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Toaster Ovens Buyer’s Guide
There’s a lot of technical terms being thrown around in these reviews, so it may benefit you to brush up on some of the features to look for when purchasing the Best Toaster Oven for your needs. Here’s a quick breakdown of some terms you’ll often see and how they relate to your Best Toaster Oven experience.
Preset Options: If you are searching for a countertop toaster oven, you will be looking for a compact, effective oven to take on the full time job of preparing your meals. The most important factor for you will be the type of preset cooking options it gives you. Most countertop toaster ovens will offer the standard 6 presets; bake, roast, defrost, broil, toast and reheat. Some toaster ovens will lend themselves to being better at some than others. It is always helpful to determine what is important for you and how you will use your toaster oven.
Toasting Capability: Many countertop toaster ovens offer the flexibility of being able to toast and cook a range of dishes, however it is important to understand some toaster ovens are not always great at toasting. Large ovens will usually take longer to heat up and you may have to wait a few extra minutes for that perfect slice of toast, on the plus side the larger toaster ovens can hold up to 6 or 8 slices of bread, so waiting around for your turn will be a thing of the past.
Safety Features: When you think of a countertop toaster oven, safety is of course paramount. Ovens notoriously kick out heat and you want to feel safe in the knowledge you are using an oven that is safe for your home. Many toaster ovens will have an automatic shut off, if at any point you are busy with your daily chores and forget about your dinner bubbling away, the oven will turn off after a set time. The time can vary per model; ranging from 25 minutes to 90 minutes.
Capacity: Most countertop toaster ovens are appealing due to their small, compact footprint they offer you. If you have a small kitchen floor space, with little or no room for a standard oven then you will need your countertop toaster oven to handle the majority of your meal times. The extra large countertop toaster ovens still offer a compact option, but with the added ability of being large enough internally cook roast chickens, bake fresh loaves of bread and even a handle cooking large 13 inch pizzas.
Keep these terms in mind when comparing prices and features to find the Best Toaster Oven!