wards (Proctor-Silex) toaster oven last year and absolutely love it. But for current market appliances, I'll throw in another vote for Breville or Cuisinart.

Post# 989667 , Reply# 19   4/6/2018 at 15:39 by joeekaitis (Rialto, California, USA)        
We got a microwave oven in 1978 (when I was 10)

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 Which means your parents probably paid nearly half a grand for an 800-watter that could barely hold a dinner plate.


Am I right?

Post# 989768 , Reply# 20   4/7/2018 at 13:04 by bajaespuma (Connecticut)        
Hey Russell,

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I'd love to see some pictures of that GE Versatronic toaster oven just in case I run across one at any number of thrift stores. Back then, in GE world, anything and everything could be a "Versatronic".

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