First, this DeLonghi 6 slice toaster oven falls mid-range as far as price goes. It costs about $120 with shipping. So my expectations for it are obviously higher than what I’d expect from a cheap model from the local big box store but lower than what I’d expect from a $250 Breville smart oven. Right out of the box, it looks as I’d expect it to. Not too fancy or heavy-duty but it certainly does not have any kind of cheap feel to it. It looks sleek and well-constructed and has a very modern updated look to it. It is stainless steel and black, which is likely to go with any decor. It has digital controls yet lacks the usual keypad with a ton of numbers and function buttons. At first glance, the controls seem to fall right between the old-fashioned, simple to use dials and the ultra-functional, yet sometimes difficult to discern digital controls found on many modern toaster ovens. It has one ingenious feature: a quick function guide that pulls out from the bottom of the unit. This means there is no fumbling around for the user’s manual when you forget which buttons you need to push. Why didn’t anyone think of this sooner?
This DeLonghi toaster oven comes with a baking pan, broil pan and two cookies sheets, eliminating the need to buy any type of toaster oven bakeware set separately. One special feature that you don’t find on most toaster ovens is the interior light. Having used many toaster ovens, I’ve grown accustomed to the lack of a light. It is, however, a common complaint among first time toaster oven owners. Not an issue with this one.
Another thing that sets this DeLonghi oven apart from the average model is the enameled interior in place of the usual non-stick coating. Even the makers of the non-stick coatings, also known as polytetrafluoroetheylene (PTFE), admit that they may emit toxic fumes at temperatures as low as 464 degrees F. That temperature can easily be exceeded when broiling or roasting, so it’s nice to know DeLonghi opted for enamel instead.
One of the first things I attempted was to put 6 slices of bread into the Breville vs DeLonghi-What is the difference?. After all, they list this as a 6 slice unit. I must say, there is no way I could fit all 6 in without seriously smashing the bread. I suppose maybe there are some smaller loaves which would allow it to accommodate 6 slices of bread, but mine did not. So I toasted 4 slices and they turned out perfectly. The beeping when setting this oven, as well as the alarm that sounds to let you know the cooking cycle is over, is very loud. I’m not sure if that’s a good thing or a bad thing. I like it when I’m in another room and can still tell when the toaster oven is done; I hate it when everyone in the house hears me heating up a late-night snack. I wish DeLonghi would offer an adjustable sound level.
This DeLonghi convection toaster oven heats quickly and evenly. The broiler and roasting capabilities are top-notch; it’s heating elements are strong enough to provide proper browning, which results in excellent flavor. It is large enough to cook 2 twelve inch pizzas at once. I have made somewhat large beef roasts and an entire chicken in this toaster oven with no trouble. I never even had to fire up my standard full-sized oven during the test period; the DeLonghi did it all. The handle stays cool, even when using this unit at the highest temperature settings.