Do you need to know which is the best countertop oven, countertop convection oven, or even the best toaster oven now?
Here’s a summary table of the premium countertop convection ovens and direct links to Amazon or other sites to see them in the store. Just click on the pictures or text boxes in the table:
And here are the next group of less expensive high-quality countertop convection ovens with links to Amazon in the pictures and text boxes:
Finally, this last group gives you the least expensive, quality countertop ovens or toaster ovens with direct links to Amazon:
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If you’d like to skip to any specific oven, use the table of contents right below, or just read through all of them.
The premium countertop ovens are typically larger in internal oven space, more solidly built (which will last longer) than the non-premium toaster/countertop ovens.
Of the high-end premium countertop ovens, one of the newest is from Wolf.
If you’re in a hurry you can see it on Amazon here with the current price, any discounts and other options.
Wolf is one of the most iconic brands in the kitchen and well known around the world for its very high-quality ovens, ranges and stovetops.
Wolf’s new Wolf Gourmet line was brought to the market in 2014, you can see our detailed review of the Wolf Gourmet Elite here. Other notable Wolf Gourmet appliances include Wolf Gourmet’s High-Performance Blender (see it reviewed here with another Wolf blender or here among other top-rated blenders).
The Wolf Gourmet Elite was introduced in 2018 and is a replacement of the original Wolf Gourmet Countertop Oven. The Elite upgraded the original model by adding three new features, (1) an interior oven light, (2) a new Bagel mode, and (3) a full removable two-rack oven rack system, instead of just one rack in the original model.
These powerful countertops are basically small Wolf ovens. The oven has a maximum temperature of 550 degrees Fahrenheit, just like the full-sized Wolf ovens. This maximum temperature is higher than any other countertop oven reviewed here.
The Wolf Countertop Elite also has a temperature probe, just like full-sized Wolf ovens. None of the other ovens reviewed here has one, only the Wolf Gourmet.
The Wolf Gourmet countertop oven has about 1.1 cubic feet of interior oven space (before subtracting for racks and cooking elements). This less than half of the roughly 2.8 cubic feet of interior space in a Wolf 30 inch electric oven, or 1.5 cubic feet in an 18-inch electric oven. The ovens in the full-sized Wolf dual fuel 48-inch ranges have both the 30 and 18-inch ovens.
Wolf has long had a deserved reputation for high-quality products. The Wolf Gourmet product line extends that reputation to small appliances. Wolf Gourmet teamed with experienced small appliance manufacturer Hamilton Beach to design their countertop oven.
Wolf’s full-sized oven ranges, for instance, are heavy-duty, solidly constructed stainless steel kitchen mainstays designed to last for decades.
The Wolf Countertop is also heavy-duty in the countertop category. It outweighs all of the ovens reviewed here substantially. You can tell that these ovens are solidly built when you open and shut the oven door, just like the full-sized Wolf ovens, there are no rattles.
This oven, like all of the countertop ovens reviewed here, is built in China, but with standards that must meet those associated with the Wolf brand.
And if that’s not enough, the Wolf Countertop Elite oven comes with a 5-year limited warranty, much longer than any other oven reviewed here.
The Wolf Countertop Elite oven features convection cooking with six standard cooking modes. It includes an interactive display and timer and the only countertop oven reviewed here with a temperature probe.
The temperature probe allows you to target precise temperatures by setting a “goal” temperature and inserting the probe into the thickest part of whatever food you are cooking. The oven will then let you know with a “beep” when your temperature is reached.
Most of the customer reviews for this oven remark on the quality of construction and performance. It does what you want it to do with very precise temperature control as many reviewers have remarked. Others have remarked that they like that the Wolf Countertop Elite is larger than toaster ovens or other countertops they owned.
Many have also said that this oven is really just a small version of their Wolf oven or other wall oven or range, without the additional heat and time needed to preheat full-sized ovens.
The one negative for some may be that it is the most expensive countertop oven reviewed here.
But, the most important thing to remember about this countertop compared with the others here is that it will probably outlast them all given Wolf’s obsession with quality. If for some reason it doesn’t, it comes with a 5-year warranty.
Most of the other ovens reviewed have very short warranty periods. A 5 year warranty tells you all you need to know about Wolf’s confidence in the quality of this oven.
The Wolf Gourmet Countertop Oven is the most expensive oven reviewed here. It is also by almost all indications, the most likely to last the longest.
In that sense, just like Wolf’s full-sized ovens, this smaller oven is an investment that will give you the same performance and prestige in your kitchen that the Wolf brand gives to all of their ovens and is well worth the price in our opinion.
If you want to check current pricing and availability, you can see it on Amazon if it is available with any discounts and latest pricing here, along with each available knob color option (Red, Stainless Steel, and Black).
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Knob color – if your favorite knob color is unavailable, just order anyway and Wolf will send you the color you want, usually at no charge when you register, or just call them.
This Breville Smart Oven Air BOV900BSS countertop belongs in the premium categories for its many cooking features and solid performance coupled with its large size when compared with Breville’s other oven featured here among the lower-priced countertop ovens. You can see our detailed review of the Smart Oven Air here.
The Smart Air Oven features thirteen preset cooking functions: Toast, Bagel, Broil, Bake, Roast, Warm, Pizza, Proof, Air Fry, Reheat, Cookies, Slow Cook and Dehydrate. These functions work with the six quartz heating elements inside the top and bottom of the oven and with the Element IQ™ countertop operating system to optimize each element for each function.
Additional features include two convection modes, one with the convection fan at regular speed. The other mode uses convection at high speed, Super Convection, which basically cooks even faster than standard speed convection.
After adjusting for oven racks and heating elements, the Smart Oven Air measures 0.78 cubic feet. The same measurement in the Smart Oven Pro, the “usable” oven space, is only 0.45 cubic feet.
Also notable, the Breville Smart Oven Air weighs almost 39 pounds. This is almost twice as heavy as the Breville BOV845, which weighs 22 pounds.
More weight doesn’t necessarily mean higher quality, but as a rough indicator, is at least an indication of how much stainless steel is in your countertop. Most of the premium ovens have more stainless steel and sometimes, more elements and other additions.
This oven does include a 2-year warranty while Breville’s smaller oven only has a 1-year warranty. However, you should note that Wolf Gourmet has a 5-year warranty.
Also notable, the maximum oven temperature produced by the Breville Smart Oven Air is 480 degrees Fahrenheit, or 250 degrees Celsius.
The Smart Oven Air has a lot of the other features found in Breville’s very popular but smaller Smart Oven Pro, like Element IQ™, and will likely compete well against the other premium ovens reviewed here.
The bottom line on this premium Breville countertop oven is that it really has a lot of useful functions, but is larger than any other Breville countertop. If you’d like to see our separate review of the Smart Oven Air, you can see it here.
The Breville Smart Oven Air compares about equally with the Wolf Gourmet Countertop in size. The “box” of the interior oven of the Wolf Gourmet is slightly larger than the Breville Smart Oven Air (1.1 cubic feet versus 1.0 cubic feet). But when you deduct for space taken up by racks and heating elements, the Breville Smart Oven Air oven is slightly larger in interior “usable” oven space with 0.78 cubic feet of interior space, while Wolf Gourmet’s “usable interior space is about 0.72 cubic feet.
Many of those who have purchased the Smart Oven Air and commented on it love all of the functions that the Smart Oven Air provides. Some have used smaller Breville ovens before, like the Smart Oven Pro and like the larger size of the Smart Oven Air.
Others have commented that they are happy that all of these functions work as expected and like the specialty functions like Air Fry and Dehydrate. The convection functions also work well for them and many have used the Smart Oven Air in place of their standard-sized ranges.
Breville makes great countertop ovens and the Breville Smart Oven Air oven matches those products. If you like Breville and all of the functions that Breville ovens have, you’ll find them in the Smart Oven Air. The Smart Oven air also includes specialty cooking modes like Air Fry and a long Slow Cook function. If you like all of these features, and all at the lower end of the Premium oven price range, then you should go with the Breville Smart Air oven.
Consider an extended protection plan since the warranty is only for 2 years.
The Breville Smart Oven Air countertop oven, with extended protection, latest pricing and shipping terms is available on Amazon here.
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The third premium oven reviewed here (CSO-300N1, see it on Amazon here) is made by one of the best-known small appliance manufacturers in the world, Cuisinart.
This oven is very unique since it uses steam cooking (you can also cook without steam). Steam cooking is typically much faster than conventional cooking and, when paired with convection, provides some very powerful cooking modes.
These modes include poaching and excellent bread proofing. This is the only convection countertop reviewed here with steam cooking and for that reason alone, deserves a spot in the premium cooktop oven category. Steam cooking is usually only found in the newest premium full-sized ovens.
Steam cooking can also be used to steam clean the inside of your oven without chemicals, just hot water and you may not even have to scrub if you clean your oven regularly. This oven may be worth buying for this feature alone!
This Cuisinart CSO-300N1 Steam and Convection replaces the previous model, the Cuisinart CSO-300N.
The CSO-300N1 is 1800W and capable of producing up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit of oven heat.
The interior “box” measures about .625 cubic feet and the usable space given the cooking elements is about .45 cubic feet, so take note that this oven has much less cooking space than the other premium ovens reviewed here.
The exterior measurements are 15.5 x 18 x 10.8 inches and it weighs about 23 ½ pounds, with an empty water reservoir. You can also remove the water reservoir if you prefer when cooking without the steam cooking modes.
The nine cooking modes are: Toast, Convection Bake, Bake Steam, Broil, Broil Steam, Steam, Super Steam, Bread, and Warm.
Additional controls include Toast Shade, which provides seven different toast “shades” or level or “done-ness” to choose from.
This oven is relatively small, as noted above, with 0.45 cubic feet of usable space, a trade-off to allow this oven to have a water reservoir for steam cooking built into the oven.
When deducting for interior elements and racks, the width inside is about 12 inches, the depth is 12 inches and the height, or clearance is about 5.45 inches.
Included with this countertop are: a wire rack, baking pan, broiling rack, removable crumb tray, and a drip tray.
Also, this product is BPA free and has four rack positions.
Reviewers really like the steam cooking that this oven provides, They are very enthusiastic about it. Many reviewers said that steam cooking is more moist and flavorful than conventional cooking, even reheated food and the bread made partially with steam in the Bread mode tastes better to these reviewers than without steam.
The really negative reviews came from those few whose ovens malfunctioned and the difficulties associated with that.
Note that this oven comes with a 3-year limited warranty.
This is less than the 5-year warranty provided by Wolf Gourmet but much more than all of the other countertop ovens reviewed here. For extra comfort, you may want to buy an extended warranty, the longest would extend the 3-year Cuisinart warranty to 4 years.
The best premium oven by almost any measure is the Wolf Gourmet Countertop oven. It outscores the others because of its quality and performance.
Compared to the others, the Wolf Gourmet Countertop is more expensive. The Breville Smart Oven Air is slightly larger inside and has more functions. The Wolf Countertop doesn’t have steam cooking either like the Cuisinart Steam.
What the Wolf Gourmet does have is quality construction that is backed up by a 5-year warranty, and supported 24/7 via phone in the United States by Wolf.
None of the other countertop ovens reviewed here have anything close to a 5-year warranty. This 5-year warranty period is easy for Wolf to provide because of the quality that Wolf knows it has designed into the Wolf Gourmet countertop oven.
So, the quality and likely long life of Wolf Countertop ovens give Wolf the top rating. The other ovens reviewed here have shorter warranty periods and are not likely to last as long as Wolf.
You don’t need an extended warranty with Wolf.
If your favorite knob color is unavailable, just order anyway and Wolf will send you the color you want when you regist, or just call them.
To see this Wolf Gourmet Countertop on Amazon with the current price, any discounts and shipping options.
The next four countertop ovens reviewed here are less expensive than the premium ovens but very capable. Each of them has convection cooking modes and special features.
One of the most innovative countertop manufacturers is Breville of Australia. Breville has repeatedly introduced quality countertop ovens and toaster ovens for many years. You can see our detailed review of the Smart Oven Pro here.
This quality oven has a lot of the same elements as the premium ovens do. It is 1,800 watts (like the Wolf Gourmet Countertop), stainless steel, tops out at 500 degrees Fahrenheit and has its own proprietary Element IQ™ smart technology system for setting modes, temperatures and times.
This oven also has an auto-eject feature that pulls out the middle rack when you open the oven and even has an oven light.
It is also smaller than the premium ovens.
The interior measures about 0.80 cubic feet if you measure just the oven “box”, but more like 0.45 cubic feet when you deduct for the oven racks and heating elements.
The Breville (model BOV845BSS) has ten cooking modes, including specialty cooking modes like Pizza, Bagel, Cookies, Toast, Slow Cook and Reheat. Bake, Broil, Roast, and Warm are also included.
Each mode uses the Element IQ™ system to optimize the five cooking elements in the oven for each mode. For instance, Pizza mode uses each element at full blast to make a crispy pizza. Slow Cook uses just a few of the elements at a low heat setting for slow cooking.
There is also a separate Frozen Foods button that adjusts cooking time and temperatures for frozen foods, so you don’t have to worry about making your own cooking time calculations. Note that this button can only be used with the Toast, Bagel, Pizza and Cookies functions.
Customers like all of the cooking modes and other features, like long (up to 10 hours) Slow Cook time, that this oven provides. They really like the addition of an oven light in this model from the prior model. The negatives for many reviewers are the small internal space provided and the reliability. Most of the negative reviews cited malfunctions that occurred in months rather than years.
Like almost all of the countertop ovens, the Breville ovens come with a one year warranty. Given the possible failure of this oven in the first or second year, you should definitely buy an extended warranty, details below.
You should take a lot of comfort in the fact that this oven is a top seller and most people really, really like it for all that it offers for the price. Just protect yourself with an extended warranty when you buy it.
Cuisinart is another solid countertop oven manufacturer. The TOB-260N1 Chef’s Convection Oven (see it here on Amazon) is one of Cuisinart’s latest models and replaces the TOB-260N Silver model.
This stainless steel convection oven has a pretty large interior compared to the other countertops in this category. It has almost 1 cubic foot of interior space before deducting for oven racks and heating elements. The usable space if you deduct for those elements is about 0.67 cubic feet. A 13-inch pizza or 9 slices of toast are designed to fit inside this oven.
The exterior dimensions are 22.6 x 18.5 x 13 inches.The usable interior dimensions are about 14.5 inches wide, 13.25 inches deep, and 6 inches high between the heating elements and lowest oven rack.
It also weighs about 32 pounds.
The 1800W of power in this oven can also hit some pretty high temperatures, up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit of heat, powered by five cooking elements.
Also note that this oven has a light inside if that’s important to you.
The TOB-260N1 has 15 cooking modes and a lot of different functions and cooking options, including a fast pre-heat cycle and two speeds of convection cooking. Speed convection cooking uses the convection fan to spin faster than the regular convection cooking mode and is great for quickly cooking frozen foods.
The 15 cooking modes are: Bake, Broil, Roast, Toast, Bagel, Waffle, Keep Warm, Pizza, Leftovers, Sandwich, Dual Cook, +30s, Convection Cooking (2 Modes), and Defrost.
Reviewers often compare this oven to the Breville, some like this better and some don’t. What they really like are all of the accessories that come with this oven, even a pizza stone, that other ovens don’t provide and the oven light in this oven.
Different reviewers also liked the different cooking modes and because there are so many, there are many favorites among them.
Quality of construction and durability was an issue for some of the reviewers, those whose ovens failed.
The ovens in this price range are all at risk of failing, even in the first one or two years. The good thing about this Cuisinart though, is that it has a 3-year warranty instead of the 1-year warranty that all the other ovens in this price range have.
You can buy an extended warranty that will cover you for one year more, 4 years total if you’d prefer.
The extended warranty may be worthwhile for another year of protection and for convenience, but you don’t absolutely need one like you do when buying ovens with one-year warranties.
The KitchenAid KCO124BM, is the latest Kitchen Aid convection countertop oven (you can see it on Amazon here) that includes air frying, like the pricier Breville Air Fry oven reviewed above in the Premium section.
This 1,800 watt KitchenAid model has 9 cooking functions, these are Dehydrate, Proof, Air Fry, Toast, Bagel, Bake, Reheat, Broil and Keep Warm. The maximum temperature is 400 degrees.
The KitchenAid Digital Countertop can fit a 9 x 13-inch baking pan or 12-inch pizza pan, and is designed to work with its convection fan to evenly disbribute oven air, including in Air Fry mode so that you don’t have to flip the air fry basket like some other models.
The exterior measurements are 11.3 inches high, 17 inches deep, and 16 inches deep and the internal measurements are 8.5 inches high, 15 inches wide and 12.75 inches deep. It weighs 21 pounds and has an interior light.
It comes with an air fry basket, a 9×13-inch baking pan, a removable metal drip, and crumb tray, and a removable metal rack.
If you’re looking for air frying in a countertop but don’t want to spend a lot as you would with the Breville Air Fry oven reviewed above, then the KitchenAid Digital Countertop is a great choice.
A lot of reviewers love their KitchenAid Digital Countertops with many commenting that the air fry function works really well.
The warranty period is way too short, you need to buy an extended warranty, for as long as you can get, see the warranty options in the link below.
DeLonghi is an Italian appliance manufacturer that introduced this oven into the US market in 2016.
This DeLonghi America Livenza Digital Countertop Oven 1800W stainless steel oven includes an oven light. The oven temperatures maxes out at 450 degrees Fahrenheit.
The oven heating elements are located in the top and bottom of the oven, but also surround the convection fan on the right side of the oven. A heating element surrounding the convection fan defines “true convection”, which this oven has and many others reviewed here do not. The heat from the heating element is directly circulated by the convection fan into the oven to better spread the hot oven air around the oven.
The EO24150M has multiple cooking modes, there are: Bake, Convection Bake, Broil/Grill, Defrost, Pizza, Cookies, and Toast.
The DeLonghi oven has about 0.85 cubic feet of internal space before deducting for the racks and the heating elements. When you do that, the internal usable space is about 0.67 cubic feet, still among the largest ovens reviewed in this category.
The usable dimensions are about 13 inches wide, 12 inches deep, and 7.5 inches high.
The external measurements are 19 inches wide, 17.5 inches deep, and 12 inches high.
Included with the oven are a bake pan, a pizza pan, 2 wire racks, and a crumb tray.
The oven has four rack positions for flexible rack placement, higher or lower depending on what you are cooking and whether you are cooking with two racks.
The user reviews are positive. The pizza function seems to work pretty smoothly and most like the interior size of this countertop. If you’re going to be making a lot of pizza, this is your option. Reviewers also liked the other cooking settings and the convection cooking in the Livenza.
Like all of the ovens in this price range except Cuisinart, this oven comes with a 1-year warranty. Definitely buy an extended warranty.
The best of these lower-priced high-quality countertop ovens is Breville’s Smart Oven Pro BOV845BSS. Our decision is based on our own objective analysis of the features, design, and price of the Smart Oven Pro. We also look at the overwhelming 5-star customer reviews of this countertop.
The next two countertop ovens are the lowest priced in this review. Neither of them is a convection oven.
The Breville BOV650XL Compact Smart Oven is another quality Breville product. It is larger than the BOV450XL (see below) and smaller than the Breville Smart Oven Pro (see above). You can also see our detailed review of the Breville BOV650XL Compact Smart Oven here.
This oven has 8 cooking modes and 1,800 watts of power.
Like all of the other Breville ovens reviewed here, the BOV650XL includes the Element IQ system.
This system is designed to work with each of the oven’s four quartz cooking elements for best results based on the cooking mode, time, and temperatures that you set for your oven.
This stainless steel oven with a non-stick interior can even accommodate a 12-inch diameter pizza.
Note that this oven is not a convection oven, it does not have a convection fan.
This size is great for the countertop to compliment your full-sized range or oven. You may even be happy with the Breville Mini Smart Oven with all of its cooking versatility in place of a full-sized oven.
The standard Breville warranty is only for 1 year, so an extended warranty is recommended to protect you if this oven stops working after that 1 year.
If you’d like to see this oven in the store, take a look at it on Amazon here. We recommend buying an extended warranty for this oven, Amazon has some reasonable options too.
The Breville Mini Smart Oven, also known as the BOV450XL, is a compact powerhouse. Like all of the Breville countertop ovens reviewed here, it has Breville’s Element IQ cooking technology to power the oven’s four quartz heating elements. To skip straight to Amazon click here. see our
Depending on the cooking mode selected, the Element IQ technology will adjust the power to optimize the heating elements to match the mode selected.
It even has an “A BIT MORE” function that adds extra cooking time to each cycle if you’d like to cook a little bit longer. The extra cooking time for this button varies from cooking mode to cooking mode.
Other built-in functions that you can use in all modes are the Frozen Foods and Temperature Conversion buttons. The Frozen Foods button will add extra cooking time for each mode to account for foods that are frozen when put in the oven. It works in the Bake, Bagel, Toast, Cookies, and Pizza cooking modes.
This smallest Breville smart oven reviewed here has a lot of features. It has 8 cooking modes and a built-in warming tray on top of the oven. It also has 1,800 watts of power and an interior light.
The Mini Smart Oven also has a pull-out crumb tray, located under the oven door, for easy cleaning. It will also automatically shut itself off if you forget!
Included with the oven is a 10 inch by 10-inch baking pan. It also has three rack positions and will even fit an 11-inch diameter pizza.
Like every other oven reviewed here, the Breville BOV450XL is made of stainless steel construction. It also has a non-stick interior like all of the Breville ovens reviewed here.
One thing to note, however, is that this oven does not have an interior fan for convection cooking. The interior “box” measures 0.45 cubic feet.
The top of the oven is designed to be used as a warming tray, but only with ceramic plates. Be careful not to place anything else on top of the oven that is not ceramic. The top of this oven will get really hot.
Besides the 10-inch by 10-inch baking tray included with the Breville BOV450XL, other standard sized cookware that should fit inside include:
(1) a 9 inch by 9-inch baking pan, (2) a 7.5 inch by 11-inch baking pan, (3) a standard-sized 6-cup muffin tin, and (4) a 9-inch loaf pan.
The Breville Mini Smart Oven BOV450XL weighs 15.2 pounds, and the exterior measures 15.5 x 14 x 8.8 inches. The interior measures 11 x 11 x 6 inches, or about 0.45 cubic feet. When deducting for racks and other items, the height is 4.25 inches, providing a usable interior space of about 0.30 cubic feet.
The mini is a great space saver and Breville also builds a lot of high-quality functions in their countertop ovens.
The one downside to Breville ovens is their short warranties. This oven only has a 1-year warranty, so we recommend buying an extended warranty when you buy the oven.
To see this oven on Amazon, including extended warranty options, click here.
The Best Countertop Oven on the market today is the Wolf Gourmet Elite Countertop Oven (the replacement of the original Wolf Gourmet Countertop Oven).
It is hard to compare all of these ovens. They each have a wide range of functions, price, warranty, and quality.
The Wolf Gourmet is the most expensive countertop reviewed here. But, it is likely to last the longest because of its quality.
So, in that sense, “you get what you pay for”. And if you don’t, Wolf has a 5-year warranty, none of the other ovens reviewed here come even close! (see it here on Amazon)
A convection oven is an oven with a fan inside of it. The fan is designed to blow hot oven air (or non-heated air to use in dehydrating functions) more evenly around your oven than without it. With convection cooking, you are much less likely to have “cold spots” in your oven that are colder than whatever temperature you have set.
Some full-sized ovens have dual convection and even some countertop models have it, that is two fans inside for even better circulation. Some of these, in turn, are “true convection”, which means that the fan has an oven heating element built into the oven fan. With “true convection”, the heat and the air from the fan start in the same place. True convection fans are built into both single and dual convection full-sized ovens.
Countertop ovens are in many ways smaller versions of the ovens installed in your wall or as part of your range. They can do anything that your full-sized ovens can do except cook a turkey. Many countertops are convection ovens, just like most full-sized ovens.
They range in size from almost 1 cubic foot of usable oven space when you deduct space taken up by oven racks and cooking elements to less than 0.5 cubic feet.
When considering which of these countertop ovens to purchase, you can think of them in two ways.
One way is to give you extra oven capacity when you’re cooking multiple dishes.
The other way to think of them is for smaller cooking jobs, like cooking for one or two people.
For these jobs, you won’t have to fire up a larger oven. You will use less heat and energy with these countertops, leaving you with a lower electricity bill and less heat in your kitchen.
So, you can think of a countertop oven as a trade-off between buying a larger oven, like a 48-inch range. or just buying a countertop to add extra capacity.
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