I recently tried the Euro-Pro TO156 extra large capacity 6 slice toaster oven for a period of 4 weeks for the purpose of providing an in-depth review of this model. I put away my usual countertop oven for the duration of the review period to see how this unit performs with normal daily usage. Here is my review, plus you'll find my ratings for this toaster oven at the bottom of the page.
This Euro-Pro toaster oven will cost you about $55, with the shipping included. That is relatively cheap as far as toaster ovens are concerned; expectations should be kept in line with the price. I removed the Euro-Pro toaster oven from its box and found it to have a bit of a flimsy feel to it. The toaster oven is a glossy white. I will admit, this is not in keeping with my more modern sense of style. However, this toaster oven would go quite well in a country kitchen or a more traditionally styled kitchen with white appliances. This toaster oven has dials rather than digital controls, further adding to a more old-fashioned type of look.
I like to begin a toaster oven review period by making toast. This toaster oven is billed as a 6 slice unit yet only 4 slices of bread could fit easily inside without overlapping or crushing the bread. This is common with toaster ovens; the manufacturers must base the slice sizing on much smaller pieces of bread than I am accustomed to. The dials are pretty straightforward and easy to use. The toaster oven did get quite hot on the outside while it was on; this is standard on cheaper models. My toast was burnt on the bottom and virtually untoasted on the top. I am not impressed with this Euro-Pro toaster oven so far.
I baked four mini meat loaves for dinner that night. It was very apparent that the heating on this toaster oven is not only uneven from top to bottom, but also from front to back. I turned the tray around every 5 minutes or so to compensate for the latter, but I couldn't very well flip the meat loaves over every 5 minutes. The result was four meat loaves with very crispy bottoms and not much browning on the top. They were edible, but not spectacular.
In the days to come I developed a system to properly toast bread in this Euro-Pro toaster oven. I flipped the slices over and turned them around halfway through the toasting time. This got the job done for the purpose of continuing the review but wasn't exactly what I would call convenient.
There are some items that can cook well in this toaster oven. One night I made Frico (thin Parmesan crisps) and they turned out beautifully. However, anything over 1/8 inch thick tends to not fare as well unless it can be flipped.
Overall, after this review period, I believe the heat variations in this Euro-Pro toaster oven are too great to make this a worthwhile option. I will admit this was the first time I brought my usual toaster oven out of storage during a review period. While I did still use the Euro-Pro toaster oven often enough to fairly review it, I just wasn't willing to ruin good food with it. You should keep looking; you can find a better toaster oven.
All ratings are on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the highest possible rating
Appearance rating: 6
True to set temperature rating: 4
Even heating/cooking rating: 2
Overall rating: 3