Here's How You Can Choose the Best Toaster Oven
An toaster oven can be one of the most useful kitchen appliances: choose the right one for you!
Among your basic pieces of must-have appliances in your kitchen, especially if you live in a place with limited space, is a toaster oven. If you have no space for an oven, a toaster oven is a great alternative! It can do everything from broil the tops of your casseroles, roast¬†meat, bake cookies¬†and cakes, and warm up leftovers. Here is our advice on choosing the right fit for you.¬†
1 ¬†Know how much space you can accomodate.¬†
Measure your free kitchen space before heading out to shop for a toaster oven. Remember to choose a spot on your counter that has good ventilation and a nearby electrical socket.¬†
2 ¬†Know which functions you will really make use of.
Love baking, but don't have the space for an oven? Look for a countertop toaster oven with bake, roast, and broil functions. You won't feel the lack of a traditional oven with a ¬†good-quality toaster oven that can cook anything from savory roasts to sweet treats.
3 ¬†Know your budget.¬†
Invest in a heavy-duty toaster oven if you plan to use it frequently. Thinking of using a toaster oven just for toasting bread? Get a regular, good old toaster instead. If you already have a traditional oven, a cheaper toaster oven will be convenient for heating up leftovers. That way, you will not have to preheat your large oven anymore, saving you lots of time and energy consumption.¬†
4 ¬†Know what dishes you will cook with it.¬†
Roast chicken, lasagna, and casseroles need even heat to cook through properly. If you plan to bake a lot of savory dishes that need time in the oven, a heavy duty toaster oven with a convection feature would be the best fit for you. A convection feature helps air circulate inside the oven, but these come around a little pricier than the conventional toaster ovens. ¬†
5 ¬†Know how to maintain one.¬†
From setup to daily care, remember to clean your toaster oven often¬†and it will last you a long time. Plus, these are much easier to clean than regular ovens!¬†