Oster Extra Large Digital Countertop Oven Review
Pros: Relatively inexpensive
Cons: Relatively poor performance, frustrating control panel
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|Pros||Relatively inexpensive||Compact, great all-around cooking performance, great temperature accuracy||Makes great frozen pizza, easy to celan, convection mode, great toast||Inexpensive, good overall baking performance||Fast and convenient, great toasting quality, great for frozen foods|
|Cons||Relatively poor performance, frustrating control panel||Smaller capacity||Mediocre temperature accuracy, only average baking performance||Poor tempertaure accuracy, results can be less than consistent||Smaller capacity, odd controls|
|Bottom Line||Not a terrible choice if you need the extra size, but much better performers are available||A perfect oven for those that want high performance but don't have much counter space||A convenient and reliable budget option with reasonable performance at a great price||A verstaile budget option that will please most, but struggles with temperature accuracy||A small capacity, amazingly fast oven that can also replace 90% of microwave functions|
|Rating Categories||Oster Extra Large D...||Breville Mini Smart...||Black+Decker TO3250XSB||Black+Decker Extra...||Panasonic FlashXpress|
|Ease Of Use (25%)|
|Temperature Accuracy (20%)|
|Frozen Food (15%)|
|Specs||Oster Extra Large D...||Breville Mini Smart...||Black+Decker TO3250XSB||Black+Decker Extra...||Panasonic FlashXpress|
|Outer Dimensions||24" x 21.5" x 16.7"||15.5" x 14" x 8.8"||14.5" x 22" x 11.5"||21.5" x 23" x 11.2"||13" x 12" x 10.2"|
|Maximum Pizza Diameter||16"||11"||13"||13"||9"|
|Accesories||Baking pan||Baking pan||Baking pan, wire rack||Baking pan, wire rack, air fry basket||Baking pan|
|Power Consumption (W)||1500||1800||1500||1500||1300|
Our Analysis and Test Results
The Oster was the worst performer in our baking test. It scorched most of the cookies we made in it, making them borderline unappetizing. It produced similar results with cakes, cooking them unevenly, drying them out quite a bit, and burning the outside. Chicken drumsticks also came out relatively dry with splotches of burnt spots. We wouldn't say it completely ruined any of the food we baked in it, but all the other models were able to produce more palate-pleasing results.
Ease of Use
The Oster was the only model we tested that uses a touch control panel rather than buttons. This is similar to the controls you would find on cheaper microwaves where there are no raised buttons, just a flat piece of rubbery feeling material with buttons printed on it. It was incredibly hard to press these 'buttons' on the Oster, often taking multiple attempts. This, combined with the fact that there was no audible feedback when a button was pressed, meant it was very difficult to tell if the oven had recognized our commands. It has individual buttons to select each of its six cooking modes: toast, bake, broil, warm, defrost, and pizza. Conspicuously absent is a bagel function, and it doesn't provide a countdown timer when in toast mode. Oddly, the oven does not indicate when it's done preheating. The manual suggests turning it on for seven minutes before putting food in if you want to preheat, but our testing found indicated that the oven did not get up to temperature in that amount of time. This additional step felt unnecessary and lost the Oster a lot of points in our test. Additionally, the convection fan was the loudest of the bunch, the only one that was loud enough to be annoying.
The Oster was at the bottom of our temperature accuracy testing. The oven was constantly above our set temperature of 350˚. After 15 minutes of reaching our set temperature, it was already 10˚ above and at 30 minutes it was 25˚ over the set temperature. At temperature test settings of 400˚ and 450˚, it ran 25˚ hotter each time. This could be part of the reason it tended to burn a lot of the food we made in it.
The Oster received an average score in our frozen meal preparation test, putting it right in the middle of a closely packed field. It cooked frozen pizzas fairly evenly, but often burned crusts and over browned the cheese and pepperoni. If you don't like crunchy pizza you may want to reduce the time or temperature in the Oster. Tater tots came out a bit better, with dark but not burned outsides and chewy insides.
The Oster again received the lowest score in this metric. Even on medium shade settings it often burnt the edges of bagels and toasted the backside quite a bit. We were able to get better bagel results from some traditional slot toasters, which don't generally excel in this capacity. The Oster's large size means you can shove a lot of bread into it, but our toast map showed it to have a very small toasting sweet spot in the center of the oven. Any bread not in the exact center was quite neglected and barely toasted.
The Oster is one of the more affordable models we tested. However, other models provide much better performance at the same or lower price. Unless you really want the larger size of the Oster, we don't feel it provides a good value.
The Oster differentiates itself from other toaster ovens through its larger size, but we found it to underperform in all the tasks that you would want a toaster oven to complete.
— Max Mutter and Steven Tata