Countertop Convection Oven recommendations

Discussion in 'Cooking Equipment Reviews' started by new at the job, Jan 6, 2014.

  1. new at the job

    new at the job

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    Dear Friends,

    I am starting a small cafe with the help of some friends (60 chairs) and need direction on what kind of oven to purchase.  It will need to be a counter top unit.  We are planning light lunches and dinners, plan to bake quiches, some breads and meats, and warm items for serving, etc.  We would like to spend between $1000 - 2000.  It would be great if it heated to at least 550 degrees and can be either 120 or 240V.

    I am reading that a 3 element unit is the best, but then have been told it is not necessary.  I understand that the feature of the fan turning off when opened is valuable as we will be opening and closing the unit constantly, but is that the case?  I am way over my head.  

    Any advice?

    Thank you.
  2. nicko

    nicko Founder of Staff Member

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    So this needs to be electric or gas? How many and what size pans would you like it to hold?