I recently tried out the Waring Pro 4-slice toaster oven with a built-in 2-slice toaster for a test period of six weeks. I did this so I could provide a review to consumers considering purchasing this model. I swapped out my usual toaster oven with the Waring Pro for the duration of the review period to get the best idea of how it performs with regular daily usage. Here is my review, plus you'll find my ratings for this toaster oven at the bottom of the page.
This Waring Pro toaster oven will cost you just under $100 with the shipping included, putting it at mid-level as far as price range is concerned. I removed my new toaster oven from the box and was very impressed with the way it looks. It has a very modern, boxy shape which is complimented by the modern stainless steel finish. I was surprised to see the interior is not clad in the usual non-stick coating. Rather, it is covered with aluminized steel. This can be especially important if you have a pet bird in your home, as the fumes created when non-stick surfaces are heated to high temperatures are fatal to birds. There is some evidence that these fumes are also dangerous for humans; if that is something that concerns you, you may want to consider purchasing this toaster oven.
I always start out a review period by making toast. Many toaster ovens do a poor job at toasting. I suspect this is why Waring Pro chose to keep the oven and toaster separate, in hopes of achieving optimal performances in both functions. They succeeded. The toast was perfect. I like the position of the built-in toaster. It is on the side rather than on top of the unit. This allows you to use both the toaster and oven at the same time, unlike the Hamilton Beach models with built-in toasters. This design does, however, add to the footprint of this unit. It takes up more space than most toaster ovens, but less space than having a separate countertop oven and toaster.
My next cooking task was whole grain dark chocolate brownies. They baked beautifully and evenly with a perfect slight crunch to the top and a very chewy interior. Baking the brownies takes over an hour and during this extended use of the oven it did get very hot. This is normal with most counter top ovens unless you go with a high-end model costing upwards of $200.
The spacious interior of this toaster oven was able to accommodate an entire chicken and a beef roast with no problem (on two separate occasions, of course.) This unit goes up to 450 degrees F, providing the necessary heat to properly brown foods. I checked the temperature several times during the review period and it never deviated from the set temperature by more than 5 degrees F.
Overall, I was very impressed with this toaster oven. You should definitely consider this one if you have the room for it on your counter top.
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: 9
Overall rating: 9