Open Thread: Ambiano Toaster Oven

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While traditional toasters are perfectly useful appliances, they’re also limited. They do one thing, and that’s really it. But toaster ovens do two different things — bake or toast — and that gives them far more use. I have a toaster oven, and over the years I’ve used it to bake or reheat things that I either 1) didn’t want to mess with putting in the oven or 2) couldn’t put in the oven because the oven was occupied.

I especially like using the toaster oven to reheat leftovers that might come out soggy or limp if microwaved. If you’re careful not to burn it, a slice of pizza can reheat rather nicely in a toaster oven.

Aldi is all about small appliances, which means that yes, the grocer sometimes sells a toaster.

Ambiano Toaster Oven

What We Know:

The Ambiano Toaster Oven (model number TO9523H-UL) is an ALDI Find (Special Buy), which means that it’s only in stores for a short time. In the United States, the toaster oven consistently releases in July. At the time of this post, the toaster oven retails for $29.99. (In 2018, the same toaster was $24.99.) There are some budget toasters out there that are less expensive, but most of them run higher.

Aldi has sold the same toaster oven — with the same model number — since 2017. It’s manufactured by Kalorik, a Belgium-based manufacturer of various kitchen appliances and kitchen products. Kalorik’s products are sold in stores like Kohl’s and Walmart. As far as I can tell, Kalorik does not currently sell any toaster ovens under its own label.

In 2018, the oven was backed by a 3-year warranty, serviced by Kalorik. We expect that to be the case again in 2019.

The toaster oven comes with:

  • The oven itself
  • A wire rack
  • A baking tray
  • An integrated crumb tray
  • A manual

Here are the listed features for the toaster oven:

  • Adjustable temperature from 150°–450 °F
  • A 0.5-cubic foot interior that fits up to 6 slices of toast
  • Toast, broil, and bake functions
  • A 60-minute timer
  • Protection guards for the heating elements

What We Don’t Know:

At this point, there are a number of things we don’t know about this particular toaster oven. We don’t know how it cooks, or how fast it operates, or how easy it is to clean. We also don’t know much about longevity, although in our experience toaster ovens — even budget ones — usually last a while.

Have any experiences with this toaster oven? Feel free to let us know in the comments.


About Joshua

Joshua is the Editor-in-Chief of Aldi Reviewer. He is also a writer and novelist. You can learn more about him at www.joshuaajohnston.com.

2 Comments

  1. I want to know what is the temperature to set the Ambiano 1300Watt toaster oven on for the toast?

  2. I’ve had this toaster oven for about a year now. Don’t know why they call them toaster ovens as I’ve never seen one from any manufacturer that made toast worth a darn. They’re also horribly energy efficient for making toast. If you want toast, just buy a pop-up toaster. These are counter-top ovens
    Now, about this unit. I bought to use as a small oven. And once again I was disappointed. Everything I cooked burned. Bought a digital thermometer and found out why. The thermostat (rheostat) is very inaccurate. At an oven setting of 200 degrees F. It actually was 265 degrees. I moved the control at 250 and the oven soared to over 400 degrees. With the knob set to 300, the oven was actually at 479. I’m afraid to try it at 400. Things might either catch fire or melt. So the entire useful cooking range of this oven is between settings of 200 and 250 degrees. The only thing I can figure is a cheap rheostat. The rest of the oven looks to be solid and well designed. Quartz rod heaters are the industry standard and quite capable of very accurate temp control. The timer is accurate though I never liked the “turn past and return to desired” timers.
    But I’m beginning to see a trend of poor temp control in Aldi cooking appliances.

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