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OT - Counter Top Ovens - OT

I need oven space!  I have a great built-in but find ourselves short on real estate when the holidays roll around and we're hosting the family.  We're kinda leaning towards the Breville Smart Oven Air but have no experience with one.  Just want to see if any of you guys/gals have any experience/ideas/concerns.



Thanks



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  • pgprescottpgprescott Posts: 10,535
    Big Green eggs are ovens. 
  • northGAcocknorthGAcock Posts: 10,025
    From my experience, you want to make sure that there is depth (and height) in the oven to handle your cooking vessels. In other words, you want to look at the actual cavity of cooking space. Some will look big but really the depth is limited. I also eliminated my toaster with one of these ovens....so if counter real estate is valuable....you might be able to do that as well. Mine has a convection function which i use when doing roasted potatoes....which helps crisp them up a bit. On the cleaning front, mine has a valued feature of having a removable bottom to it. I occasionally pull it and stick in in the dishwasher. Mine has a couple of sheet pan type inserts and a broiling pan with raised grid. Like anything else, think about what types of items you would be cooking in it. Try not to limit yourself size wise however you have to acknowledge that it is not going to do the volume that your built in one does.

    Other than that, you want easy to use features (on / off) temp and timer settings.
    Columbia, South Carolina with a Medium, MiniMax & a 17" Blackstone

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  • EoinEoin Posts: 1,522
    We have a panasonic combination oven and microwave that works well and adds a bit of flexibility.
  • GATravellerGATraveller Posts: 5,409
    From my experience, you want to make sure that there is depth (and height) in the oven to handle your cooking vessels. In other words, you want to look at the actual cavity of cooking space. Some will look big but really the depth is limited. I also eliminated my toaster with one of these ovens....so if counter real estate is valuable....you might be able to do that as well. Mine has a convection function which i use when doing roasted potatoes....which helps crisp them up a bit. On the cleaning front, mine has a valued feature of having a removable bottom to it. I occasionally pull it and stick in in the dishwasher. Mine has a couple of sheet pan type inserts and a broiling pan with raised grid. Like anything else, think about what types of items you would be cooking in it. Try not to limit yourself size wise however you have to acknowledge that it is not going to do the volume that your built in one does.

    Other than that, you want easy to use features (on / off) temp and timer settings.
    Thanks for the info.  Size was the motivating factor for choosing this one.  It was one of the few I could find that would hold a 9x13.  I have the built-in for anything bigger......as well as 2 LBGE's @pgprescott =)

    "Social media gives legions of idiots the right to speak when they once only spoke at a bar after a glass of wine, without harming the community [...] but now they have the same right to speak as a Nobel Prize winner. It's the invasion of the idiots."

                                                                                  -Umberto Eco

    2 Large
    Peachtree Corners, GA
  • fishlessmanfishlessman Posts: 23,002
    no experience with the little ovens, but back in college in the frat house we had a built in salamander. i dont understand why they dont make them with residential prices. that thing was used all the time
  • pgprescottpgprescott Posts: 10,535
    @GATraveller must have a big family and lots of friends! Excellent!
  • JRWhiteeJRWhitee Posts: 4,496
    edited November 2017
                                                                        
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    Large BGE 2006, Mini Max 2014, 36" Blackstone, Anova Sous Vide
    Green Man Group 
    Johns Creek, Georgia
  • AviatorAviator Posts: 1,722
    I would suggest upgrading your microwave to the newer convection/microwave units, which look exactly like a microwave but has convection built into it as well so will work as an oven. Ours is a GE profile and has been so reliable for so many years. 

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    Large and Small BGE, Blackstone 36 and a baby black Kub.

    Chattanooga, TN.

     

  • HeavyGHeavyG Posts: 4,936
    Eoin said:
    We have a panasonic combination oven and microwave that works well and adds a bit of flexibility.
    When I first heard about those a few years ago I went looking to buy one. For some reason they just aren't available in the USA.

    Does your unit have the steam feature?
    Camped out in the (757/804)
  • EoinEoin Posts: 1,522
    HeavyG said:
    Eoin said:
    We have a panasonic combination oven and microwave that works well and adds a bit of flexibility.
    When I first heard about those a few years ago I went looking to buy one. For some reason they just aren't available in the USA.

    Does your unit have the steam feature?
    No, grill, oven and microwave. We use microwaveable steamers for steaming, but you have to be careful not to toast the veg. This is our second, over 10 years old. Might go steamer too next time.


  • kdinkkdink Posts: 224
    We have that unit and very happy with it except takes long time to make toast.
    Bergen County, NJ
  • DoubleEggerDoubleEgger Posts: 11,958
    Aviator said:
    I would suggest upgrading your microwave to the newer convection/microwave units, which look exactly like a microwave but has convection built into it as well so will work as an oven. Ours is a GE profile and has been so reliable for so many years. 
    Agree. We had a GE Advantium at our previous place and it was amazing. 
  • I need oven space!  I have a great built-in but find ourselves short on real estate when the holidays roll around and we're hosting the family.  We're kinda leaning towards the Breville Smart Oven Air but have no experience with one.  Just want to see if any of you guys/gals have any experience/ideas/concerns.



    Thanks


    We have the exact same convention oven.  Works great as additional oven space.  We use it to rewarm left over apps from the BGE it brings them back fairly close to just pulling them off the egg.  It also worked great for left over pizza.  Solid unit, we have not been disappointed and have had it for over 3 years. 
    Edina, MN

  • kl8tonkl8ton Posts: 2,296
    Here is a second oven!

    LBGE - 36Blackstone
    Grand Rapids MI
  • blastingblasting Posts: 5,502
    Aviator said:
    I would suggest upgrading your microwave to the newer convection/microwave units, which look exactly like a microwave but has convection built into it as well so will work as an oven. Ours is a GE profile and has been so reliable for so many years. 
    Agree. We had a GE Advantium at our previous place and it was amazing. 

    I've got the GE Advantium.  As @DoubleEgger said, it's amazing.

    Breville products are top notch too.  I've liked the few that I've owned.

    Phoenix 
  • GATravellerGATraveller Posts: 5,409
    kl8ton said:
    Here is a second oven!


    I wish. 

    "Social media gives legions of idiots the right to speak when they once only spoke at a bar after a glass of wine, without harming the community [...] but now they have the same right to speak as a Nobel Prize winner. It's the invasion of the idiots."

                                                                                  -Umberto Eco

    2 Large
    Peachtree Corners, GA
  • stv8rstv8r Posts: 638
    I have this one...

    Breville BOV845BSS Smart Oven Pro Convection Toaster Oven with Element IQ


    It's amazing!  I use it 10 times more than my built in lol.  Cooks very evenly and temps are accurate.  Definitely a good choice if you need a 2nd oven.

  • GATravellerGATraveller Posts: 5,409
    Awesome!

    Thanks for all the info everyone. 

    "Social media gives legions of idiots the right to speak when they once only spoke at a bar after a glass of wine, without harming the community [...] but now they have the same right to speak as a Nobel Prize winner. It's the invasion of the idiots."

                                                                                  -Umberto Eco

    2 Large
    Peachtree Corners, GA
  • JRWhiteeJRWhitee Posts: 4,496
    I just ordered the Breville, I like their products we have the matching espresso machine. This site costs me more money....
                                                                        
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    Large BGE 2006, Mini Max 2014, 36" Blackstone, Anova Sous Vide
    Green Man Group 
    Johns Creek, Georgia
  • GlennMGlennM Posts: 809
    Wolf makes a nice toaster oven? 


    In the bush just East of Cambridge,Ontario 
  • DredgerDredger Posts: 1,453
    We really like our new Oster XL Digital Convection Oven with French Doors. I had decided on this one several months ago, but when I went to order, they were out of stock. They finally got them back in and I ordered one. It's large enough for most of my pans, so it works for us. Plus it has a light.

    Large BGE
    Greenville, SC
  • GATravellerGATraveller Posts: 5,409
    Dredger said:
    We really like our new Oster XL Digital Convection Oven with French Doors. I had decided on this one several months ago, but when I went to order, they were out of stock. They finally got them back in and I ordered one. It's large enough for most of my pans, so it works for us. Plus it has a light.

    How do you like the french doors?  Does it take both hands to open?  I usually have a pan in one hand when opening the oven door.

    "Social media gives legions of idiots the right to speak when they once only spoke at a bar after a glass of wine, without harming the community [...] but now they have the same right to speak as a Nobel Prize winner. It's the invasion of the idiots."

                                                                                  -Umberto Eco

    2 Large
    Peachtree Corners, GA
  • dannysdannys Posts: 14
    Anyone know what the safe clearance is for these types of ovens?  I've been thinking about a microwave-convection but I'm worried about the heat they generate harming my cabinetry.
  • BotchBotch Posts: 6,335
    Make sure you get an electronic timer, not a mechanical one (don't cheep out). I kick myself every morning when I make toast, it's never the same.  And, of course, since I wish it would break so I could get a Breville, it's been 100% reliable for over 10 years....  :anguished:
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  • RascalRascal Posts: 3,802
    I have a Breville unit in both homes and absolutely love them!  I bake everything from cookies to bread, and bake/broil chicken, fish, and even meatloaf!!  The "Smart Oven" has a convection mode which I always use to shorten cooking times.  On top of all that, it's a great toaster!!~~
  • CtTOPGUNCtTOPGUN Posts: 480
     Looking at the Breville Air myself. I like the dehydrator and air fry features a lot.
    LBGE/Weber Kettle/Blackstone 36" Griddle/Turkey Fryer/Induction Burner/Gasser/28" Blackstone Griddle

     BBQ from the State of Connecticut!

       Jim
  • RascalRascal Posts: 3,802
    If you now have one, or are thinking of purchasing a Smart Oven, check out the aluminized, quarter sheet pans at Wally world.  They're a perfect fit and certainly worth the price at under 5 bucks.  Albeit, they're not safe for the dish washer or with abrasive cleaners, so I often line them with foil for an easy cleanup. 
  • fishlessmanfishlessman Posts: 23,002
    Dredger said:
    We really like our new Oster XL Digital Convection Oven with French Doors. I had decided on this one several months ago, but when I went to order, they were out of stock. They finally got them back in and I ordered one. It's large enough for most of my pans, so it works for us. Plus it has a light.

    How do you like the french doors?  Does it take both hands to open?  I usually have a pan in one hand when opening the oven door.
    open one door, the other opens automatically from what it looks like on youtube
  • FockerFocker Posts: 8,278
    edited November 2017
    Dredger said:
    We really like our new Oster XL Digital Convection Oven with French Doors. I had decided on this one several months ago, but when I went to order, they were out of stock. They finally got them back in and I ordered one. It's large enough for most of my pans, so it works for us. Plus it has a light.

    How do you like the french doors?  Does it take both hands to open?  I usually have a pan in one hand when opening the oven door.
    open one door, the other opens automatically from what it looks like on youtube
    That significant gap in the middle you can see through, 1/4",  is concerning.
    Brandon
    Quad Cities
    "If yer gonna denigrate, familiarity with the subject is helpful."

  • DredgerDredger Posts: 1,453
    @GATraveller and @fishlessman, that is correct. Just pull on one side and both doors open. @Focker, the slight gap has not been an issue. The toast this one makes is remarkably consistent. Sorry for the delayed reply. Been fighting a sinus infection off and on for over a week. Thank the Lord for doTerra oregano oil. It stinks, but it works as an antibiotic. Just hate having to take prescription drugs.
    Large BGE
    Greenville, SC
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