Standard Oven at a Reasonable Price
Waring WTO450 Toaster Oven Review
Price: $40 - $69
The Waring WTO450 is good if you are looking for a standard toaster oven at a decent price (ranges between $40 - $69). It's better for baking than toasting, but should cover most people's needs.Visit Website
Features and Specifications
- 1500 watts of power
- Dimensions (D x W x H): 12.25″ x 16″ x 9″
- Stainless steel (choice of black or silver housing)
- Convection: No
- 4 slice capacity
- Functions: Bake, Broil, and Toast
- Goes up to 450°
- Bake tray, wire rack, broil pan are included
- Front access crumb tray
- 2 rack positions
- Automatic shut off
- Polarized 2 prong plug
- Limited 1 year warranty
The Waring WTO450 comes with stainless steel front panels with black housing. Some places, like Amazon.com, also offer this model in silver housing, although the black casing is typically more commonly found. It has a classic 3 dial look, and should fit well in most kitchens.
Toasting and Cooking
You’ll find the WTO450 to be well built for the price and should cover a family’s basic baking and toasting needs. It has the standard Bake, Broil, and Toast functions, however, it performs better at baking and broiling than it does toasting. Whether it is baking a salmon, some pork chops, or a frozen pizza, it should satisfy your needs.
When toasting, try the lightest setting first and go up from there as many people note that the darker shade levels produce too dark of toast for their liking. The oven is large enough to fit 4 slices of bread, but be sure to center the bread for better results.
Tip: For best toast results with the WTO450, turn over the wire rack so that it is in the UP position and slide it in the bottom rack level.
Using the Waring WTO450
This unit is easy for the whole family to use. There are only 3 dials, so there isn’t much to get confused by.
To set the Bake or Broil function, turn the top dial to the intended function and then turn the second dial to the desired temperature – max temperature is 450°. Once you have set the function and temperature, turn the bottom dial to the desired time – max time of 30 minutes. If you don’t wish to use the timer, then you may also set it to OVEN ON.
Toasting is a tad bit trickier as you may need to play around with the settings or keep an eye on your bread until you find the setting that works for you. To get started, turn the top dial to Toast and then turn the bottom dial to the toast shade you want. Next, make sure the temperature (middle dial) is set at 450°. Then turn the timer (bottom dial) past the 20 minute mark and then back to the toast shade that you would like. After the toast cycle has finished, the oven bell will sound and then the oven will turn off. You may also stop the toast cycle early by turning the timer (bottom dial) to OFF.
One thing to watch out for is when pulling out the rack to remove your food. The rack slides out quickly, and if you are not careful, you might go too far and the whole thing could fall down as there is nothing to stop the rack from going out too much.
The door is also a little springy so it must be fully opened to stay open. If not, it will spring back to its closed position.
Most people will be happy with the sound of the timer. It is soft enough to not be annoying and the sound of the final ding should be satisfying for most people’s ears.
Customer Wishes & Complaints
The rack doesn’t automatically slide out when opening the door. Therefore, you must use an oven mitt or something to safely pull out the rack to get your food. The door also lacks a rack stop, so if you accidentally pull it too far, it may fall.
The oven temperature has a tendency to fluctuate and is usually higher than what it is set to. It is a good idea to use an oven thermometer to confirm the true temperature inside and adjust the temp or time accordingly.
There are some reports of the oven breaking within the first 6 to 7 months, but this is a common occurrence with most countertop ovens in this price range.
While there aren’t many complaints with using this oven to bake, there are a few when it comes to toasting. Many people felt the settings were too dark for their liking. Therefore, start with the lightest one first and if that is still too dark for you, you may need to keep any eye on your toast.
- Small footprint
- Reasonable price
- Covers the basic needs
- Housing doesn’t get too hot
- No auto-eject rack
- Toast settings could be improved
- Longevity of oven is questionable
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