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Countertop ovens: some advice, please!

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GTM | | May 22, 2012 07:30 AM

I have been reading a lot lately about the Breville Smart Oven, approximately $250, shipping included, pizza stone $30 extra, shipping free.

There is also a comparable Waring Quarter size counter top oven, Heavy Duty, commercial, approximately $340 plus shipping. This oven has a stainless steel interior and exterior.

Both have convection, and come with rotisserie attachments. The Breville has a non-stick interior, something that I have no great regard for, but I am no expert about the durability or utility of such interiors for home use versus a stainless steel one. To my inexpert mind, Heavy Duty, from a restaurant supply company, implies a certain guarantee of durability and quality, i.e. fit for extended use in a restaurant situation. I might be mistaken in this assumption.

I should be most grateful to readers who have experience with either or both ovens to guide me in making a decision. Those who have experience in the restaurant industry, in heavy duty ovens, or with the Waring brand, are especially welcome to weigh in with their expertise. Issues of heat output on the countertop, venting and things I have overlooked will be gratefully entertained.

Thank you in advance.

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