I’m a huge fan of modern technology, especially kitchen appliances. The benefits they bring to us are undeniable, especially in this busy life when everybody has to make some money to earn their lives and don’t care much about what they eat, even in meals like dinner.
The machine I want to introduce to you today is the toaster oven. Many of you might have heard about it, but how to have a proper toaster oven for your kitchen is quite a task of challenge, even with experts in home improvement like me. I have read many toaster oven reviews and none of them have detailed guides about how to choose the best toaster oven, so here I am to make that comes true. Let’s begin with the basic things first to know what you are going to buy and the way to make it your best friend in kitchen!
Types Of Toaster Oven
Just like any types of products, the toaster oven is also a kind of appliance so it has many models from hundreds of brands and manufacturers. That’s the reason why you have to know exactly what to choose and put the features into estimation carefully so as not to waste your time and money.
Basically, there are 3 main types of toaster oven on the market and they are:
- Basic (Regular) toaster oven: Like its name, the main function of this machine is toasting things. It can also operate some additional functions like baking or roasting, but I personally don’t highly expect those functions in this machine. Frankly speaking, this is the lowest level of this kitchen appliance, and you can’t do things such as convention or rotisserie cooking with this toaster oven. However, this is still the possible choice with people who don’t have a good financial condition.
- Convection toaster oven: This can be considered as an upgrade of the basic model. The design inside the oven is added with some fans inside. The fans blow the heated air inside the oven around the food to create hotter and more effective atmosphere to ensure the food is cooked evenly. The heat will be increased while the energy and temperature needed is reduced greatly. With this advantage comparing to the basic oven, no wonder why the price of convention toaster oven is quite high.
- Rotisserie cooking: If you want to have juicy meat, this is definitely your choice. The meat is cooked inside the oven while spinning continuously so that it can keep all the meat juice inside and become tasty and soft. The only disadvantage of this type is the size of the oven. It’s quite large, especially with kitchen counter. And the price is quite high according to its function, too.
How Large Is Your Kitchen?
You might not notice but the size of your kitchen counter decides your oven size. You can’t choose the oven first then resize your kitchen, it works another way around. Another thing is the functions of your toaster oven. It comes with the sizes hand – in – hand.
The size of a toaster oven should be considered both inside and outside. Most people think that the size is all about the external dimension so that they try to resize it to fit their kitchen, but they don’t notice that the main thing is about the internal part where the food is cooked. You might need a little bit consideration here because in some models, the external and internal looks might not be the same in size because of the technology and materials of the products. The requirements should be satisfied before buying so if it’s possible, you should cook something first to test the limitation of the toaster oven and how it’s going to fit the size of the food.
- Extra Features
If you have chosen some proper types of toaster oven and wonder about the final selections, it’s time to compare extra options of them. This would be the best way to decide your toaster oven.
Regularly, the best toaster oven often has some sort of presets. You should choose the one with more presets so that you don’t have to remember all the heat or timing. Another thing is the auto – eject racks. It prevents some dangers to your hand while pulling out the food after cooking. Last but not least, you should test the alarms to make sure that it is loud enough to be heard even you’re away from your kitchen.