When we were renovating our kitchen my mom kept saying that having double ovens in kind of crucial. Me being the furthest thing from a “cook” I didn’t think this applied to me, and since out kitchen is super small with little wall space we simply could not fit two ovens.
Cut to a year later and whenever I cook (and by “me” I mean “Andrew”) I have cursed the lack of a second oven. It’s hard to prepare baked chicken, broiled asparagus and potato gratin simultaneously which means you have to time things down to the minute and end up spazzing out in the kitchen like your trying to dismantle a nuclear weapon.
And then my parent’s introduced me tot he best thing a small kitchen owner could ever have- the Breville Smart Convection Oven. I was all “it’s a toaster oven, so what”. But it’s NOT. It’s a legitimate second oven! We had the perfect amount of space on our counter for the compact version and let me tell you, it’s amazing! You can broil veggies or meat, bake a pie or rolls, cook a small pizza, warm up food for kids without using a microwave (which as of late has been skeeving me out). It’s seriously genius! I thought I would hate it on my counter top, but it cuts a good profile. I have mine tucked into a corner and it somehow doesn’t visually clutter up my kitchen at all.
This would also be a fantastic gift for a college kid (it shuts itself off when time is up so no forgetful “dorm-burning-down” situations!) I love finding helpful gadgets for the home and this one shot to the top of my list!