Get Toasted!

Posted on August 1, 2008 by Allie

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I’ve been toying with the idea of breaking my no new kitchen appliances moratorium and getting a toaster oven for a long time.  A post on Metaefficient has convinced me to take the plunge.

From Metaefficient:

“Toaster ovens are efficient devices for cooking small meals. They typically use two 750 watts heating elements and draw a total 1500 watts, whereas electric ranges draw about 3000 watts (and thus require a 240 volt electric socket). “

Also figure in the energy savings that comes from not increasing the heat in your kitchen and forcing your air conditioner to work overtime.

Metaefficient goes on to suggest getting a toaster oven with a convection cooking option for greater energy savings, and even lists two of the most efficient.

I think I’m going to go with the Krups.  The T-Fal oven looks like it might have non-stick coating on the roll warmer tray (although, I don’t know for sure, so I don’t want to condemn it).

The Amazon reviews on the T-Fal oven also give us an important reminder to unplug what we aren’t using.

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  1. I highly recommend purchasing a toaster oven. I cannot say enough good things about mine. Even though mine is a mid-price model that gives off more heat than I would like, but it gives me loads of cooking and baking options not always available to you during the heat of the summer!

    August 1st, 2008 at 6:06 pm
    Comment by Regular_Lady
  2. I love my toaster oven! And, it would allow you to get rid of your toaster, if you have one.

    August 1st, 2008 at 6:23 pm
    Comment by The Modern Gal
  3. I have to admit, this is one area where I am horrible- don’t hate me, but I hate toaster ovens. *gasp* I know, I know but we really just don’t have space for any extra gadgets. We have a small kitchen with little counter space and barely any storage. We did have one (before it bit the dust) and I’d have to move it any time I did a major cooking project and needed the counter. I’m sorry to say, I haven’t invested in another one. I know I need to get over it, as it’s better for energy- I just have this thing about purchasing new things when we already have something that can do the chore.

    August 1st, 2008 at 10:04 pm
    Comment by Jill
  4. We wouldn’t have room for a toaster oven. I’ve never owned one, but I know a lot of people who seem to enjoy theirs. It is probably a lot better than running the oven like Jill says!

    August 3rd, 2008 at 2:33 pm
    Comment by amy purple
  5. Jill – I felt exactly the same as you do about the toaster oven. If it doesn’t work for you right now, don’t beat yourself up about it! I really didn’t have room for one either, but decided to try one out so my kids had more cooking options when they were home for lunch in the summer. Now I don’t know how I lived without it! I have to store mine sideways on a small strip of counterspace and flip it out for actual use. Some of them are actually quite small – and I’ve thought about shifting mine to a metal cart or somesuch to get it off the countertop.

    August 3rd, 2008 at 6:37 pm
    Comment by Regular_Lady
  6. I have a question. A toaster oven uses less power when it runs, but neither a toaster oven nor a regular an oven has it’s heating elements on all the time. I’ve had the impression that a toaster oven is less insulated and has it’s heating elements on more of the time. For something that cooks quickly, I can see how the toaster oven can win out (less oven volume and mass to heat), but could there be a cross-over point when an oven uses less energy? Has anyone measured actual total power usage for typical tasks like baking a pizza at 400F for 30 minutes? a casserole for an hour? a chicken for 90 minutes at 350F?

    August 23rd, 2008 at 3:52 pm
    Comment by Karen

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