Oster TSSTTVXLDG Extra-Large Convection Toaster Oven Review by Ellyn Hennessey
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Jarden Consumer Solutions chose to call the Oster TSSTTVXLDG by a weird name. Why is known only to their marketing department. They’re actually lucky, though. This toaster oven is good enough that buyers will make the effort to remember it.
Basic Design & Features
The name Oster TSSTTVXLDG may be unpronounceable, but this toaster oven is remarkable for its sheer size. The unit measures W=21, D=14, H=12-3/4″ (including 1/2″ feet), putting it among the larger home units around.
To put this into perspective, you need only consider that this behemoth will hold a full two 16″ pizzas at the same time. Alternatively, you can stuff up to 14 slices of standard bread into one of these- Well, I was about to say “babies,” but that hardly applies in this case.
Those pizzas can go on either of the two removable racks, or you can use the upper for a 9-inch x 13-inch casserole and the lower for a potato dish – at the same time. The unit comes with a baking pan made to fit, as well as a broil rack. The rack itself can be placed in either of two positions for baking or broiling.
Or, you can remove one of the racks and have space for a tall chicken. Also, a pair of 9-inch x 5-inch bread pans fit comfortably with the top rack removed. If you’ve got one of those tall 6-quart mixing bowls with cookie dough you want to warm up, that will also fit.
The point is, you can use this one appliance to cook an entire meal for an average family. No need to supplement with the regular-sized oven. It’s a rare toaster oven that can make that claim.
The crumb tray is also removable. And, thanks to a stainless steel exterior, the unit is pretty easy to keep clean and looking good.
You’ll have no trouble supplying adequate heat to any of those dishes. The TSSTTVXLDG can be set anywhere from 150F to 450F. And, unlike some units, it will actually operate at that upper number. No big heat leakage in this model. That’s fortunate. I’ve had trouble with some models on those really dense meat dishes. No worries here.
It does more than simply generate high heat, though. A Turbo Convection feature ensures the heat is very well distributed. Many times, I’ve had toaster ovens that let me down on that score. It’s tricky to get cookies just right when there are hotspots. That’s when a fan that moves the heat evenly throughout the interior really comes in handy.
The overall insulation is fine and the back is well-rounded to dissipate heat well. The vents are intelligently placed on the side, so there’s no need to worry too much about being too close to the rear wall.
One way to tell for yourself is to cook some high-temp dish for an hour then note the temperature in the kitchen. If you notice a big rise, you know that heat is coming from the toaster oven. So, this unit will be particularly appreciated in the hot summer months.
Even the all-glass front “door” is remarkably well made. No need for an oven mitten if you use the nicely designed handle.
Controls & Menu
After all that high praise for impressive attributes, you might expect an unqualified positive recommendation. I wish I could give it. Sadly, there are several drawbacks in the Oster TSSTTVXLDG – at least from my perspective – that make that judgement hard to offer.
The most important is one the company might view as a positive: digital controls. I see their value. They offer very precise control over temperature, cooking style, and so forth. You can select 350F and Bake and that’s exactly what you’ll get. But the way you have to do so here is less than ideal, in my view.
This model uses the now-common flat, “under the covers” style of “button”. They’re no harder to see and press than usual, but no easier either. There are no raised buttons, no dials, and these are absolutely flat. You get weak tactile feedback.
For those who don’t mind that, or positively prefer that style – no argument. To each her own. Personally, I find them more difficult to use. But there’s another, maybe worse, aspect to them: the Up-Arrow / Down-Arrow pair for both Temp and Timer.
Like everyone, I have a busy household. It’s a small thing, but a big annoyance, to have to repeatedly press the same arrow over and over again to reach the desired time or temperature. Sure, it’s accurate, but who wants stand in front of the oven and tap, tap, tap for two minutes? It’s that, or hold it down for a while, equally annoying.
A dial can be just as accurate and a quick twist puts the oven status exactly where you need it. And, if you do have to tap multiple times, or hold it down for a while, a raised button is better. You know just when you’ve done it without having to watch the LED every instant – and then wait, wait, wait.
Another minor beef, while I’m on the subject. The placement of the “buttons” is a little mystifying. The Toast and Bake are parallel and above the Turbo Convection. But the Broil, Warm, Defrost, and Pizza are below in a quadrant. Wouldn’t it make more sense to have Bake and Broil on one row and the two “dish” preference controls in one row, then the heat options in another?
With that complaint out of the way, I have to say the LED menu is certainly easy on the eyes and easy to read. The light is bright, but not blinding in dim light, the way some are. The menu selections are all easy to see, even for someone (like yours truly) whose eyes are no so sharp as they once were.
The Oster TSSTTVXLDG – also named Oster Extra-Large Convection Toaster Oven in some places – has a lot going for it: large space, high and even heat with good insulation, and overall good quality. The controls – both the style and placement – hinder my enjoyment using the product. This one is a toss up, where the final judgement depends a lot on personal preference.