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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Surprisingly Unique and Useful

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    Posted1
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    On arrival, the box was bigger than expected. I opened the outside brown box and found a nicely padded factory box. After opening the factory box, it was pretty straight forward. It had the oven itself, the drip tray and the cooking and crisper trays. After pulling the oven out, it was larger than I was expecting. I checked the dimensions prior and knew it would be a Hoss, but it was BIG. Please note, you'll need some counter real estate to place this Bad Boy. Set up was expectedly easy. Insert drip tray at front base, insert the baking tray and crisping tray and that's about it. I read the instructions and it was suggested to run a "Clean" cycle before first use. No problem. After running that we were good to go. Our first test was pretty dang simple. Toast! We placed a couple pieces of whole wheat bread, rotated the dial to the "Toast" position, chose our preferred level between 1-7 (we chose 4) and pressed "Select" and then "Start" and it immediately started. Approximately 5 minutes later we had 2 surprisingly moist but crisp pieces of toast. The taste was excellent. We were pleasantly surprised with the taste and quality. I know that 5 minutes seems like a bit long for toast, but on a matter of scale, our regular toaster can do a maximum of 2 pieces in 2.5 minutes where as this unit can do 6 to 9 pieces (depending on size and shape of bread) in just a little over 5 minutes. The same 9 pieces in our regular toaster would have taken more than 12 minutes so this unit could be a real time saver and offer a superior product. Our next test? The classic frozen waffle. Again, using the toast mode, we did 3 pieces in the same 5 minutes and the end product was great. The waffles were really moist yet crispy and they had a great texture. Very impressed. Third test was an interesting experience. We purchased 2 thin crust frozen pizzas. My son did the first one per the box instruction. Truth be told, it turned out a little over-cooked. It was still tasty and moist but a little rubbery. I looked at the included card and it suggested to go a little more than half the suggested time for a thin crust pizza. So I put the second pizza in at suggested temp but I ran about 40% less time and the second pizza was excellent. The crust was crisp, the toppings moist. Very good. IMPORTANT NOTE: I am cooking at just around 6000 feet above sea level, so some of this feedback may be slightly different depending on your unique location. Fourth test was some refrigerated fried chicken from our local grocery deli. We put stove on bake mode and placed on crisp tray at 350 degrees for 12 minutes. The end result? Another home run. The chicken was considerably more moist than from an oven but the crust was still crisp. Excellent. Fifth and final test was the most surprising one. My wife and 16 year old son went to run a few errands and my 13 year old daughter said she wanted to test the oven with chocolate chip cookies. Great idea! Long story short, we made 2 different recipes and cooked half of each recipe in traditional oven and half in this unit. Both my daughter and I preferred the cookies from this stove. They were moist, crisp on the base and had a great texture. The real test for this was just as we pulled the last batch out, my wife and son came back from errands and we had them blind test. It was an overwhelming and immediate preference from both of them for cookies delivered from this oven. Pretty impressive! Truth be told, when I first saw this I thought it was a bit of a gimmick. I mean I thought it was cool gimmick, but a gimmick nonetheless. After these tests and a few days use, I humbly stand corrected. This is a truly unique, efficient, effective and useful kitchen appliance. The other impressive aspect for me is that it uses considerably less energy than a standard electric oven. Anything to save a buck or two and I am all in. Another important note, this stove DOES NOT require pre-heating, so in addition to saving that pre-heat time, you are saving also the pre-heat energy expense waste. Very cool feature In the end, this is a great unit if you have the room for an additional large-small appliance. Important to note that this unit will take a little bit of experimentation and I highly suggest (can't believe that I am saying this!) to read the short manual and instructions first, but if you do, you can't go wrong. Disclaimer: This product was provided free, or at reduced cost, for the purpose of reviewing the product. Nevertheless, the above review, be it positive, negative, or anywhere in-between, is a 100% honest review, and the price paid played absolutely no part in my review.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    The Absolute Best Way To Re-heat Pizza

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    TheDuke
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    This counter top steam oven has an excellent build quality and functions very well – but, its versatility is limited by its size. There is a decent amount of linear space, but the height is limited.  The manufacturer brags that the oven can cook 9 pieces of toast, but those needing such a large quantity of bread would also need space to cook a large quantity of other items.  Sadly, that space simply isn't there.  Successful use of this oven does require some trial & error as the cooking times listed on food packaging doesn't seem to match what is required here.  While pre-heating is not required, cook times still seem to be a few minutes longer than expected.  Luckily, the interior light and the window ensure that it is easy to view the current state of your food (that is, when the steam isn't fogging up your view).   The price seemed high at first, but I have been absolutely blown away by how well it re-heats pizza.  The steam keeps the crust soft and moist while the bottom is re-crisped and the cheese is brought back to the perfect bubbling hot temperature.  I will never use the microwave to re-heat pizza again.   While this oven does have its limitations, I am confident that this device is not a gimmick.  It is easy to use, is built to last, and very much holds its own as a worthwhile addition to the kitchen.  PROS: + Does a phenomenal job re-heating pizza. + The steam does a good job of keeping food moist.  (Over cooking may burn the outside, but still generally leaves the interior moist) + Solid build quality (should last for many years) + Simple & intuitive controls that are bright, easy to read, and aesthetically pleasing + Door handle stays cool to the touch + The window & interior light make it easy to see the food which helps to monitor cooking progress + The door is held close with a magnet (which means it is extremely unlikely that the door would break, or fail to seal properly) + Runs quietly + Does not require time to pre-heat + Comes with a Broiling Pan and Crisper Tray + The drip tray successfully catches the condensations that results from all of the steam that escapes the oven CONS: - No button to turn interior light on/off - Expels a large amount of steam when door is opened.  This can cause burns, or eventually damage cabinets above the oven. - Drip tray needs to be changed after each use, but as it is tucked under the unit - it is not always easy to remove without spilling. - Water reservoir is small and needs to be refilled after each item cooked.  (If you make multiple pizzas, you will need to refill the reservoir for each pizza). - Manufacturer Instructions for grocery store items do not include accurate cook times for this steam oven.  It takes a bit of trial and error to discover accurate cook times. - Interior of oven is not tall enough to cook many items such as roasted chicken, meatloaf, or loaf of bread.  A few additional inches would go a long way without taking up any additional counter space. - Stainless steel case gets too hot to have items resting on top of it. - Slightly heavy – meaning that you will not want to move it.  It will probably be a permanent addition to your countertop.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Useful Countertop Cooker!

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    MrShinyCadillackness
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    Being a Vegan family, we are always looking for different ways to prepare and cook foods. We have tried lots of different countertop cooking devices and for the most part, have liked them all. When I saw this new steam oven, I was intrigued. Cooking with steam is nothing new, but cooking with steam in an oven? That seems like another healthy and interesting way to cook, so I had to give this a shot. The first thing we did was make pizza from scratch. The dough was raw, so it was a great first test. It came out incredibly good (see photos). How this thing can actually cook and crisp raw pizza dough and toppings with steam is beyond me, but really cool to say the least. We have also tried roast-steaming veggies and it worked really well. Almost the same as a regular oven, only faster, still crisping the edges of the veggies perfectly. While I know this isn’t a traditional “toaster oven” it is pretty close to the same concept, only using steam and dry heating elements together in unison. To me this seems much better than a traditional toaster oven. The front glass does acquire some condensation when cooking (not much at all), but there is an easily removable drip tray underneath that catches all of the moisture. It is quick and easy to dump this after each cooking session. The oven does have some sort of fan that stays on for a few minutes after it is finished cooking, presumably to dry out the moisture in the oven and eject it into the drip tray and/or to cool it down. The manual calls for filtered water in the tank for steaming, so we use the filtered water from our five gallon water dispenser. The tank is under the dial and comes out easily to fill. I once forgot to fill it and the oven worked well even without the steam, essentially making it more like a regular oven. The heating elements are on the top of the oven, so broiling, faux (or regular) cheese melting, etc., is easy. Nachos! The dial and buttons are super simple and self explanatory and I never had to use the manual to figure them out. The dial also lights up with a red light around its edge making it look pretty cool when in use. There are two pans inside. One is a flat drip pan that can also be used as a cooking tray. The other is the same size, only having holes so things can get a little more crispy. I find that I am using the tray with the holes 90% of the time and the other underneath to catch crumbs and other food from getting all over the bottom of the oven. I would have given a full five stars if it cooked toast as fast as a toaster does, but it does not. This is by no means a deal breaker, but it would have been nice to ditch the toaster and save some room on the counter. Secondly, it is stainless steel, so it does attract fingerprints easily. All in all, we are very happy with this oven. It cooks and re-heats very quickly. In our go go society today, this is a bonus. We are looking forward to seeing what we can do with it next!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great performance from a pizza/toaster oven

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    Viabledata
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    It's hard to ask more from a pizza oven than this! Upon opening, the contents of the box are very well packaged and secured. The accessories it comes with are the drip tray, a toasting pan, a broiling pan, a small mini cookbook, and the warranty/instructions, which the instructions seem very well written and easy to follow. The oven itself is a very nice stainless finish. It has two shelves, although most cooking will be done on the top, but the guide goes through which to use and when. This oven uses water for a convection and steam cook, which actually turns food out very crisp and browned perfectly on the outside and soft/fluffy/moist on the inside. This oven does require an initial bake before using with nothing in oven at 485 degrees for 20 minutes. It will smell up your kitchen and house during this time, but it is ok after that. The main thing I love about this oven is there is no preheating, just set the dial and go. It shuts off automatically after the timer ends. The casing does get very hot during cooking, but the radiant heat seemed very minimal. I could not find any big radiant hot spots around the oven, so it seems safe around other items on the countertop as long as they are not directly touching. There is a vent though on the left side when facing the front of the oven but even that never seemed to blow very hot. When cooking, things seemed to cook perfect on the minimum oven setting the food package states. I cooked frozen biscuits that say 20-25 minutes and they were perfectly browned and cooked on the inside at 20 minutes. The only thing I noticed was they didn't quite have the same height as when cooking in a regular oven. The toast setting works very nice and the tray can hold up to 9 pieces of bread. The setting goes from 1-8 and I put mine on 5 initially and the toast was quite dark. I tried again at 3 and the toast was a very nice shade and very crunchy. I also tried a piece of pre-buttered toast on 5 and it melted the butter perfectly, and the bottom of the toast was still very crispy. The toasting tray is barely big enough to fit a tombstone pizza on, and it is kind of awkward to cook with it being a square toasting tray. On the pizza setting, it cooks perfectly with a nice golden brown cheese and crispy crust. All the cheese was melted and no cold spots. The important part of this oven is the water. It has a easy to remove and fill container on the front panel, and it must be filled to the fill line before any cooking, including toast, and you must use cold, filtered water. It says the water tray is good for 60 mintes of cooking before its empty but it seemed to use water quicker than that. Just need to make sure you keep track of it between cooks. The instructions recommend doing a 20 minute bake at 485 degrees with no water at the end of every day you use it to get the water out of the feed lines, but really seems like overkill to me and a lot of wasted electricity, seeing as this is an 1800w oven. Also to note the instructions say to place food directly on the trays, but I would strongly recommend using foil on the tray first with a bit of pam. Also, you must use the drip tray that comes with it, because there is a lot of moisture inside the oven when cooking, and it is designed run down the bottom of the door so when you open it after cooking is done, the water will run into drip tray. It is very easy to remove and drain and clean. It attaches to the front legs. But only the cooking trays are dishwasher safe. Overall this is a great pizza/toaster oven. I love not having to preheat and the perfect cooks, nice design, and ease of use make it well worth it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Steam Power!

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    mobilelawyer
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    This Sharp SuperSteam Toaster/Pizza Oven was a revelation. The name is a misnomer if you think it describes exclusively what this appliance does. It does so much more. And does it well. First, it is not a small counter-top appliance. It weighs almost 25 pounds and has enough interior space for 12.5 X 12.5-inch toasting and broiling pans. And it needs some space around the unit for venting. The chrome finish is gorgeous, but like all such finishes, it is a fingerprint magnet. There is almost no cooking task that it cannot do. It can bake, broil and toast with the best conventional oven. It is limited only by its size. Obviously, it can't hold a full-size turkey or ham. But I used it to make our favorite chicken tetrazzini recipe in a huge casserole dish. No problem. I heated a frozen pizza. I cooked hot dogs and hamburgers. I baked brownies. I made toast and delicious grilled cheese sandwiches. A recipe book is included, but the cooking possibilities are endless. There is a handy chart in the back of the book for the temperature and cooking times for generic items. There is no preheating, so it is quick. Because it uses a combination of super-heated steam and more conventional electrical heating elements to thoroughly cook your food. I prepared two hot dogs for lunch. Fill the reservoir with water for the steam. Set the unit to grill on the broiling pan at 485 degrees for eight minutes and press the button to start. That’s it. And the cooked food is extremely flavorful and moist on the inside. The toast and pastries were beautifully browned on the outside. I have never eaten a frozen pizza with the flavor this little unit unleashed. I am sure the super heated steam played a large part. I cannot readily name a shortcoming. For a young person living in an apartment, a full- sized stove could be totally replaced by this attractive unit. And for an elderly adult, almost every food could be prepared at counter top level without having to bend down to open a stove door and retrieve its contents. And it is faster and more economical to use that a full size oven. I am very fond of it. Highly reccomended!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Very versatile and easy to use!

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    insomniak1
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    So, it’s been a while since I received the Sharp SuperSteam Toaster/Pizza Oven and I’ve had a chance to use in several ways. At first glance, I must say that this oven is very good looking. It features a stainless-steel body with chrome accents. It does not have a lot of buttons or dials -just a selector knob, a digital clock/timer display and a tab for the water reservoir (more of that later) and of course a door handle. It goes well with my stainless-steel stove, dishwasher, and fridge. This finish is a fingerprint magnet though and must be cleaned often. It is big (19.7x18.9x9.3) and it takes a big portion of the counter (where the old toaster used to be). Also, it is heavy (almost 25lbs.). It comes with a broil and a grill pan. The oven can accommodate a 12” pizza so it does have some room when it comes to width. However, its height may be on the short side, and that can affect some recipes (baking a loaf of bread?). This oven is super easy to use per the included instructions. While it is versatile, it does not have too many options, which I appreciate. All you need to do is add water to the reservoir before using it, select the tray that’s needed, select the option (bake/reheat, broil/grill, pizza, toast and warm), time (if needed) and temperature (again, if needed). No need to warm up -it’s instant! All options are easily selectable by using the dial knob, select button, and start button. But how does it actually perform? Well, to be honest, I had mostly good results along with some mixed ones as well (no bad ones). Following their included recipe book, I started with the easiest of things: quesadillas. The time calls for 8 minutes, however, I had to readjust the time as the cheese did melt immediately, leaving the tortilla too soft (I like them a bit crispy). This is when I noticed a pretty big issue. To check the food (the window is small, by the way), one must take the entire tray out. That’s right; one cannot take the tray halfway without holding it with one oven mitten and this can make it awkward (and potentially unsafe) to handle. I had to transfer the pan to the stove, flip the quesadillas and return it to the oven. In the end, they came out well -although it did take much longer than anticipated. Next, I tried the toast feature. Dealing with regular toast, it did a decent job (although my toaster does a bit of a better job). However, when I tried baking biscuits, the result was amazing. The outside part was crunchy and the inside very moist and soft. Then, I tried some chicken with veggies. I also loved the results as the meat was not dry and the veggies came out nicely broiled and moist. Again, one thing to consider is that you must get used to the timing as it differs greatly from what’s recommended in the cooking book. You must check on it constantly. The last thing I been using it for is reheating my food. It is just as good as a microwave (albeit not as fast) without the electronic radiation (if that’s your concern). It warms things up evenly. I did reheat regular white rice with some sprinkled water and it did a very decent job, almost making it seem as if the rice was recently cooked. Another thing to remember is to clean the drip pan that is located on the bottom after every use. And never, ever forget to add water to the reservoir before use -every time! Cleaning it is a breeze. In the end, this is a very versatile oven. It does well what it is designed to do with some getting used to. Although I’m very concerned about the issue with handling the pans when checking the food, I hope that the next generation will fix this with a way to rest the pan and allowing for both hands to be used. Overall, I would still recommend it -especially if you are looking for an alternative to microwaving and having a dedicated toaster as well as its ease of use.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Sharp Smokes the Competetion!

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    WesternSky
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    The Sharp .5 Cu.Ft. Superheated Steam Counter Top Oven is a great oven. The stainless steel finish is both modern looking and will blend in well with your kitchen décor. The oven is super versatile and can accomplish many things such as broiling, grilling, baking, reheating, toasting and just plain warming food. For you pizza lovers, the oven also has a pizza setting. This oven features an easy to clean non-stick interior and slide-out crumb tray. Standard inclusion with this oven is a bake pan as well as a broiler rack. The oven is weighty and comes in at around 35 pounds which is a good thing, as accidental movement or tipping on your counter-top is highly unlikely. The product is backed by a 12 month warranty which is pretty standard. Upon my initial use of this oven, I did smell a slight odor. Be warned that many new toasters and ovens suffer from this malady as the appliances when shipped have a coating on the heating elements. They all tend to give off some odor during the initial usage phase but it quickly dissipates. Maximum temperature of the oven is 485 degrees which is a combination of heat and superheated steam. What's really nice about this oven is that you can cook two trays of food simultaneously. NICE! Try that in a regular old type oven. The Sharp oven uses a new technology which is supposed to make your food taste better. It uses a heat and steam combination to cook your food. I did some frozen pizza in this oven and was pleasantly surprised, as the taste was better than a conventional oven. Also, I did make some homemade muffins. The verdict on the muffins, "superior moisture", softer than usual and tasty. It's worth mentioning that I always use the same recipe with exactly the same ingredients. So the superior taste in my opinion was a direct result of both the steam cooking and radiant heat. It's worth noting that when you open the door to the oven steam does escape (which is normal), so you should be careful not to burn yourself. Overall the Sharp oven did a better job than my standard toaster oven. I would certainly think this was due to the steam production of this unit. This oven will make a great gift as far as giving or receiving one. Put it on your gift list. Overall, I'm highly impressed with this great product. Great product!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The perfect oven to reheat pizza

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    Wishkid
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    I am not a chef but I do know how to cook, I use pots, pans and stuff like that, and I usually use microwave to reheat or cook frozen food. A steam oven toaster never heard something like this until I tested this one out, I am very impressed of how a combination of heat and steam can achieve some of the results you get from this oven. The oven itself is a bit smaller than the regular countertop conventional oven and some microwave. The inside is not as tall as the microwave, but is deep and you can fit most food items (not a whole chicken). The built quality, modern looks and the stainless steel make this oven look very nice in the kitchen and is also very simple to use, with 3 buttons and a rotary knob. The glass windows, and interior lights makes the viewing of the cooking process of your food very easy when the oven is in use. I made a few grill cheese sandwiches and they all came out perfect every time, crunchy & golden on the outside, and moist with a prefect melted cheese in the inside just like they advertised. I usually used countertop grill to toast my sandwiches but with this oven I don’t have to any more, I get better results in less time. This toaster oven is by far the perfect pizza reheater I have ever used, pizza will come out so good is like you just bought it, not like the microwave which will make the crust and bottom chewy, you will be amazed. No more eating reheated pizza in with a fork and knife. I did not have any idea it was possible to toast using steam and heat and get this amazing result, this thing already replaced my countertop grill. In the box it comes with the microwave, 2 pans (crisper/broil), water dispenser, drip tray, cookbook and the manual.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    An oven that works like magic

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    taureantiger
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    I have always been aware that cooking with steam does great things to food in terms of taste, especially for fish. What a genius idea combining steam and traditional oven! My wife and I had plenty of fun testing this oven for the past 3 weeks, broiling/grilling scallops, cod fish, and salmon, achieving greatest results. Steam preserves natural taste, and as such much less salting is necessary if anything. Also made various frozen pizzas with awesome results. Definitely better than making pizza in a traditional (convection) oven. More fluffy and crusty. It's very easy to use this oven. I'd say there it's almost impossible to not achieve great results. Just make sure you always pick the right cooking mode (I once selected the "Bake/Reheat" cooking mode for pizza instead of the dedicated "Pizza" cooking mode which resulted in soft pizza. And, best follow the enclosed recipe book in terms of duration and temperature, as well as the table (see picture), and you can't go wrong. I very highly recommend this steam oven to friends and family, a well-deserved 5 stars. Only improvement recommendation I'd have: Provide a display that shows the actual state of temperature (for example, as the oven is heating up). The display shows temperature presets and a count-down timer only, which is probably sufficient for most. It's like a "set and forget" experience: You set the cooking mode and temperature, add your food to the upper or lower tray, and select "Start". Don't forget to check the water tank that is full of water.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A huge upgrade from convection!

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    BestbuyGuy210
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    I like many folks, don’t always have time to cook a full meal even with 2 kids. So I sometimes make frozen foods. I went from a mid level toaster oven with convection. I thought the food with my old machine cooked well. That was until I tried this sharp oven with super heated steam. I didn’t know much about that super heated steam feature but Wow is all I can say. I tried foods my kids love first. So a frozen pizza was cooked first. The pizza sauce was quite hot and the chees was not over cooked like in traditional counter top ovens. I really was surprised as I thought it would be the same as convection. But man then I did chicken nuggets and frozen fries. They both were cooked evenly and not over done on the outsides. The flavor seemed better as well. It’s amazing for sure. Especially if you don’t want to use all that electricity with the oven and you are in a rush or want a break from cooking a whole meal. Also this oven is beautiful, not that it’s more important than the food but sharp really put thought into the design. Looks very high end. The options and buttons are plenty as well and easy to use once you get the hang of it. I’d say give it a shot. You won’t be disappointed in you are looking for a worthy upgrade. You will not regret it. Or at least I didn’t. Good luck and happy shopping!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Little Oven for Pizza and More

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    The34Car
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    The Sharp SuperSteam Oven is about the size of a large microwave. It has a nice, modern look with its stainless steel exterior and minimal buttons. Although it takes up counter real estate, it isn't heavy so it could easily be stored elsewhere when not in use. It is nice enough looking though that you can keep it out if you have the space. One thing I love about it is that you don't need to preheat it!! You just fill the reservoir with cold water, select your cook mode, set the temp and cook time and you're done. The interior light illuminates when the oven is cooking so you can watch your food get crisp and browned. The oven will cook as high as 485 degrees, so it is great for making small pizzas (up to 9 inches). So far I've used it to cook homemade pizza, frozen pizza, and french toast. All have come out looking and tasting great! The french toast didn't even need to be flipped! The steam gets the outsides crisp and keeps the inside moist and chewy. I am thoroughly enjoying this oven and I would recommend it if you like cool kitchen gadgets.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    It's Hot!

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    JStory17
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    Found some shelf space, read the instructions and away we go. First test item...a frozen pizza (shocking). Set the timer as it's listed on the box for 12 minutes. I love that the oven didn't have to be pre-heated. The look of that pizza was TV commercial perfect. A perfectly light brown of melted cheese from the outer circle to the center. Mentally, I also thought the pizza had a better taste. I immediately dismissed this thought, but now considered the oven is a steam baker, it is possible. Second test item...another frozen pizza. This pizza is a generic store brand while the first pizza was a national frozen pizza brand. Cooked the pizza for the time listed on the box. The pizza cooked for maybe 2 minutes longer than needed. Cheese was melt perfectly again, but you could tell the pizza had stayed in the oven a little longer than necessary. Third and final test item...frozen 7 oz Apple Pie. Cook time on the box stated 32-35 minutes. I cooked it for 30 minutes. Once again, TV commercial perfect looking pie out of the oven. Cleaning the oven is too easy. I had to the let the oven cool down and wipe everything down. A small piece of cheese had to clean off the crisper tray each time I cooked a pizza, but other than that, nothing major. If you purchase this, please read the instructions before using...I almost didn't and I'm so glad I did.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    No more waiting on the oven to heat

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    DakotaDan
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    A few pros and a few cons on this one. Pros: Heats SUPER quick! It uses steam, so you no longer have to wait forever for it to preheat. Just turn on and go. Cons: This sucker is hefty. In order to accommodate the pizza, it takes up a bit more counter-top real estate than my last one. You have to remember to add water or it won't turn on and it doesn't give you an alert that it needs water. Minor adjustment though and I'm sure over time we'll remember. The dials aren't exactly intuitive. You really need to use the start-up guide to figure out how to turn it on and change the temperatures, etc. Usually with this type of product, you're ready to go straight out of the box without really needing to refer to instructions. Another challenge is pulling out the little tray. It's really awkward and you really have to struggle to pull it out from the bottom. We plan to get a separate, smaller tray that we can easily place on top of it and use it more like a shelf. With the square size to accommodate pizzas, it's a little tough finding a tray the right size. Overall, I totally love the time I get back because of how quickly this oven heats however the other gaps called out above disappointed me. Many are minor, but they are all the things one usually expects with a toaster oven. I'm surprised they were overlooked. At this price point, I really expect close to perfection. I love the new feature of steam use for the quicker heat, but would consider other products that deliver that feature without compromising in all the other places.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Nice oven

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    Tony
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    I have been testing this oven out for a few meals and have been pretty happy. It is easy to use, does not require any preheating, and it cooks evenly. The inside is spacious enough that I can fit some nice sized dishes in without a problem and the interior surface is also smooth and easy to clean. While it takes up more counter space than a traditional toaster oven, it also has more capabilities. I have not had to use my regular oven since I started using this. Depending on what I am making, that equates to saved time and electricity since I did not have to preheat. So far, the only negative is that the trays are huge. They are not made to slide halfway out and stay in place like a traditional toaster or oven. My guess is that they intend for them to just be removed when cooking is complete. But with their size, they do not fit anywhere else in my kitchen. I wish they could rest on a track. Second, the trays are dishwasher safe but it is a huge challenge to fit them into the dishwasher without taking up a large amount of space that could be occupied by other dishes from the meal. Overall, I am happy. But smaller might be a little better.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great at some things others not so much

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    tken106
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

    This is a unique item. Modern looking it will fit nicely with any modern kitchen. Set up is a breeze, unpack, load the water tray (we use only distilled water). Heat up to burn off the new smell and you're ready to go. First the great. this oven does a fantastic job with breads, from toasting hamburger buns (6 min) to warming up dinner rolls or baking french bread. It creates a crispy crust while leaving the inside soft and moist. It will also do a great job on things like quiche or egg dishes especially with cheese or other ingredients that need to moist heat to release their flavor. Cooking denser items (meat including fish) it takes time to achieve the required temperature and gives off quite a bit of heat in the process. Does not work as well as a conventional oven for generating a consistent level of doneness. We haven't tried it yet with baked goods but I suspect it would do a good job with pre-packaged cookies, not so much with scratch. For the unique nature and the things it does well I would recommend it for a general utility oven not so much.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Pretty Unique Toaster Oven

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    Loomis1975
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

    The steam feature keeps things moist, almost too moist at times. The two pans it comes with are a crisper with holes in the bottom (think pizza, toast, etc) and a regular pan. Both are shallow and when cooking a large amount of chicken thighs for instance, juices will buildup and might even overflow the pan. I found that you need to cook longer than the suggestions on the cookbook, things weren't finishing or getting warm enough, crisp enough. The other feature that seems strange is you can't turn on the light inside manually. It is on when cooking, and off at all other times, i.e. when you open the door the light stays off. It would be nice to have the light on for cleaning at least. Another thing, it suggests when you are done for the day, to bake at 485 degrees for 20 minutes with oven empty and water reservoir removed to clean out the water in the tube. Another thing, I watched a promotional youtube video for this item, where they used both trays at once, but in the manual it explicitly tells you to NOT use both trays at once. All in all, it is an interesting counter oven, makes great pizza and dishes and DEFINITELY keeps things from drying out.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Good Quality - small inside

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    pMurphy
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

    This is built really well. From the moment we unpacked it we could tell it was made with quality parts. Very sturdy. The trays inside are heavy duty. The dial and display on the front are great. I have 2 areas that I am not impressed with - it is a small interior... well short (not very tall)... so you can cook things like toast and pizza, things that are relatively flat. If you wanted to cook a ham or chicken it would be tough. - it takes basically as long to cook in this as it does a regular oven. We cooked egg cups and it took 25 min on 350 degrees. I have an air fryer too and it took 10 min on 325 degrees. Overall it is built really well and if you have certain items you want to cook in it then you will be fine and I would recommend it. it is not as versatile or can't handle taller foods which limits how much we use it with out family. I was impressed with the quality and wish it could hold larger foods.

    I would recommend this to a friend

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Sharp’s innovative steam oven

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    Dary
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase

    i was searching for a new compact counter style oven when I ran across this sharp steam oven,.. it was intriguing to say the least and rather pricey compared to a few other ones i’d Looked at but after much soul searching I ordered it. I was very apprehensive and started getting a little buyers remorse while I awaited it’s arrival,... once it arrived and I checked it over from bottom to top I was delighted to see it was built very solidly. Once I started cooking things with it all that buyers remorse faded away,... as many have said before a frozen pizza is its forte ! Cookies,pies ,small casseroles etc have all baked beautifully. The controls are super easy to navigate, the cooking times may be a slight learning curve but you can always add more time at the end of your cooking cycle if you wish.,overall, I believe I made a good choice.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great steam oven, ok toaster

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    joecaffe
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

    Being the proud owner of a Sharp Supersteam Microwave oven for 10 yrs, I jumped at the chance to get this steam toaster to replace my smart oven pro. I'm not sure it was the best decision though. As a steam oven, it works immensely well cooking water fowl, fish to burgers. Everything is cooked through and quite juicy. Though as in it's name, it's meant to replace a toaster oven and as such should be able to crisp bread, bake premade frozen items like pizza, crab cakes, etc. In that area, results are not good if you go by the instructions. Specified box cooking times are not going to be enough. I believe the option to have cooking cycles without steam as in my microwave unit, have been carelessly omitted in this unit. My workaround is to remove the water reservoir when I don't want steam and it works just fine and gives the desired result. If not for this issue and the oven cavity being short, it would have been 5 stars.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    excellent results, but a bit spendy

    Posted
    Alex
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network
    • Top 1000 ContributorTop 1000 Contributor

    this steam toaster over produces great results, but "steams" the wallet a bit. This is a fairly simple device: A steam toaster oven. What does the steam get you? Non dried out foods and no pre-heat time. The best part about this oven is no pre-heat time. When making something in this oven, that can cut off 10-15 minutes of regular oven pre-heat time! Results: i have cooked a few items in this, and from what I found the results are great. Mozzarella sticks were crisp and crunchy, with gooey cheese in the middle and biscuits were golden brown but soft and moist on the inside. The oven includes two pans, a crisper and a "regular" pan. cons: the included cookbook is a bit lax, not many good ideas in there. I found cooking using recommended times on item boxes resulted in the best cooked items. The oven has a large footprint, and is a bit loud. In summary: Cooks very well, but is a little expensive and loud.

    I would recommend this to a friend