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The KitchenAid 12'' Convection Countertop Oven is one of the most expensive toaster ovens available. It has several interesting features that place it among the best toaster ovens. At 18.25 inches wide, 15.75 inches deep and 11.5 inches tall, it should fit well on your countertop, and you still have enough room inside the oven to cook a 12-inch pizza.
This convection toaster oven comes with a number of accessories, including a removable crumb tray, broiling rack, oven rack and nonstick multipurpose pan. The oven rack doubles as a cooling rack, so you can place it on top of the convection toaster oven on its unique cooling surface. Unfortunately, the manual recommends hand-washing the racks and pan, which adds more effort to your cleanup than dishwasher-safe accessories would.
The controls on the convection oven are an LCD display, knobs and buttons. Each of the controls is well labeled. The large LCD display shows the time and temperature, and there are start/cancel, convection and frozen food buttons. If you want better browning and crisping, choose the convection option, which uses a fan to circulate air inside the oven for faster and more even cooking. The frozen option adds time to the cooking cycle to allow your food to thaw first, but you can't use this in all cooking modes.
Choosing one of the nine cooking modes is easy. You just turn the knob to select pizza, bake, asado roast, broil, keep warm, reheat, cookie, bagel or toast. You can then adjust the time and temperature as needed with a separate knob. Whatever cooking mode you choose, this toaster convection oven relies on its Even-Heat system to give you consistent results. The Even-Heat system cycles different top and bottom heating elements on and off, and it uses certain elements for only part of the cooking cycle.
One interesting feature is the asado roast mode. This mode uses two cooking stages for big items such as whole chickens and pork roasts. The first stage uses the convection fans to crisp the outer layer of your roast. In the second, the roasting stage, the convection fans turn off and the temperature is reduced so that the heat slowly and evenly reaches the center of the roast.
The KitchenAid 12'' Convection Countertop Oven has a high price tag because its nine cooking modes and Even-Heat system give it effective and consistent performance. It includes some uncommon features, such as a cooling surface and asado roast mode, which make it a versatile toaster oven with convection.