We live in a small house, so an appliance must be worth the space that it's taking up. That being said, we bought this Emerson Toaster Oven hoping that it would help us reduce our electric bills (we were planning on using this instead of our oven), we have been pretty disappointed, and have decided to get rid of it. First it doesn't cook evenly, our food ended up cold in the middle and burnt on the outside. There are two knobs on it, one for time and one for temperature. We have tried different combinations to try to get it to cook right, to no avail. So this has ended up costing us in the long run, because we have to throw the burnt food away. This toaster oven isn't easy to keep clean either! We had a spill underneath the grate, and I have tried many times to get it out, however the grate is attached to the door, which makes it impossible to get it clean. The door is glass, and it is very easily smudged, and it's hard to get the smudges off. The automatic timer does shut the oven off when it should, so safety is not compromised as far as that goes. Overall, i would save your money and get something with better quality.