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Calphalon - Quartz Heat Countertop Oven - Dark Stainless Steel-Front_Standard

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Rating 4.5 out of 5 stars with 81 reviews

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would recommend to a friend

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  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Great Toaster, Poor Oven

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    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