KitchenAid is a well-known company with a century-long reputation for exceptional quality, innovation and top-rated customer service. KitchenAid is definitely best known for their stand mixers, but in recent decades they have expanded their line to include many other wonderful products designed to assist home cooks in the kitchen. One of those products is the KitchenAid Convection Countertop Toaster Oven. I recently tested out this oven for four weeks to see how it stands up to KitchenAid's long-standing reputation. Here is my review, plus you'll find my ratings for this toaster oven at the bottom of the page.
Immediately upon opening the KitchenAid Convection Countertop Toaster Oven, I must say this is an incredibly beautiful appliance. It is all stainless steel and black with a pleasing modern, boxy shape. It has four very sturdy dials and a glass front fitted with a sleek, stay-cool stainless steel handle. This one will definitely look good on your countertop, regardless of the style of your kitchen. I was somewhat surprised a modern stainless steel appliance in this price range went with dials instead of digital controls. I was also surprised, quite pleasantly, by the included baking pan. It is not at all the cheap type of pan usually included with many toaster ovens; instead it is very sturdy and should prove to be quite useful. All in all, the first inspection of this KitchenAid Convection Countertop Toaster Oven impressed me.
On to my first toaster oven baking task: whole grain blueberry orange scones. Even baking is crucial with whole grain baked goods, otherwise they can become dry before being thoroughly cooked. So I choose the convection baking option. The convection feature is a little loud compared to high-end toaster ovens, but not nearly as loud as the cheaper models that simply stick a noisy fan in the unit. I kept a close eye on the scones, knowing that different ovens require different baking times. They were beautifully golden brown about four minutes earlier than with my standard full-sized oven. Once they were cooled I found them to be perfectly baked. I am still impressed with this KitchenAid Convection Countertop Toaster Oven.
Over the course of the next month I used the KitchenAid convection countertop toaster oven daily, to ensure I could give an accurate review. This toaster oven has an incredibly spacious interior, large enough to bake 2 twelve inch pizzas at once! I was easily able to roast a whole chicken, which turned out perfectly golden brown and delicious. The heating elements work very well; the chicken had a beautifully crisp skin without the meat being dry at all. The toaster oven always cooks very quickly and very evenly. It does not heat up the kitchen as much as my full-sized oven, yet it is big enough for most everything I cook. I often checked the temperature with stand-alone thermometers throughout the review period and, at many different settings, this toaster oven stayed true to the set temperature within a degree or two. And those old-fashioned dials I thought should be digital? I actually love them! It is so much simpler and quicker to just turn a dial versus using digital controls. At the end of four weeks, I remained very impressed with this toaster oven.
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: 10
Even heating/cooking rating: 10
Overall rating: 10