After you’ve determined the needs the countertop convection oven must meet within your kitchen space, your cooking styles, your lifestyle and any other considerations, it’s important to look at a wide variety of oven styles, designs, manufacturers and features.
There are far more options available for sale today than most people can imagine exist.
When most people envision a countertop convection oven, they think about a unit similar in nature to a toaster oven, but more the size of a microwave oven.
While this “toaster style” convection oven is by far the most commonly seen on the market, other options exist that compete very well amongst top convection ovens and exceed most of the toaster style ovens in performance on several cooking tasks.
The Halogen- powered glass dish ovens, such as the VonShef 12.5 Quart Premium Countertop Convection Oven come to mind as an alternative style that not only looks great, but performs very well.
This model along with several others consist of a heavy glass walled dish top which sits a metal gasket and cooking unit. The cooking unit includes a high powered halogen bulb and a fan to circulate the heat the bulb generates.
This style oven has become increasingly popular because it’s incredibly efficient. The halogen bulb heats up close to instantly, so there’s no need for preheating the unit. Owners simply place foods to be cooked in the glass dish, flip the switch on and let the oven work its magic.
These halogen powered glass dish ovens are perfect for meats as the fast, hot air sears meats on the outside and traps moisture inside, resulting in incredibly tender meats without added fat.
Most of these units come with a meat rack that the food sits atop so that if oils and fats drip off the meat, it actually is left at the bottom of the glass dish rather than being cooked into the bottom of the food.
This style countertop convection oven is also particularly adept at steaming foods. They’re an excellent way to steam vegetables, rice, fish and much more. If you are someone who loves steamed foods, this could be the right oven for you.
But as mentioned above, before rushing out to buy one of these ovens, look at where the oven will be placed and the potential impacts on your kitchen in terms of cabinetry, walls and more.