Oster Countertop Convection Toaster Oven TSSTTVMNDG-SHP-2 Review

Oster Countertop Convection Toaster Oven TSSTTVMNDG-SHP-2

Few products in the kitchen are as useful or as versatile as a toaster oven. The Oster TSSTTVMNDG-SHP-2 has a surprising list of useful features, and we’ll be getting into each and every one in the review below.

Description

Although this toaster oven is a lower end model, it offers a great amount of cooking flexibility and cooking space for an affordable price. It has a variety of great features, including digital controls, a convection fan, and an interior light. Plus, its large interior fits a 12” pizza.

Convection Baking

If you’re looking for a toaster oven that does more than just your average toaster, it’s best to look for one with convection technology. Convection fans can reduce cooking time by up to 30%. Not only that, it makes food crisp on the outside and moist in the middle. It’s also important to note that when using the convection function on toaster ovens, you may need to reduce the cooking time.

The Oster TSSTTVMNDG-SHP-2 is a six-slice toaster oven with convection technology, and is made to produce faster, more even cooking. The convection technology on this toaster oven circulates hot air throughout the oven for more delicious, flakier crusts, crispier edges and even-browning – all in less time than your traditional kitchen oven.

Some reviews have found the convection fan to make a little noise, but not much. Users know the fan is on, but it isn’t disruptive.

It’s important to note that the convection fan can only be used with the CONVECTION BAKE cooking function. This means you’re not able to turn the convection fan on for any other type of cooking. However, there is the option of changing the temperature. When using the convection option, it’s best to only open the door when needed, as the fan stays on when the door is opened and the hot air escapes easily.

Oster TSSTTVMNDG-SHP-2 Toaster Functions

The Oster TSSTTVMNDG-SHP-2 offers an entirely digital control panel, with precise heat and time adjustments, as well as several preset cooking functions to make sure your food is cooked perfectly.
Preset Functions:
TOAST (option to change the ‘darkness’ which changes the temperature, not time toasting)
BAKE – 350°F for 30 minutes (option to change time and temperature)
CONVECTION BAKE – 350°F for 30 minutes (option to change the time and temperature)
BROIL – 450°F for 15 minutes (option to change the time, but not the temperature)
WARM – 150°F for 30 minutes (option to change the time, but not the temperature)
DEFROST – 150°F for 30 minutes (option to change the time, but not the temperature
PIZZA – 400°F for 15 minutes (option to change the time, but not the temperature)

The product’s description states that you have complete flexibility when broiling; however, this is not entirely true. As stated above, you only have the option to change the time but not the temperature, so there is some flexibility, but not complete flexibility.

When using the toaster function, there are six options to choose how dark you would like your toast. These options change the temperature, not the time, so it’s best to keep an eye on your bread while you work out which option is best for you. It may take a few tries before you find the ideal darkness setting for your bread. You can change the darkness setting by pressing either + or – on the TEMP button. 1 is the lightest and 6 is the darkest.

Pizza is such a delicious snack for many people – and it’s a favorite for many users to cook in their toaster oven, making the PIZZA function an essential feature. On the Oster TSSTTVMNDG-SHP-2, there is only one temperature for cooking pizza. If you’d like more flexibility when cooking your pizzas, use the BAKE or CONVECTION BAKE function instead. Many people agree that using these functions to cook their pizzas work just as well as the PIZZA function. But remember, convection baking is a lot quicker, so make sure to reduce your cooking time by around 20-30%.

One unique selling point is the DEFROST function. Many reviews have found this function to be very useful and prefer it to defrosting food in their microwave. They find it doesn’t dry out or overcook food like a microwave would.

Design

Many users prefer this toaster oven’s one-touch controls compared to the dials used on other toaster oven models. However, after some use, the buttons can become hard to press and users need to find just the right spot on the button to turn the function on. This may be particularly problematic for users with arthritis, as you have to press quite hard for the button to work.

From top to bottom, the controls on this toaster oven are:
TOAST
BAKE
CONVECTION BAKE
BROIL
WARM
DEFROST
PIZZA
TIME +/-
TEMP +/-
CLOCK
LIGHT
STOP/CANCEL
START
Using the controls is pretty straight forward. Press the cooking function that matches what or how you want to cook (i.e. CONVECTION BAKE), press the + or – button to set the time, press the + or – button to set the temperature, then press the START button.

The exterior of this toaster oven is made from stainless steel. The interior is made of aluminum. Aluminum conducts heat very well so the use of aluminum for the interior helps it to heat up fast.

This toaster oven comes with one wire rack, but it offers two rack positions. The upper rack is best for toast, bagels, pizza and cookies. The lower rack position is ideal for baking chickens, roasts, and other larger foods.

The Oster TSSTTVMNDG-SHP-2 does not have an LCD display, but it does have a digital display that shows the current time. However, many users have found the clock is a little fast. Even after it is reset, it will run too quickly.

Is the Oster TSSTTVMNDG-SHP-2 Convenient To Clean?

Toaster ovens offer a greater convenience in many ways compared to your traditional oven – they’re quicker to heat up and they take up less space. However, they do need to be cleaned more so than your usual oven. That’s why it’s better to purchase a toaster oven with a removable crumb tray. Thankfully, the Oster TSSTTVMNDG-SHP-2 comes with an easily removable crumb tray which slides out from the bottom of the unit. A common user complaint is that the crumb tray leaves a little gap at the bottom of the unit and allows a little air to escape.

The crumb tray needs to be cleaned by hand in soap and water, using a sponge that won’t remove the protective layer. Do not put the crumb tray in a dishwasher either, as this will also remove the protective layer.

Cooking Space

“So, just how much food can I cook in the Oster TSSTTVMNDG-SHP-2 toaster oven?” I hear you ask. The answer? A lot more than you might think. Its large interior accommodates for a 12-inch pizza, casseroles, cookies, and even a roast – offering you a true second-oven convenience. A 13” x 9” baking dish will fit comfortably in this toaster oven, as long as it does not have handles.

TOAST QUANTITY = 6 slices
BAGEL QUANTITY = 4 to 6 bagel halves, depending on size
BAKING DISH SIZE = 13” x 9” without handles
PIZZA SIZE = 9”-12” pizza
CHICKEN SIZE = 1 small chicken, flattened or cut in half

Temperature Range

The Oster TSSTTVMNDG-SHP-2 toaster oven offers a wide temperature range of 150 to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.

This toaster oven uses four elements to heat itself up, two at the top and two at the bottom. These elements work by powering on and off at regular intervals to maintain its temperature. Depending on which cooking function you’re using, different elements will be used, so don’t expect to see all elements switched on each time you use this toaster oven. For example, when BROIL is selected, only the top elements will turn on; when BAKE is selected, both the elements on the top and the bottom will switch on.

When using the BAKE and CONVECTION BAKE function, you’re able to easily control the temperature. All you need to do, after pressing either BAKE or CONVECTION BAKE, is press + or – to adjust the temperature.

Although it has been advertised that the temperature can be changed on the BROIL function, this is wrong. You can change the time setting, but not the temperature. Each time you use the BROIL setting, it will be set to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.

The oven will preheat before cooking. The oven does not notify users when preheating is done and cooking has begun. This is a complaint for some owners, but others deal with this by placing a small oven thermometer into the oven so they can see when the temperature has increased enough to start cooking food.

The Oster TSSTTVMNDG-SHP-2 toaster oven has a great safety feature. It has a 90 minute timer that turns off the oven automatically when it gets to zero. And you can change the cooking time – up to 90 minutes – for BAKE, BROIL, CONVECTION BAKE, WARM, DEFROST, and PIZZA.

Like most toaster ovens, the exterior becomes very hot when the oven is in use. So, it’s important to be mindful of this and take care when using it. Plus, there is no auto-eject feature for the rack. To pull the rack out, you’ll need to use a hot pad or oven glove. One user has said they like to place their plates on top of the toaster oven to warm them before serving food, which is an added bonus.

Dimensions

Amazon’s Dimensions:
Length = 22.5 inches
Width/Depth = 18.1 inches
Height = 14.6 inches

Oster’s Dimensions:
Length = 20 inches
Width/Depth = 16 inches
Height = 14 inches

Interior Dimensions:
Length = 12 inches
Width/Depth = 14 inches
Height = 5.25 inches

As you can see, the official dimensions from Oster are different to the dimensions listed on Amazon. This is likely because Amazon’s are the dimensions of the toaster oven within the box, whereas Oster’s are the toaster oven’s dimensions outside of the box. As Oster is the manufacturer, it is better to trust their measurements.

It’s important to note that in the instruction manual for the Oster TSSTTVMNDG-SHP-2 toaster oven, it states that this unit should be pulled at least 6” away from the wall when in use. This is because, like most toaster ovens, the exterior gets extremely hot. So, it’s important to take both sets of dimensions – and the 6 inches – into consideration when deciding if this is the correct size of toaster oven for your kitchen.

Features

Buttons instead of dials
Large interior with light
Two rack positions
Timer
Clear-view glass door
Multiple cooking functions

Oster TSSTTVMNDG-SHP-2 Accessories

The Oster TSSTTVMNDG toaster oven comes with a bake pan and removable crumb tray. I’d recommend also purchasing a 13” x 9” pan that doesn’t have any handles, so you have more baking trays to use.

Consumer Rating

The majority of reviews for this unit are very positive, however, there are enough negative reviews which cause some concern. This may be a result of poor quality control on Oster’s part. Problems include the toaster oven not working from the start, the thermostat not being accurate, and the clock not working properly. Many purchasers have found contacting Oster doesn’t help.

However, it is important to note that many people are very happy with the Oster TSSTTVMNDG-SHP-2, as it offers lots of cooking functions for a low price.

Pros

Heats up quickly
Buttons instead of dials
Lots of cooking functions (including defrost)
Easy to use
Bakes food quickly

Cons

Exterior of oven gets very hot
Temperature of oven isn’t always accurate
Cannot change broil temperature, even though manufacturer says you can
Quality control
Clock doesn’t work for long

Oster TSSTTVMNDG-SHP-2 Price Summary

This toaster oven offers the convenience of your usual kitchen oven, but takes up less space. It’s ideal for individuals who live alone or couples, as there’s plenty of space to cook for a small amount of people. It’s also perfect for those who have back problems – as long as you place your toaster oven on the counter, you won’t have to bend over like you would for your traditional oven. Plus, if you have a small studio apartment, it’ll easily fit in a small space, but it’s still important to take the dimensions listed above to be on the safe side.

Compared to other toaster ovens in the same price range as this one, the Oster TSSTTVMNDG-SHP-2 toaster oven wins hands down in size. It is considerably larger, allowing users to cook a wider variety of foods.

Oster Countertop Convection Toaster Oven TSSTTVMNDG-SHP-2 Review

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