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More than simply pleased...
on August 1, 2007
I ordered two of these convection ovens (Farberware Model FAC900R); one for my use and one for my elderly mother at her house. As she gets older, the prospect of having to clean a full-sized oven periodically becomes increasingly problematic. She had mentioned getting a countertop convection oven, as she doesn't prepare the elaborate meals she once did and it would suit her purposes.
The Farberware FAC900R appears to be a well-built, dare I say rugged, appliance. The removable all-glass front door is solid and closes with authority. This unit, like many made today, have the brushed steel "industrial" look that has become so popular. The lines are clean, with minor accented softened curves on the front panel and around the door trim. The interior is cavernous, and will easily accommodate a couple of roasting chickens, a medium sized (10-12 lb) turkey, or a large casserole dish or decent sized Dutch oven. In fact, it is indeed large enough to fit a 13x9 baking pan in this oven, so cake bakers rejoice! And of course, it will cook the ever-popular 12" pizza with ease!
The oven is easy to set up and use, and despite the array of buttons and lights on the front panel, the programming is ease itself. Select the mode (Toast, Bake, Broil, Defrost, Keep Warm, or Rotisserie), the temperature, the time, press start and walk away. This oven will also do slow-cooking (up to 4 hours preset) and dehydrating as well. My mother, who is vision-impaired and also a decided technophobe, had no problem using the oven within a couple of hours after getting it opened.
The cooking accessories that came with the Farberware oven are of good quality steel, sturdy and easy to clean. Included with this oven are a bake/broil pan, broil insert, two wire racks (one specially designed to bake those 12" pizzas), a pizza pan, the rotisserie rod (or "spit") with two adjustable meat tines, a rotisserie drip pan, and a spit-lifting tool. The wire racks can both be inserted one of two ways into three different rack slots on the inside of the oven, giving a possible six different rack height options for all your cooking/baking needs.
As noted in the previous review, the backlit blue LCD display can be difficult to read at obtuse angles (i.e., from above or extremely to one side.) A more or less straight-on view cures any apparent incurred aberrations. I cannot comment with any authority on its precision with regard to keeping time; however, I bought this to be a cooking appliance, not a chronometer, so if it gains or loses a minute here or there it's not the end of the world from my vantage point. The buttons on the front panel give solid positive feedback (no "wimpy" buttons here), as well as an easily heard audio "beep" to the keypresses. This same tone will alert you when the preset timer has ended, signaling that the oven has turned off and your food is ready. There is a light inside the oven that not only can be easily turned on and off, but is readily accessible when it needs to be replaced (marvel of marvels, product engineers actually made something simpler for the public!)
While this oven may not necessarily be commercial grade, it will almost certainly withstand the rigors of all but the most demanding family households with everyday use. The price is certainly attractive enough (less than a week after I purchased mine here through Amazon, the price went down over $30! I wonder if I qualify for a rebate?) Among the many units I researched and looked into, it was this Farberware that finally walked away the winner. For quality and price, you can't do much better than this!