w0fms wrote:So it depends on how "nice" of quality you want-- the Gene and HotTop are more substantially built.
Fred, do you mean that? Build is one thing I'm impressed with every time I use the Behmor. The oven, the main unit I mean, is all steel -- there are plastic / resin components inside, fans and PCBs and such, but structural material is steel. It has a really nice paint job. The door is very sturdy and its action is as high quality as the best toaster ovens if not higher. Fit and finish is excellent. We've all seen Josh manhandle these roasters in full expectation of no damage.
The mesh drum is of lesser build quality. The drum is designed very well and works very well, but it has some sharp points where the mesh has been cut. Otherwise the oven has no sharp edges, you can put your hands in there and nothing will cut you. The main unit is crawling with sheet metal and screws, and nothing is there that will hurt you... Except heat.
The product is a pleasure to use because of its solidity. The buttons are cheap but are weighted well and click nicely. The other good thing about the buttons is that you're not pressing "up up up up up" and "down down down down". You press one button to do one thing. Press, press, press, and Start, and you're rolling.
The Behmor is not a piece of man-jewelry like a La Marzocco. But it is right up there in feel and pleasure-to-use.
Personally I wish the overall electronics / "user interface" for the roaster were designed differently. And, the overall design is not elegant like the Hottop, and I prefer the Hottop design. But, one advantage of Behmor's design is you have instant access to the inside -- no disassembly required, just open the door, and you can clean stuff, repair stuff, put out chaff fires, etc.
If the Behmor were priced at $800 I bet it would get a lot more respect than it already does.