The KitchenAid Dual Convection Countertop Oven is a great option if you need a second oven or are short on counter space, but it won’t replace your regular oven.
Convection ovens claim to cut cooking times in half by circulating hot air and fans around the cooking space. Unfortunately, full-size convection ovens are more expensive than their conventional counterparts. You can get all the power of a full-size convection oven without breaking the bank with the KitchenAid Dual Convection Countertop Oven. KitchenAid boasts highly of this oven’s capabilities, so I decided to put it to the test.
- Product Name: Dual Convection Countertop Oven
- Product Brand: KitchenAid
- Weight: 34.7 lbs.
- Product Dimensions: 18.5 x 16.4 x 13 in.
- Color: Matte black, silver
- Watts: 1800
- Capacity: 28.6 L
- Warranty: 1-year limited
A Few Things We Dig
- Easy and fast meal preparation
- Comfortable and roomy inside
- Integrated temperature sensor
- Big kitchen island footprint
Modular, yet intrusive despite its streamlined appearance
This oven is both stylish and functional. The matte black exterior is complemented by stainless steel details (such as the handle and rim around the door), a black chrome knob, and black buttons. However, at 16.4 by 18.5 by 13.0 inches, it is quite large and noticeable on the kitchen work surface.
Despite the fact that I have plenty of counter space, I was not pleased to find that this oven required so much room when compared to my regular oven.
The features of this oven weren’t groundbreaking, but its performance was praised.
The KitchenAid Dual Convection Countertop Oven has a wide range of capabilities, but unlike some other countertop ovens, it lacks a number of convenient features. It features 12 preset cooking actions, so you can use it to bake, roast, toast, prove dough, and reheat food items, but there’s no grilling or air-frying choices, for example. The majority of the preprogrammed settings are meant to facilitate the preparation of staples like pizza, toast, and bagels; however, they did not produce particularly impressive results. The digital display is simple to read, and there is only one knob to turn to cycle through the various options and find the one you want.
The internal temperature probe and its associated pre-set temperature were my favorite features. The meat thermometer just plugs into a port inside the convection oven, and you stick the other end into the dish you’re cooking in. When utilizing the temperature probe, you may utilize the dial to go toward the designated setting. Then you just set the oven temperature to the desired doneness on the inside of the meat, and the oven does the rest. The meat is monitored by the probe, and the convection oven turns off and sounds an alarm when it is done.
To make sure your food doesn’t burn while it’s in there, the oven has a light that stays on the entire time it’s on the stove, so you can peek in without opening the door.
The KitchenAid Dual Convection Countertop Oven has a wide range of capabilities, but unlike some other countertop ovens, it lacks a number of convenient features.
Very efficient and effective performance.
The features of this oven weren’t groundbreaking, but its performance was praised. I cooked some chicken cutlets to perfection in the oven using the temperature probe and the meat probe setting. The chicken was done cooking after 5 minutes, when I heard a buzzer from the oven. At first, I didn’t believe it was possible, but now I see that it has really been accomplished. And the meat was tender and flavorful despite being cooked to perfection.
I went on to simpler tasks like toasting bread, reheating frozen pizza, and re-heating some chicken parm leftovers once I finished frying the chicken. Everything went well thanks to the convection oven.
I decided to test it out the following day against a complete 4-pound roasted chicken, and it held its own against the competition. The chicken was done in about an hour, when it takes between an hour and a half and two hours in my regular oven. The skin was crisper, too.
Eliminating messes is a breeze.
The cleaning process was just as efficient as the cooking did. All of the oven’s inside is non-stick, so I just used a sponge to remove the oil and splatters. The 9-by-13-inch pan and racks that came with it were similarly simple to clean; all they required was a fast rinse in hot water and a sponge.
If you leave the crumb catcher in the oven while toasting bread or reheating other crumbly foods, you won’t have to clean up any crumbs.
Although it performs an excellent job in the kitchen, there are more versatile countertop appliances available for the same or even less money.
An Extremely High Outlay of Money
The KitchenAid Dual Convection Countertop Oven, with an estimated retail price of $280, isn’t the most reasonably priced alternative. It performs a great job in the kitchen, but if you’re ready to spend almost $300, there are more versatile countertop appliances available.
Choices that compete with one another to meet your requirements
If you enjoy the concept of a dedicated countertop convection oven but don’t want to give up too much counter space, KitchenAid also provides a tiny version, the KitchenAid 12-Inch Compact Countertop Oven. The inside of this oven can house two 12-inch pizzas, despite the oven’s compact dimensions of 11.3 by 17.7 by 16.7 inches.
Even while it has the word “grill” in the name, the Ninja Foodi Smart XL Indoor Grill that I tested also has the ability to grill, sear, bake, air fry, roast, broil, and dehydrate thanks to its cyclonic air technology, which is comparable to that of a convection oven. It has the same capabilities as the KitchenAid Dual Convection Countertop Oven and even includes a temperature sensor to keep track of how your meat is cooking.
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Although the KitchenAid Dual Convection Countertop Oven delivers on its claims of speedier cooking in a user-friendly design, I’m still not sure that you need it. It solely serves as a convection oven and takes up a lot of counter space, unlike other multipurpose countertop appliances.