I recently tried out the DeLonghi RO2058 6 slice convection toaster oven with rotisserie for a period of five weeks. I placed my usual toaster oven into storage and used the DeLonghi toaster oven for my everyday needs. I did this so I could provide an in-depth review to those considering purchasing this DeLonghi toaster oven. Here is that review, plus you'll find my ratings for this toaster oven at the bottom of the page.
This DeLonghi toaster oven is one of their less expensive models: it will cost you about $80 including shipping. It is important to keep realistic expectations for this toaster oven considering its relatively low price. I removed my new DeLonghi toaster oven from the box and was very pleased upon first inspection. It has a solid, sturdy feel to it. The shape and finishes are very pleasing and contemporary. I suppose this is not surprising given the fact that this unit was designed and engineered in Italy.This model comes with a non-stick bake pan, a non-stick broil pan and a removable rotisserie spit. It is quite large, which should prove useful for larger meals. It also has one feature not found on most toaster ovens: an interior light.
I like to start out a review period by making toast. In went six slices of whole wheat bread. It was immediately apparent that although this is called a 6 slice model, you can not fit six large slices of bread in at once without crushing or overlapping the bread. I removed two of the slices and proceeded to toast the bread. It took much longer than my normal toaster oven and the results were a bit disappointing. The toast was rather dry.
I was excited to try out the rotisserie feature, since this is not something found on most toaster ovens. I rubbed a three and a half pound chicken with olive oil and sprinkled it with herbs and salt. It fit easily onto the spit and into the toaster oven. This unit cooked it beautifully! The skin was browned and crispy and the interior was moist and delicious. I am very pleased with the rotisserie. I don't think you could fit a very large chicken into this unit; four pounds would likely be the maximum. I only use free-range organic chickens and they tend to be smaller than normal supermarket birds, so this is not an issue for me. During the review period I also used the rotisserie for a gyro lamb loaf and two cornish hens. The rotisserie worked wonderfully for these meals too.
I had been corning a pork butt roast for over three weeks. Due to the time already invested in this beautiful hunk of meat I was a bit hesitant to risk cooking it in a new appliance I was not familiar with. I decided to bite the bullet and try out the slow bake setting. Seven hours later I was rewarded with a delicious corned pork roast that was cooked absolutely perfectly.
This is a quite large toaster oven; it can actually bake two 12 inch pizzas at the same time. This really adds to the versatility of this appliance. I never turned on my full-sized oven during the review period; the DeLonghi toaster oven was able to cook everything for me. The exterior of this toaster oven did get quite hot during every use. This is a common issue with lower priced toaster ovens so I was not too surprised by the excess heat.
Overall, during the review period I found this to be an excellent countertop toaster oven, especially for the price. I loved the rotisserie and slow bake features. I do not think it is a good toaster; I used a stand-alone toaster for toast during the remainder of the review period. Depending on your needs, this may be a good option for you.
All ratings are on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the highest possible rating
Appearance rating: 9
True to set temperature rating: 9
Even heating/cooking rating: 9
Overall rating: 9