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Toaster Oven Review - Buying a Cheap Toaster Oven

Updated on May 5, 2011

Why Buy a Toaster Oven?

So I recently moved into a new apartment and I had a big space available for a full size oven. Unfortunately I didn't have the budget to buy a big oven! I had a look for an interim solution to buying an oven and found that a good option would be buying a cheap toaster oven that sits on the counter top.

These counter top ovens are usually a lot cheaper than buying a full size oven and, as long as you do not have a large family to feed, toaster ovens are ideal whether as a full-time or interim solution. In fact, even if you do have a big family they could be a great addition to your kitchen particularly if you have to cook different meals for different members of your family so you need more oven space!

A piece of salmon cooking perfectly in my toaster oven :-)
A piece of salmon cooking perfectly in my toaster oven :-)

Is a Toaster Oven Different From a 'Real' Oven?

Well the main difference between buying a toaster oven and having a real oven really is the size (and of course the price!). You can get different capacity toaster ovens and obviously the larger you get the more you pay. The Black & Decker Toaster Oven that I bought is a small one with a 9 litre capacity but I can easily cook a couple of pieces of fish or chicken in the oven even though it is a relatively small toaster oven.

When I was first buying the toaster oven I thought that it looked so small and flimsy that it surely wouldn't cook like a real oven so the first thing I cooked in it (a nice piece of salmon), I set the temperature slightly higher than I would normally and left it a bit longer. More fool me as the salmon was then overcooked! So next time I tried it I cooking it for the right time on the right temperature and it came out perfectly!

You can buy a cheap toaster oven from as little as $30 so there are affordable options for everyone. They are pretty compact so could be a good option if you are looking to buy an oven for your trailer or a holiday home too.

The toaster ovens work on pretty standard temperature ranges and mine goes up to 250 degrees C which is good enough to cook anything that I want to. As the oven is so small it heats up quickly and another advantage is that I can set the timer for as long as I want it to cook and it will turn itself off when the time is up.

Pros and Cons of a Toaster Oven

Advantages of a Toaster Oven:

  • They are cheap
  • They don't take up much space
  • They are quick to heat up
  • They cook perfectly
  • They are light and portable
  • They use less electricity than a conventional ovenĀ 

Disadvantages of a Toaster Oven:

  • The capacity is smaller than a normal oven


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