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Europro Toaster Oven Review

Updated on April 22, 2012

Why buy a Toaster oven?

When it comes to convenience in the kitchen there is a lot to be said about the toaster oven. It’s an efficient beast for one, and will cut the amount of time you spend cooking, its easy to use, easy to clean and can even save money on electricity bills too. Toaster ovens cook using convection, which is a much more efficient way of cooking. They use a convection fan to distribute the heat evenly around the oven for faster and more reliable cooking. They make baking and roasting easier, and help to avoid hotspots to ensure even cooking all the way through.

Toaster ovens are also a great space saver. If you always wanted a dishwasher but never had the space, a toaster oven could be the answer. For small kitchens where space is at a premium they are ideal, and are also great for staff rooms, college dorms, and motor homes, or can be used as a secondary oven for cooking large family meals.

Toaster ovens are highly versatile, and are suitable for reheating, toasting, baking, broiling and slow cooking, and produce far better looking meals than a microwave with more efficiency that a standard oven.

Why buy a EuroPro Toaster Oven?

Euro-Pro has been around for over a century, and whilst toaster ovens are quite a recent venture for them, they have a good pedigree of innovation and high quality construction behind them, and produce a wide range of high quality electrical appliances.

Based in Massachusetts, the company is a family run business dedicated to improving home convenience, and make household chores quicker, cleaner and easier. Offering innovative designs at an attractive price they have become a popular choice in many households.

Euro-Pro are best known for their versatile Shark vacuum cleaners and appliances, and are also the name behind Ninja kitchen blenders. Their range of toaster ovens have become an instant success due to highly competitive pricing, offering a wide range of cooking options for a fraction of the price of the more established toaster oven manufacturers.

Their high level of innovation is not particularly evident in their toaster ovens, instead offering for a straightforward and highly functional design. Euro-Pro toaster ovens are intuitive and easy to use, and have all the functions you need to toast, broil and bake with aplomb. Of course the greatest attraction to the brand is the price. Euro-Pro offer toaster ovens starting at just a little more than a standard toaster.

The Europro Toaster Oven Series

The most popular Europro ovens are all available for under $75, and all come with the basic range of functions to ensure you cook evenly and well, and never burn a meal.

The main consideration when you consider buying a toaster oven should be the size. If you can handle not being able to cook a 12” pizza, then you can really pick up an absolute bargain, however it may be worth spending just a handful of dollars more for the additional space. You should also consider the external dimensions to make sure you can easily fit your toaster oven on your kitchen unit, however wall mountings are available to help create even more space in the kitchen.

TO140L Euro-Pro Convection Oven
TO140L Euro-Pro Convection Oven

Best Budget Toaster Oven for less than $40

The Euro-Pro 6-Slice Convection toaster Oven (Model TO140L)

It’s a bargain buy and offers everything you need to bake, broil and toast. It will cook your meals and keep them warm until you are ready to eat, and is a great space saving oven. It has all an easy to use dial interface, and a 60 minute timer with an auto shut off and stay warm function. Its basic, but for the price it's a real bargain, only a few dollars more than a toaster, but with the functions to cook all of your meals, not just breakfast.

The major down point with this model is the size. You may want to consider just a few more dollars to get a model large enough to hold a 12” pizza.

Features

  • 1200 W cooking power
  • Interior dimensions: 11” x 16” x 10”
  • Exterior dimensions: 26” 18.5” x 13”
  • 60 minute timer with stay on function to keep food warm
  • Ready signal and auto shut off
  • Cool touch handles
  • 4-6 slice toast capacity
  • Temperature adjustment up to 450ºF
  • Toast darkness control
  • Bake, broil, toast and reheat food
  • Sold with bake tray, wire rack and crumb tray

Euro-Pro T0161 Convection Oven
Euro-Pro T0161 Convection Oven

Best Value EuroPro Toaster Oven for less than $60

The Euro-Pro 6-Slice Convection toaster oven (Model TO161)

The T0161 offers probably the best value of the entire range, and has great looks with a black and brushed aluminium casing. The T0161 is a highly versatile oven and will bake, broil, toast and reheat, with a large capacity for family cooking. The oven comfortably holds 6 slices of toast, and also a 12" pizza pan, although it doesn't come with the package and needs to be bought separately. The double rack is useful for heating up two plates of food, or for cooking two pizzas at once.

The oven is even better value at present with a 47% saving on on the RRP at Amazon.com

Features

  • 0.6 Cu Ft internal capacity
  • Interior dimensions:12 5/8" X 12 5/8" x 6"
  • Exterior dimensions: 18.5” x 15 x 10”
  • 60 minute timer
  • 6-slice toast capacity
  • Cool touch handles
  • Removable crumb tray
  • Ready indicator to show when the cooking cycle has finished
  • Temperature adjustment up to 450ºF
  • Keep warm function
  • Toast darkness control
  • Bake, broil toast and reheat food
  • Sold with two racks and 3 positions
  • Holds a 12” pizza tray

The Euro-Pro T0251 Convection Toaster Oven
The Euro-Pro T0251 Convection Toaster Oven

Best Europro Toaster Oven for less than $75

6-Slice Europro Convection Oven (Model TO251)

This is one of the top of the range Europro toaster oven models and offers the maximum versatility in cooking. It has a large capacity of 0.7 cubic feet, with the extra width a big plus.

The T0251 is the most powerful of this selection at 1380 W for faster cooking and preheating, and is sold with a bake pan and pizza tray so you don’t have to add on any extra costs for bakeware.

Features

  • 0.7 Cu Ft internal capacity
  • Exterior dimensions: 25” x 16” x 12.5”
  • 1380 W of cooking power
  • 6-slice toast capacity
  • Self cleaning interior with removable crumb tray
  • Auto timer with a ready indicator, auto shut off and stay on function
  • Cool touch handles
  • Temperature adjustment up to 450ºF
  • Keep warm function
  • Toast darkness control
  • Bake, broil toast and reheat food
  • Sold with 2 wire racks, 1 bake pan, rack remover and a pizza tray
  • Holds a 12” pizza tray

The Verdict on Euro-Pro Toaster Ovens

Euro-Pro toaster ovens are great low cost ovens suitable for all of your broiling, baking and toasting needs. Euro-pro have priced the ovens well, and can be bought for a fraction of the price of many brands on the market. The top of the range model, the T0251, is worth the extra cost if you are going to be using it as your main oven, however if you just want a cheap secondary oven or to use the oven primarily for toasting then the T0140L and the T0161 are great ovens for the price.

Great value does come at the expense of some of the more attracrtive features which are available in more expensive ovens. They lack a cool touch exterior, which is probably the major gripe with them. They can get pretty hot, certainly enough to burn fingers if you are not careful. The manufacturing process also makes them prone to smoke a little when you first get them out of the box. Before using for the first time, wipe the interior with a damp cloth before turning on, and run the ovens on high to clear the initial smoke. After that, your oven will be smoke free and ready to use.

Whilst the extra capacity of the T0251 is useful, and worth the money if you plan to do all of your cooking in the oven, with the prices currently as they are on Amazon.com, the T0161 toaster oven is the better buy.

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