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Posted Thu Oct 25, 2012, 12:55pm
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Are these things any good?  I know it replaced the Aplinroast. (SP?) My Z&D is giving me fits and I can't afford the Hottop which I want.  I'm looking for a used Hottop cheap and I'm wondering if the Swissmar can get me by until I find a Hottop which I can afford.

As I remember the old Swissmar was pretty good but there were issues.  Is the newer machine at least as good or is there some reason they don't get much mention around here?

I can get one for ~$130.  Should I just leave the money in the Hottop fund?

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Posted Thu Oct 25, 2012, 7:42pm
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Hi Phil,

Here's a link to Amazon from way back to 2009 with a few reviews of the Swissmar:

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I think I'd pass on that machine, better choices are available.

What is it about the Hottop that makes it worth the premium price of about $900/new?  Seems to me, a drum machine that is only 750 watts and has a roast cycle of 17-23 minutes would be more likely to give you baked beans.  That long of a roast cycle would be annoyingly slow.  A 9 ounce optimal load isn't all that great for the big bucks it would cost.


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Posted Thu Oct 25, 2012, 10:48pm
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Hi Ken,

Thanks for the link.  That looks like a machine to avoid.  It now comes back to me that its predecessor The Alpenroast was also a flaky machine.

The Hottop is indead very spendy but it is a very nice machine.  The roast times which you quoted include cooling I believe so the actual roast time is about right for a drum roaster.  They are blissfully quiet and have great bean cooling.

The Behmoor is also one to consider.  Its users seem to love it.

Phil

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Hi Phil
Here's a link to Amazon from way back to 2009 with a few reviews of the Swissmar:

Click Here (www.amazon.com)

I think I'd pass on that machine, better choices are available.

What is it about the Hottop that makes it worth the premium price of about $900/new?  Seems to me, a drum machine that is only 750 watts and has a roast cycle of 17-23 minutes would be more likely to give you baked beans.  That long of a roast cycle would be annoyingly slow.  A 9 ounce optimal load isn't all that great for the big bucks it would cost.


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Bravi and Behmor - Both are 'blind toaster ovens' with no  manual control. That leaves Hottop and Quest....or..for $500 you can build your own...

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