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Zach and Dani's Roaster - Steve Johnson's Review
Posted: November 12, 2003, 6:21am
review rating: 7.0
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Barry Stewart 9.00
Jeff Sheltren 9.00
Mark Palumbo 8.75
Stanley Zolenski 8.71
Mike Schwer 8.67

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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 7.6
Manufacturer: Zach & Dani's LLC Quality: 7
Average Price: $150.00 Usability: 6
Price Paid: $150.00 Cost vs. Value 8
Where Bought: Zach & Dani Aesthetics 9
Owned for: 3 months Overall 8
Writer's Expertise: Just starting Would Buy Again: Yes
Similar Items Owned: Hearthware Gourmet and Precision roasters
Bottom Line: Good roaster for the home,  allows for multiple roasts with fairly smoke free results -- uniform roast results
Positive Product Points

Unit provides a nice even roast,   heats slower than Hearthware products which allowed for easier fine tuning of where roast was stopped.   Once past the learning curve ( and I will admit it may have been easier to learn if I hadn't the bias of using the Hearthware units for a few years ) it provides a nice roast.   Can do roasts one after another -- Hearthware was 2 roasts and you need to let it cool completely.

Negative Product Points

Little tricky getting pieces together -- safety switch is a bit sensitive.   Had to preheat when first purchased in order to get darker roasts -- not a problem anymore;  not sure why.

Detailed Commentary

My bias is coming from the Hearthware products -- this unit takes longer to roast, but this lower heat may contribute to the robustness of the device.   I can typically roast three or four batches without any problems -- something I could not do with the Precision roaster without it failing.

It's a quieter unit than the Hearthware products -- but still can annoy people;  our family delights in the results so it's not an issue.   The near smoke free opperation is nice -- I do not have false alarms with the smoke detectors unless I'm doing 4 or more roasts.

I put a weight ( usually a mug of water ) on top of the roaster to gently hold the top down -- if not, it tends to vibrate enough to trip the safety switch and shut the unit down.  

I have broken one roasting chamber and cracked another.    A thicker unit may be helpful -- but I would also be the first to admit that I believe I was the major contributor to the problem.  

Z&D customer service has been very responsive -- I've not had problems,  just a few questions as I was learning the product.

Buying Experience

I bought this directly through the Z&D website after looking at reviews at a number of areas -- main site was Sweet Marias, which now sells the product.     Serivce has been excellent -- from answering questions to shipping in a timely manner.   I had one minor problem -- one package was sent instead of two when I ordered replacement roasting chambers -- this was acknowledged quickly and rectified in a timely manner.

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