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Really good and fast toaster oven!
on December 4, 2006
This is my first toaster oven I have ever owned. Im sure others who are more seasoned with working with toaster ovens have a favorite, and rightfully so; but for a first time toaster oven user this little machine is surprisingly simple and easy to use.
It was a toss up between the Euro-Pro and Cuisinart. Im sure the Cuisinart is a great Toaster oven, but being near identical in options accesories and space saving, this Euro-Pro was about $10 cheaper, not to mention about 1 inch smaller on the out side for space saving; note that the insides were still the same size for food on each model for the Euro-Pro and the Cuisinart.
This Euro-Pro is quick, toasts bread ever so evenly, and cooks chops nicely. There are settings for Bake, Broil Toast Grill and a keep warm setting. This is a true conventional oven which cooks all around. The fan is good and strong but nice and quiet. This comes with a really good handle to help you slid out the tray and racks while still hot as not to burn your fingers which is very easy to use. I still recommend an oven mit though. The front metal handle is slightly curved as not to burn your hand on the hot glass, 'I have big hands and fits nicely', but the handle is sealed as not to get hot in the least while cooking.
The owners manuel helps get you started with recommended settings and times for steaks, chops, fish, veal, chicken and a few other things which has been right on the money so far with my experimenting with it.
Mine came not only with the handle for the trays but 2 wire racks 'upper and lower' and a cooking tray. I found Nordicware to have some really great accesories for toaster ovens such as single serving broiler plates, muffin pans, cake pans, casserole dishes and other nice stuff to add on for any new time users wanting to get into toaster oven cooking. So any new time buyers of toaster ovens may wish to order a few Nordicware accesories when placing your purchase if you think your going to experiment with it, and you will when you find how fast this is to use.
I love the fact about not having to spend 20 minutes to pre-heat just to cook a meal, but still have a nice fully cooked 'real' meal thats not a fast microwave job, but still nearly as fast as a microwave. Since I bought this Euro-Pro I havent touched my microwave, my Euro-Pro is as fast if not faster then my new microwave, and gives a good true evenly home baked meal desert or snack.
I am especally pleased with the crumb tray at the bottom which slids in and out easily for cleaning, but well sealed as not to let heat escape when cooking or toasting. The oven is very well built and unlike some toaster ovens which have a latch to auto pull the tray out as you open the door, the Euro-Pro dosnt, which I like. One less thing to break, and with the easy to use tray handle, pulling out the hot tray is a snap. The designers of Euro-Pro really did a good job putting this together.
Like I said, Im sure others who may review this and who are more experiance with toaster ovens will have their favorite, and I am looking forward to hearing this as I depend on amazon.com user reviews to help make choices, but all I can say is that on this Euro-Pro toaster oven, for a first time user, its simple to use, well built and will give very happy results for beginners like me in toaster ovens.
The product description states this also does rotisserie but this isnt a rotisserie. I didnt want a rotisserie but just wanted to make sure anyone who may be looking at this fine toaster oven by Euro-Pro isnt dissapointed thinking this is a rotisserie. Im not sure if this is standard on all convection toaster ovens or not, but the convection only works on the Grill Bake and Broil settings, but there isnt a need for convection when toasting to my knowledge. Im also not sure if this is a standard or not, but as soon as the timer goes off, the oven automatically turns off which is very nice as so you dont have to stand over and watch it so you dont miss the timer and food burns up.