About Me: Mom to 2 great kids, kindergarten teacher
It was a good idea but...
Jan 2, 2008
Rated a Very Helpful Review by the Epinions community
User Rating: OK
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Pros:good idea, oven part works well, great looking design
Cons:bread gets stuck in the toaster, no manual release
The Bottom Line: With a few improvements, I'd give this 5 stars but as it is, I can't recommend it to anyone.
Whoever thought up the concept of a toaster over and pop-up toaster in one had a really good idea. I bought this product because I like the even browning a traditional toaster gives you but sometimes I want to bake something without turning on my big oven. This product can do both which makes it pretty unique. Also, the Toastation is a really nice looking unit and not as big and bulky as most other toaster ovens. It fits easily in one corner of my kitchen without taking up all my counter space. So as far as concept, size, and looks are concerned, the Toastation gets an A+.
Now, how does it work? Well there are a few problems which almost make owning this more trouble than it's worth. First of all, there's no toaster release function. By that I mean there's no way to get your toast to pop up manually. If it's getting too dark, you just have to watch it get darker and darker until it pops. I have forced it up a couple of times which causes the bread to shoot high enough to hit the ceiling. The second problem with the toaster function is that instead of a "cage" to hold the slices of bread, this just has a strip of metal at the bottom with little fingers on the side. At least 50% of the time, my bread or waffle or bagel slips out of place and gets wedged into the toaster. Then it gets burnt and I have to dig it out with a fork or knife at which point it's ruined. You really shouldn't have to strategize how to place bread into your toaster but with this one, you do. If it's not placed just right, it's going to fall out of the little tray at the bottom. Now as far as the toaster features, this does have 6 different darkness settings and the slots are wide enough for bagels. It also has a slide out crumb tray for cleaning.
The oven part of this product is much better than the toaster. It is somewhat smaller than a regular toaster oven but it's been fine for us. You can fit 2 slices of pizza on the tray or enough french fries for 2 people. It heats up very quickly and can be set as high as 450 degrees. I have found that it runs a little bit hot or maybe it just cooks more quickly since the food is closer to the heating elements. Either way, I've had to reduce my baking times when using it. This oven comes with a small baking tray so you can bake either on that or right on the grates.
As I said in the beginning, I think the concept of the Toastation is a really good one. It just fails miserably as a toaster. Had I known I'd have such problems toasting, I would've stuck with just a regular toaster oven. It's not completely unusable but it doesn't work correctly a large percentage of the time. It sure does look nice sitting on my counter though... one of the best looking toaster ovens you'll find.