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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Not just a toaster oven

    Posted
    Tbeetles
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    I have had a toaster oven for as long as I can remember, but it’s usage was a bit limited due to inconsistent behavior - but that has changed since I got this Calphalon Countertop oven. This oven has nearly a dozen built in settings, and has a granular level of control over time and temperature, that perform perfectly. It may take a little bit of playing with to learn the oven, and what settings prepare the food in the way you like it, but it cooks food the same way every time so you can really get the most out of this oven What I really loved about this unit was its flexibility - ; it has 11 built in settings: Bake, Pizza, broil, toast, bagel, roast, defrost, keep warm, reheat, cookies & dehydrate. Within each setting, there is a level of control on temp and time for cooking. The digital display is very easy to use, having default settings, as well as adjustable settings for things like 1-7 for toasting doneness. The manual settings take a bit of time to get used to. Most presets work perfectly, but there are always exceptions, in like figuring out what level is needed depending on thickness of bread and how dark you want your bread or bagel. Once you get the hang of the settings based upon your personal preference, you will get a consistent toast every time exactly how you want it. Despite it taking longer, I found myself using this for toasting bagels over a traditional toaster, because it easily out performed my toaster with a consistent even cook, no more burnt edges or over/under toasted bread. I like my toast just south of burned, where my wife likes hers barely toasted - and this oven makes that a breeze. It does take longer though on initial heat up, so a good toast will take 5 or 6 minutes over the 2 to 3 minutes of a normal toaster. Where this appliance really shines is with its cooking functions; I have had great success with pizzas, chicken fingers, fries, when cooking food for my children. It’s nice not to have to heat up the “big” oven just to warm something up. This oven though can cook just as well as your normal full size oven - we used it to make cookies, as well as roast and broil vegetables on Thanksgiving freeing up valuable oven space, and it performed perfectly. I found that the oven was large enough for anything I would want to use it for, keeping in mind that it is a counter top stove! After using this for cooking in every scenario possible, and being quite happy with its performance, I did decide to try the dehydrator. It seemed like a bit of a gimmick to me and I was skeptical of just how well it would work. I actually own a large dehydrator that I make jerky and dehydrated fruit in fairly often, and did not think a shelf top oven would be able to actually produce something I would like, but I was quite surprised how well it dried out fruit. I was able to make apple and strawberry chips that were great. It is a bit small of a unit though to do any real dehydrating in quantity, like meat, but it does work really well This really is more than a toaster oven and I see why they call it a Counter top Oven, it is like having a smaller second oven, that can do everything a full size oven can, just faster and in smaller quantities.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Does everything well!

    Posted
    BobinVA
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    There are a lot of toaster ovens on the market, ranging in price from around $30 all the way up to several hundreds of dollars. After almost buying several other models, I settled on this Calphalon, which offers a good mix of features and value. This oven is very well built! You can feel the quality as soon as you take it out of the box. The dark grey top and sides are textured to hide fingerprints, while the door feels solid and opens smoothly. At this point you start looking for the instruction manual and you find...a pamphlet. Very little is given in the way of instructions. It is an easy to use oven with fairly self-evident controls, but it would have been nice to get some instructions to confirm how things are supposed to work. It would have been especially nice to get some tips on how long particular foods should be cooked, but that is not provided. Since this is a convection oven, it’s supposed to cook faster--how much faster? Unfortunately, you’ll have to guess. There isn’t even much additional information available online. The display is very nice-looking and easy to read. The oven offers several modes: toast, bagel, bake, roast, broil, pizza, cookies, reheat, keep warm, defrost and dehydrate. Again, it would have been nice to get some information how these modes differ from one another. For example, what’s the difference between roasting and baking? How does “pizza” differ from regular old baking? It’s not a big deal, but it could have been easily remedied. For most of the modes, preheating is required. While preheating, the display flashes “preheating”, but it doesn’t show the progress of the temperature climbing. Without that, you think it’s taking longer than it is, but it actually heats up pretty fast, getting to 400 degrees in 3 or 4 minutes. Baking is straightforward and the convection fan does indeed speed things up. We’ve cooked chicken, pizza, pies and casseroles and have been very pleased, especially with how evenly it bakes. Reheating foods also worked very well and is much better than microwaving. We were intrigued by the dehydrate function, so we gave it a try. We sliced up pineapples and put them on the dehydration tray (the oven comes with a pizza pan, standard rack, baking/broiling pan and dehydration rack) and started it up. You can choose from either 150 degrees or 200, but without instructions, we had to guess. We only left the pineapple in there about 3 hours, but it did indeed produce dehydrated fruit! We should probably have left them in there longer, but this was good enough to test it out. I’ve seen other reviews that were critical of the baking performance of this oven, but I’ve been very pleased. It does heat up and cook faster than my full-sized oven, so that would definitely save on electricity costs. One place where it doesn’t really make sense is for toasting a single piece of bread or a couple Pop Tarts. That’s a case of overkill, where heating up even this size oven is more than you need. It can take as long as 6 or 7 minutes to toast Pop Tarts, and that’s just too long--use your regular toaster for that. Overall, I really like this oven. I continue to find uses for it, and it’s big enough to be helpful when you’re cooking a big meal and need a second oven. It’s a good value, and I’d recommend it!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The Calphalon Countertop Oven is a Cooking Success

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    stoptheclocks
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    Now this is a countertop oven! The heating comes from Quartz coils that warm up in a matter of seconds. It has a high tech look that is appealing, but it has more than just looks going for it. This is a serious baking machine! Your limits are contained by only your imagination. The Calphalon Oven comes with a few accessories to help you in your cooking. You get a Baking pan, Pizza pan (12 inch), Dehydrator rack, and a Wire rack that all assist you in your efforts. There is also a tray that slides in underneath the baking pans and racks, that catches all the drips or drops from food. No need to clean the oven, simply pull out the tray and clean it instead. Another great feature of the Calphalon oven is the Convection mode. It helps to evenly heat the top and bottom of food so nothing gets burned. Instead food is crispy, and neither the top nor bottom gets burned. This feature is a main selling point, in my opinion. The LCD display includes the Set Temp, Set Time (hours, minutes, seconds) and all of the possible cook settings. There are 11 different settings for cooking: Toast, Bagel, Bake, Roast, Broil, Pizza, Cookies, Reheat, Keep Warm, Defrost and Dehydrate. That is a lot of options. Just below the LCD display are buttons for the light, Start and Cancel/Off. Looking below those options are the knobs that allow you to choose any of the 11 settings, Time, Temp. Convection is a button is the middle of the top knob and the time and temp are the in the middle of the lower knob. Once you use it couple of times, you can catch on quickly. It is simple to use. So at this point I am ready to use the Calphalon Quartz Heat Countertop Oven for some actual cooking. For my first food was a frozen pizza from the grocery store. Most frozen pizzas are about 12 inches so it wasn’t a hard size to find. I selected the setting of Pizza and turned the knob to the directions that were on the pizza box (Time and Temp). Then, pushed the start button and it began to preheat. Preheating did not take more than a minute or two. I put the frozen pizza on the Calphalon Pizza tray provided and put it in the countertop oven. I pushed the start button again and the pizza started to cook. I wanted a more even temperature in the oven so I pushed the convection button. I didn’t want to burn the bottom of the pizza and wanted the cheese on top to melt evenly with no cool spot in the middle. Most ovens just heat up the outer edge and not the middle. With the Convection part of the Countertop oven working, it warmed the pizza evenly. After the buzzer went off I pulled out the pizza and let it set for a few minutes. I tried a piece and it was crispy on the outside and middle. I was impressed. Next, I thought I would try some French Bread Pizza. Main problem with this pizza is the bread crust gets really hard and the top doesn’t cook thoroughly from my old oven. The Convection Oven worked great, making the crust crispy and the top cooked evenly. I really enjoy the Convection part of the Calphalon Countertop oven. One thing I would say is when using the Countertop oven, be careful because it gets very hot (like most oven do). Before you start cooking, try to move the Countertop oven so you are away from the wall and cabinets. I will say it again, it gets very hot, but that is normal with ovens. When I used the Countertop oven the cabinets did get warm and the wall as well. Nothing happened to the cabinets or wall but just be cautious. I have many more food items I would like to try. The oven heats evenly and doesn’t burn food, settings are easy to use and apply, and this top of the line Calphalon Countertop oven seems to have it all. And I can’t wait to start cooking more things……

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Swiss Army knife of small ovens

    Posted
    mkcar1
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    If needing a secondary oven or if in a small apartment/dorm where space is limited and you need a multi-function unit - this will serve you well. Comes with a very skimpy manual. Oven itself is nicely constructed with 2 rack positions and nice large glass window for viewing cooking action. Comes with dehydration rack, baking pan, pizza pan and wire rack. Also has internal light which you can manually turn on from outside. Also bottom tray to catch any drippings, etc. is easily removed and washed. Nice large digital display and controls were easy to learn after a couple of uses and they are; Touch buttons used for light, start, cancel/off First rotary dial used to select food “function” which has time/temp presets for; Toast Bagel Bake Roast Broil Pizza Cookies Reheat Keep Warm Defrost Dehydrate 2nd rotary dial is used to change time/temp if needed. Has turbo/convection function which can be turned on/off. Anything we used it for came out great – rolls, pizza, toast (takes longer than toaster), small pork tenderloin, re-heating. Did not try de-hydrator but am looking forward to giving that function a try. Really nice is fact don’t have to heat a huge oven when you don’t need to. 3 year warranty Downsides; Preheat function is automatic with no timer count down. Turns itself off at end of timed cooking. Sure this is a much needed safety feature to insure you done forget about it. Its use is only limited by internal oven size. Which is mostly due to where the elements on top are located. This makes real usable interior space you can use for cooking smaller than it appears from the outside. This is disappointing as we were not able to cook some items (6 lb ham, whole chicken, etc.) due to this lack of interior volume. Outside gets pretty hot which I found a tad surprising. Make sure it is an area with ventilation and keep “little” hands away.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Not your grandmother's toaster oven!

    Posted
    allib
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    This is the first toaster oven we have owned. Up till now it was either the traditional toaster, standard oven or microwave as an option. This Calphalon Countertop Oven is a great, convenient option to the standard size kitchen oven. It is also a great option for students or those without a full size kitchen. We've found that it's very convenient to use instead of warming up our larger, standard oven. The look of the oven itself is very sleek and modern. It blends in quite well with kitchens that have stainless steel, dark stainless steel or black appliances. It will take up about 12" x 19" of countertop space and fits easily under upper cabinets. I do have ours pulled out a few inches from the wall just to ensure adeqaute space for heat to dissipate. The oven does get warm to the touch so you'd want to ensure that there is space around all sides of it with nothing touching the oven. It's nice that the oven comes with a baking pan, pizza pan, dehydrator rack and wire rack. The quality of the oven itself and the accessories is quite good. The controls are easy to use and operate very smoothly. This Calphalon oven has 11 preset cooking functions: Bake, Pizza, Broil, Toast, Bagel, Roast, Defrost, Warm, Reheat, Cookies and Dehydrate. We have tried many of these so far and found them to work well. The high-contrast lcd display will flash pre-heating while the oven heats up. Temperature and time can be adjusted to one's particular needs. There is a built in interior light so cooking of food is easy to monitor. It's nice that the capacity of the oven will fit up to a 12" pizza. The quartz heating element is stated by Calphalon to deliver 40% more even heat. I'd strongly agree that one of the biggest positives about this oven is that it cooks very evenly and consistently. No burnt sides or undercooked insides of your food. My family would highly recommend this Calphalon oven due to its great looks and design, plentiful features, high quality and fantastic cooking results.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Great Toaster, Poor Oven

    Posted
    elitegangsta
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    This is first and foremost a beautiful and well equipped toaster oven. I have a small kitchen, so this is actually rather large for my space, but it is nice to have it as an auxiliary toaster/oven when the main one is in use (especially since I cannot fit a double oven in my kitchen!). This unit comes with ample trays and baskets. This is something I appreciate as it works with many different types of foods. The oven is large enough to fit a standard 12" pizza which along with simply toasting things, is my primary use for this unit. The most annoying thing about this unit is you have to "preheat" it every-time you change the temperature, or, even to pull one thing out and put in a second at the same temperature! I also find this unit toasts bread super fast, so you level 2 seems to be the highest you'd ever need to go for any bread. However, the oven seems to operate at a lower temperature than you set. I haven't actually measured with a thermometer, but my main range cooks a 12" pizza at 400 degrees in about 10-15 minutes and this smaller, and I would assume more efficient oven takes about 25-30 at the same temperature. Overall usage is very simple. The buttons and dials are intuitive and easy to navigate. It has many preset settings for things most people will use (pizza, cookies, toast, bagel, etc...) The timer and "ding" is loud enough to hear in another room. Overall, for my needs this works, but as a second "oven" it falls a bit short. It does the job, but not as efficiently as I would expect a smaller, more compact space to do. It is attractive in my kitchen, and I won't look to replace it with anything else anytime soon and for basic needs, I would recommend this. For any series cook or anyone expecting to get more "oven" out of this, look elsewhere.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great multi-purpose device

    Posted
    BogleheadsGuide
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    Calphalon - Quartz Heat Countertop Oven - Dark Stainless Steel This high-end, solidly-built Calphalon Quartz Heat Countertop Oven can handle just about anything you can throw at it. It has settings for: • Toast • Bagles • Baking • Roasting • Broiling • Pizza (there’s an included pizza pan) • Cookies • Reheating • Warming • Defrosting, and • Dehydrating When you choose one of the above options, the digital data center automatically displays the recommended temperature settings. The instruction manual, which you download at the Calphalon website, provides recommended temperature ranges and estimated times for each of the available cooking choices. After unpacking, the unit fit comfortably on my kitchen counter under my kitchen cabinets. My wife and I tried a number of the options. We found that making toast took a lot longer than using our traditional toaster, but it certainly does the job for folks who don’t have a toaster. There are options for varying shades of toast (1-7) and the time required ranged from 1:35 minutes to 12:30 minutes. If you’re a hot dog aficionado, you’ll love the way they turn out using the broil option. I must say that it produced some of the best-tasting and juiciest hot dogs I’ve ever had. And baking smaller batches of cookies can be more energy efficient, since one obvious benefit of a toaster oven is that you don’t have to turn on and use your larger oven for small things. And it’s perfect for those who don’t have a toaster, microwave and oven (think small apartments, college dorms, etc.) My only suggestion for improvement would be to include a recipe booklet, either with the unit or online. While it may be there somewhere, I was unable to locate it. In my opinion, that would help make the unit even more valuable. However, even without a recipe booklet, it’s still a great “Swiss Army Knife”, multi-function unit.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Really good Oven but POOR chord length

    Posted
    APFLORES413
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    I was really excited about this Quartz Heat Countertop Oven. Our previous one has been with us for over 10 years now and was showing signs that it was time to change. I was very well pleased with the Calphalon EXCEPT the power chord is really SHORT. It is about 12 inches shorter than my previous countertop oven which limits the location in the kitchen to place it. We already have a small kitchen and the power outlets are not always in good spots, so it doesn't make any sense to why the power chord would be short. I've had this oven for about 2 weeks now and have somewhat of a good grasp of what it can and can't do. Pros: - Good depth. About 3 inches deeper than my previous oven. I can place more items in there to cook. The purpose of being deep is to fit the Pizza pan that is included. - Several accessories. It comes with Baking Pan, Pizza Pan (mentioned earlier), Dehydrator and Baking racks. - Option settings to cooking. It comes with 11 different settings to use for cooking: Toast, Bagel, Bake, Roast, Broil, Pizza, Cookies, Reheat, Keep Warm, Defrost and Dehydrate. Easy to navigate and use. Along with the option settings are the temperature and timing knobs. - Easy to use. Once you decided on what option to cook, and have the temp and timing, the Oven goes into the Preheating stage which clearly informs you. Neutral: - No clock. Now, I am by nit-picking since the toaster and stove oven have clocks, but I am used to having a clock on every appliance display. This just means one less clock to change on Daylight Savings. Cons: - Again, the power chord length is too short. - Sounds. Once your food is finish, it will sound a beep. But the volume was very low and I could hardly hear it. Overall I am very impressed with this appliance. It was a worthy upgrade to my previous countertop oven and am looking forward to the next 10 years with it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great looks and Brains to Match!

    Posted
    1ShadowFox1
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    This piece of equipment is a cook's best friend and a microwave's worst enemy. As an individual that is always on the run, working a full time job, running my own business, along with raising my little one, and working on any of my personal hobbies, time is not of great supply, as I am sure many can relate to. Add into that equation that most of my planning skills are consumed by attempting to mesh this hectic life into handling my professional endeavors, cooking is usually an impromptu task that is done between errands. This has lead me to rely heavily on my microwave for quick solutions that usually don't translate into healthy or even tasty results. On the other end, using my full sized oven usually requires more dedication than I can provide at the time. Luckily this Calphalon Counter Top Oven is here to bridge the gap making my child, my stomach, and my schedule very happy. The first and most apparent feature about this mini oven is its appearance. Slick, clean, and almost professional. Its timeless and universal design will make this mini oven blend in anywhere. There are a few buttons, a couple knobs, and a digital display. All of which are very intuitive to use. The best part of this counter top oven is that even as aesthetically pleasing as this appliance is, the function surpasses its form. With many choices of what you want to cook and the ability to customize your cooking to your tastes, this is a very capable machine. I have a toaster oven that use to drive me crazy because using it always felt like guesswork and my food always seemed either cold or burnt, no in between.That is probably attributed to my lack of skill, but this Calphalon takes all of the guessing out of my hands, even to the point of asking how dark I want my toasted bread. I love it. Couple the capability with the rapidly preheating elements of this oven and I now have quality married with convenience and it is AMAZING!!!! I have been going crazy with use of this oven, using it to make frozen meals, reheat buffalo wings from the night before, to even baking a pumpkin pie and it nailed every task in a timely fashion. If you are constantly juggling responsibilities with time or just want an extra hand in the kitchen. this Calphalon Counter Top Oven is well worth the expense and will not disappoint you or your stomach.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Oven with many features

    Posted
    Leonardo
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    This Quartz Countertop Oven from Calphalon did a lot of things right. Many of the minor nuances from using my old oven toaster were fixed/improved with this oven. It has made using this oven on a day to day basis much more enjoyable. For starters, there are many quality of life things to list off that they did correctly: - Oven saves your last settings for each preset (toast, oven, etc) so you don't have to re-calibrate again. - There are multiple presets and the two knob design makes it extremely simple to use without an instructions manual. - The oven knows to self shut off when down. It does not continually beep / flash forever letting you know. - Three large buttons to start, stop, and light makes operating the oven much more fluid (I had to search for the start button with my old oven). - When using the bake preset, the oven will self preheat and then you can start the timer that you've set. I can't stress how easy it is to operate this oven. You don't have to waste time pressing buttons multiple times to select your function because you can just twist the knob quickly. There is also a removable tray at the bottom to catch crumbs (I've wrapped mine in foil to make it super easy to clean). As far as how well it bakes your food, well it's about the same as any other countertop oven. If you've only used those cheap tiny toasters before, then prepare to experience a new pleasure in life. I have yet to have inconsistently toasted bread/bagels. And because this oven saves my preset, I don't have to remember where I set it last time. There are not many things to complain about this oven, and even this complaint I'm going to make is minor. The door does not open fully perpendicular to the surface - meaning the handle props the door up just a bit. For some reason, this makes me feel like I'm going to one day accidentally brush my wrist on the edge of the door and burn myself. Overall, I am extremely happy with this countertop oven. I would definitely recommend this to anyone looking for an upgrade to their kitchen.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Jack of all trades, master of none.

    Posted
    MIXMASTERICE
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

    First thing I will touch on is the build quality. The countertop oven has a nice look, wrapped in stainless steel. The exterior of the oven gets very hot and this could be a problem with small children or if you don't have enough counter room to give it plenty of space away from everything. The door has no latch or anything to keep it closed and doesn't actually fully shut. The small gap left when you pull the door up and shut allows some heat to escape while it's cooking or pre-heating. Not the best design. The plastic buttons and knobs feel a bit cheap and probably need to be used gently so they don't break. For cooking, this little oven can do many things, but not as well as a full sized oven. Calphalon claims this pre-heats in seconds, but that's just not true. To heat up to say 400 degrees it takes a few minutes. Maybe if the door would latch shut and seal it would heat up quicker? The included pizza pan works great for the Great Value brand rising crust pizzas. The oven does a great job with these pizzas and I highly recommend them. I found heating up frozen chicken nuggets left some nuggets a bit hotter than others from the same batch cooked. The heating doesn't seem to be extremely even. We've used it for others things like making toast, baking chicken, cookies and homemade lasagna. The countertop oven does many cooking jobs and would be great for somebody with limited space, but a real oven just can't be replaced. I don't know that many would use this in place of say a toaster or a microwave due to it taking longer and having to pre-heat as step one, then set it to start cooking as step two. Most people want to set it and forget it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Made our full-size oven practically obsolete

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    JMan
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    If looking for a full size oven replacement, look no further. This little countertop oven is fantastic. It’s way more capable than a toaster oven and, although larger, has a similar footprint. It makes a wonderful addition to any kitchen or a small limited space area like a dorm room. We've cooked a wide range of foods in this oven, many of which a normal toaster could never handle. We’ve baked seafood, game hens, vegetables, pizza, cakes, cookies, brownies, pasta dishes and more. There isn't much we haven't cooked in this yet. Food cooks nice and evenly and the convection feature works wonderfully for roasting when needed. The controls are very intuitive and easy to use. The high contrast LCD is bright and easy to read and all controls are well laid out. We really don’t use our full-size oven much these days unless it’s an event where we have to cook for a large amount of people like this past Thanksgiving. For day to day baking, this little oven handles just about all of our cooking needs, size permitting. The finish and design are attractive as well and it looks very nice on our counter top. It also fits nicely under the upper cabinets and leaves plenty of space above the top for heat to dissipate. This is the best and most useful addition to our kitchen in a while.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Adequate oven for a small family

    Posted
    Bogwomber
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    Since there are only two of us it's foolish to crank up a full size oven for a small meal. However, there are some dishes that just don't fare well in a microwave oven such as roast anything. So a long while ago I shopped around for a counter top oven that would suffice for the meals I prepare. For over a decade I had been using one made by another manufacturer which did the job well even tho' the user interface wasn't the best in the world. The top elements failed recently so I decided to get another one. I settled on this one since it seems the one that failed isn't available anymore. So after looking at various other models I chose the Calphalon model. It did not disappoint me. It perfectly roasted a nice sized turkey breast and does a bang up job of cooking sausages and peppers. The only reason I gave it 4 stars was because the instruction booklet, which you have to download, is a bit sketchy. For example, it doesn't show you how to set the rack and tray up and as far as functions goes there's just a small chart. Also I'm not too fond of the dial method of setting the functions. I prefer a keypad. One big plus tho' is the built in light. Makes a big difference when it comes to checking on the cooking progress. On the whole this oven will do most of what a full sized oven will do. Be advised that the outside of the oven gets wicked hot and needs adequate space away from a wall or anything that will be damaged by heat.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Stylish

    Posted
    Chickenweasel
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    I must have reviewed a million toaster ovens before settling on this one. 1st off, there’s a 3 year warranty, that was a huge plus. I was looking for a few key features: nonstick interior, 2 racks and an interior light, a clock would have been nice but my stove and microwave have that so I guess I can do without a third. The most important feature in my opinion is an interior light, I mean c’mon, try doing without a light in your refrigerator, (1st world problem)you would think this would be a standard feature. I guess the Einsteins sitting at the boardroom thought by adding a .16 light bulb would have set the price point through the roof-so this is a major win with this unit. Although it only comes with one rack, I’m sure I can deal with it. The size is a little smaller than my 15 yr old behemoth Delonghi. The one time in 15 years I put something in it, set the timer,only to come home to a non functioning appliance and half cooked chicken thighs, it decided nah I’m good and died. I’m amused at the comments on this and other ovens saying: this unit gets really hot so make sure not to touch and to keep clearance, ehh it’s a freakin oven, where would you expect the heat to go? It’s not a NASA engineered spacecraft. Overall, this is a sleek, stylish and well made oven and is no way flimsy like it’s competitors. I highly recommend wholeheartedly.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Nicely designed oven, good fit and finish

    Posted
    Gizmo
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    The Calphalon Quartz Heat countertop oven is overall a great countertop oven, with minor issues. Let’s start with the positive: The oven is nicely designed, with its large LCD screen, simple-to-use control knobs, large glass door and nice solid handle (brushed metal front, rubber on the back). The interior is very large, I can easily fit an 11”x7” glass pan inside. I really appreciate the interior light, it’s a nice feature I haven’t seen on most countertop ovens. The light turns off automatically after a few seconds, it doesn’t stay on until it is turned off. The Function Selector Dial has 11 options: Toast, Bagel, Pizza, Bake, Broil, Cookies, Roast, Warm, Defrost, Reheat, and Dehydrate. There’s also an button for Turbo Convect for better air circulation and crisper food. A pizza pan, baking pan and dehydrator pan are included. I’ve used the Toast, Bagel, Bake and Roast functions, they all worked well. The Negative: The Broil function didn’t work so well when I tried it for browning the skin on a turkey breast. The result didn’t even come close to using my gas oven’s Broil function. Another issue, maybe more of a preference, when I preheat the oven, once it reaches the desired temperature, I have to hit start, otherwise it will shut off after a few minutes. I may be used to my old toaster oven and regular stove, once it’s finished preheating, it stays on. Overall, I am happy with this countertop oven and recommended it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Modern take on a traditional appliance

    Posted
    Dan292
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    Countertop ovens have been around for decades, and they do what they’ve pretty much always done—cook food, just a like a full-size oven. I’ve prepared several main dishes as well as reheated leftovers in the Calphalon quartz oven, and it did these tasks with aplomb. Its small size means it uses less energy, but it also means you’re limited in the size of bakeware you can put inside. For those who live in small apartments, or if you're cooking just for yourself or perhaps two people, something like this might be all you need. If you’re preparing several dishes that require baking at different temperatures, such as you might be doing for a dinner party, having something like this handy as a second oven can be very useful. It toasts bagels and bread beautifully. Whether its worth buying just for this purpose over a conventional toaster is a separate issue. But if you buy it for its baking capabilities, the added advantage of the best toast you’ve ever had is a nice bonus. The advantages to this particular oven are its attractive looks, the quartz heater, which speeds preheating and makes for a more uniform distribution of heat, and the electronic controls, which brings the oven into the modern age and allows programming the oven's operation for different types of food. My only negative? The warning beep when the oven has finished preheating or the timer has reached zero is not very loud, or at least not as loud as I’d like. But this is a minor criticism. If you need a countertop oven, you will not go wrong with the Calphalon quartz countertop oven.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Large, sleek and simple oven

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    NJRY
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    This thing is huge. Not surprising, as it advertises the ability to heat up a full 12" pizza (it does, and does so pretty quickly), but you may not realize how massive Calphalon's Quartz Heat Countertop Oven really is until you open up the box. This can be good or bad, depending on your countertop space and how often you plan on utilizing this machine and its plethora of functions. The oven has a setting for nearly everything you would want to throw into a convection oven or a large toaster oven. From precisely browned toast, to defrosted frozen foods to the aforementioned pizza, this oven does it all. The best part about it is that it does so in just a few clicks of a button and turns of a dial. You spend less time worrying about the food being cooked and more time doing whatever else you need to do. Unlike your regular oven, it shuts off once your set time is completed, saving energy and avoiding overcooking. The oven looks pretty nice and nicely made. Unfortunately, the entire machine gets super hot during usage - walls, glass front, top, everything. If you wanted to stick this into a tight spot in your kitchen, I'd advise against that. Open area for sure. Overall, the oven does a very good job, is easy to operate, and is pretty to look at. It's large and heats up, but that doesn't stop it from getting my full recommendation. Full disclosure, I received this product for my unbiased, honest review.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Worth Every Penny

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    DMNFL
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    This Calphalon replaced another countertop oven that I liked a lot. It is better than it in some small but important ways for me. First, it looks awesome. It's well made and everything looks and feels that way. As a countertop oven, it does what you'd expect. It preheats quickly, and far quicker than a full size oven, and the food cooks/toasts, etc. evenly. The things that set it apart for me are small, but you like in everyday or even use every few days. The controls are very intuitive and labeled well. After the initial learning period, they became second nature. My favorite is, and is different than my previous countertop oven, is that when you preheat and set the time that you want to bake, when it finished preheating it flashed the time and when you put the food in and hit start, it then starts the timer. My previous one started the time immediately. So I often ended up putting in the food while preheating or missing time if I weren't nearby to hear the beep that it was heated. Small convenience, but it makes this unit better. This has actually replaced the bigger oven for anything that will fit it in for all these reasons. It comes with a pizza tray and a dehydrating rack. I've never thought to try to dehydrate something and haven't tried yet, but I will. I highly recommend this Calphalon countertop oven.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Wonderful Toaster/Convection Oven

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    TechBuyer
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    This Calphalon Quartz Heat Countertop Oven is expensive for a toaster oven but it has all the premium bells and whistles that will keep it in your kitchen for decades to come. We had a cheap B&D toaster oven that did the job with a simple timer knob that we couldn't really control, and now we have this sleek beauty with turn knobs and digital display to give us much better control over cook speed and temperature. My wife loves pizza, and while we don't make it from scratch, we always try to reheat pizza leftovers in the convection oven to keep the crust flaky instead of mushy like you get in the microwave. This oven is amazing as it not only heats up faster, but also warms up and more uniformly, it doesn't even take much longer than the microwave. I personally like to make little pepperoni sliders on potato bread for a snack and this handles 2 more sliders than our old oven. Clean up and maintenance is also much easier with the raised convection coils and slide out crumb tray. Great product from a great brand, I would definitely recommend to anyone who wants something nicer than the usual products in that $50 range.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Make sure you read the instruction

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    EAR1965
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    Great little oven but the cons listed below take it down a star. The first con is a devastation to me!!! So, first time use was a casserole. Since I had just put it together, I would put it in the oven while preheating. So I did. I heard it ding and assumed it was at temp and would cook. 5 minutes later I checked and the oven was off. Annoying. So I did it again. Did the same thing. Super annoying. So I decided to read the instructions. Not plug-and-play. Very complicated for a toaster oven. Had to babysit until the preheat was done. We don't eat toast so I cannot attest to how the toast option works. I have only used bake...many times Lets list the cons and pros: Cons- Will NOT fit a regular size frozen pizza Not simply a turn on and go unit Complicated to where you need to be standing there until preheat is over Pros: Cooks nice and even and quick Big window to watch Looks good

    I would recommend this to a friend