Last Updated on August 12, 2020
EDITOR’S NOTE: This post deals with the 2017-2019 Ambiano Toaster Oven. For our review of the 2020 Ambiano Toaster Oven, click here.
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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.
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.