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
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.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 OvenCalphalon Performance Cool Touch Countertop Toaster Oven
- 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 Calphalon.com
- 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
- 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
- The Cooling Vent is on the right side and should not be blocked.
Rubber Feet on the Bottom create a 1½" separation between the counter
and the bottom of the countertop oven
Exterior Measurements: 19" wide x 12½" height x 17" depth
- Do Not Place Hot Food on the Glass Oven Door
- Print the User Guide Here
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