The quality of toaster ovens needs to be tested and so we have devised a few experiments for the toaster oven. Before you read on, you need to know that the range between low end and high end toaster ovens are quite wide apart.
The experiments we do on our toaster ovens are cooking experiments that can be done by anybody with a toaster oven. First is the test to toast evenly. A toaster oven that can toast evenly will be able to do a range of other cooking tasks well. By placing six pieces of bread in the toaster oven to toast, a pattern of brownness shows whether the toaster oven heats its interior capacity evenly.
Later on, we test the same toaster ovens for melting cheese, heating frozen casseroles and baking cookies. The toaster ovens with bad performance in toasting evenly also was not able to melt the cheese evenly on pizzas; the casseroles still have cold centers even when the surfaces were browned; and the cookies had dry and brittle edges.
The design and the shape of the toaster oven also played a significant role in the cooking. Those models with a divider in the middle to separate the bun warming section and the oven are too small to accommodate large servings like an entire chicken.
On the flip side, the tall models with a large interior cooking space are not good for small sized or flat food items because the heating elements and the walls are too far away. However, a large cooking space is still better and nowadays toaster ovens come with adjustable racks to let you place food nearer to the heating elements.
To be able to cook well, a toaster oven must be able to achieve and maintain temperature throughout cooking. The lesser quality toaster ovens will not be accurate with the temperature settings, giving you more or less than what you need.
The best oven will have small discrepancy in the temperature and will not lose heat over time. Only one of the best toaster ovens we tried was perfect in every aspect. It browned toast nicely and evenly without turning it into a crisp, and all six pieces of toast were beautifully browned without hot and cold spots.
The cheese and casseroles posed no problems for the toaster oven, and even the chicken fitted nicely in it. The interior is spacious and yet not too big for baking the bite size snacks. There are heating elements on the top and below, and you can set it to use both or only one of them.
The material that made the heating elements will decide how responsive it is to temperature change, and how well it maintains the temperature. Quartz is the best material for responsive heating compared to chromium and nickel. The heat will be constant and more even.
As a conclusion, a good toaster oven can be difficult to choose if you require it to be as multipurpose as it is described to be, but if you are willing to compromise a couple of functions that you don’t often use, it is very likely that you can find a decent one. Looking for toaster oven recipes?