Since convection cooking technology uses a fan to keep the temperature even in your oven, it helps with making sure you don’t have to reach inside to turn that pie or casserole so you don’t get any cold spots or burnt edges.
However, it was pointed out to me that all ovens have a fan, and that’s true. However, convection is different because it forces the air to circulate properly, and that’s why I think it’s such a good idea.
So, for this page I have decided to give you a brief insight into some of the best convection ovens I’ve come across that I think you might be interested in.
#1. Breville BOV800XL Smart Convection Oven
Let Your Oven Do the Thinking!
I know I keep saying it, but I’m constantly amazed at just how much technology there is out there to help make cooking a more enjoyable experience and I think Breville has gone one step further with the Breville BOV800XL, which utilizes IQ Element technology.
First of all, let me cover the basics. This convection oven is capable of baking, roasting, broiling, toasting, reheating and warming (to name but a few). In fact, whatever you need to do in the kitchen when cooking, this little beast will accommodate you.
It has a digital display that’s highlighted in blue when the unit isn’t in use and turns orange when it’s pre-heating. There are 9 easy to “get at” preset functions and a total of three dials that allow you to select the function you want.
Now, for the IQ Element technology! This is where this convection oven will do the thinking for you. What the manufacturer has done is use five quartz heating elements that work independently. Think of it like using a dimmer switch on a light.
If you need to toast, heat will be sent from below and above. If you need to broil heat will be sent from above down and if you need to bake, that’s where convection comes in. This means you get evenly cooked food every-time and best of all, it saves energy!
Aside from (what I think) is wondrous technology you also get an auto eject wire rack, pizza and baking pan, a broil rack and crumb tray. The overall look is something to behold as well!
#2. Cuisinart CSO-300 Steam/Convection Combo
Love to Bake? You’ll Love This!
Whilst the Cuisinart CSO-300 convection oven will complete cooking tasks like broil toast and roast (pretty much to perfection I might add), it also uses the power of steam to help produce some tasty homemade treats that may have been missing from your kitchen because you don’t have time.
I didn’t know this but steam will cut the amount of cooking time you need by up to 40% and when you couple this with convection technology, it’s easy to understand why creating things like donuts, cakes, bread and even pretzels is as easy as “pie” with this oven. You can even proof your dough in this convection oven prior to baking it!
So you can make use of the steam and broil and bake options, the manufacturer has provided a 47 ounce water reservoir that gives no less than 120 minutes of interrupted steam which is easily long enough to bake some homemade bread.
Of course, you can also use this model as a standard toaster oven and it will accommodate a 12 inch pizza so you can reheat without any trouble. It will also take a 4 ½ pound chicken for the perfect roast. Add to this the steam function for vegetables and you’ll have dinner on the table in no time!
Overall, this might not be the cheapest countertop cooking appliance around, but it looks stylish, is easy to use and comes with its very own broiling, baking and wire rack as well as a crumb and drip tray.
#3. Waring Pro TCO650 Convection Toaster
A Handy Helper in the Kitchen
My first review on this page is on the Waring Pro TCO650 Digital Convection Oven, which, in my humble opinion, is a great idea if you live alone and don’t really like cooking, or you just want something that will allow you to cook without resorting to the main oven.
This handy little “helper” has a capacity of 0.6 cu ft and a power output of 1500 watts. It’s not huge so will fit on most countertops without much trouble. The controls are easy to follow and are a touch-button type. You benefit from one-touch settings like toast, bagel, convection bake, pizza and broil so there isn’t much you couldn’t prepare in this convection oven.
There is a large LCD display at the top which tells you the temperature setting and times, plus you have a dial for making adjustments where necessary. It will hold up to 6 slices of bread (for those hungry kids in the morning) and a 12 inch pizza (perfect for movie night)!
The only slight niggles I have come across is this convection oven gets hot! But there aren’t many models on the market that don’t. I’ve also heard complaints about how loud the beep is but this CAN be turned off. Personally, I think you get everything you need in one little package and that includes an oven rack, crumb tray and baking pan. The price won’t make you fall of your chair either!
#4. Nuwave 20322 Pro
Cooking Without the Need to Reheat or Defrost
Imagine this? You have a second oven that sits on your countertop and you can prepare all manner of meals without having to wait for it to reheat, and even better there is no defrosting involved. Well, you can with this digital-controlled tabletop oven!
The manufacturer uses three forms of technology. Conduction is used so heat goes straight to the food, convection is used to circulate the heat and Far Infrared radiant heat cooks from the inside out so you’re left with moist food that still contains all the goodness and flavor you want.
Due to the technology used, you can cook food up to 50% faster than in a conventional oven and best of all it saves up to 85% on energy! You can cook just about anything you like from roasts (this beast can handle a 16lb turkey) to your favorite vegetables and fish.
It comes with a 2 inch rack, 3 inch extender ring and 10 inch baking pan. Oh, and along with the manual, you’ll also get a recipe book as well. Plus, all the parts are dishwasher safe for easy cleaning. Personally, I think this is a great 2nd oven for the home, on vacation or anywhere else you can plug it in!
#5. Oster TSSTTVRB04 6-Slice Convection Oven
Practical Elegance in Your Kitchen
If you’re looking for a reasonably priced convection oven that adds a touch of class to your kitchen, I think you might be interested in the Oster TSSTTVRB04 Toaster Oven. It comes in brushed stainless steel, has a transparent door (we all love to watch our food cook) and has three handy dials to the right of the door.
Aside from looks you can expect to be able to toast (obviously), broil, bake and roast in this convection oven. The overall size is 18 x 14 x 10 ½ inches so it will easily fit on most countertops. However, it is worth nothing the interior space is only about 11 inches.
You can use temperatures up to 450 Fahrenheit and there is a 60 minute timer which will automatically shut-off however, you can set the timer to stay on if you need more cooking time. On the inside, you get a crumb tray which is removable, and the rack can be placed in one of two positions which help if you want to watch those cakes rise! Oh, and the manufacturer has kindly included a baking tray as well.
Overall, if you don’t want to spend a lot of money but you’re looking for high quality, even cooking fast I think this convection oven is well worth closer inspection.
#6. Black & Decker CTO6335S
An Alternative to your Regular Oven
When I first came across this convection oven, I was surprised because I thought this manufacturer was more about DIY tools than anything else. However, they have managed (in my opinion) to bring a convection oven to the market that’s a great alternative to your regular oven.
On first sight, it does look very nice but all the buttons on the right appear a little complicated however, once you’ve read the manual this oven is really easy to use. Of course, convection technology is what this oven is all about so you can bake, broil and toast much quicker. You can even just keep your food warm.
It comes with a removable crumb tray for easy cleaning and a baking pan but do bear in mind it’s not large enough to cook a turkey. That said, you can cook your turkey in a regular oven and this one will do everything-else for you. This convection oven is equipped with an easy to read LED display and has a 120 minute timer which will automatically shut-off (very handy for those of us with poor memories)!
Of course, it will sit on your countertop but please do bear in mind you will have to make sure there is plenty of space around and above it because (as with most appliances like this), it can get hot. Overall, it’s not expensive, will make cooking faster without compromising on results and will look nice in your kitchen with its stainless steel design.
#7. Hamilton Beach 31103A Countertop Oven
Roast, Bake and Broil
If you’re looking for an alternative for cooking in the kitchen (at home or in the office), I think the Hamilton Beach will do the trick. What I like most about this oven isn’t just the fact that it uses convection technology (for all round even cooking), but that it’s versatile as well.
From the outside, it’s very good looking with a stainless steel finish and wide glass door so you can see what’s going on inside although, there isn’t an interior light which is a slight niggle for some people. The controls are easy to use because they’re a dial style and the door handle is at the top for easy access.
The capacity of this convection oven is 0.96 cu ft however space has been utilized very cleverly because you get two racks (perfect for baking a couple of pizzas)! You can also fit two 9 x 13 inch casserole dishes inside so you can quickly cook up a delicious meal for the whole family.
My favorite feature with this convection oven is the rotisserie accessories and the oven will accommodate a 5lb chicken. Not only do you get the benefit of convection cooking but meats will be crisped on all sides. Other features I think you should know are the two hour timer and you get two baking pans (large and small) and a broil rack. Oh, and an easy to clean non-stick interior!
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