The Calphalon Quartz Heat Countertop Oven is the next chapter in our Calphalon Buyers Guide. It offers an innovative approach to heating that offers some real benefits.
The main innovation of this Calphalon Countertop Oven is the quartz heating element. It is claimed that it delivers more heat, but presumably this is an efficiency claim and they don’t mean hotter because what would the point of that be. If my pizza says bake at 350 degrees, then I don’t want it baked at 490.
The Calphalon countertop oven competes directly with the Cuisinart Air Fryer line, which includes models that are a countertop oven, air fryer, convection oven and toaster all in one. So, we will look at how these two stack up and which deserves that valuable countertop in your kitchen.
Calphalon Quartz Heat Countertop Oven Benefits
Compared to both traditional, full-sized ovens and other countertop ovens, the Calphalon Quartz Heat Oven preheats very fast. This is one of its main advantages. Your oven can be preheated and ready to use in seconds in most cases. This saves both time and energy because large ovens waste a lot of gas or electricity preheating.
The Calphalon Quartz Heat Countertop Oven includes 11, excellent preset cooking functions. These include a dehydrator mode that we also see in the Cuisinart models. You may find that you use this more than you expect to.
Not only can you make beef jerky or fruit leather snacks, which is what most people associate dehydrators with. But, you can also toast and crisp nuts and seeds, dry sprouted flour, proof bread doughs, incubate homemade yogurt, dry granola or make your homemade Tempeh.
Size and Capacity
We were impressed with how compact the Calphalon Quartz Heat Countertop Oven is on the outside. The outside of the oven is 18.7” x 15.8” x 11.6” so it will fit under most cabinets and doesn’t take up a lot of space.
But it also has a large capacity. You can cook a 12” pizza in it (that’s a Medium size in most cases). In fact, this can replace some other dedicated items like your toaster so you may be able to free up space.
11 preset cooking functions
Convection Cooking with the Calphalon Quartz Heat Countertop Oven
The Calphalon Quartz Heat Countertop Oven has a “Turbo Convect” button which turns on convection cooking. If you haven’t used a convection oven, then you are likely to love it. A fan forces the hot air around inside the oven. Because the hot air continually circulates over the food it cooks faster and makes most foods crispier. It will cook significantly faster than food cooked with a traditional baking or roasting setting. Convection cooking isn’t appropriate for all foods and recipes. The Calphalon Quartz Oven does come with cooking suggestions and recipes.
Using The Toaster Oven Mode
Ok what about toast and bagels? The Calphalon Quartz Oven has a simple toaster setting that works well. No toaster over works as fast as a dedicated toaster like the Cuisinart Toaster but the Calphalon does the job and prevents you from needing a toaster sitting on your counter. The Calphalon has simple toast controls, that allow you to indicate how dark you want the toast of bagel.
Cleaning and Care for the Calphalon Quartz Heat Countertop Oven
You should use non-metallic utensils with your Calphalon Quartz Heat Countertop Oven accessories.
You should clean your Calphalon Quartz Oven and the accessories after every use. The wire rack, baking pan, dehydrator rack and the pizza pan area all dishwasher safe for the top rack of your machine or immerse them in warm, soapy water to clean them. To dry them, wipe them with soft cloth to dry them thoroughly. Also, remove the removable crumb tray and shake off crumbs. You can also wash it with soapy water and hand, or air dry it thoroughly.
Calphalon offers a 3-year limited warranty.
How to Use the Calphalon Quartz Heat Oven
Plug in your Calphalon Quartz Heat Countertop Oven. The LCD control screen will illuminate, and the Start Button LED light will begin to flash. Each of the oven’s function options can be accessed through the LCD Screen. Make sure the oven door is closed and then simply use the Function Indicator. Next, turn the Function Selector Dial to select one of the 11 preset cooking modes (see list above). The Function Indicator will scroll as you turn the Function Selector Dial.
After you select your cooking mode then set the Time/Temperature Control Dial. This is how you set the cooking temperature or toast shade. Turn the Control Dial clockwise or counterclockwise to increase or decrease the temperature.
There is no preheating for the toaster oven mode so just put your bread and bagel in before you press start. Next, simply press the Start button and the Calphalon Quartz Heat Countertop Oven will preheat and an indicator that says “preheating” will light up on the oven.
The timer can be set any time including before, during or after preheating. Just use the Time/ Temperature Selector button to adjust it. The max cook timer setting is one hour.
Never put any food directly on the Quartz heating elements. The Baking Pan and Pizza Pan must go on the wire rack.
Calphalon Quartz Heat Countertop Oven Review
Overall we found this to countertop oven to be an excellent choice, as long as it matches your requirements. The unique features of the Calphalon is the quick heating quartz element. This is a very nice feature. For just a little more, you can get a Cuisinart Air Fryer which has models that do all the same things as the Calphalon but with the Air Fryer feature added. In our opinion, that would be the better choice. You can’t go wrong with the Calphalon but you can do better.
- Exterior Oven: 18.7 x 15.8 x 11.6 inch
- Interior Oven: 12.5 x 13.0 x 4.47 inch
- Product is 1400 watts