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I didn’t grow up with a toaster oven. So…when Nate and I were engaged and registering for our wedding and he insisted on adding a toaster oven to our registry, I just didn’t get it. Thankfully Nate added it to the list anyway and we ended up receiving this beauty.
Let me introduce you to ‘the little toaster oven that could.’ For more than 11 years it’s been sitting on our counter toasting toast and reheating all kinds of food…pizza, muffins, baked french toast, and more. To this day I’m grateful Nate was such a smartie pants. I simply couldn’t live without a toaster oven now!
While ‘the little toaster oven that could’ has been loyal and hardworking, it’s on its last legs. Half of the time I have to bang it on the wall to get it going. So, while I felt somewhat disloyal to our little friend, I started thinking about getting a new toaster oven.
Right as I started contemplating a new toaster oven, Breville contacted me about their Smart Oven. As a great appreciator of toaster ovens, as soon as I started reading about this lovely Smart Oven, I was enamored. And then I said, “YES, please, I will happily take an oven off your hands!” It arrived a few weeks ago and I must say I had good reason to be excited about its arrival.
First off, just look at it.
But since good looks aren’t everything, here are some of the other reasons I’m liking this oven. There are magnets in the door that automatically pull the tray out – and it works like a charm! SO much better than my old toaster oven, which had little hooks that pulled the tray out. There’s about a billion different settings – roast, toast, bake, convection, pizza, and I’m sure I’m missing something since that’s definitely not a billion. So far we’ve made toast (6 pieces at once!) and lots and lots of cookies. Oh, and some really yummy garlic bread. The convection cooks pretty evenly (better than my regular oven, actually) and the preheat time is way shorter than my big oven. Also, I love how in toast mode if I open the door, the oven stays on. It’s the little things that make me happy. I’ve yet to try roasting meat and cooking pizza, but you can be sure I will!
The Smart Oven is definitely bigger than my old toaster oven. But in the end it’s really not taking up that much extra space in my kitchen. And it’s worth having the extra capacity inside the oven. It does sort of seem like toast takes longer to cook than in my old toaster…but it toasts really evenly AND I kind of think some of it might be mental. On my old oven, I would hit toast and just wait for the ding. On the Smart Oven, there’s a timer. I don’t know, when you actually KNOW how long something is taking, I think sometimes that makes it seem longer.
You know I’m always thinking of you, right? Not only did I get an oven for myself, but Breville is giving one away! One of you lucky, randomly-selected commenters will receive your very own Smart Oven (retail $249.99). Just like always, simply leave a comment on this post and you’re entered to win! (Comments need to be posted by Midnight PT on Thursday, February 3. You need to have a U.S. mailing address, and only one entry per person, please.)
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So, get commenting! I’m super duper excited about this giveaway!! Big thanks to Breville for making it happen!