The Morning Star Convection Oven – Our Review
Narrowing down the ovens that you want to purchase can be a very difficult task. You should always consider the features that a unit has, as well as the length of the warranty so that you can be sure that it is of good quality. Some people will need certain features more than others, and there are those who will want other features just because they are cool or for the fact that it makes using the oven easier.
A great choice for the budget-conscious
If you have a mid-range budget for a convection oven, and you want to get something that will last you for a long time, the Morning Star Convection Oven could be a good choice. This oven comes in a very nice stainless steel design and it has a large glass door on the front of the unit so that you can check on your baking as you please. The unit has some very convenient features that you will find on many of the more expensive units on the market. You will certainly love the fact that this product has a removable crumb tray, which allows for easy cleaning of the inside of the unit. Additionally, the whole interior of the oven is built using non-stick material, so that the oven is really easy to clean.
Getting into the sizing details of this oven, this oven is a mid-sized countertop oven. The unit has an exterior that measures up at 21” by 13” by 13.5”. This should allow you to be able to place the unit easily on a counter top so that you can get to cooking as soon as possible. The unit is capable of holding up to 12 slices of bread for toasting at one time, and it is also capable of fitting a 12” pizza.
Useful convection oven features
One very handy design element of this oven is that it contains a variety of pre-set temperatures for different products. If you want to cook pizza, simply turn to the pizza icon on the display. There are various icons from which to choose, and it is a really nice feature to have as this allows you to cook things without having to search for the right temperature in the instruction manual or online.
One very cool feature that you won’t find on too many convection ovens is the ability to be able to change the shade of the toast that you are cooking. On the display under the toast icon, you will notice a white piece of bread on one side and a black piece of bread on the other; you can choose from 1-7 according to how dark you want your toast to end up. This is ideal for people who don’t like burnt toast or those like their toast to be burnt, but not too much. It is really easy to navigate the display as it is moved via a dial that is located directly underneath the screen. You simply have to turn the dial to your preferred settings and you are good to go.
Lightweight and minimal oven design
It would be hard to find another oven on the market that is this lightweight in design. The unit weighs 16.4 lbs.; this low weight makes it easy to move around on your counter and it even allows you to take the unit with you on trips, if that is something that you are interested in. The unit opens from the top and has a very long handle, which ensures that you can get a good grip on it each time, and avoid burning yourself.
The simplistic design of this unit incorporates features like a stop and start button, which will allow almost anyone to be able to use this unit with ease. The best thing about convection ovens is that they are designed to allow you to be able to cook food up to 40% quicker than that of a conventional oven. If you want to be able to cook things faster, and you don’t want to spend a large sum of money on a regular oven, then a convection oven may just be the product that you need.
One thing that you might like about this oven is that it has a lot of ventilation for a small oven, which allows it to cool down quickly. This feature is ideal for those who like to cook different things at different temperatures. If you have something that needs to cook at a really hot temperature, it isn’t going to be too big of a problem to cook something at a lower temperature soon after the first batch is done.
With the purchase of this product, your get a baking tray, a wire rack and a removable crumb tray. This is typical for a product in this price range and it definitely helps to sweeten the deal. At checkout, you also have the option of adding a 3- or a 4-year warranty on this product so that you can have some peace of mind with your purchase. The warranty is available for a pretty low price considering its length, and it definitely adds great value to this deal.
Overall, this is a great unit for the price. It is hard to find a unit with a user-friendly display such as this one. It is extremely easy to use this stove, no matter your previous cooking experience. Customer support for this company is also great, and they give you a manual with your purchase, which includes troubleshooting for various issues that you might have with the unit.
The Morning Star Convection Oven is a major market competitor and a product that you should consider, as long as you don’t do a ton of baking and the stainless steel design matches the look that you want for your kitchen.