Sanyo SK-7S Toaster Oven

This toaster oven from Sanyo is a vertically oriented one designed to save counter space.

   

 

  

Here it is standing on its own on the counter:

Here's a picture with the door opened. You can see that the trays pull out (they do it automatically as you open the door). It has two levels - you can use either just one, or both simultaneously. As you can see, it has a very retro look.

Below are the pans that come with it - one for each tray.

The controls, shown below, have two basic options. First, you can set whether to use the top rack, the bottom rack, or both. Second, you can set how much time it will cook for.

Toast Test:

This is actually very successful making toast. Here was my first setup - two pieces, at the same time, on medium.

Both pieces came out very well, with basically the same level of cooking regardless of which rack the slice was on.

Next, I tried it on the light setting. Again, it was calibrated very well and came out just as predicted.

The verdict - for toast, this is a great option. It gave perfect results and did so easily and with little hassle.

Cookie Test:

Next, I tried to make a cookie. Here was where the SK-7S was a failure: the very first hurdle I hit was that I had no idea what temperature it was going to cook at. The manual doesn't say - and it doesn't have a setting for temperature. All you can do is pick a time and let it run.

I set it on 12 minutes - about what the cookie dough package says to bake at. The result 5 minutes in was a burning smell:

For cooking, this one is a disaster. It has a few basic instructions for common things people make - hot dogs, burgers, etc., and it tells you how many minutes for each one. But since I don't even know the temperature it's cooking at, I'm not sure how I would make anything other than by pure guesswork.

Disadvantages:

You don't have any control over temperature. It also doesn't have a lot of space - each rack is only a little bigger than a piece of bread.

Summary:

This one is good for making toast and maybe for very basic cooking, with some trial and error. Its main selling point is that it saves space with the vertical setup. The problem I have with it: if you mainly want toast, you should just get a toaster. It's smaller and cheaper. The point of a toaster oven is to gain the ability to cook as well, and with no control over how it cooks, you'll often get the same results I did - a burnt husk of whatever you put in.

It costs $51, and you can buy it online here.

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