Oster TSSTTVVG01 Review

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Consumers may be drawn to the rounded retro look of this little four-slice oven, but the toasting and baking performance really give it an edge.

Pros: The Oster TSSTTVVG01 (starting at $25; available on Amazon) may not sport lots of features, but scores of users don't seem to mind. Reviewers attest that it does its job perfectly well for one or two people, especially where there is limited counter space. In reviews on Amazon and Walmart.com, consumers talk up the size -- it doesn't hog much real estate and lets small households prepare light meals and snacks without heating up a large oven. They report success with cookies, biscuits, brownies, and grilled sandwiches and say bagels, waffles, and oversize bread toast evenly, for the most part. It may take some time to find the ideal setting for perfect toast, but users say it's easy enough to get back to the magic spot once it's located. Many marvel at the strong performance given the very low price, and more than 400 users reward it with an average of 4.2 stars out of 5 on Best Buy.com.

Cons: The knob setup seems simple enough, and similar to that found on other budget toaster ovens, but some reviewers insist that mastering the arrangement takes a while. Others doubt the veracity of Oster's claim that the TSSTTVVG01 is a four-slice toaster, saying four pieces of bread fit only if they're the size of an English muffin. A handful grouse about foods burning. Reviewers also warn that the outside gets extremely hot and urge caution to avoid injury. And some express dismay about limited longevity.

Features: The Oster TSSTTVVG01 sports a rounded, black and silver retro look. It features two knobs -- one to select oven temperature (up to 450 degrees) and toast or broil; the second for toast shade, time, and "stay on." There is some confusion over the timer. Specifications and images on some websites indicate it runs for 15 minutes and others indicate 30 minutes. The Oster TSSTTVVG01 comes with a baking pan and a rack that can be set at two heights and a warranty that covers one year. The toaster oven measures about 15.9 x 11.6 x 8.3 inches.

Takeaway: This is a good choice for a small household if expectations about performance and longevity don't reach into the stratosphere.

Elizabeth Sheer

Elizabeth Sheer is a Brooklyn-based writer and researcher. In addition to researching and writing about household appliances and other consumer items, Elizabeth draws on her history of preparing cooking-related articles to conduct taste tests on all things delicious.

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