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Swiss Army knife of small ovensPosted
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
The Calphalon Countertop Oven is a Cooking SuccessPosted
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 didn't 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
Does everything well!Posted
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's 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'sn't 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'sn't 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's, 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