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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Toaster/Convection Oven

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    SteveC
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    I got this DeLonghi oven to replace an ageing Frigidaire professional convection oven we’ve had for a few years now. The oven arrived very well packaged, the box came inside another box so there was no damage to the factory box at all. Inside the oven was cradled in a Styrofoam frame, the oven itself inside a big plastic bag and was in perfect shape. There’s a wire rack “just one”, broiler pan, a pizza pan, crumb tray a manual and some paperwork. Checking the oven out I noticed it uses a three prong grounded cord which is a lot heavier than the two prong cord the Frigidaire has on it, it’s also shorter. I was able to get it plugged in where we needed it using a 90 degree 6” adapter that’s made for high wattage devices. After removing all the packing materials and giving the inside a good wipe down with a wet rag I put the oven in the garage and ran a 30 minute 450F “max heat” cycle. It really stunk up the garage and I highly recommend you do this before using it inside the first time. After doing that initial heat there wasn’t any type of odor coming out of it. What really surprised me is when I set it for 450F and turned it on there was a message about the oven Pre-Heating. I decided to time this to see how long it would take to go from about 70F “room temp” to 450F, and was very impressed that it only took 4 minutes. I verified it was up to temp using a thermal imager. One thing I noticed DeLonghi mentioning is that the oven has a double glass door to help keep the door glass cool. I figured this would be a great test to use the thermal imager on so I did a comparison between it and the Frigidaire, “thermal photos attached”. I was very impressed with what I found. The glass on the DeLonghi was much cooler after 15minutes then the Frigidaire, you could actually put your hand against the DeLonghi and it was just warm, the Frigidaire would burn you if you did that and was a common complaint between both of us as my wife had singed the back of a finger a couple of times. She was really impressed that she could put her hand against the glass "just can't hold it there", and it just be very warm while the inside temp was a cozy 450F. I wanted to try something right away and we happen to have a package of Red Baron frozen French bread pizza. I put two of the pizzas on the rack, placed at slot 2, and used the pizza setting in the control panel, “the frozen selection was already set”, put the size as a 10" and turned it on. 15 minutes later they looked perfectly done, the cheese was nicely toasted around the edges and peperoni curled up a little with browned edges also. I noticed these came out much better than the Frigidaire, they were more evenly browned and heated. The Frigidaire uses quarts elements, 2 on top and 2 on bottom so you have to make sure the items you are cooking are centered correctly, there’s sort of a dead “cooler” area right in the middle of that oven. The Delonghi has standard oven looking elelments top and bottom and they are shaped into a 4 way S pattern so that the whole bottom and top are evenly heated, there’s a definite difference between the two on how the heat is distributed. My wife has been making toast and heating up dinner rolls in it and she says it heats up quite a bit faster than our old one, she was very surprised how fast it makes toast and how even the top is compared to the old oven. I’ve also heated up some frozen leftover Domino’s pizza “yes I like pizza” and it did a great job on that. For two pieces, “placed on aluminum foil” with the bottom rack in slot 1, I sent it controls for pizza, frozen, 8”, it showed about 10 minutes till finished and at the end of the cycle the pieces were hot “very hot, and the bottom crust nice and crisp, “couldn’t have asked for better”. In comparison with the Frigidaire I would have to preheat the pieces in the microwave for 30 seconds before putting them in and then heat for 15 minutes to get about the same results, just not quite as well. I do wish it came with a second rack, they show one in the instructions but there wasn’t one with this unit. The one thing I do miss about the Frigidaire unit is it had a “Bagel” setting which I liked to use to toast buns when making hamburgers, only the top element would heat leaving the bottom warm and soft. I can get around this by setting the buns on some tinfoil and putting the rack in the level 3 slot, using the toast function. This worked really well and it’s an acceptable compromise to not having a dedicated Bagel setting. We’ll be using this a lot for getting our Christmas dinner ready and may not even have to turn on the big oven, I have a feeling it will be seeing a lot less use.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    De’Longhi Livenza Oven - Versatile & Fast

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    pauldar
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    It was obvious to me while I was removing this De’Longhi Livenza Digital Convection Oven from the box that it was something special. The modern exterior of the oven's cabinet is stainless steel, finished in an appealing, glossy satin. Although the oven itself weighs only twelve pounds, it has a heavier, quality-built feel to it. The oven's double glass door, which is thermally insulated, is hinged at the bottom and opens from the top down,. When fully opened the double glass door allows unrestricted access to the entire oven's interior. An internal light allows you to visually check your cooking process while the oven is ON. For easier cleaning the whole, interior oven surface has a non-stick and non-scratch coating. There are two sets of stainless steel heating elements, one at the top, and, one at the bottom. For more efficient cooking there are four oven slot positions for placing your wire rack, bake pan, and, or pizza pan(s). For your convenience the slots are numbered and correspond to the suggested positions to use during the various selected cooking functions. Also included with the oven are the following accessories: * A crumb tray, which slides under the bottom heating element. * A non-stick, round pizza pan. * A non-stick baking pan * A stainless steel wire toasting, roasting or grilling rack There is a large, blue LCD, function screen, located just to the right of the oven glass door at the top. The LCD screen displays the following digital information: ** Time of day clock when oven is not in operation. ** Seven Cooking Function Indicators – Toast, Bake, Convection, Broil / Grill, Defrost, Pizza, Cookies, and a Keep Warm. Pizza and Cookies are preset in time and temperature. You also have a fresh / frozen selection option. ** Timer / Clock Indicator. ** Temperature Digital Information – ,Temperature, Size, Number of Trays / Slices. Below the blue LCD screen are three round, rotary, multi-functional dials. In the center of each dial is a control push button: *** Toast Color / Time Dial – This top rotary dial increases (+) or decreases (-) the cooking times up to a maximum of 120 minutes. The center push button is the ON / OFF. *** Temperature Pizza Size Slices Tray Dial – This second rotary dial increases (+) or decreases (-) the oven temperature with a range of 175F to a maximum of 450 F degrees. The center push button momentarily displays the actual internal oven temperature on the blue LCD screen when depressed. *** Function Selection Dial – The third rotary dial allows you to choose any one of the seven cooking functions plus the keep warm selection. The center push button gives you the frozen food option when depressed. The De’Longhi Livenza Digital Convection Oven is designed for placement directly on your kitchen counter top and under your top cabinets. The oven cabinet sits on four sturdy legs, which allows space between your counter top surface and oven for heat dissipation. The manufacture recommends that you have at least four inches of clearance from the top of the oven to the bottom of your cabinets to properly vent any heat exhaust. This oven requires a maximum of 1,800 watts at 120 V, so the circuit you utilize should be separate from any of your other kitchen appliances to avoid the nuisance of tripping breakers. A 36”, heavy duty, grounded plug is provided with this oven. After two weeks of various use I just love this oven. It has an easy learning curve. WooHoo!The more I use it the easier it is to understand and the more versatile it becomes. In fact I am retiring my microwave. This baby heat up any leftovers I would normally 'nuke', and they stay hot. No more 'rubbery' bread or cheese, and, food hot for only several minutes. And, the best part – it only takes a little more cooking time with this oven then with my ancient microwave. It is definitely worth the wait for me. YooHoo! I have made cookies, heated up leftover Stromboli, baked a ham and fudge brownies. YUM! This oven is fast and efficient as against using my larger range. Since it sits on my counter top, it is easily seen by my Grand Kids, who love to watch the cookies and brownies 'rise' as they are baked. The oven light is Kid-Friendly. But, a word of caution – the oven cabinet top and sides get pretty 'hot' to the touch, so keep the kids away from these surfaces while cooking or baking. I highly recommend the purchase of this De’Longhi Livenza Digital Convection Oven. It actually does more then my existing conventional, convection range oven, and, has eliminated any further use of my microwave. It is not only versatile, but fast and efficient too. For its price point – this baby is a bargain. It would make a great gift for any family member or friend, because it is a great multi-functional cooking 'convenience'. It is specially designed for 'active' and 'busy' people to save them time cooking, baking, and grilling in their kitchens. Get this oven, you will NOT be disappointed!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Compact Oven!

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    BADog
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    We are replacing a smaller B&D oven with this one, and so far, the De'Longhi doesn't disappoint. Size-wise, it's a bit bulky for what I'm use to, but after getting used to it, I enjoy it quite a bit. PROS: * Heats quickly. I can set to BAKE setting and get to 400 degrees-F in about 4-5 minutes. * The convection option is great for a better cooking-thru experience * Everything is digital and on screen. Analog dials change the digital settings in the main window. * Stainless looks great * Double-paned window on the front keeps more heat in. There is a good seal around the front window door. * The LIGHT on the inside is great!! If baking, the light automatically comes on. * Includes a pizza pan - and able to cook a 13" pizza * Always-on clock display CONS: * With the double-layer rack system, it would be great to have INCLUDED another wire rack. If you're paying this much for a small oven, an extra small rack and another cookie tray would be ideal. * I wish the pizza pan had small holes in it like our bigger round pizza pans. This would allow for more heat to the bottom of the pizza * Accessories include 1 rack and a broiler pan. I would like for another accessory to be a big square pan that you can place on top of the wire rack itself (not the round pizza sheet) - something similar to the crumb pan that's on the bottom. This allows for cooking things like chicken strips, french toast, etc that require more than the wire rack. The broiler pan can be used, but surface space is limited due to its bowl-like design on the edges. * There is no way to change the volume level of the beep tone. This may not be an option on many (or any) of this type of appliance, but it would be nice especially in the mornings when people are sleeping - this high-pitch beep can wake people up. * Wire rack spacing of wires is that of a regular-size oven. My last wire rack had the wires closer together which helped keep food from falling through the wire spaces. Something to keep in mind if you cook smaller items. * As with most small appliances, if the power goes out, clock has to be reset. NOTES: * Oven gets hot, and quick. My previous oven must not have gotten this hot because it is very easy to burn things in this oven if you don't have your times set correctly. Initially, keep a close eye on your food so it does not burn. * "Pizza" setting is different than a regular "bake" setting. You put the frozen pizza in the oven from the start - no pre-heating. If you're waiting for a pre-heating beep in Pizza mode, it won't happen - that's all part of the cooking process. * The oven bakes on top/bottom only, but De'Longhi also has another oven identical to this one but with an added side burner for a 3-zone cooking area. This one appears to cook evenly and just fine for what I use it for. * Unit uses a 3-prong AC power plug. Overall, a great oven functionally. However, at the selling price point, I would ask for another wire rack for double-layer baking and also another pan similar to the pizza pan, but square/flat like the crumb tray. For this price, I don't see why that wouldn't be a doable option. For what I did get to use, it worked great. I have used this oven to make French toast, regular toast, cookies, 10" Digiorno frozen pizza, frozen waffles, small frozen pot pie, and a few other odds and ends all on various settings. I had a couple of things get slightly over done but I will adjust in the future to compensate for the higher temps this oven puts out over my previous portable oven. I have posted a picture of my previous oven and this one so you can see the size diference and also the round back of the oven that allows for a full-size pizza to be cooked. Also a picture of all the racks/pans included. Should last us for many years!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Goodbye Traditional Oven! Hello DeLonghi Livenza!

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    MarkusKong
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    DeLonghi Livenza EO241150M Setup/Testing/Conclusion Let me first say that the DeLonghi Livenza EO241150M is pretty massive. So before you go out and buy this beauty, make sure you have ample kitchen space. The specific model that I received is a thing of beauty as I mentioned above. The build quality and finish on it is fantastic. I love the stainless steel look. The construction feels and looks extremely durable. The nobs to select temperature, while cycling through the 7 different options and whatnot is also made really well. The nobs have very nice feedback/clicks when you’re cycling through the different options and temperatures. When they marketed this thing as a smaller version of your actual home oven (the one attached to your stove), they weren’t kidding. I really enjoyed the double glass door and the seal that was constructed around it. It literally feels like the same door on your home oven except smaller. The internal construction is also excellent as its well insulated to retain heat. The included pizza pan, wire rack, crumb tray and bake pan are also great quality. The thing I would like to highlight most is the fact that the DeLonghi Livenza EO241150M is extremely quiet. There were honestly times where I thought that it wasn’t even working… I literally touched the top (CAUTION HOT!) and sides to make sure that there was actually heat. I love the fact that this oven is a convectional oven, the built in fan circulates the heat so that all your food cooks evenly. The auto shut off feature is also nice and it beeps pretty loud when your food is ready so that you know when to pull your goodies out. Another thing I’d like to mention is the built in light. It’s so wonderful having the ability to watch your food cook instead of being left in the “dark”. I was able to utilize the oven to make some chicken tenderloins, chicken nuggets, french fries, and fried shrimp. I looked through the manual to get familiar with how to operate it before I started and I highly recommend doing this. After you cycle through the different options and temperature, the oven will automatically start preheating. Once it has completed its preheating cycle, it will beep to notify you so that you can put in your goodies. I have to say, the convection feature is really really good. It made everything perfectly! All my food was nice and crispy on the outside yet tender on the inside. Everything was also cooked evenly. The only thing I didn’t like too much were the french fries. But I mean…. This is why you purchase an air fryer no? I’m sure if you were to broil the french fries and move the pan to the indicated position, it would’ve probably came out more crispy. That’s right! DeLonghi made it simple by indicating where to place your rack and pan so you don’t mess up (depending on how you’re using the oven). Are you tired of having soggy pizza from the microwave? Are you tired of waiting forever for your traditional oven to preheat and cook things? Are you tired of heating up your entire kitchen with your traditional oven during summer? How about clean up? How about even cooking? Let me just say… The DeLonghi Livenza EO241150M is going to be your go to oven. If the above questions are questions you ask yourself, go ahead and make the leap to purchase this beauty. You will not be disappointed. In conclusion, the DeLonghi Livenza EO241150M delivers what it promises. Talk about even cooking, fast cooking, easy clean up, very well insulated, fancy looking, excellent build quality, and best of all… Perfect results every single time for the food that you’re cooking, If you’re like me and you enjoy being in the kitchen, the DeLonghi Livenza EO241150M is going to be an excellent addition to your other kitchen gadgets. All I am saying is this… I’m going to use this oven every single day! The only time I will use my traditional oven is when I have to cook a huge turkey or ham for a big party. Besides that? The DeLonghi Livenza EO241150M is going to be my go to daily kitchen gadget. Great job Delonghi!!! Product Information Digital LCD control panel with preset cooking functions 7 cooking functions: Bake, Grill, DeFrost, Keep Warm, FAN Convection, Pizza and Cookies SCS Double Pro (lateral fan with the power of 3 heating elements) Double glass high visibility door with internal light Internal cavity is thermal insulated (to maintain heat) and has non-stick coating (for easy clean up) 120 minutes digital timer (fully adjustable) with auto shut off 80 degrees celsius to 220 degrees celsius (176 degrees fahrenheit to 428 degrees fahrenheit) 24 Litres capacity What's in the box? DeLonghi Livenza EO241150M Crumb Tray Pizza Pan Bake Tray Wire Rack Quick User Guide Instruction Booklet Warranty Guide

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Pleasantly impressed with all of the features

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    MarilynB
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    The oven came well-wrapped with form fitting packaging inside a sturdy box. Inside the box were: the oven, the instructions and guides, the wire rack, crumb tray, baking pan, and pizza tray. The Get Started guide is probably all you need at first, but don’t forget to read the full instruction manual for more details. The Get Started guide includes 2 recipes and there are 7 more in the full instruction manual. After unwrapping, I made a plan to test the oven using as many features as I could within the next 24 hours. The oven has several function settings which are: toast, bake, convection, broil/grill, defrost, pizza, cookies, and keep warm. There are 4 tray positions in the oven number 1 through 4 from bottom to top. A summary table in the Get Started guide tells you which tray to use and which position to put the tray on depending on what you are cooking. The first function I tested was the toast function. I put the wire rack on the 2nd tray level, input the number of pieces of toast I was making, and chose the toast color time I wanted. There are 6 levels of toast color, so I chose the third level which turned out just right. You can make up to 6 pieces of toast at once. Next, I tested the Pizza function. I bought a thin crust, 10 inch frozen pizza and put it on the pizza tray. The Get Started guide says to put the pizza tray on the lowest rack in the oven. After choosing the pizza function on the oven, all I had to do was input the pizza diameter, the crust type (using the toast color time dial), and whether the pizza was fresh or frozen. It turned out perfect. The crust was crispy, the toppings were hot, and the cheese was bubbling. I transferred my pizza to a different surface to cut it since I didn’t want scratches on my pizza pan on the very first day, but I could have easily cut it right on the pizza pan. You can cook 2 pizzas at once but it requires an extra pizza pan and an extra wire tray to do so. Next, I tested the Convection function. I tried out the Mediterranean One-Pan Chicken with Lemon and Potatoes recipe from the Get Started guide. I lined the baking tray with foil and placed it on rack 3 in the oven. The convection setting circulates the hot air in the oven to cook faster and more evenly. I pre-heated the oven, then I followed the recipe and it turned out delicious. The next function I tested was the Cookie function. The temperature and heating elements are automatically selected, but you can choose the cooking time you want. You choose whether you are cooking 1 or 2 trays. If cooking one tray of cookies, use the baking pan on rack 2. If cooking 2 trays, you can place foil on the wire rack to use as a second tray and use racks 1 and 3. Half-way through the cooking time, switch the position of the trays. I opted to make 2 separate batches of cookies with one tray each. I placed 8 cookies at 1 Tablespoon each of cookie dough, evenly spaced, on the baking tray and preheated the oven. I set the timer for 12 minutes because the instructions on the cookie dough said to cook 12 to 15 minutes. The oven beeped when it was preheated, then I placed the tray of cookie dough on rack 2. I noticed the cookies looked done at about 9 minutes so I took them out and they were great. Then I remembered that there are conversion charts for convection ovens that you can find on the Internet. The first one I found used an example of 12 minute cookies and the chart said to cook them for 9 minutes. I will print out that chart and use it until I get better at this. I set the second batch for 9 minutes and they came out great. If you aren’t sure about the time, set the time for less than you think it should be, because at the end of the time, the oven goes into a waiting mode for up to 5 minutes. You can either end the cooking or add more time (up to 10 minutes.) During the Bake function, you can change the function setting to Convection and/or Broil/Grill without starting over. Use the baking pan or place your own baking dish on the wire rack. When using the Broil/Grill function, place your food on the wire rack and place the baking pan under it to catch drips. To use the Defrost function, make sure the oven is completely cool before starting. Use either the wire rack or the baking pan. Set the function to defrost and select the desired time. The Keep Warm function will allow you to keep previously cooked food warm. The default setting is 30 minutes. The Keep Warm function can also be used as a slow cooker for up to 6 hours. The crumb tray should be kept below the bottom burner coils and should be hand-washed for cleaning. All of the other trays may be washed in the dishwasher or they could be hand-washed too. I was very happy with the results of the oven. I would probably have never made an entire meal in it if it weren’t for the easy recipes included, but now I will be looking for more recipes to make. I love the fact that you can just put in the type of crust and diameter of the pizza and it cooks it perfectly. I didn’t try the broil/grill feature, the Keep Warm feature, or the Defrost feature yet but every feature I tried worked very well.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Convection Magic!

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    The De’Longhi Livenza Oven is an amazing appliance! It is a high performance convection oven & replaces the microwave for quick heating in many situations. We tested it against our Professional $3,500 "Trivection Oven", a 30" built-in oven with Convection / Standard Cooking & Microwave assist. Read on for the results... LIKES: 1- The trusted De’Longhi name makes a premium quality & safety statement. 2- Safety stabs on the back of the oven cabinet press against the back wall & maintain proper spacing to the wall, assuring a safe distance for proper heat flow behind the oven. 3- Very attractive design. 4- Heavy Duty 16-gauge electric cord shows the engineering attention to detail applied throughout this quality appliance & features a space saving 90 degree turn at the appliance. 5- Ideal size for a 2nd oven. 6- Includes a number of accessories. 7- Stainless steel exterior on sides & top show a professional look. 8- Beautiful, colorful electronic display. 9- Well packaged from De'longhi for safe arrival. 10- Double walled glass door retains heat & improves efficiency. 11- All included pans are non-stick. 12- Quiet! 13- Highly energy efficient. 14- Easy to clean. The catch tray below the heating element is dishwasher safe. 15- Four positions for the cooking rack. 16- Interior light is bright & really shows what is cooking. 17- Uniform heating. 18- Very simple to use, with an intuitive design. 19- Toast has it's own function: Place bread on the tray, select "toast" & the number of pieces you're toasting; press start. 20- "Keep Warm" function serves as a warming drawer. DISLIKES: 1- Polished chrome should NOT be on the center of handle – it looks great but makes cleaning finger prints more labor intensive than brushed stainless. 2- Accessories are not listed, yet are needed; for example, you need a second rack to cook 2) pizzas. The second rack is sold separately & is not included with this oven. CONCLUSION: Check out the Basa with Mediterranean seasonings in the attached photos!! This oven baked this fish perfectly! Next, we convection baked 3) batches of cookies in this oven & in our $3,500 professional "Trivection Oven". Same Batch. Same cookies. Same Fabulous results! Both ovens produced cookies with identical texture & flavor! This De’Longhi Livenza Oven is a highly useful appliance & earned my Highest 5 Star Recommendation!

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good Well Built Oven

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    What's in the Box ----------------- Bake pan Crumb tray DeLonghi Livenza Convection Toaster/Pizza Oven Pizza pan Wire racks Build Quality ------------- Once you unbox it, you need to run it for 30 minutes @450F to make sure any residual subtances have been burnt out before cooking. This thing is very well built (nice shiny stainless steel all around) and it complements any household with stainless steel appliances. It is big, so it will take some space on your countertop, it measure 12H × 17.5L × 19W. These days most folks are moving towards cooktop and not have a range. so this could be an ideal option, have a cooktop and have this as your oven. Mind you, this will not fit your turkey, so you may be out of luck during thanksgiving. I do not have a large kitchen, so i keep it in my garage and bring it in whenever i want to use it. Also i would like to mention that it comes with 4 groves on either side so you can slide vthe trays in a variety of configuration so that you can fit either multiple items or a large item inside Cooking ------- This oven has a variety of cooking options - toast, bake, convection, broil/grill, defrost, pizza, cookies, and keep warm. THis is selected using the bottom knob, the middle one is for temperature and the top one is for time. Note that some of the settings come in as default, for example if you select cookies, it will ask you to select 1 tray or 2 tray and the temperature and timing defaults based on your selection All of the information is displayed in a cool blue LCD screen on the top right. My son loves Salmon. We used the grill option to grill the salmon in the oven and it came out perfectly, moist and well flavored and not dry. The cooking time was very fast. The fact that it has a light when cooking also helps. We also tested the pizza option by testing out using home made dough and veggie toppings with cheese. the pizza was very even, edges were not hard as rock as it would have been in a regular oven. It also helps to download the receipe My son loves salmon, and just for one or couple of pieces of salmon we hate to heat the range and put it in. This one does a great and cooks evenly. Will it last ------------ Based on the build quality, it looks like it is a keeper and will run for a decade

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best convection oven we've ever owned!

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    We haven't had a convection oven in years, since our old one went out on us. It was just a very basic, small model and rarely used it anyway. We were in the market for one and when we got the opportunity to get this one, we couldn't wait! Let's just say this has certainly not disappointed us! I like to review my products usually within 3 days of receiving it. But, having received this just before the weekend prior to Christmas, I wanted to wait a little longer than usual to review it so we could fully test it out. I personally wanted to really test it, but my wife wound up taking over. LOL. This oven is bigger than I expected it to be! This is definitely a good thing. Unboxing wasn't a chore and it was super easy to set up. Was able to find the perfect spot on the kitchen counter for it. The inside is nice and roomy. The included crumb tray, rack, pizza pan and baking tray all slide in perfectly and I love how on the outside of the cavity, when the door is open, it outlines the ideal positioning for everything (see the 2nd picture). We fixed as much stuff in this thing as we possibly could over the weekend, in preparation for Christmas Eve and during the holidays. We tried the most basic...toast. Yeah, our toaster sucks. This might be overkill for simple toast, but we won't be using our toaster any longer. We also tried dressing, a small cornish hen and several other dishes. It cooked them all PERFECTLY and evenly. The only flaw I could find with the oven itself is with the handle on the outside. It stuck out quite a bit. Luckily, with the size of our countertops and the way it sits, the oven handle goes over the edge of the counter when the door is fully down, so it goes completely flat. However, I can see it being an issue if you have a larger counter and the handle lays on the counter, preventing the door from opening all the way. It would have been nice to see a slimmer handle that perhaps folds down to accommodate this design issue. Also, another thing of note - the back of the oven has two long rubber "prongs" that prevents the oven from sitting TOO close to the wall and allows proper heat dispersion. Great idea! Overall, this oven has been a great experience and an awesome addition to our kitchen! 5 stars, all the way!

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    FINALLY, a real toaster oven that is an oven too

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    For too many years, and too many times, I've had toaster ovens that were too small, got too hot, cooked food like a toaster, and were just a hot mess. Those days are over. This thing is amazing. It can toast, bake, bake with convection, defrost, etc. and do it really well. I've made toast, cookies, pizza, and defrosted the dog's food in this, all tonight. Not a single concern. It stays cool compared to most toaster ovens. The back gets hot and there is a vent on the top right side, but the rest of it is like your home oven. This is a first and much appreciated. You will notice knobs and push buttons in center of those knobs. I love this. But I also get a digital display readout, coupled with the knobs and buttons within, something that is a rarity. You either get knobs and no display, or a display with push buttons. You'll see a real oven type seal, which helps to keep the heat in the oven, not leaking out in between the gaps in the door. The door glass is really nice oven grade glass, not toaster oven typical quality. There are many settings, like from between 2 and 6 slices of toast. Temperature, presets, timer, on/off, switch between modes, etc. When you buy this, consider you are buying a small oven. It isn't a whimpy toaster oven, this is a small scale real oven. It works. And it works well. Take it from someone who gets something too small and is a joke as an oven, or spends more than I should for something that doesn't even have a seal around the glass door. Delonghi has taken care of these problems with this release. The large oven area will give you enough room for most frozen store bought pizzas. It won't handle a full size pizza from your local pizza shop, but that is not what it is for. Please know that Best Buy has one of the best return policies and you can return this if you find it isn't what you need. The only reason it won't be what you need is that if you don't have a suitable place to put it. The box with everything (rack, tray, etc.) was 31lbs. So this is no little joke, this is a serious oven and works like an oven. But it also makes a great slice of toast, and quickly too!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    This Convection Oven is a Time Saver

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    We’re impressed with this DeLonghi countertop convection oven. It has been a time saver for us. It preheats 3 times faster than a conventional oven and convection baking shaves about 25% off the cooking time! My family and I used this DeLonghi oven quite a bit over the recent holidays for everything from basic small to medium pizzas and a variety of sandwiches to holiday favorites like all kinds of Christmas cookies, full-size pies, and delicate Hors d’oeuvres. Everything came out great and everyone who used it had good things to say about it. Baking in the DeLonghi oven using the convection setting yields desserts and baked goods that are cooked more evenly, consistent, and in less time than in a conventional oven. For instance, I baked two identical pumpkin pies over the holidays. One pie was baked in the DeLonghi countertop convection oven and the other was baked in a conventional gas range oven. The pie from the DeLonghi convection oven was baked more consistent and even than the pie from the conventional oven. The DeLonghi pie’s crust was baked to perfection and in less time too. Helpful Hint: as with any convection oven you must protect delicate pie fluting with an aluminum foil wrap or the fluting will bake and brown faster the rest of the pie. This oven comes with a small variety of racks and trays. It has a helpful feature you’ll see when you open the oven door...each of the four tray/rack slots is labeled on the left side of the oven with what goes where. Kudos to DeLonghi for thinking of that. We also thought the white text on a blue background made the control display very easy to read. Another feature we liked was the oven temperature can be easily adjusted during the baking process without having to start over. Also, this oven is very quiet even in convection mode. If there’s any other background noise in the house you’ll need to lean over toward the oven to hear it running. There were three very minor things that we thought could be improved. First, we love the elegant brushed stainless steel exterior however, the polished chrome door handle sure shows messy fingerprints. The handle should’ve been a brushed steel finish like the rest of the oven. But not a big issue if you periodically wipe it down as you’re using it. Second, the racks of the oven can very easily be pulled out completely. This has caused a couple of sticky incidents while checking on the baking process. If you accidentally pull out the rack too far the food and rack will drop onto the door. It would be nice if the rack or slides had even a small bump or notch to prevent the rack from accidentally coming out completely while baking. Lastly, three of us (all well educated people) found the timer confusing the first few times we used it. Without benefit of any time units being displayed (e.g. hours, minutes, or seconds) you can end up setting a bagel to toast for 2 hours and 15 minutes instead of the 2 minutes and 15 seconds you thought you were setting. Since only two time units are used in each of the various cooking modes, you never really know whether you’re working with hours and minutes or minutes and seconds. In the software world we call that counterintuitive. Overall, my whole family really likes this DeLonghi Convection Oven and can safely recommend to anyone looking to buy a higher quality countertop convection oven.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Once You Do a Proper Burn-In

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    The DeLonghi Livenza convection oven is a stylish, powerful (1800 watts), and versatile countertop electric oven. It is a feature rich convection oven that has eight different preset programs: toast, bake, convection, broil/grill, defrost, pizza, cookies, and warm. The oven temperature dial can be set to a maximum of 450 degrees F. It measures 19.3” in length x 11.8” in height x 17.3” in depth so make sure you have kitchen countertop space that can accommodate the oven. What's in the Box -electric oven -one wire rack -bake pan -pizza pan that can accommodate up to a 12” pizza -crumb tray -Get Started & Owner's Instruction booklets, and warranty sheet Here are a summary of some of the pros: +Has a large backlit blue LCD screen that is easy to read even in direct sunlight. +Three large dials that turn smoothly with clear labeling telling you what each dial does. +Four different positions to adjust the height of the wire rack and baking pan. +When in grilling/broiling mode, the baking pan doubles as a drip pan to collect fats and oils. +Preheats the oven. You get the full cook time at the desired temperature. For example, if you set the temperature for 350 degrees F for a duration of 10 minutes, the oven will not start the 10 minute count down until it has reached the desired 350 degrees F. +Interior cavity walls have non-stick, scratch resistant surface coatings for easy clean-up. There aren't that many cons. Perhaps two that come to mind: -The manual states that it is necessary to burn-in the empty oven upon first use by running the oven for 30 minutes on the convection setting at a temperature of 450oF to remove the protective substances on the heating element surfaces. It also states that there will be minimal smell. Well, I followed the instructions, but it still smelled after the initial 30 minute burn-in. I had to then set it for another 30 minutes. So, realistically, you should allow at least a 1-hour to 1hr 15min. burn-in time. Additionally, make sure you open all your windows, turn on the fans, and if at all possible, wait outdoors during the burn-in period. I could not tolerate the smell and had to simply step outdoors for the duration of the burn-in. -One other con is that the 15-watt oven light bulb always remains on while cooking. Why must it be on all the time? This is a waste of more electricity and the bulb will need to be replaced more often. I would have liked to have a switch to manually turn it on or off to periodically check how the cooking is progressing. Other than this, once I completed the burn-in, I found the oven to be a great cooking workhorse to have in the kitchen. It cooks my food in about three quarters of the time it takes to cook in my regular oven, and the food comes out crispier and more flavorful. In baking mode, the food comes out very uniformly. However, in convection mode, I did notice that my hash browns were a little drier and crispier the closer they were to the convection fan. Clean up is a cinch using soap and water. In summary, the DeLonghi Livenza convection oven is a very good kitchen appliance that will make the cooking process quicker and easier. It is a bit pricey, but I would not hesitate to recommend it because it is so versatile. I had to take off one star for the longer than expected burn-in time.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Oven

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    In the week we’ve had with this oven we’ve been really impressed with it. It works extremely well as a small oven and it heats up very quickly. It’s perfect if you only need to serve a couple of people and saves you a lot of waiting and cleaning. Starting off with what’s in the box, you get the oven, wire rack, baking pan, pizza pan, and crumb tray. Side note - we actually mistook the crumb tray as a cookie sheet when we first got it, but you’re meant to use the baking pan for cookies, which is a shame because it doesn’t give you as much surface area to lay cookies out on. The oven itself is quite large; you’ll need a good open area on your counters to use this. It feels well constructed - the door feels especially solid. The knobs have this plastic feel that sort of betrays the look, but they still work pretty well. The functions are displayed and adjusted via the display 3 knobs. It’s a pretty intuitive; basically the 3rd knob switches between different functions and the other 2 adjust whatever the selected functions. We saw the benefits of using this as an oven a lot more than using it as a toaster, which isn’t to say it’s a bad toaster, but the preheat time just blows our normal oven out of the water. I know that mostly comes down to the fact that the space it needs to heat up is a lot smaller, but when you’re only serving a couple of people that’s usually all you need. Everything we have put in there so far has cooked quickly and evenly. We have done toast, bacon, quesadillas, waffles, nachos, and we’ve also heated up a few sandwiches and burritos. Some of the presets seem a little gimmicky, but it’s easy to ignore them and just use the more conventional settings. Overall I would say this accomplishes everything our normal oven can do in a smaller size. Its only limitation I’ve really found is its size. It’s never going to take the place of a full size oven, but it’s a really easy way to cook smaller meals and much easier to clean up.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Should be in EVERYONE'S kitchen!

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    I must say this has virtually replaced my main oven. It is beautiful and well-constructed. It blends right in to modern kitchens with its immaculate stainless steel and sleek design. I couldn't complain too much with this. I look for things to pick apart a product when I review them. The list of wonderful things HEAVILY outweighs my minimal gripes since I can't have only positive things to say for a product. Things to Improve... =PreHeat Glitch - while it's doing so, it flashes "PrE HEaT" in the area above the oven icon that displays the time. While it's heating, I set all the dials for temp, type of cook, and timer. When it's finished preheating, the timer defaults back to 1 hour resulting in me setting the timer again! This is annoying and dangerous if you aren't paying attention! This can all be avoided by setting all the dials before pressing Start so you don't have to reset the timer after preheating. =Dials - The dials do not coincide with the tactile response you would expect. Instead of one click making a change to the indicator, it takes a few "clicks" to move an indicator. It reminds me of an old stereo you have to fully turn to get it to move the volume up one. Not a huge deal, but it will take some getting used to. =Temperature Setting - The temperature setting increases in increments of 10 except for certain common temps like 375 and 425. I would have liked increments of 5 instead of 10 throughout. Things I love! +Easy Cleanup - everything provided as far as trays and pans are non-stick coated. It feels high quality and thick. +Multi Levels - there are 4 positions you can place your rack to ensure proper cooking. +Internal Light - lets you see what is going on through a big glass door. +Cook Times - it cooks faster and more evenly than our previous Cuisinart. You will need to adjust your cook times once you get a feel. +Performance - it performs much like a regular oven and thus it has become our main oven. +Preheats Quickly - the convection setting is the best and preheats in a snap. +Accessories - comes with a high quality pizza pan and cooking tray. +Insulation - it stays relatively save to the touch. It gets warm, but I never worry about getting burned. It has double pane glass in the door too! +Bumpers/Spacers - it has small bumpers along the sides and longer ones on the back. This keeps it away from the wall to ensure proper air flow and avoids melting things (if it got that hot). +Small Footprint - it doesn't take a lot of space on the counter like I thought. It is the perfect balance for capacity and footprint on the counter. +Energy Savings - since this performs so efficiently, it will save you money. The time and energy it takes to heat a full size oven will make you want to use this more. If it fits in there, we use it instead of the big oven. +Display - the display is large and very readable. It also is backlit with a blue light that most modern appliances use. -=The Verdict=- I have nothing to say other than if you are looking for a small oven or are looking for more efficient ways to cook… this is for you. This should be in everyone's kitchen!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    High Quality, Full Featured Oven

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    I haven’t owned a toaster oven for quite a few years. I’ve actually missed the convenience of cooking with one so I was anxious to try the DeLonghi Livenza convection oven. Let me start by saying that “toaster oven” doesn’t begin to describe this wonderful appliance. Sure it does toast but it does so much more. Immediately upon unboxing I was impressed by the quality and design of the Livenza. Constructed of quality stainless steel the oven weighs in at a hefty 25 pounds and measures 19 x 17.5 x 12 inches. Included is an instruction manual, a crumb tray, a baking pan, a wire rack, and a pizza pan. All these accessories are of surprisingly good quality. The pizza pan and baking pan are particularly well constructed and both are non stick. The overall design of the the oven is sleek and modern looking. I quickly recognized an ingenious design element. In order to accommodate the pizza pan the oven is rounded in the back. The front of the unit has a nice blue display for cooking settings. There are also three dials which are used to select various settings. The top dial controls toast color and time and is also the on/off button. The middle dial controls the oven temperature and pizza size. The bottom dial is the function select control. With it you can select toast, bake, convection, broil/grill, defrost, pizza, cookies, and keep warm. Truly an abundance of settings for all your cooking needs. Next I really had to fire this baby up and see how it cooked. Included is a very nice getting started guide book. After familiarizing myself with the oven functions I started cooking. Fish was on my first menu and I must say it came out flawless and delicious. The oven comes up to temp very quickly and with the convection function it cooks very evenly. DeLonghi says it the convection feature cooks 3 times faster than a conventional oven. I believe it. Even at high temperatures the exterior of the oven is only warm to the touch. The convection fan is surprisingly quiet. So quiet I wasn’t sure it was running even though the display said it was. Opening the door I could hear the low hum. Very nice. Of note also is the quality construction of the Livenza door. Very solid with a double pane window just like a full size oven. I love that DeLonghi included an interior light so one can easily monitor cooking. The interior of the oven even has a nonstick coating which makes cleanup a breeze. Nice touch! I next had to try a frozen pizza. Simply select pizza, select how dark you want your crust, and select your pizza size from 6” to 13”. The oven sets the cook time automatically. In 16 minutes I had an evenly cooked pizza with a perfectly crisp edge and bottom crust. Delicious. I’ve now tried everything from cookies to french fries to egg rolls to reheated leftovers and yes even toast. I’ve been truly impressed with all the results. I’m definitely using my microwave less than ever. I must say that the DeLonghi Livenza convection oven is a great addition to my kitchen. It’s truly a full featured oven in a smaller more convenient package. Love it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    When a larger conventional oven just won't do

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    Designed in Italy, and made in China. You wouldn't have guessed it was made there though if it wasn't printed on the box. This is the first time i've heard of De' Longhi, and it comes in the form of my first countertop convection oven. I really like it and it can handle just about anything you want to cook in an oven. This is not a toaster oven, but you can easily make toast if you want. While unboxing, it is very organized and there is even an organization table featured right on the lid of the box as to how everything is packed. There are 3 large Styrofoam pieces total in the box. After removing some booklets and several pans, you finally get to remove the oven itself. It is fairly lightweight and is quite a bit smaller than the box it is in, but don't let that fool you. You will need quite a bit of counter top space for this oven. The instructions say a minimum of 4" clearance from a cabinet on left, right and above it. The downside is, it also says a minimum of 8" away from the power outlet, so trying to find the right counter space to put this might be difficult. The back side of the oven is curved out, and there are stoppers in place in the back to keep it away from the wall, although there is no minimum clearance listed for that. The quality of this oven is great. It has a great feel to the door and adjusting knobs. The LCD screen is nice and bright, and easy to read. The pans included are very nice with Teflon coatings and include a pizza pan, a baking pan, a drip pan, and a wire rack. The wire rack is chromed. After plugging in and getting ready to set up, the first thing the booklet has you do is "clean" the oven with a kind of "pre-bake" which involves setting the oven to convection cook, 450 Degrees for 30 minutes to remove protective chemicals off of the heating elements. I will warn that the smell was quite horrible during this time and they warn you of the possibility of smell / smoke during this clean which is normal. You will want to try and have some windows open. The book says smell / smoke should last around 15 minutes but the smell lasted the entire half hour, and made the room quite nauseating. After that initial clean though there hasn't been a smell from it besides the food I was cooking. It has 2 heating elements, one on top and one on bottom. It has a ton of space inside for cooking and heats up pretty quick. Took only 5 minutes for it to preheat to 450 degrees. A nice part of all of this besides the oven, is the options it gives you for easy cooking (which are all highlighted in the booklet) and also a free De' Longhi mobile app with recipes to use in correlation with the appliance you are using. Overall this oven does it's job, does it well, and looks and feels good doing it. Besides the initial cleaning smell and the countertop requirements, this is a great oven and have been using it more than my regular conventional oven. I have even been using it instead of the microwave as well. It cooks thoroughly, evenly and the food comes out tasting great every time.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great looks and Great performance!

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    Renting a house with an older stove can be a pain, especially when the oven heats unevenly and leaks heat from the sides of the door. In comes the DeLonghi Livenza convection oven to the rescue. The DeLonghi fits conveniently on my countertop and can be used for just about anything that I would put into my normal household oven. The preprogrammed options are a breeze to use and everything I’ve cooked so-far has come out wonderfully. I do recommend reading the instruction manual thoroughly as this is not your typical countertop oven and it’s good to familiarize yourself with the controls and warnings before getting started. Pros: Easy to use controls - The knobs are mostly self-explanatory and once you’ve gotten use to it, it’s very easy to use. Even cooking with great results- I’ve cooked a couple frozen pizzas, a homemade fresh pizza, sugar cookies and some roasted vegetables. Everything came out evenly cooked and delicious! Efficiency - This oven heats up quickly and you actually don’t have to preheat it for frozen pizzas, which is a win! The double pane glass on the door helps to hold the heat in without leakage. The sides of the oven and top do get hot but only to the touch. One-touch Temperature reading - Just press the button and it tells you what the current temperature is inside the oven. Easy to clean - The stainless steel exterior wipes down easily and the trays/rack are dishwasher safe. Other Notes: The instruction booklet says not to use the oven for more than 60 continuous minutes within a 2 hour period of time. Which is sort of confusing when the DeLonghi recipe app has a recipe for twice baked potatoes that calls for a 90 minute total cooking time. There is a digital clock, which is great, however it has to be reset whenever the unit is unplugged. Not such a bad thing as I would normally leave this plugged in all the time except that there is a sticker on the back of the unit and a warning in the booklet that says not to leave plugged in when not in use. So I guess I have to reset the clock every time I want to use it or just leave it plugged in and possibly void the warranty? This model only comes with one wire rack. I was disappointed because having 2 racks means I could cook twice as many cookies or 2 pizzas at one time, etc. There is a note that says you can buy an additional rack however I cannot find this for sale anywhere, not even on the manufacturers website. There are 2 large rubber bumpers on the rear and 2 small bumpers on the side. This is great for pushing it against the wall when not cooking but don’t really serve much purpose while cooking as the instructions say to pull it away from the wall when cooking. Overall this is an excellent oven that I will get a lot of use from. Hopefully they will start selling the accessories for it so that I can get an additional wire rack but even if they don’t it’s still a solid oven with great features that I will recommend to friends.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Convection Counter Oven

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    My wife has a ride or die relationship with her toaster ovens. We use them for literally 9/10 things we make for our kids for dinner: fish sticks, chicken nuggets, meatballs, pizza, you name it. When my wife and I saw this, she was really interested in looking at convection technology again. We had a full size convection oven when the technology came out and it never really cooked the food right. Since that was almost 10 years ago, we were good to try it again. We made the mistake that I think most people will make - you think this will fit by looking at it in the store or online. We didn't measure, we eye-balled it. Since it's a convection oven, this thing takes up more space than our old B&D one that we had - we also should've brought my wife's favorite pan to see if it fit... it didn't, the pan was literally about 1/4" too wide. Thankfully, it comes with a pizza pan, so that solved about 99% of our use case right there! So poor measuring and planning aside, when we fired this thing up, we were impressed to see all the options it has to offer! It makes cooking the bacon on a Saturday morning a cinch! I've also mastered the art of cooking my 4-year old daughter's favorite meal: cheese toast. There's a ton more options in what kind of food you want to cook, how many portions or servings you're preparing and then how long you want it to cook / hoe high you want the temp. We've been using it pretty much daily since we got it, and we still haven't tried all the settings yet. Another cool addition was that it comes with some sample recipes and some tips for using convection ovens if you're new to them. I knew my wife was happy enough with it when I saw our old toaster oven in the trash bin the other night - guess she's happy enough to keep it! If you're looking for a toaster oven with a ton of features, then check this out!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best Toaster Oven Ever....

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    Well I just received the De'Longhi Livenza Oven a few days ago to test out and I've been using it so much that I almost forgot to write this review. De’Longhi is becoming a new brand to me as I currently own other products which they make. And the design quality is top notch. The oven is very spacious (a little bigger than my current microwave) so you will need to make sure that you have enough counter space. I got this just in time as it seems my microwave is about to bite the dust. I must preface this by saying that I am by no no means a "Top Chef," or really even love cooking a whole lot. But after using this excellent oven over the last few days, it's kinda made me want to cook a little more. This little oven preheats very fast and lets you know that its Preheating by flashing it on the display. And unlike other toaster ovens that I've used in the past that tend to get very hot, the outside of the oven doesn’t get very hot. My favorite thing about the door, is the front bar that you use to open and close it with. I love that the bar is big and sits almost horizontal with the counter when you open it. Other toaster ovens I’ve used in the past doors open all the way, causing difficulty and potential burns when grabbing for the door handle when closing. Below the digital display are the easy to use control dials (time, temp, and function). With this oven you can do a number of things from toasting, broiling/grilling, to baking or defrosting, and of course cooking a pizza. So far, during my testings I’ve mainly used this oven for small things like the first night I threw in some chicken tenders to see how well they turned out. And they came out awesome and didn't take as long to cook as the would in my big oven. I've also used it the last couple of mornings to toast my bagels before work. This oven holds the heat very well by way of the double wall glass door. It also heats evenly across my food, instead of having areas that are really hot and the center being cold. Accessories that are included in the package are wire rack, pizza pan, and crumb tray. I can see this oven getting used a lot over the next couple of weeks for the holidays. This oven is perfect when you don’t want to wait for the your big stove/oven to heat up and especially if you’re only cooking for just a few people. I would definitely recommend this oven to anyone looking for a nice spacious toaster oven, that in my opinion can cook almost as much as a regular oven can. One thing I will say is that upon initial use, its best to let it heat up which may cause a little smoke, which De’Longhi says is normal and then let it cool down completely before actually cooking or heating anything up in it. But this is definitely worth the buy!

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Wonderful Product

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    The first thing I noticed out of the box was how beautiful the unit was. This may not be a big deal to some, but for me, something that sits out on your counter full time should be somewhat aesthetically pleasing. The second thing that I noticed was that the unit has bumpers that keep the unit off of the wall and away from other appliances. This is not a feature that I have seen on other countertop ovens, and it is appreciated. It shows that the designers were thinking about every detail of this product. The oven is simple to use right of the box. The controls are intuitive and labeled well. I'm not sure why this oven as a clock on the readout, as none of the features require its use, but it has one that shows when the oven is not in use. I have made frozen dinners, baked fish, and baked goods in this oven. Everything came out great. I love the convection feature. I used to have this feature on my oven in my previous home and missed it. The oven comes with several accessories (pizza, crumb tray, rack, baking pan). The baking pan is so far my favorite. None of the food I have baked on it have stuck to the non-stick surface. The pan fits in the unit on the tracks inside so you don't need to find the right size pan to fit the oven. The oven itself has the tracks labeled as to what track you use with what feature, which is really helpful. The only time that I had to refer back to the instructions is to verify what temp and time was suggested for certain items. The non-stick interior also wipes clean after use. The oven does not heat up your kitchen, so it would be perfect for summertime use. This is the cream of the crop when it comes to countertop ovens. You can't go wrong with this item.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A Great Countertop Oven

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    For years, we've had a small toaster oven that sat on our counter. We only used it a handful of times and it mostly served as a stand for extra coffee mugs. So when I saw this small convection oven, I thought this might be an upgrade we'd actually use. It's quite a bit bigger than the toaster oven, but still fits nicely on the counter top. When in use, it does get pretty warm on top and on the left side, but stays mostly cool on the right side. The manual recommends 4" clearance on the top and left and 8" on the right, though, which seems a bit odd. I ran it with about 4" all the way around and it seemed to be just fine. It's a nice size--just large enough to fit in most things we want to cook yet doesn't completely take over the counter. It comes with a pizza pan, wire rack, and a baking pan. Everything but the wire rack has a non-stick coating. After setting it up, I ran it on a 30 minute convection cycle to burn off the initial smells (apparently the heating elements have a protective coating). After that, we baked a frozen pumpkin pie. The pie box said not to use a toaster oven, but I wasn't sure if that applied to a convection oven like this. It turned out just as good as from our big oven, though we had to watch the time on it more carefully since we weren't familiar with how it would cook. It was actually done a little faster than our usual oven time. I only noticed a couple of potential negatives with the oven. One is it's fairly easy to bump the dials on the front (when wiping down crumbs, for example) and turn them one notch which brings up the menu. After I did that once, I learned to be a little more careful. The other thing is the beeping is pretty loud. I realize you want it to get your attention when it's done, but it also uses the same tone when you're setting the cook programs. I did enjoy how the manual even accurately included the "Beep! Beep! Beep!" graphic in their drawings for each of the cooking mode instructions. Overall, though, I'm very pleased with this oven and would recommend it for anyone looking for a full-featured convection oven to fit in a relatively small space. I'm very confident this oven won't gather dust like our old toaster oven.

    I would recommend this to a friend