Compact and loaded with electronic controls, this 0.5-cubic-foot countertop convection toaster oven/broiler has room to toast four slices, roast a 4-1/2-pound chicken, bake a 9-inch pie, or broil several steaks. Because it circulates hot air, the 1500-watt oven cooks faster and more uniformly than a conventional oven. For easy cleaning, the interior is nonstick and a slide-out tray catches toast crumbs. The exterior is steel painted white. The oven measures 14 inches wide, 9-1/4 inches high, and 17 inches deep, weighs 20-1/2 pounds, and carries a three-year warranty against defects. It comes with a rack that fits in two positions and a baking pan with a broiler insert. For safety, the oven automatically shuts off after 4 hours.
A touchpad control panel runs the width of the oven and offers many options, including time and temperature, for all cooking methods. Toasting controls, for example, include buttons for number of items, defrosting, and bagels. Up to seven customized settings can be programmed into the toaster's memory so they can be conveniently recalled. Combining, say, the four-slice option, the defrost option, and the bagel option in the memory allows for defrosting and toasting four frozen bagel halves to a desired shade at the touch of a button without having to reprogram the toaster. --Fred Brack
This Cuisinart oven is a 4-in-1 machine. It is able to be a convection oven as well as bake, broil, and toast. Large enough to fit a small, whole chicken, but small enough to fit on the countertop. It features an easy clean interior and an even shade c