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Proctor Silex 31116Y/31118Y Review
Proctor Silex 31116Y/31118Y 5 Star Rating: Cheapism Best Pick

Billed as an extra-large toaster oven, the Proctor Silex 31116Y in white or 31118Y in black are four-slice models that users assert are actually rather small inside. Proctor Silex 31116Y/31118Y reviews at Amazon say the claim about holding four pieces of bread at once is a stretch; one user contends that 2.5 slices are about all that fit.

As for its toasting abilities, most Proctor Silex 31116Y reviews at Walmart say it's just fine and manages to keep hungry teens well sated; some, however, insist patchy or burned toast is the norm. Tests by Good Housekeeping found that toasting proceeds quickly but fine-tuning the setting is tricky. When assessing the oven, reviews note that performance is adequate, with rapid heat build-up and fair handling of small items, such as French fries, chicken nuggets, and the like. Critics retort that baking is slow and the results uneven and a few say the outside is hot to the touch when the oven is powered up.

The The Proctor Silex 31116Y (starting at $25, Amazon) is pretty basic, a quality that purchasers seem to value. It broils in addition to toasts and bakes, and comes with a bake pan and drop-down crumb tray. There's a 15-minute timer that dings when it runs out and an automatic oven shutoff. Specs say this model can fit two personal pizzas; outside dimensions measure 16.2"(l)x13.6"(w)x9.7"(h). It features the standard one-year limited warranty.

The compact size, cheap price, and user-friendly functionality of the Proctor Silex 31116Y/31118Y more than compensate for some performance weaknesses. Most importantly, it meets the routine toasting and baking needs of many consumers.

by Elizabeth Sheer (Google+ Profile) – November 15, 2012
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