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The best way to figure out the perfect cooking time in a convection oven is using the trial-and-error method.

Convection ovens are similar to normal ovens; what sets them apart is the fact that they have a fan fitted inside which helps to circulate warm air throughout the oven, thereby creating a uniform temperature all over. These ovens tend to cook food faster and more evenly at lower temperatures―thus forming a nice brown crust over the surface.

Convection ovens offer certain advantages over conventional ovens. Though convection ovens are more expensive, they use less electric power and thus one can save a lot of money over time. Since these ovens tend to cook food evenly, they save energy as well. The food cooked in convection ovens tends to take 25% less time, and the juices of the meat are sufficiently preserved, which makes these type of ovens a good choice for roasting and baking meats and desserts. In addition, one can cook various types of food items in these ovens at the same time.

There is a huge range of convection ovens available in the market today, and in the following sections of this Buzzle article, we will give you a list of these types along with their features so that making a choice will become simpler.

Top Products

* Note: The prices are subject to change since last reviewed.

Calphalon XL Digital Convection Oven #HE700CO

Why to Buy:
Toasts evenly and quickly
Excellent at baking cakes and convection roasting a chicken
Digital control pad is very easy to read and use
Operates only on timer
Nonstick interior
Crumb tray is easy to access
Good visibility into the oven

Manufacturer's Warranty: 1 year

Price: $200.00

Black & Decker Perfect Broil Convection Countertop Toaster Oven CTO4500S

Why to Buy:
Toasts bread consistently batch after batch
Excellent at baking potatoes and broiling
Can roast a three-and-a-half-pound chicken
Bakes a cake as well as a full-size oven
Can hold a 12-inch pizza
All accessories are dishwasher-safe
Manual is very thorough and comes with charts

Manufacturer's Warranty: 2 years

Price: $99.99

Euro-Pro Convection Countertop Toaster Oven TO176

Why to Buy:
Excellent at baking potatoes and cakes
Consistently toasts batch after batch of bread
Roasts a six-pound chicken
Can hold a 12-inch pizza
Convection cooking capabilities
Easily accessible removable crumb tray
All accessories are dishwasher-safe

Manufacturer's Warranty: 1 year

Price: $69.99

Cuisinart ExactHeat Convection Toaster Oven Broiler TOB - 195

Why to Buy:
Toasts bread very consistently
Seven toast settings
Roasts beautifully
Can hold a 12-inch pizza
Convection cooking capabilities
Interior has a nonstick coating for easy clean-up
All accessories are dishwasher-safe
Shuts off automatically after four hours
Manual is very thorough and comes with recipes
The upper rack has a stop feature to prevent it from being pulled out of the oven

Manufacturer's Warranty: 3 years

Price: $179.00

Krups Convection Toaster Oven FBC4

Why to Buy:
Toasts quickly and very consistently
Good at broiling
Convection cooking capabilities
Nine toast settings
Settings for defrost, thick and thin pizzas, bagels, brownies, cookies and pastry
Shuts off automatically with timer
Nonstick broiler pan
Bakes a cake almost as well as a full-size oven

Manufacturer's Warranty: 1 year

Price: $180.00

GE Rotisserie Convection Toaster Oven 169220 53

Why to Buy:
Toasts quickly and consistently
Can hold a 12-inch pizza
Comes with a rotisserie spit
Good at baking potatoes
Bakes a cake as well as a full-size oven
Convection cooking capabilities
All accessories are dishwasher-safe

Manufacturer's Warranty: 2 years

Price: $49.88

Avanti Digital Convection Toaster Oven/Broiler TD-25

Why to Buy:
Toasts bread quickly and evenly
Six toast settings
Shuts off automatically when not in use
Can toast six slices of bread at once
Bakes a cake as well as a full-size oven
Roasts a three-pound chicken well
Excellent at baking potatoes
Settings for convection bake, cooking pizza, defrosting and dehydrating

Manufacturer's Warranty: 1 year

Price: $90.00

Black & Decker Convection Countertop Toaster Oven TO1675B

Why to Buy:
Toasts bread very consistently batch after batch
Good at baking potatoes and broiling
Bakes a cake almost as well as a full-size oven
Convection cooking capabilities
All accessories are dishwasher-safe
Manual is very thorough and comes with charts

Manufacturer's Warranty: 2 years

Price: $39.99

Types of Convection Ovens

Electric Convection Type
In these, heated air is circulated in a specific way which helps to achieve an even better uniformity. This then helps to cook various types of foods at the same time in a very effective manner. These are basically the stove-top ovens.

Gas Convection Type
In these, instead of electricity, gas is used for power. This helps to save the power bill. These ovens help to prepare delicious dishes without depending on electricity. Another type of oven is the infrared category, which cooks food even faster without creating smoke.

Microwave Convection Type
Microwave ovens cook food by heating it, while convection ovens do so by heating up the air which in turn cooks the food. When these two are combined, you get a microwave-convection oven, which cooks or heats food even faster. One great advantage of convection-microwave oven is that they help to pre-heat the oven before baking.

Toaster Convection Type
These are small-sized ovens which are generally used to only heat food. If you are looking for some compact-sized ovens to heat small meals, then these are ideal.

Besides the above types of ovens, there are professional ovens which are used in restaurants. These are large-sized ovens and use less electricity. On the other hand, there are small portable convection oven units which are easy to pack and can be used for a picnic or camping.

Tips for Choosing

Take the dimensions of the kitchen space where you will be placing the oven. Also, measure the depth of the counters and existing oven to compare it to the oven depth.

Decide on the type of convection fans the ovens have. The main types are the dome and flange. Dome types offer better circulation, and have a lesser chance of hot spots.

Make sure the oven comes with an interior light, most ovens come with this feature. This feature makes the job of cooking easier.

Decide if you want to go in for a self-cleaning mode, most ovens are fitted with this feature.

Open and close the door of the oven to check if it well-balanced. It should neither slam shut or fall open.

Study what electrical requirements the oven has, or if it's a gas version. If you are going for an electrical one, then make sure your house is equipped to install the oven.

With the reviews provided of these products, the task of choosing a convection oven that fits your requirements should not be difficult to zero in on. Once you get the hang of operating one perfectly, you will be able to cook healthy and tasty food with these.