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countertop convection ovens

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Maudy's picture
Maudy

countertop convection ovens

I am contemplating the purchase of a countertop convection oven. I was wondering if anyone on the list had experienced with or would make  a recommendation of a company or oven to look at. I have looked "very hard" at a full size Vollath (sp?). Can anyone shed any light on this.

 

Thanks,

 

Maudy

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norco1

The LG brand seems to stand out from other brands for having higher customer ratings. You might research LG as a possible purchasing alternative.

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Maudy

Thanks,

After some thought, I decided I didn't want a microwave oven that is convection, instead, I wanted a straight oven that is convection. I will look at the breville. Thanks for responding

 

Maudy

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Sjadad

We have a Breville and we love it. It's a convention oven, conventional oven, and it functions as a toaster. We ideally wanted a second oven, but short of a total kitchen renovation, the Breville oven is a very good solution.

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johnr55

I've had my Breville for 2 years, paid $250 for it at Bed, Bath and Beyond.  I've had toaster ovens since the 70's.  The Breville is the only one of the main brands commonly available that will accommodate a 9" x 13" baking pan.  It's why I bought it.  GE used to make a much larger version of their toaster oven that would, but they quit.  This Breville has been amazing.  I use it 20 times more than my full-sized oven.  I love baking cakes, particularly pound cakes.  Unlike regular toaster ovens I have no issues at all with baking in it.  I broil a lot of meat and the three different shelf heights are a godsend for that also.  If my Breville croaked tomorrow I'd go right back out and buy another one.  Particularly for that pan size capability. 

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fmlyhntr

How is the Breville countertop convection oven for baking bread? (I live in an apartment, and since the oven "works" they won't replace it--but it takes over an hour to preheat). I'm looking at a Breville as an alternative to moving.

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Sjadad

But I've baked small pastries (e.g., pâté a choux) and they come out great. I don't see why bread wouldn't bake successfully. The only challenge I can see would be creating steam. Since the oven is small and has only one shelf I think you'd be limited to creating steam with a spray bottle. In my experience not the best way to create steam. 

Good luck!