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Thinking about a Purchase...

December 28th, 2014 at 12:30 pm

We have $40 in small appliances/household furnishings, and I'm thinking of making a purchase...

Right now when we make a quesadilla or cheese on toast or make a burrito for lunch (these are all single items, not six burritos or something) I have to heat up the entire oven which is something like 2000 to 3000 watts per hour.

This probably happens once a day.

I am thinking of getting a small 600-1000 watt toaster oven for those small jobs.

What do you think?

11 Responses to “Thinking about a Purchase...”

  1. Carol Says:

    I have always found ours handy for just the kind of foods you mentioned.

  2. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Could any of those items be done on a stove burner?

    A toaster oven is very convenient, esp if you think you'll use it a good bit.

  3. Kiki Says:

    I have a counter top oven that I love. It is slightly larger than a toaster oven but can do everything from make toast to bake cookies and chicken to broil a steak to bake a frozen pizza to baking my bacon this morning (yep I bake it not fry it). It is wonderful!

    I have lived in this apartment for 5 years and have never used the standard large oven. It certainly has saved me money as there is no real time for heating up - it is hot in just a minute or so. I love it!

    I am in contract to buy a house and this appliance will certainly sit on my new counter top.

  4. Buendia Says:

    I think I'll do it... the stovetop is good for some things, but I think it would really help to have something in place of the fullsize oven... I love the "no real time for heating up" idea - the big oven takes about 5 to 7 minutes to heat. I've been doing some research and may go to Target when F is at camp tomorrow...

  5. scfr Says:

    It sounds like a logical purchase given how often you would use it.

  6. snafu Says:

    We were gifted a Breville toaster oven two year ago and I can't imagine life without it for those of us with small families who mostly cook and eat at home. t's a little scary making recommendations for appliances here as we're all so different in how we do things. I'd recommend spending a bit more to get a toaster oven with the convection feature. Toaster ovens are particularly efficient for casseroles, chicken parts, small roasts and chops. They heat to chosen temp nearly instantly without heating up the kitchen. They come with it's own pans to fit but I also use all the silicone pans since they fit the dimensions.

    I probably sound like a commercial but the toaster oven simplified meal planning. Best of all it's a snap to clean, the tray gets wiped down along with the counters at the end of the day. If I think a pie fruit filling might bubble over, a bit of parchment paper keeps mess from happening. Next time I see silicone cupcake holders on sale, I plan to buy a couple of sets. Over the holidays I was baking bran muffins or crumpets daily and baking a fresh batch of cookies whenever someone dropped by.

  7. Buendia Says:

    I really appreciate recommendations! The convection is a good idea; our oven is convection and it really cuts down on cooking time. I have silicone baking cups, by the way, and love them! A few have worn out over the past five years (developed tears), so I probably need a few more.

  8. NJDebbie Says:

    We use ours on a daily basis.

  9. rob62521 Says:

    We have a toaster oven and it is handy when it is so not outside and I don't want to heat up the house. Also good for those small things instead of heating up then large oven.

  10. PatientSaver Says:

    Yes, absolutely, I purchased a Cusineart toaster/convection oven years ago for this same reason: it seemed wasteful to heat up the big oven when I was usually cooking for 1 person. I'm quite sure it's saved me money over the long term.

    If you want an easy way to research brands, visit consumersearch.com

  11. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    I'm glad there have been recommendations for you, Buendia. It helps me, too. Wink I'd especially use one in summer, so as not to heat the house.

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