KitchenAid Rolls Out Countertop Convection Oven

KitchenAid has introduced a new countertop oven featuring 1800 watts of power, convection technology, nine cooking functions and a digital display. Similar to the brand’s wall ovens and ranges, the new countertop ovens feature Even-Heat Technology for consistent heat throughout the baking cycle, according to the company. 

“Most cooks would agree that a high performance countertop oven capable of handling everything from baking a cake to roasting a chicken or producing a perfectly crisp pizza crust, is worthy of a place on the counter,” said Beth Robinson, senior manager of brand experience for KitchenAid. “Whether toasting pignoli nuts for a fresh pesto, baking a hot appetizer for guests or testing out a new cake recipe, our latest models offer full-size oven capabilities right on the countertop.”     

Designed to promote even heating while accommodating a range of dishes, new model features a 12-inch oven capacity with five heating elements and a convection baking option that reduces overall cooking time. Nine pre-programmed functions include staged cooking cycles that activate heating elements when they are needed to crisp, brown or sear.

“Selecting the Asado Roast function, named for a popular Argentinian cooking style, tells the oven to adjust from a high sear to a lower cooking temperature for superior roasting,” explained Robinson.  “When the Pizza Function is selected, crisping instead occurs at the end of the cooking cycle.”   

Optional convection and frozen modes provide additional versatility, along with manually adjustable time settings and temperature settings of up to 450 degrees. A deep blue non-stick interior and front removable drip tray allows for easy cleaning, according to the company. A “My Settings” feature remembers the last time and temperature used for pizza, bake, broil, Asado roast, cookies and reheat.  Pre-progammed Toast, Bagel and Keep Warm are also included.

Currently available at a suggested retail price of $400, the KitchenAid 1,800-watt convection countertop oven features a stainless steel finish and includes a 12-inch non-stick deep dish pan, a 12-inch grilling rack and removable cooling rack.