Cuisinart BRK-200 Brick Oven Deluxe, Stainless Steel
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- 1700 watts of power and 500 degree F with industrial styled stainless steel housing
- Removable baking stone to intensify brick oven cooking
- Bake, boil, toast and convection with broiling pan and baking tray plus 2 wire racks for multi-level cooking
- Nonstick coating covers the interior where there are no bricks, to make cleaning easy and quick
- Tinted glass oven door with stainless steel handles and oven light
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First of all, it's darned beautiful to look at. It matches my stainless appliances and looks fabulous on my counter. The controls are very easy to use. It comes with 2 racks (although you're only supposed to use one at a time) and a baking pan/broiler tray. But the best thing is that it comes with a baking stone which sits in one of the racks and the oven itself is lined with baking stone material on either side. The back of the oven has the convection fan. All non-stone surfaces are of nonstick material, which makes it a cinch to clean.
In the month I've had it, I've used this amazing appliance to bake cakes and casseroles, broil shrimp, make pizza, roast tomatoes and chickens and even toast an english muffin! It passed every test with flying colors. The oven is large enough to fit a whole chicken for roasting - and did a great job.
I'd say the weak points are that you have to turn the oven around to get the crumb tray out (a minor inconvenience) and both the crumb tray and the baking pan tend to warp when the oven is hot.
To use the baking stone, you must preheat the oven for at least 30 minutes. Not a problem for me, as I preheated while waiting for my pizza dough to rise. Worked out great.
I'm delighted to give this my highest recommendation.
This might be just this particular oven, but I'm very disappointed. I called customer service (long, long wait) and was told the only thing I could do was ship it in and pay for the shipping to get it fixed. That is not an option for us, as it would be much too expensive (it is a heavy unit). I tried to look for a way to calibrate the oven myself, but it isn't available like in a conventional oven. All it does for us now is toast the occasional bagel and take up counter space (at least it's nice looking).
-Quiet fan during convection cooking
-Simple Controls, easy & convenient to use overall
-Stable & consistent temperature, i.e. maintains set temperature well
-Looks good on the counter top
-Uses far less power than conventional oven
-Comes with a pizza stone!
-Overall quality and value for the price is good
-Easily delivers excellent cooking results
-Exterior gets very hot (but all counter top ovens have this problem)
-Silk screen printing on toast "START" button rubbed off when new
-No indication of when set temperature is reached
-Made in Communist China
-Ease of cleaning, no better or worse than others
-Better as an oven than a toaster due to slightly uneven toasting
-Rotisserie is included but is not a feature most people want or need
I live in a rural area and can't find good pizzas anywhere in the town close to me, so I mainly got this to cook pizzas at home. I can get a Wal-Mart Sams Choice fresh pizza, add my own toppings plus extra cheese - and I get a really good pizza with a nice pastry like crisp crust. I can also reheat cold pizza slices in the oven (always preheat for at least 20 minutes to get the brick hot) and they turn out as good as the pizza did the first time I baked it (and I always put on a little more mozarella at the second baking/reheating). For it's excellence at approximating the best pizza I could get in a good Pizza Joint - I give this oven 5 stars.
Before I purchased the BRK200 I came to Amazon and read all the reviews. Several people complained that there was not a light that indicated when the oven was preheated. Well, I say to them "Duh!" This oven operates differently than a standard oven so that kind of preheat light would not apply. The reason you preheat this oven for 20 to 30 minutes (I always preheat for 30 if doing pizza) is so the brick inlay and brick sides absorb the heat and come up to temperature along with the elements heating of the oven. Of course this process by which the bricks absorb and retain heat happens at a different rate than when the oven first reaches the temperature you set on the dial.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love it! Was a little pricey but love the look too! It's great to cook my granddaughter snacks in instead of heating the big oven up.Published 14 months ago by Don't know what to get?
This oven is extremely good and it is unfortunate the manufacturer did not continue its production... Read morePublished on September 17, 2013 by Robert Olek
I like this unit very much. At this point I've used it only a few times. I did make pizza in it twice and it turned out better than expected. Read morePublished on June 7, 2013 by GERALD REILLY
Great oven. Much more room than a smaller toaster oven. Perfect for a single person, to avoid heating your large oven.Published on December 14, 2012 by nightphotog
Only problem I have with the brick oven is it's too small. I thought I could use it to make biscuits, popovers, rolls etc while other things cooking in my over. Read morePublished on November 4, 2012 by MadamZee1
Frankly - this oven has worked great for us - I did really love it. UNTIL: the indicator dial: all of the text has worn away. Read morePublished on October 23, 2012 by jamie
This review is long over due; I apologize for failing to warn others of the exceedingly cheap quality of this oven. Let's review CUISINART's corporate history... Read morePublished on June 5, 2012 by California Consumer
The oven is large and noisy and I'm worried about its longevity. It's also troubling that Cuisinart has discontinued the item. Read morePublished on November 16, 2011 by M. Yu
This is my second cuisinart brk-200 purchase. Loved the first one so much, bought a second for my daughter. The versatility of this little powerhouse oven makes it a must have. Read morePublished on October 13, 2011 by D J Biggens