Friday, September 3, 2021

Calphalon Performance Cool Touch Countertop Toaster Oven Reviewed

Countertop Oven Review
When my oven went out for the second time in a year, I knew I needed an alternative so I searched for the best countertop oven for baking. Discovering the Calphalon Performance Cool Touch Countertop Toaster Oven has been like finding a riverbed of gold!

Not having a working oven in our home is a major inconvenience. It has taken months to get the circuit board parts for repairing our built-in double ovens (twice). I understand there is a backlog and some parts are simply not available at this time. However, cooking dinner for my family can't wait for months, or that proverbial "slow boat".  

Of course I cook on the stove, in my Instant Pot, in my Crockpot and in the microwave. However, we love pizza, lasagna, manicotti, chicken enchiladas, roast, salmon, casserole style dinners, plus various breads, baked sides & desserts, which require an oven. I use my oven for something almost every day.  Therefore, this time, I had to find a separate countertop oven to carry us through until my double ovens are fixed.  

At the time of writing this article, my double ovens are still waiting for repair and I have been using my Calphalon Cool Touch Countertop (Convection option) Oven multiple times each day for weeks now. I am here to tell you, this little countertop oven is fabulous!  I have decided it actually does a better job of baking bread than my large convection oven. Therefore, even after my ovens are repaired again, I will continue to use this magnificent work-horse appliance.

Why Choose the Calphalon Performance Cool Touch Countertop Toaster Oven

Countertop Toaster Oven Review
Previously, I did not want a countertop oven because I was warned that they get really hot on the outside.  Plus, most have small interiors and are very limited on what they can cook well.  It seemed like it would be a waste of counter space.

When desperation forced me to reconsider and research countertop ovens, I chose the Calphalon Cool Touch Countertop Oven simply because it is "cool touch".  The outside of the oven doesn't get hot! Plus, I read that the interior cooking space was a little over 12" x 12", which is large enough for a variety of pans. Even though I have needed to purchase smaller cookie sheets and a casserole dish without handles separately, I would like to note that the oven did come with a 12" pizza pan and a baking pan that fit the oven. That allowed me to start cooking immediately.

My first baking experiment for the "little oven" was my banana bread.  My standard loaf pan fit in the oven without any problem.  You can imagine my surprise when I pulled out a beautifully browned loaf of bread, followed by the real test of cutting into it to find it was fully baked with no under-cooked center spots.

Calphalon Cool Touch Countertop Toaster Oven
I was beyond excited to serve it to my family for breakfast.  I admit, that was the best ever banana bread and I've been baking banana bread for decades. Next, we baked biscuits and they were also cooked to perfection.

Then we tried pizza and it was perfect!  Followed by broiled beef sausages.  Admittedly, my husband prefers a charred skin on his beef sausage, but I thought the beef sausages were better than usual because the skin wasn't burnt.  Then came the clincher, the one meal that sold me on believing this convection countertop oven is better than my built-in ovens. I baked my lasagna and it was cooked perfectly.

In the midst of a stressful major appliance outage, this little oven has delivered peace and perfection! 

I give the Calphalon Performance Cool Touch Countertop Toaster Oven my highest recommendation.


Features of the Calphalon Performance Cool Touch Countertop Toaster Oven

 Calphalon Performance Cool Touch Countertop Toaster OvenCheck Price
  • Cool Touch Exterior
  • Large Interior Capacity
  • Convection or Standard Oven Settings
  • Oven Light
  • Non-stick Interior
  • Easy to Select & Set Cooking Options
  • Easy to Set Timer
  • Preheats Really Fast
  • Preset cooking functions: Toast, Bagel, Bake, Roast, Broil, (Bread) Proof, Pizza, Cookies, Reheat, & Dehydrate 
  • Keep Warm & Defrost Buttons
  • Wire Cooking Rack with Optional Upper or Lower Position
  • Included Accessories: 12" Pizza Pan, Baking Pan, Dehydration Basket, & Crumb Tray
  • Does Not Heat Up the Kitchen like a Regular Oven
  • 3 Year Warranty - Product Registeration at

A Few Placement Notes
  1. While the sides and top are cool touch, the bottom and back are hot, therefore I pull the "little oven" out about 4" from the wall when using
  2. The Electric Cord is on the right side of the back, not the center.  This keeps the cord away from the heat of the back, but might limit placement depending on where your electric outlet is installed
  3. The Cooling Vent is on the right side and should not be blocked.
  4. Rubber Feet on the Bottom create a 1½" separation between the counter and the bottom of the countertop oven
  5. Exterior Measurements:  19" wide x 12½" height x 17" depth (including handle)
  6. Do Not Place Hot Food on the Glass Oven Door  
  7. Print the User Guide Here

My New Lasagna/Casserole Dish That Fits This Countertop Oven

 HIC Oblong Rectangular Baking Dish Roasting Lasagna Pan, Fine White Porcelain,13 x 9Check Price


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  1. I have had several different toaster ovens over the years, but never one that accomplished such a wide variety of cooking tasks or cooked as well as you say this Calphalon oven does. I appreciate your high recommendation for this toaster oven, as I currently do not have one and could really use one.

    1. I have been very pleasantly surprised by this toaster oven Elf! I really like the cool touch feature that keeps the exterior cooler (it is slightly warm to the touch). I use the convection setting for just about everything and it has been awesome!

  2. What a great review!! You have covered all the reasons for getting this handy oven. Sounds like it works great for you and your food looks delicious.

    1. Thank you Mary Beth! It has been exactly what I need. Well worth giving up the counter space for a real performance appliance that I use multiple times daily.

  3. As you know, I. too, have had to rely on a countertop oven for several years, since our too-old-to-be-repaired double ovens bit the dust. We have been searching for a replacement for years that would fit into the built-in wall-to-wall wood cabinetry in our very old kitchen, perform reliably for many years, and not break the bank! Our current tabletop oven has been a lifesaver, but the inadequate interior space and lack of convection option have been significant limitations for baking and cooking alike.

    I am very grateful to you for sharing your very positive experience with the Calphalon Performance Cool Touch Countertop Toaster Oven. Time for me to get out my measuring tape to see whether it would fit on the countertop where our current countertop oven lives with sufficient clearance from the built-in cabinets directly above!

    1. I thought of you as I was writing this review Margaret! I remembered that you were also fighting the oven outage war. In fact, when we were discussing that, you told me you were using a countertop oven and that is what made me consider one. I am beyond thrilled with the results and my own experience with this particular cool touch oven. You can see in my picture that there is plenty of room between the top of my countertop oven and my cabinets, but I know kitchens are different, plus outlet considerations are certainly a factor. (btw, the outlet in the picture is NOT the outlet I use for the oven. There is another one on the other side of the toaster on the right side) Let me know if you need additional measurements.

    2. Thank you so much for the offer, Ms. Mouse! I might want to take you up on it.

  4. WOW! I want one after this review. I've never been a fan of toaster ovens because they get too hot on the outside, but you point out that this one doesn't! - that's a great feature. What a fantastic item for a Dorm room or one room apartment as well.

  5. This sounds like a fantastic Countertop Toaster Oven, very handy and the cool touch feature is very good. Thank you for highlighting the features and tips for using. I think it would be a very useful addition to the kitchen and my goodness your food looks so delicious! :)

  6. We love our counter top toaster oven as well. It is such a versatile appliance that gets used almost daily in our home. While it will never take the place of our regular stove, it has come in so handy especially during the holidays and times when you need that extra cooking area! Next time we need one, I will definitely look into this model. Thanks Miss Mouse!


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