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Grab some snacks b/c this is a long review
on May 21, 2013
I have only owned this for a little over a month. I use it 4-6 times a week. To review this product I will have to break it down in a pro / con format. Some things may appear on both lists because what's a pro for one person may be a con for another or vice versa. I also am going to state that I have a NuWave Oven and cooked just about everything in it for three years until the second dome cracked. I was not about to pay $50 for the third dome (the second dome replacement was 20 something). In fact, all of my food items are prepared in a some type of speed cook oven. I also own an Advantium oven.
It's a decent size
It has a temperature setting and a timer
It is easy to clean
It comes with an extender ring
It cooks juicy meats / fish
It's glass so it should not not crack like the Nuwave dome
You can use the same temperature to cook foods that you would in a regular oven
It allows the fat to drip away from your food
It comes with a small recipe book
It's easy to operate
It's not heavy in my opinion (unless you have some medical/physical condition this thing is not heavy to lift)
You can cook foods from frozen
You can steam vegetables
Great for toast and toasting
You can use your own cookware
It has a safety mode so it stops cooking when you lift up the handle
the painted numbers are starting to come off
the recipe book is small and not really helpful for simple easy items the average person would cook
it does not have any suggested cooking times or temperature for food (apart from the recipes)
sometimes using the same temperature /cook time for some foods can cause it to burn if not adjusted
If gets heavy if you try to fill it up with too much water to clean
It doesn't have any additional cook ware that you can buy for this oven (I will try some other cookware from other ovens)
Some may find that this is too big if they have limited counter top space (personally I wish it was a little bit bigger)
You can't pause the timer nor decrease the time because it's not a digital timer
It cooks too fast at times and leaves you with burnt or crispy food
It's awkward putting foods into and taking them out of the oven
While you can use your own cookware, some cook ware fits too snug, and you cant's use the tongs to remove
the racks are too widely spaced and small things fall through
You will have to flip over the cake/corn bread so that the middle can finish cooking
It doesn't come with a lid holder
What I have cooked in the Big Boss Rapid Wave Oven:
Salmon, tilapia, turkey burgers, veggie burgers, thin sirloin steaks, turkey fillets, frozen chicken tenderloins, breaded shrimp, bagged frozen honey BBQ chicken, breaded air fried chicken and turkey fillets, meat loaf, pork tenderloin, turkey sausage links, sweet potato fries, fries, baked sliced sweet potatoes, box crab rangoon, steam asparagus, cheese cake, biscuits, toast, toasted buns, turkey bacon, a carrot cake, and corn bread (but last three didn't do so well).
Helpful Cooking Tips:
I cook everything using the extender ring
I cook fries, toast,breaded box items such as shrimp on the high rack
I cook everything else on the low rack
You can't pile things on top of each other and expect it to cook so don't pile food on top
You will have to flip food over half way through cooking
Only set the timer for half of the time so you can flip it over then set it for the remainder of the time to cook other side
250 temperature setting seems to work best for toasting so far
350-375 temp is the average cooking setting for most things
375 / 400 temp or higher seems to work best for frying or cooking thicker pieces of meats and some other foods
It may be obvious to some, but the higher the oven temp the higher the internal temp you will get on your thermometer reading
It seems that you usually get 140-160 degree reading on a 350 or less cooking temperature, depending on food cooked
Use Al Foil to cover racks and poke a lot of holes in it to cook smaller items...don't forget to spray with cooking spray
The Big Boss Rapid Wave Oven is not perfect, but it does produce some great quality food from frozen.
I will continue to use this machine for years as long as it works. I still have to master baking desserts because the center doesn't seem to get done (I believe the fan interferes with this). I gave this three stars because you can't purchase cookware for this, the painted numbers are coming off, does not have any suggested cooking times or temperature for food, and fair or not fair it's not the NuWave Oven.
If you are not a person that cooks in these types of ovens and you are not willing to play around with the cooking times and temperature then do not buy this oven because you will be really frustrated and waste your money.
For the adventurous simple cook willing to practice, I would say this is great for meats, fish, store brought fries, toasting, and box breaded items and any simple items if that's all that you're going to cook.
For the Vegetarian/Vegan, I can't give you a full account of the ability to cook vegetables in here because I cook my vegetables in my Advantium oven because it's been the best cooking appliance that I have used, so you will have to find out on your own if this is the right oven for you. If you want to spend way more money then I would suggest you check out a counter top/over the range version of the Advantium oven because it's great for cooking vegetables and non meat stuff (it does takes some practice getting use to the oven).
Now if you own the NuWave Oven, and your dome cracked again, know that I understand your frustration and borderline addiction to the great food the NuWave Oven produces. If you don't want to buy another one then I would tell you to take a chance on this machine only if you have limited income and you need a replacement ASAP. If you can spend more money then purchase something else like it that's glass. Please do own your research and keep in mind that it's not the NuWave, will take some getting use to, and the things I said in my review ( if you decide to purchase the Big Boss Rapid Wave Oven).
Hope this extremely long product review was helpful.