What to Look for in a Toaster Oven

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Toaster ovens offer convenience that regular ovens lack. They can bake pizzas and all sorts of snacks you might want late at night or for guests at your Charlotte apartments. But not all toaster ovens are the same. Often, it’s better to be a little discriminating in choosing a toaster oven to ensure you get all the features you’ll need. Here are a few tips for what you should look for in a toaster oven.

Variety of Settings

Depending on the brand and model, toaster ovens will have different settings. These may include a pizza setting, reheat, broil, toast, bake, warm and so on. The setting determines which of the heating coils heat up and how long they operate. The toaster oven may also have a convection setting. This setting makes air flow inside the toaster oven for faster heating. You won’t always use it, but when you’re baking uncovered dishes in the toaster oven, you’ll be glad to have it.

Design

You might want to be choosy in what kind of design and finish you want to have for your toaster oven, especially since it’s for your apartments in Charlotte. Less durable exteriors tend to sustain more damage over time from use, and while they may cost less, their wear and tear may mean buying a new toaster oven again in just a few years. If you plan to have your toaster oven out on the counter on display you might want to choose a more high-end finish for your toaster oven, since you’ll be looking at it every day.

Size

You’ll likely want to look at the size of the toaster oven and determine if it will fit your needs. It’s best for a toaster oven to be big enough to roast a chicken; that way, you’ll be able to save on energy costs, compared to heating a larger, standard-sized oven. If you’re a pizza fan, be sure the interior of the toaster oven will accommodate a standard-sized pizza. If you enjoy roasting a chicken every now and then, look for a toaster oven that can accommodate that size.

Toaster ovens are a great way to quickly cook up frozen goods, reheat dishes and bake pies and muffins. For more information about graceful living in Chicago apartments, please contact us.

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