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Hi everyone! I am planning to go raw, but not 100%, only about 50-60%. Therefore, I wish to invest in a toaster oven. However, I have trouble finding which one to buy. What I'll be using it for is:<br>
1. semi-frequent toasting bread (does not necessarily need to be able to toast bagels as well, since I'm not a big fan of them)<br>
2. baking sweet potatoes and yams, with <i>very</i> occasional baked goods (most desserts I eat will be raw) and homemade pizza (only a few times a year, if even)<br>
3. warming foods, so I won't need a microwave. I will also be using this function as a pseudo-dehydrator, so it would be excellent if it had very low temperatures.<br><br>
Also: A small size, built to be safe (Some toaster oven reviews have complaints of burn hazards due to lack of insulation, so the sides heat up).<br><br>
It does not need convection, or a broil function, or roasting since I don't eat meat (lol duh). It also does not need to be fancy with anything like presettings.<br><br>
Preferably easy to use and doesn't require a thick manual to use.
 

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bumping this up so people will see it! Some advice will be helpful! I hear that the black and decker TRO480BS is good for low budgets as well as the Hamilton Beach 31197. Higher budgets have the Cuisinart TOB-195...
 

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I recently bought a toaster oven. I just got the cheapest one. It's a bit small, but it has all the settings, broil, bake, toast, convection bake, etc. I believe I got it at WalMart, they have a whole aisle, and then you can see them out and look at the dial for all the settings. I haven't seen any toaster oven that doesn't have all the basic toast, bake, keep warm, broil, convection, etc. settings, so any one you get should have it. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> I love toaster ovens, they can do so much. I used to have three when I lived in a nine person home, and two of them were very expensive ones and ours was the cheapest, but I tried all of them and there was really no difference. We bought them all at the same time and they've all had no problems at all. I don't remember what the other two brands were, but ours is just a black and decker.
 

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I've owned 3 so far. All small to medium sizes. One was Hamilton Beach, one was an offbrand and my latest one is a Sylvania. They all heated up on the sides and the top. The Hamilton Beach was the worst one and ironically the most expensive (according to Amazon at least). That thing radiated so much heat that I had it for only 2 days before I gave rid of it. The top and sides would get scorching hot. It was really dangerous and scary. The offbrand I had was really decent and lasted me awhile but it was really small and stopped working. The Sylvania I have now gets hot on the outside but not as bad as the Hamilton Beach.<br><br>
I have yet to own one that doesn't get hot but I love owning a toaster oven. They are so convenient in the summer when I don't want to turn on the big oven to cook or when I want to heat something up quickly that would normally get soggy in the microwave (like pizza).
 

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The most expensive ones do seem to get really hot on top. In the old house people kept putting loaves of bread on top and the plastic that the breads come in kept melting when we forgot to take them off when we cooked.
 
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