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finding the toaster oven of my dreams

 
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I want a quick way to heat up leftovers and bake small servings that don't involve heating the big oven.  I'm thinking a toaster oven is the appliance for me.

A microwave is out of the question - they are not foolproof as anyone who has seen me use a microwave will testify to.  I am no longer allowed to use the microwave at work.  Don't even bother talking about microwaves.

But the last time I had a toaster oven, I noticed too much heat leaked out through the glass door.  I did an experiment and even though the big oven took more time and power to heat the food, the toaster oven heated the kitchen three degrees more.  

I want a toaster oven that heats the inside of the oven a lot, and the outside of the oven not-so-much.  I'm also on a budget.

What would I search for to find this magical oven?  
 
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I'm looking forward to the answers you'll get.  We got a Breville toaster oven which was pricey but had all the bells and whistles (convection, big enough for our pizza stone, etc) but after about 4 years it's starting to have weird problems.  You have to hit the "run" button multiple times before it will start.  So far that's only an annoyance but I'm wondering how long it will last.

We have a gas range so that definitely heats up the kitchen more than the toaster oven.
 
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I have one that is a convection oven.  I never use that function on this one.  I use it like a regular oven and it does not heat up the house.  The only heat I can feel are the sides.  It is like the rotisserie ovens.

I love it for pizza as it is big enough to hold the standard size pizza. I treat myself to a frozen pizza when we go to town, maybe every 3 or 4 weeks.

I cook a lot of oven fried chicken; clafoutis; biscuits; etc.

It is not a name brand oven.

My previous one is in storage and I loved the Convection function on it.
 
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Mike Jay wrote: We got a Breville toaster oven which was pricey but had all the bells and whistles (convection, big enough for our pizza stone, etc) but after about 4 years it's starting to have weird problems.  You have to hit the "run" button multiple times before it will start.  So far that's only an annoyance but I'm wondering how long it will last.



Ours also has the same problems.
 
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In this thread -- https://permies.com/t/91062/kitchen/Perfect-Kitchen -- in my Sept. 15th, 2018 entry I talked about the Cuisinart Air Fryer multipurpose oven.  We rarely use the main kitchen oven anymore since this little guy is fast and does most dishes in the size that we need.  May be of interest to you.....
 
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I'm of no help, I went through something like 4 of them before buying one for 5.00 at a yard sale that is the best of the batch and still going strong. I have never figured out how to tell which are good. I watch with interest to see your answers.
 
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I'd follow Pearl's lead and keep an eye out at thrift stores if you have some nearby. It seems the best appliances are the older ones, which seem better made than today. A boss of mine used to hoard food processors and such because she said the new ones are never as good. She was right
 
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We just received a Breville oven two days ago, and it is still in the box... unboxing this weekend! (Breville Smart Oven Air)
We are hoping that it successfully replaces both our microwave oven and our toaster oven, and possibly the big oven? (we have always been dissatisfied with that oven and the range...old, electric, with the hotplate type "burners"...slow, poor heating, not responsive)
If it is good we're considering ditching the old range/oven for induction hotplates on the countertop, and gaining more lower cabinet space.

The new oven does these things:
13 preset functions: Toast, Bagel, Bake, Roast, Broil, Pizza, Cookies, Proof, Air-Fry, Dehydrate, Reheat, Warm, Slow Cook.

Once we've had a chance to try it out, I'll give it a review.
 
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r ranson wrote:

But the last time I had a toaster oven, I noticed too much heat leaked out through the glass door.  I did an experiment and even though the big oven took more time and power to heat the food, the toaster oven heated the kitchen three degrees more.  

I want a toaster oven that heats the inside of the oven a lot, and the outside of the oven not-so-much.  I'm also on a budget.



I wonder if, by the time the thermal mass of the oven cooled down, it had actually put more BTUs of heat into the house? But over a longer period so that it was not immediately measurable..  More power over more time seems to imply that more heat went somewhere, somewhen, somehow.

 
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I categorize the toaster ovens by size and whether they have manual switches and dials or an electronic screen with computer readout.   I prefer the manual old style as when the computer goes and or the screen begins to dim you are SOL.   I also personally do not like the little bitty toaster ovens as the minimum size I like to use will allow for a 13 x 9 inch oven tin or class casserole dish to fit.     Importantly I also do my grilling in the toaster oven when I put it on the broil setting.  Goodby charcoal grill etc.   They do a great job on chicken  pieces and pork loins sliced into  pork chops.    Wal Mart is a good place to visit and check out the different sizes and styles.  Be sure to  take your tape measure  with the height, depth and width that your kitchen will accomodate.
 
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r ranson wrote:I want a quick way to heat up leftovers and bake small servings that don't involve heating the big oven.  I'm thinking a toaster oven is the appliance for me.



My grandmother routinely cooked on a wood fire stove, though in the summer heat it obviously made the whole household uncomfortable  So her kids purchased a large toaster oven to use instead - decades before microwaves were available. It worked fine, when she could be convinced to use it!

Alternatively, how about an electric fry pan? It won't toast/brown but it can do lots of other things.

 
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