Ok, so this appliance is almost certainly not a necessity, however, my posts about these gadgets are pretty much never about an item that you really need! I was a little skeptical, but I watched the 4 minute video on the website and was pretty impressed! My two favorite elements (out of several) would be that when you put your food in, it suggests how long it should be in for! The other thing is that you can tell it to defrost your food before you cook it (like a frozen pizza). I guess third would be that it is also a convection oven which people say is a really cool thing! Anyway if you have time or are bored you can pop over to the site to check out the video for the Breville Countertop Convection Oven!