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Old 09-15-2005, 04:45 PM   #1
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Toaster Oven Recommendations

I think I'm in the market for a toaster oven. I've been cruising the kitchen stores but can't decide.

At the top end there is the Krups for $200++, in the mid-range there's the Cuisinart for $100 and a host of Rival, Toastmaster and B&D in the lower prices range. Just to mention a few of the many brands and models.

Can anyone, speaking from personal experiences, recommend a good choice for toasting breads and bagels and miscellaneous other warming, broiling, etc tasks. I don't expect we'll be baking in it or cooking small chickens.

I'm not interested in any convection models.

Thanks in advance for your recommendations.
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Old 09-15-2005, 05:22 PM   #2
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I have an older Black and Decker. The toast is ok, but not as pretty as it would be in a regular toaster. Bagels do nicely. I use it mainly for small quantities of frozen french fries, English muffin pizzas, finishing off microwaved baked potatoes, biscuits, that sort of thing. The Pampered Chef small bar pan fits nicely. With the paperwork was an order form to order other pans designed to fit.
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Old 09-15-2005, 05:28 PM   #3
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We have a Black and Decker as well. We only use it for things like bagels, English muffins, waffles, toast, etc. It works just fine for those things. It is not expensive either. If you don't want to spend a lot then I would recommend it.
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Old 09-15-2005, 08:23 PM   #4
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Black And Decker here too, cheap and does the job.
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Old 09-15-2005, 11:11 PM   #5
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Thanks guys, I have had B&Ds in the past and wondered how the newer ones are.
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Old 09-16-2005, 06:03 PM   #6
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I've got a Krups (but I didn't pay $200 for it - mine was around $50 on special offer a couple of years ago).

It toasts evenly (which my previous Black and Decker didn't do) and heats up quickly. It has been a good purchase, although I usually only use it for toasting things!

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Old 09-16-2005, 10:53 PM   #7
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Thanks, Paint. I'll check it out.
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Old 09-18-2005, 08:42 PM   #8
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I don't have a favorite - haven't found it yet, but I would say do lots of shopping - they are all different. I've had a few different kind and wouldn't repeat any of the ones I've had. I keep looking for a really good one. If I ever find a convection/toaster oven the right size with the right controls, that is what I'll get. Til then I will keep the one I have that isn't what I want.
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Old 09-18-2005, 09:38 PM   #9
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Licia, thanks. Good points to keep in mind.
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Old 09-18-2005, 10:36 PM   #10
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Personally, I won't have one in my house. I was told by a fireman that they are one of the leading causes of fires that start in the kitchen, and my own experience would bear that out. We received one (I don't remember the brand, maybe GE?) for a wedding present in 1993. One day about 6 months later I was walking through the Kitchen and noticed that it was warm, although we hadn't used it for at least a week. I thought the dial had just not been turned off all the way, but that was not the case. Everything that could be turned off was off, yet the case was still quite warm to the touch and it was hot inside. I unplugged it, tossed it in the trash and we have never even considered replacing it. That was too close, IMO, to ever risk it again.

We use a popup toaster for toast (which is unplugged when not in use, and stored on a revolving shelf in one of our corner cabinets), and we use the regular oven for cooking real food.
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