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Unconventional Cooking: The 7 Best Convection Ovens for Your Countertop

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* Faster and easier to use than your conventional oven
* Convection ovens cook more evenly
* Toaster ovens these are not

The earliest known ovens were discovered in Europe and were dated around 29,000 BC. Gas ovens first popped up in the early 1800s, while electric versions came towards the end of the 19th century.

Nowadays, like other kitchen appliances before them, ovens are connected to the cloud and can be controlled via your phone. But for those looking for something to get the cooking done a little faster with minimal cleanup, there are countertop convection ovens such as these seven that we’ve picked especially for you.

1. KitchenAid KCO234CCU 12″ Convection Countertop Oven

A no frills convection oven option for those looking for something that’s less of a hassle than a standard oven but better than a toaster oven. This particular KitchenAid can handle pizza pies up to 12 inches and even small Cornish hens.

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2. KitchenAid KCO273SS 12″ Convection Bake Digital Countertop Oven

Similar to the above KCO234CCU from KitchenAid, this one has a few more bells and whistles, like a 120-minute timer and 9 pre-programmed settings. It also comes with a slew of accessories.

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3. Breville BOV800XL Smart Convection Oven

This particular Breville has something called “Element IQ,” which the company says does the following: “delivers the right power at the right time and when adjusted to taste, remembers.” In other words, if you choose one of the nine presets, this convection oven will automagically fire up the top or bottom heating elements to cook your food to perfection.

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4. DeLonghi EO241250M Livenza Digital Stainless Steel Countertop Convection Oven

With eight presets, 0.8 cu. ft. of cooking space and precise temperature controls, the DeLonghi Livenza is a more compact convection oven with similar features to that of higher priced versions with larger footprints.

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5. Breville BOV845BSS Smart Oven Pro Convection Toaster Oven

The Breville BOV845BSS features a magnetic auto-eject rack, making it a breeze to remove whatever foods you’re cooking, like six pieces of toast or a 13-inch pizza. The 10 presets are just an added bonus.

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6. DeLonghi EO241150M Livenza Stainless Steel Digital Convection Oven

Convection ovens use less heat than conventional ovens and cook food in a shorter amount of time. But not all convection ovens are created equal. Take, for instance, this one from DeLonghi, which comes with a double-walled glass door for even better insulation, dual levels, and eight presets.

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7. Cuisinart Stainless Steel Steam & Convection Oven

You normally wouldn’t see a combi-steamer, like this one from Cuisinart, in your average kitchen, but now you get the best of both convection and steam ovens in one. And if you happen to love making bread or pretzels, this particular model has a special proofing setting too.

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