I tried the Frigidaire 6 slice convection toaster oven for a period of five weeks. This was done for the purpose of providing a detailed review to home cooks considering this Frigidaire toaster oven. I banished my usual toaster oven to storage for the duration of the review period and used the Frigidaire for all my day-to-day needs so that I could get an idea of how this model performs with regular use. Here is my review of the Frigidaire 6 slice convection toaster oven:
This Frigidaire toaster oven costs around $150, and that includes the shipping costs. This puts this toaster oven in the mid to high price range. All expectations should be formed accordingly. I removed my new Frigidaire toaster oven from the box and examined it. The overall appearance is quite modern and very pleasing. This toaster oven has a beautiful updated stainless steel finish and a modern, boxy shape. There is a square digital read-out screen which looks great with its lit-up, blue background. This toaster oven has a solid and sturdy look to it, but is actually much lighter than I would have expected. The materials are not as thick or heavy as those found on high end toaster ovens. The cooking grate does feel well-made. There are two baking pans included with this toaster oven; those are both thin and feel cheap. There was also a note included in the box, separate from the user's manual, that instructs you to only hand wash the pans.
I always like to start out a toaster oven review period by making toast, since this is one area where many toaster ovens fail to impress. This model is listed as a 6 slice toaster oven, but I was only able to comfortably fit 4 slices of whole grain bread. This is normal with 6 slice models. The bread ended up toasted very well; it had a crisp exterior and moist interior.
The first dinner I prepared in this Frigidaire toaster oven was a beef eye-of-round roast. The convection feature, combined with the quartz and halogen heating elements, did a wonderful job in roasting this sometimes finicky cut of meat. It was cooked quickly and evenly. The outside was beautifully browned and the inside was perfectly rare. I did notice during this time that the toaster oven is not very well insulated. The top and sides of this unit get quite hot while in use. The handle does stay cool while the toaster oven is on, but the door does not. This can be an issue if you have young children in the kitchen or if energy efficiency is important to you. This is a common problem with toaster ovens, especially those that cost less than $200.
I baked whole grain peanut butter cookies later that evening. Whole grain baking can be tricky in a toaster oven; even and accurate temperatures are crucial. I first baked a batch of cookies following the user manual instructions, which say pre-heating is not necessary. The cookies did not turn out too well; they were dry throughout and did not have much of a texture difference between the exterior and center. I baked a second batch of the whole grain peanut butter cookies after pre-heating the toaster oven, as this is how I am accustomed to baking cookies. This time the cookies turned out perfectly. The convection baking feature did a fantastic job of evenly baking the cookies.
The controls on this toaster oven are not all that intuitive; I did find myself looking at the instructions often at first. Once I was used to this toaster oven, this was no longer an issue for me.
I used this Frigidaire toaster oven for almost all of my baking needs during the review period. It is large enough to handle most of my normal daily needs; it can even fit a 12 inch pizza. I did find having only one cooking rack to be somewhat limiting. I am a little surprised that with the larger size of this toaster oven, a second rack is not included.
Overall, this Frigidaire is a good toaster oven capable of taking the place of your regular full-sized oven for most cooking tasks. It cooks evenly and quickly and the convection fan is quieter than most other toaster ovens. This model does not have the insulation or heavy, well-constructed feel of some of the high-end models. It does, however, cost 40% less than the most popular high-end toaster oven available today (The Breville Smart Oven holds this honor.) This may not be the absolute best toaster oven you can buy, but it is a good value for the price.