Melody loves how technology can make life better. She is a productivity enthusiast who helps parents worry less about cooking and cleaning.
Supporting Informed Consumers
A great convection oven is a safe alternative to traditional gas and electric stoves. It does more than reheat frozen foods. A convection oven worthy of you has state of the art safety features, cooks home-made dinners, and is big enough to cook a 16" pizza. I use my counter-top Oster digital convection oven daily.
Consumers are human beings with needs, and I believe that the safety and rights of the consumer should always be considered heavily over greed. I try to buy products from companies who show clear corporate social responsibility to the people they serve. That is my duty as a good consumer, and that's why I want to share my experience with others.
Over the course of this article, I will share why I think Oster makes the best convection oven. I will also explain the qualities of a good convection oven in case you want to buy a different brand.
Let's take the present moment to explore the following so I can help you make the most informed choice about your impending purchase.
What you need to know before you buy a counter-top convection oven:
- Why convection ovens are better than toaster ovens
- The difference between convection ovens and ranges
- Oster brand review and company information
- My personal review of the Oster digital convection oven
Convection Ovens Superiority to Toaster Ovens
Convection ovens are more like traditional ranges than toaster ovens. If you are looking for something as useful as a stove, then the kitchen appliance you want is a convection oven.Toaster ovens are mechanically similar to toasters, and are intended for minimal heating of some small food items.
A small convection oven may seem very similar to a toaster oven, the difference being the fan which moves the air. A big convection oven, such as the Oster Extra-Large convection oven is very dislike a toaster oven.
What is a convection oven?
Convection is a physics term that describes a heat transfer system. In the case of a convection oven, air is warmed and circulated to create a steady, stable, and even temperature. This is done in tandem with temperature controlled heating elements. Toaster ovens have no such air circulation, so don't cook as deeply into food items as a convection oven.
What is a toaster oven?
Toaster ovens were a technological step that lead to the development of convection ovens. Toaster ovens give users very little control over temperature. The smallest mistakes can result in losing a dish. Convection ovens use moving air to maintain proper temperature, where toaster ovens temperature is relative to the proximity to heating elements and relative heat loss through normal use.
What makes convection cooking better than toaster ovens:
Many food items are not intended to be cooked in a toaster oven. Some people do it anyway, however the risk is food that may contain bacteria due to uneven heating, and lack of heat to depth penetration.
Convection ovens come in all shapes and sizes. Serious baking and cooking is better done with a convection oven like the Oster extra-large digital convection oven.
Convection Oven Compared to Range Ovens
I love using my convection oven because it is faster and more reliable than range's oven. Because convection ovens do a better job at maintaining and accurate temperature, the cook has more control over variables, such as time and temperature.
Unless your oven has a fan, then temperature distribution can be disturbed, leaving cold and hot spikes inside the oven. Convection ovens keep the air moving, assuring the the internal temperature is consistent through the entire oven.
Baking always turns out better in my convection oven.Convection ovens even have a remarkable shorter pre-heating time.
Are convection ovens alternatives for traditional range ovens?
Yes. Modern digital convection ovens can replace the use of a traditional range oven. They are great for those who live in boarding houses, dorms, people renting rooms, and anyone who needs an oven alternative. However, they are great for families, too. You can cook a little, or entire meals from scratch with a convection oven.
I'm not suggesting people get rid of their range oven, but:
- You can extend the life of the oven in your range by using it in tandem with a convection oven.
- Convection ovens cook faster.
- The oven in your range uses more energy.
- In most situations convection cooking is a good alternative to range cooking.
- Counter-top convection ovens can be moved anywhere there is a standard outlet.
- Oven ranges are stationary, and can not travel.
Convection oven dimensions
24 x 21.5 x 16.7 inches
Cooks x-large pizza
Cooks large chickens
Self Shut-off feature
I would recommend to others to buy
The Oster Brand Gets an A+
The Oster brand is comprised of and assortment of kitchen appliances, including the Oster digital convection oven. Its operated under Sunbeam Products Inc. Parent company is Newell Brands headquartered in New Jersey.
Other brands operated under Newell Brands:
- Mr. Coffee
- and many others
As your average consumer, something I really like about Newell Brands is its commitment to sustainability. They are involved with a special program with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to help develop efficiencies in the transport industry aimed at reducing the carbon footprint across the board.
What makes them more impressive from a consumer standpoint is that they deliver excellence while being industry leaders towards a better future. They are the first company within their industry to prove that you can provide quality products while reducing environmental impact.
Many large corporations say you can't have both, yet Newell brands is proving them wrong. Consumers must look past the product they are buying, and ask themselves who they are buying them from. Money is a valuable asset, and it should be invested back into companies who expand their thinking into creating systems which create a brighter and happier future.
The Oster brand falls under a parent company who is socially responsible, not just in the energy sector, but also a support provider to the American Red Cross. When consumers become aware of our relationship to the people who provide us with goods and services, we can invest in companies who will do more than sell us great kitchen appliances, but in companies who remember to put humanity first.
Oster Extra-Large Digital Convection Oven Review
Now that you have learned all about convection ovens, and become familiar with the brand, let's talk about the best convection oven I have ever owned. I purchased my Extra-large Oster digital convection oven a couple of years ago whilst experiencing a technical issue with my gas range.
Why I bought a convection oven
I had to save for a few months to buy the range that I really wanted for my kitchen. To my dismay, the oven that came with the house I bought broke before I had saved up the money for my dream range. I didn't want to settle, so I decided to buy the Oster convection oven off of Amazon while it was on sale.
I'm almost shocked that the oven has lasted two years. I never expected a cheap convection oven to last. I eventually bought my dream range, and it's oven is still like new because I almost never use it. The truth is that using my Oster was faster and easier than using the new oven range.
Why I chose the digital Oster convection oven
I have three teenagers, and we use the counter-top convection oven every single day. I needed a large oven that could cook a large chicken as well as 16" pizzas. At the time, there were lots of large models, but very few that had a large enough diameter to cook the take-and-bake pizzas my family enjoys.
What I love about my Oster convection oven
- The Oster digital oven is large enough to cook two 16" pizzas at once.
- With a built in digital timer, when the timer shuts off so does the oven. If you use the timer, nothing ever gets burnt since the over turns itself off.
- Mine is stainless steel, and still in great condition.
- It comes with a pan made for the oven.
- It is easy to clean and doesn't over heat.
- It saves me time because it cooks faster than my traditional oven.
- Buttons are large and easy to read. Letters, numbers, and icons are still easy to read after all this time.
When I bought the Oster oven, I had no idea how much time I was going to save. I bought it because I needed an alternative to the stove. I kept using it because the food cooked so much faster. I know it's weird to fall in love with your kitchen appliances, but that's what happened with my counter-top Oster convection oven.
Its almost shocking that Oster builds products to be durable, and to last a long time, when so many companies happily shorten the life span of their products citing planned obsolescence. Oster products are affordable, and are built to last.
The company can afford to do this because they know that people will fall in love with their brand, and choose other Oster kitchen appliances, too. I never thought about it at first, but recently I realized that the microwave I bought a few months ago is an Oster. I didn't even notice it until the other day.
I guess that is when it hit me, that I obviously trust the brand. Why wouldn't I when I know they are a socially responsible company who makes affordable kitchen appliances that I won't have to keep replacing. After a decade of buying home goods and furniture that seemed to fall apart before it should, I discovered a company that gives me what I want, what I need, and does it without hurting my wallet.
My Favorite Kitchen Appliance
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.
© 2018 Melody Collins
RTalloni on October 02, 2018:
Nicely done! I've been checking convection ovens for some time with moving into an addition in view. Thanks for this review. I've been very happy with Oster products and appreciate more insight into the company.