Large Capacity Convection Oven

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KitchenAid Convection Countertop Oven Review

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Price: $129.99

This KitchenAid model is a good size, double rack toaster oven that can bake two 12' pizzas at the same time. It's not the fastest at toasting, but you should be satisfied with the results.

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Bake two 12″ pizzas at the same time with the double rack KitchenAid convection countertop oven.  This large capacity toaster oven has the interior space to satisfy much of your cooking needs (can fit a 4 lb. chicken or 6 slices of toast) without looking so large that it’s an eye sore on your counter.

Features & Specifications

  • Dimensions (W x D x H): 20.1″ x 16.2″ x 11.3″
  • Convection: Yes
  • Slice capacity: 6 slices
  • Functions: Convection Bake, Broil, Toast and Warm
  • Fits a 12″ pizza
  • Heats up to 450°
  • 60-minute timer
  • Non-stick interior
  • 2 stainless steel racks
  • Stainless steel broil pan with grill
  • Removable front access stainless steel crumb tray
  • Grounded 3 prong plug

Aesthetics

KitchenAid has succeeded in making a well-built and stylish countertop oven as most reviewers spoke of a stylish and sturdy oven.  It’s also a good size – not too big, but not too small.

Toasting & Cooking

In terms of cooking, the primary sentiment from most reviewers was that this oven is more for baking than for toasting.  The main disappointment with this toaster oven is how long it toasts, not so much the results.  It does do a pretty good job of toasting.  Therefore, if you don’t mind waiting a bit for your toast, then you should be happy with this oven.

On the other hand, if toasting is going to be your primary use, then you may want something that is a little speedier.

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The convection bake was well received and many noted that the convection fan was quieter than others.  Customers just warned to be careful not to overcook the food as convection baking speeds up the cooking process.

Not too much was written about the Broil or the Warm features, which means that both are probably acceptable as most reviewers tend to only comment on things they really like or dislike about a toaster oven.

Using the KitchenAid Convection Countertop Oven

Using this toaster oven is pretty simple, but it is a 4 dial oven which some people may find to be too many knobs for their liking.  The dials work as follows:

  • The 1st dial sets the function: Toast, Broil, Bake, Warm
  • The 2nd dial sets the temperature – up to 450°
  • The 3rd dial sets the time – up to 60 min.
  • The 4th dial sets the toast shade: light, medium, and dark

The knobs are also large and easy to use.  However, they do have a tendency to break fairly early (less than 1 year was the common complaint) and some people felt they were a little difficult to read (we disagree).

Buyers should be warned that the timer does have a ticking sound, which may bother some people.  Also, when the timer has finished, it will ding to let you know it’s done and the oven will shut off automatically.

Be careful! The timer has a Stay On mode that is just to the right of the 0 mark, so there’s a chance that if you stop the timer early, you may go past the 0 mark and trigger the Stay On mode.

The unit is easy to clean with its non-stick interior and convenient front access pull out crumb tray.

The door handle is also large and cool to the touch for easy and safe opening.  However, because of the handle’s large size, the door doesn’t rest at a complete 90 degree angle when fully opened.

The shelves are well built, fit well, and there’s a safety hook that prevents them from tipping over when extended out.

Accessories

The toaster oven comes with two sturdy shelves and one broiler pan and wire rack.  All are above average quality and most people were pleased with them.

Customer Wishes & Complaints

One of the most common complaints found with the KitchenAid Convection Countertop Oven was that it had a tendency to break within a year’s time…especially with the dials not working.

The timer was another popular complaint with people.  Many didn’t like the ticking sound nor the loud ding it makes when finished.

As mentioned earlier, some found the writing and markings of the dials to be a bit too small, making it a little hard to read.  However, we think most people won’t have an issue with this.

Summary

This toaster oven should fit the needs of most people.  It’s known more for its baking ability then its toasting, but if you can stand to wait a little bit for your toast, then you should be satisfied with the results.

The main drawback seems to be that this model has a tendency to break or stop functioning earlier then most consumers consider a reasonable time frame.

Pros

  • Good size
  • Double racks
  • Quality accessories
  • Automatic shut off
  • Front access crumb tray
  • Easy to clean
  • Large door handle
  • Retains heat pretty well

Cons

  • No interior light
  • Dials have a tendency to break early
  • No automatic pull out racks

 

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