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KitchenAid - KCO253CU Convection Toaster/Pizza Oven - Contour silver-Front_Standard

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Rating 4.5 out of 5 stars with 438 reviews

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Well made...precise controls

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    Chief1
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    I have looked at many different toaster ovens and based on the reviews that I read, I purchased this Kitchen Aid convection toaster for the following reasons....Consumer's guide rated its companion model well, the controls on this unit feel sturdy and give you a feel that you are selecting a precise setting or function and are easy to read.....I have felt the controls on other makes and model from other manufacturers and they felt very flimsy and their lettering was difficult or too small to read....I looked at the Breville models that are a lot more expensive but many reviews on their models indicated that the elements burned out after a year or so just when the warranty expired....and to fix them was very costly...some consumers just bought another brand and were disappointed with their customer service regarding the elements burning out....Reviews on the models that have a digital display indicated that the displays burned out...obviously because the chips in the screens do not withstand the heat of the ovens so I stayed away from them....This unit also has screen guards over the elements to prevent anything burning on the element...a nice safety design....I prefer these more reliable mechanical units over the digital units because they last the test of time....this one is large enough for any type of baking or cooking you might want to do but it is not overly large as some of the other ovens I have seen....I believe this is a very good quality reasonably priced toaster oven....

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best gift ever

    Posted
    HappyCamper

    My full size oven died 5 days before Christmas, timing is everything. My cookie baking for the holiday was complete so I could make do with my smaller appliances. My daughter and son-in-law sent me this oven as a surprise gift. Received this little jewel on Monday, made pork chops and a baked potato, Tuesday made toast and gingerbread, Wednesday I made meatloaf and today l will make a cherry tarte. This is the best gift I have ever received. It's easy to use, easy to clean and quiet. I find I am not wasting the last bits of my French bread since this machine can hold longer pieces, I can toast them and not toss them. I love love love this machine. I have always been a kitchen aid fan and this machine shows the same attention to details that is the hallmark of the brand. The dials are easy to read and it just makes sense. Thank you to my daughter and son-in-law for gifting me with my new oven. I will enjoy it for years to come!!!!!!!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Nice toaster oven

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    FearlessFreep
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    - I chose the KitchenAid due to it having the old reliable mechanical timers. - Oven works well. I like that it has room for 2 racks, and versatile rack position options. - Convection cooking times tend to be 15% - 20% quicker than with a full-size normal oven. - Have not used it for making toast but have read in other reviews that it's best to pre-heat the oven prior to putting bread in so the darkness setting will be more accurate. - You may want to break it in by running it outdoors at max temperature for an hour or so before using it indoors as it does smell during break-in. Reminiscent of the smell of making a batch of Mattel "Creeple People" for those of you who remember that toy from the 60's :-) -

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Convection Changes it

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    Trevor
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    I had a previous iteration of this toaster oven and we were very happy with it in general much of my thoughts on the old one are mirrored on the new one. The oven fits neatly into the corner of our counter but it is spacious enough to bake some small homemade bread or fit a frozen pizza. The construction of this one is much better than the old one: The shiny dials with painted numbers have been replaced with a grippy and strong rubber that won't allow the dial's numbers to fade or the dials to slip. The addition of convection allows the oven to perform better overall and that allows us to use it for almost all of our small dishes instead of our main oven.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Toaster Oven

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    Lovetoasterovenfood
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    Quality is great. The dials won't glitch or fall apart like LED screens or buttons. My only complaint is the location of the "on" when you are baking. Be very sure it is on "0" if you manually turn it off or you will realize you left it on later when you walk by. I would put the "on" where the "60" is like an old toaster oven I had. This oven bakes evenly and way better than an old Westbuilt I had. Toasting is great. It truly is a mini oven. Don't waste your time on a cheap one. This is a great buy. My 12 and 9 year old use it all the time for chicken nuggets, pizza and biscuits. I use it often to roast almonds for my salad.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Convection toaster oven works well.

    Posted
    Scott
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    Nice small oven for reheating, baking and broiling items that are in oven safe containers and fit inside. If your looking for a slice bread toaster, this oven probably isn’t a first choice, I’ve found preheating in toaster mode will toast your bread way faster. Luv not having to turn on my full size oven to bake or cook small meals. I like the analog controls and hope the timer buttons last. See pics, makes great personal pizza and small loaf banana walnut bread.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    KitchenAid quality is not what it use to be

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    Brad
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    We had to return the first one we ordered because the door would not close entirely leaving a lot of heat out when it was in use. Best buy return was easy and store associate was extremely professional. Secomd unit is a bit better but there is still a gap in the door. Deciding if it is worth returning again, but if I do it certainly will not be for another KitchenAid Quality has gone down considerably on this product compared to the 10 year old unit it replaced. I would urge anyone considering this oven to look at other manufacturers before spending this much money on a KitchenAid

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great mid level table top convection oven/toaster

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    Matt
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    The KitchenAid KCO253CU is a good mid level tabletop convection toaster oven. It is not the highest power unit at the price point but it has a cooler exterior temp than others while in operation and has a simple ding when it is done while others had an annoying fire alarm sound. Takes a little longer to make toast than ones I have had in the past and the dial can break easily if turned in the wrong direction so be careful to not over twist dials in wrong direction. Overall it is an improvement to the last model which gave us 5 good years of life. Find it on sale and take the plunge!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Great oven, but could use some improvements

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    Aardvark
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    First let me say that the oven cooks great, I have been very pleased with it so far. A couple of things that would give it more stars 1) It heats up very slowly compared to other toaster ovens I've used. Would be nice if this one heated up faster. 2) There isn't any indicator to tell you when the oven is pre-heated or when a pre-set temperature has been met. You kinda have to keep a close eye on it to know when it is ready. My old toaster had a light that would go out once the oven was pre-heated. I miss this feature.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Very Nice Toaster Oven

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    Detay
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    I bought this to replace my previous Kitchenaid toaster oven that bit the dust. I tried a smaller one first, thinking I was saving counter space but there was not enough room to cook what I normally cooked in the Kitchenaid model. I decided to bite the bullet and pay the price for the new Kitchenaid. I am glad I did. I love the fact that I can cook a Quiche,pizza or chicken for my family in this so I don't have to turn on the big oven. I loved the last Kitchenaid toaster oven and I'm sure this will be just as good. Only been cooking with it for a few weeks but works like my other one.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great manual analog oven, better than digital.

    Posted
    Tseyinii
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    Got this to replace a worthless Breville "Compact Smart Oven" that never worked properly, purchased from Williams-Sonoma. This is so much better. Manual analog controls are more reliable and obvious to use. Owners Manual is well organized and clear, except for explanations on settings for racks, and says nothing about the crumb pan. Other user online comments are useful and helpful, such as pre-heating to "burn out" factory smell. No problems with door closure, in contrast to reviews by some others.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Gift Receiver loves it

    Posted
    Duftopia
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    The elderly gentleman whome I bought it for and wityh at the time is enjoying it. It does everything like toast, bake, warm and other features. I use the timer and other function myself when I make things for him, he just uses the timer and when the item is doen pulls the plug to end the cycle. All in all the house hasn't burnt down yet and its ease of use is adequate, its heating coils are well functional and it not too much of an eye sore. that's an A++ in my book

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    High Quality - Takes a LONG Time to Cook

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    DELgal
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    I thought I'd try this one and see how good the convection oven feature worked. Well, the quality is good - it cooks even and the materials are well made. BUT : it takes a very long time to cook things that I was used to cooking in my previous toaster oven. For example, I broiled a steak and it took twice as long. It cooked evenly and it was very tender throughout. It just cook an awfully long time - probably 25 minutes - compared to the grill and my other toaster oven. Just a heads up going into it.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great, but one too many knobs.

    Posted
    JList
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    I bought this toaster oven because it seemed a little bit simpler to use than the ones that have 50 settings and a small screen. We have family staying with us a lot and I was getting a little sick of constantly having to explain how the toaster oven worked. This one works really well, although it does seem like it could have one less knob and still work. One suggestion, when you first get it unpacked and set up crank it as high as it goes and let it run for 15 or 20 minutes to get rid of that plastic factory smell.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    My first toaster oven.....

    Posted
    TopOpinion
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    This is my first toaster oven and I’m pleased to say I have not had any problems with it so far(1 year). It’s a pretty big size compared to a few I was browsing at. The design is beautiful, makes my kitchen look very nice. I usually use it for pizza, hamburgers, lasagna, cakes, cupcakes, brownies, cookies ...etc -1 Star Taking away a star due to interior stains are sometimes hard to take off. Other than that... it’s a great toaster oven and would recommend to anyone looking for their first toaster oven to try this one out.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Toaster Oven

    Posted
    Jeff
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    So far think it is a great toaster oven. My son even bought one too. Use it for a lot of different things. Like the knobs over LED display & like the quality construction. Also bought 2 large silicone rectangular trivets to place on top of toaster to buffer heat & allow placement of any item on top of toaster when cooking. Still experimenting with different food types as this is our first toaster oven. We use our main gas stove/oven less now that we have the toaster oven.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Disappointed

    Posted
    Gator
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    Maybe I got a bad one. Directions say to unplug it when you are not using it. That’s a little scary. The toast uses a timer and that’s your on and off. One time it stayed on so I pulled the plug. My house smelled like electrical burn.. it was strong. The door didn’t shut tight and I could see down inside of the appliance. I saw a complaint online about the same issue someone else had. I returned it. I think it’s discontinued. There’s another kitchen aid model, more expensive, that has a better rating.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great features !

    Posted
    Shiloh11
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    We wanted to replace our toaster oven because we could no longer read the numbers for the dials (worn off). This toaster oven fit the bill for everything we wanted, and it was a convection oven. We used it for 2 weeks and loved it, but returned it to BB because we found it to be big for the small counter top area where we wanted it. Nothing wrong with the toaster oven, it just looked cramped where we needed to place it. BB was great with the exchange we made. Thanks Best Buy!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great little toaster oven

    Posted
    chief1
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    I have had this toaster oven for over a year now...works great....I especially like the manual dials that are also easy to read....I heard of too many issues with digital dials and these dials actually feel like a high quality....I saw other manufacturers with their dials that seemed flimsy or difficult to read so I chose this unit....just the right size for what I heat up, toast or cook.....

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Baking with the best of 'em

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    NotRobot
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    I'm in a food science class. We're doing things like roasting chickens, baking pies, and cooking pizzas. I have the world's smallest apartment, so this is my only oven... and my professor hasn't noticed yet. That's right- It's cooking things just as well as a larger oven would. Perfect size. Also toasts like a champ. Broils like a champ. Doesn't get very hot on exterior surfaces. Couldn't be happier.

    I would recommend this to a friend