Unlike conventional ovens, which simply expose your food to heat until they reach the temperature you need, or microwave ovens, which bombard your food with energetic electromagnetic energy to excite its molecular structure into heating itself, convection ovens use fans to circulate heat around the meal-in-progress to penetrate those hard-to-reach crannies that conventional ovens don't necessarily touch. Convection ovens are also for doing things you really don't want your microwave to do, like making pizza and toasting bread. You know: things that require exposure to actual hot air.
The KitchenAid Convection Bake Countertop bakes, broils, roasts and just keeps things warm, all under sophisticated electronic control. It comes with nine preset functions, which KitchenAid terms "Bake, Pizza, Asado Roast, Toast, Broil, Cookie, Bagel, Keep Warm and Reheat," all selectable from a dial on the unit's control panel. The 12" unit is large enough to cook a Cornish hen or, with the stainless steel rack inserted, bake a pizza. If you just want to keep the meal warm until dinnertime arrives or cook yesterday's leftovers, the Countertop has you covered. Users report that the preheating is fast and you can set the cook time in advance from the control panel.
A brand-new Countertop is reasonably priced for a kitchen appliance and less expensive new than the Breville Smart Oven Pro. The unit comes in Onyx Black or Liquid Graphite, though exactly how those differ from ordinary black and silver isn't clear. If you're looking for electronic cooking devices and convection ovens aren't on your list, there's a market full of possibilities waiting for you. If you want a multicooker that will do everything from scrambled eggs to sous vide cooking, try the Gourmia GMC680. For a slow cooker that can also put on fast cooker running shoes, try the Breville Fast Slow Pro. For an indoor grill that would put George Foreman to shame, check out the T-fal GC702 OptiGrill. And for any kind of rice (or oatmeal) cooking you can think of, look at the T-fal 10-In-1 Rice and Multicooker.
Love the preheat feature that doesn't start the cook time until the oven is properly preheated.
The toasting function isn't even, but otherwise it's a decent oven.
Very spacious. We use it to cook complete dinners as well as baking. The convection feature provides even in cooking.
I was so pleasantly surprised! It heats up so quickly in comparison to my gas oven. It cooks flawlessly and stays relatively clean if you're fairly careful.
Love this counter top oven. It looks sleek & works perfectly. Baked tons of custards, pies, cookies over the holidays like a champ.
This toaster oven looks great in my new kitchen and works very well. I've used this toaster for pizza, warming up sandwiches, and to bake various items.
This oven does everything I wanted it to do and is easy to use. Love the digital feature and compact size.