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Friday, February 4, 2011

Why You Should Buy a Toaster Oven…and the Giveaway Winner! (You have to read her comment, trust me.)

I think I’ve convinced a fair number of you that a toaster oven is worth having. But a few of you seem to be on the fence. And I want to push you off that fence! Here are the reasons why I much prefer having a toaster oven over a regular toaster:

  • A toaster can toast toast. That’s about it.
  • A toaster oven can toast toast. And so much more! Big thick bagels? No problem! Want to toast more than 2 pieces of bread at one time? Bring it on!
  • We use our toaster oven for reheating food all the time. For example, pizza. I’ll zap my pizza in the microwave for 20 seconds or so to get some heat infused. Then I toast it in the toaster oven until the crust crisps up nicely. Until I had a toaster oven, I HATED pizza leftovers. Never ate them. Now I’ll eat leftover pizza til the cows come home. (Side note: you don’t even need to use the microwave at all, it just sort of speeds the process along.)
  • Pizza isn’t the only thing I’ll reheat in a toaster oven – pretty much anything with bread involved works wonderfully. Another example, muffins on the bake setting for 5 or so minutes…yum! Let your reheating imaginations run wild!
  • As many of you commented on the giveaway post, it’s great to have access to a small oven without having to heat up a big old traditional oven. Sometimes you just don’t need a full oven. It saves energy and, in the summer, doesn’t heat up your house quite as much.
  • You can bake in a toaster oven. Show me a toaster that does that and I’ll eat my non-existent hat.
  • This is specific to my new Smart Oven that is HUGE…but, it’s going to be awesome at the holidays because I’ll have more oven space to work with. So excited about that!

I’m sure I’m missing something. But those are the main benefits that I’ve really grown to appreciate over the years. Hope that helps tip a few of you off of that toaster oven fence!

And now, the winner of the Breville Smart Oven. And, I SWEAR the random number generator picked her…but when you read this comment, you’re going to think I rigged it so that we could share this little story with the world.

Sue, who said “I had lunch with a 90 year old friend who pointed to a really really old microwave that she says she has never once used. She sent her husband to get her a toaster oven and he came home with the microwave. She said she had no interest in it and let it sit all these years in silent protest for having not gotten her toaster oven. I’d love to have one as nice as this!”

How great is that story? LOVE it. And I love that 90-year-old woman. πŸ™‚ Congratulations, Sue! I’m certain you will enjoy your new Smart Oven!

Big thanks to Breville for such a fabulous giveaway! You can follow them on Facebook, which I think you should. They’re great. πŸ™‚


  1. 1

    I have never owned one…….. that would be a treat!!!!!!

  2. Seems like the perfect winner! Great job random # generator πŸ™‚

  3. 3

    I have a love/hate relationship with our toaster oven. You see, I made a batch of oatmeal chocolate chip cookies (my FAVORITY FAVE FAVE)and scooped out the dough to freeze, so all I have to do is drop a couple of the cookie dough pieces in the toaster oven pan and I have warm cookies whenever I want! I know, brilliant, right? Except, it turns out I want them EVERY NIGHT. It’s too easy, how can I not? And milk + cookies every night = extra post-baby weight. I blame the toaster oven.

  4. 4

    Yes! I am all about toaster ovens… mainly because that’s the only oven we have. But they really are great and can serve just as well as the real thing… unless you have lots of cookies to make, then there’s not a lot of room. πŸ™‚

  5. 5

    Somebody buy that 90 year old woman a toaster oven!!! Send me her name…. πŸ™‚

  6. 6

    Well, I am bummed not to win, but that was a great comment! I had to break down and buy a new toaster oven yesterday (although I got a $20 Rival) to finally replace the one we had that no longer toasted. I completely agree with you on the reheating Jane! Even leftover fried food will crisp back up πŸ™‚

  7. 7

    I got one for Christmas a few years ago and I have not used it for much. I really should use it more often. I’m looking forward to reading tips as you learn them. πŸ™‚

  8. I don’t understand how somebody could be on the fence about such a remarkable piece of kitchen equipment.
    πŸ™‚ Mandy

  9. 9

    I got it and put it right to work and I LOVE it!! Thanks again so very much! It is really great, and it’s so sharp looking too!

  10. 10

    Very useful equipment at home. If you are looking for new one please visit out web site and I am sure you find one you like.

  11. 11

    HI, I just got a new oven toaster, and I would like to know how to reheat tea, coffee & for how long? and should i be using upper heating filament or lower or both?

    • Jane Maynard

      what settings does your toaster oven have? I have been using this smart oven for so long and it has a “reheat” option, which is what I would use. I think it’s basically using the oven option at 325 degrees…I don’t know if this is helpful! my gut would say to probably just use the lower filament…but I’ve never reheated tea or coffee. send me more deets about your toaster oven and we can brainstorm!

  12. 12

    the smart timer is really great.

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