I recently tried the Frigidaire 6 slice convection toaster oven for a period of four weeks. I did this so that I would be able to provide a detailed review to anyone considering purchasing this model. I put away my usual toaster oven and used the Frigidaire for all my day-to-day needs so that I could get an idea of how this unit performs with regular use. Here is my review.
This toaster oven costs about $150 with the shipping costs included; this puts it in the mid to high price range. All expectations should be formed accordingly. I removed the Frigidaire from the box and examined it. The overall appearance is very modern and pleasing. It has a beautiful contemporary stainless steel finish and a modern, boxy shape. There is a square digital read-out screen which looks great with its lit-up, blue background. This toaster oven has a solid and sturdy look to it, but is actually much lighter than I would have expected. The cooking grate feels well-made. There are two baking pans included; those are both thin and feel very cheap. There was also a notice included in the box, separate from the user’s manual, that instructs you to only hand wash the pans.
I like to start out a review period by making toast. This model is listed as a 6 slice unit, but I was only able to comfortably fit 4 slices of whole grain bread. This is normal with 6 slice models. The bread ended up toasted very well; it had a crisp exterior and moist interior.
My first dinner prepared in this toaster oven was a beef eye-of-round roast. The convection feature, combined with the quartz and halogen heating elements, did a fantastic job in roasting this sometimes finicky cut of meat. It was cooked quickly and evenly. I noticed during this time that the oven is not very well insulated. The top and sides of this unit get very hot while in use. The handle does stay cool, but the door does not. This can be an issue if you have young children in the kitchen or if energy efficiency is important to you. This is a common problem with toaster ovens, especially those that cost less than $200.
I baked whole grain dark chocolate cookies later that evening. I did this first following the user manual instructions, which say pre-heating is not necessary. The cookies did not turn out too well; they were dry throughout and did not have much of a texture difference between the exterior and center. I baked a second batch after pre-heating the oven, as this is how I am accustomed to baking cookies. This time they turned out perfectly.
The controls on this model are not particularly intuitive, I did find myself referencing the instructions quite often in the beginning. Once I was used to this toaster oven, this was no longer an issue.
I used this toaster oven for most of my baking needs during the review period. It is large enough to handle most of my day-to-day needs; it can accommodate a 12 inch pizza. I did find having only one cooking rack to be somewhat limiting. I am a little surprised that with the larger size of this unit, a second rack is not included.
Overall, this is a good toaster oven capable of taking the place of your regular full-sized oven for most baking tasks. It cooks evenly and quickly and the convection fan is quieter than most other models. This unit does not have the insulation or heavy, well-constructed feel of some of the high-end models. It does, however, cost 40% less than the most popular high-end toaster oven available today. This may not be the absolute best toaster oven you can buy, but it is a good value for the price.
Black and Decker Toaster Oven Reviews – Toaster Oven Ratings 2010
If you have already decided on a Black and Decker toaster oven as the brand of choice, this article should help you decide on the best model. If you are considering other brands, then consider the prices on offer from B & D. You may be surprised at the value they offer.
Whether you are looking for an under cabinet toaster oven to save space in a busy kitchen or a secondary oven, the range of modern toaster ovens will cover your every need. However from the myriad of models on the market I am picking out three excellent choices at different price brands.
So on to the toaster oven ratings awarded for each of the three picks of 2010.
The best budget model
The CTO6120B Toast-R-Oven CounterTop Oven is my pick in the best budget category which can be bought online for around $ 40. With great functionality and offering excellent value for money it is an excellent choice. The dimensions are 14.25 x 18 x 11.5 inches, however packs a lot in with 1500 watts of cooking power, and plenty of internal capacity. It will toast, bake, broil and reheat and is large enough for a 12 “pizza. It will toast up to 6-slices of bread at a time, and also features a 60-minute timer and auto shut off. ratings are reserved for the models with great functionality and a broad range of cooking functions.
Best option for a limited space
In a small kitchen or a camper van, space is at a premium and many people can not commit the necessary counter space for a toaster oven. However an under cabinet toaster oven takes up no counter space and utilizes dead space in a kitchen. It provides plenty of scope for cooking however they are generally smaller than the countertop ovens. The SpaceMaker range packs a lot of punch into a small space and the best of the range is the sleek black SpaceMaker TROS1500B. These ovens are easily mounted to the underside of a cabinet without the need for power tools. This model is compact at 10.6 x 11.4 x 18.1 inches, however two units can be combined and operated from a single plug source using the Black & Decker Save-A-Plug ™ system. A smaller oven size means you are restricted to 4 pieces of toast at a time or a 9 inch pizza; however the oven broils, bakes and reheats as well as the countertop range. This model is available from around $ 60. It gets 4 stars out of 5 for convenience; however its use is quite limited due to size restrictions for this type of oven.
Top of the range
If you can stretch the budget a little, for only $ 100 you can pick up an oven which has redefined home cooking, and gives something a little special. Capable of giving a microwave a run for its money, at the top end of the price range you have the Infrawave oven series. It utilizes light rather than heat radiation to cook perfectly. The oven uses both long and short frequency Infrared light to cook the surface and center perfectly and with maximum efficiency.
Cooking can be completed in half the time of a conventional oven making this a great environmentally friendly choice. It requires no preheating and can challenge a microwave in terms of speed, while providing that authentic oven crunch to food. It comes with an instructional DVD to run through the full range of features and uses. It has 52 preset cooking options to ensure the perfect meal each time, and will time for 2 hours with an auto shut off and an easy clean digital display. It is a sleek and stylish addition to any kitchen and the FC150BR InfraWave Speed-Cooking Countertop Oven gets our full 5-star rating.
Whilst this article selects the best options within each range you can not go far wrong with any model of Black and Decker toaster oven. If you wish to compare prices and specifications of the other leading brands on the market, the key names to look out for which guarantee high quality are Cusinart, Krups, Delonghi, Oster and Breville.