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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    The Absolute Best Way To Re-heat Pizza

    Posted
    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!

    Posted
    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: 4 out of 5 stars

    Very versatile and easy to use!

    Posted
    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: 4 out of 5 stars

    Nice oven

    Posted
    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.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great at some things others not so much

    Posted
    tken106
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    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.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Pretty Unique Toaster Oven

    Posted
    Loomis1975
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    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: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great steam oven, ok toaster

    Posted
    joecaffe
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    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
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    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

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Large Footprint, Cooks nice

    Posted
    Olive
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    Package arrived and it came in a large box. Upon opening I was pleasantly surprised, it was nicely made and solid. The instructions were pretty easy to follow and quick for me to start cooking right away. I dont have a lot of countertop space and felt this was a little to large for a countertop appliance. I know it will fit a 12 inch pie but if I want to cook a large pizza pie I would just use my oven. The reason for the 4 stars is because because of the footprint, but I am very impressed with how nicely the food came out. The chicken wings, mozzarella sticks, cauliflower pizza and hot dogs came out crispy and perfectly cooked and moist. As far as maintenance is concerned I have to be on top of it, it is not a deal breaker. One last con is that it is a little loud, but overall I like it as a quick to use appliance when I dont want to pre heat the oven and start cooking immediately.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great For Christmas Gift

    Posted
    stuffer
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    Easy to use and doesn't take up too much room or energy. Great for that quick pizza snack.

    I would recommend this to a friend