Best Toaster Ovens

Last update March 17, 2017
A toaster oven is a versatile appliance that can replace a full-sized conventional oven and a microwave. With its help, you can bake, broil, toast, and defrost dishes. But, a toaster oven uses a lot less energy! We have selected 5 different toaster ovens to make your choice easier. ...Read more ...Read less
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PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
TYPE
External Dimensions
SHADE SETTINGS
COOKING MODES
CAPACITY
POWER
CONTROLS
ADDITIONAL OPTIONS
USABILITY
 
PROS
3 rack positions for cooking different dishes. Element IQ technology ensures better heat distribution and cuts down on cooking time. 'A bit more' button is a quite important feature.
CONS
Lacks an automatic slide-out rack.
OUR VERDICT
Owing to the combination of rack position adjustment and a wide variety of cooking modes, this very toaster oven is a perfect appliance for making different dishes.
detailed parameters
TYPE
Standard
External Dimensions
Length: 15.5" Width: 14" Height: 8.75"
SHADE SETTINGS
7 shades
COOKING MODES
- 8 modes - Manual temperature and cooking time adjustment
CAPACITY
- 4 toast slices - 11'' pizza - 0.45 cu. ft. (interior)
POWER
- 1800 Watts - 4 quartz heating elements
CONTROLS
- Digital control - LCD display
ADDITIONAL OPTIONS
- Timer - Defrost feature - Auto shut-off -"A Bit More" function (adds 30 seconds or 10 minutes to cooking time)
USABILITY
Removable crumb tray, 3 rack positions, Timer with audible alerts, Temperature conversion button, LCD display and illuminated buttons
PROS
The most outstanding feature about this oven is the convection mode. It makes your food ideally browned on all sides and speeds up the cooking process.
CONS
Doesn't show time on the clock.
OUR VERDICT
Even a child is able to use this oven due to its user-friendly controls. The high-volume capacity makes this model perfect for a big company or family.
detailed parameters
TYPE
Convection
External Dimensions
Length: 22.5" Width: 18.1" Height: 14.6"
SHADE SETTINGS
2 shades
COOKING MODES
- 6 modes - Convection bake - Manual temperature and cooking time adjustment
CAPACITY
- 6 toast slices - 12'' pizza
POWER
- 1300 Watts - 4 heating elements
CONTROLS
Digital control
ADDITIONAL OPTIONS
- Timer - Auto shut-off
USABILITY
Interior light for easy viewing, 2 rack positions, Timer with an audible alert, Removable crumb tray
PROS
Convenient automatic slide-out rack for placing and removing food easily. Always Even Toast Shade Control ensures even shade and desired crispiness of a toast.
CONS
The timer is not programmable.
OUR VERDICT
Regardless of mechanical control, the mini-oven offers a number of different cooking modes and is quite easy to use.
detailed parameters
TYPE
Standard
External Dimensions
Length: 15.6" Width: 13" Height: 8.9"
SHADE SETTINGS
3 shades
COOKING MODES
- 5 modes - Manual temperature adjustment
CAPACITY
- 4-6 toast slices - 11'' pizza - 0.50 cu. ft. (interior)
POWER
- 1800 Watts - 4 heating elements
CONTROLS
Mechanical control
ADDITIONAL OPTIONS
- Timer - Auto shut-off
USABILITY
Removable crumb tray, 2 rack positions, Auto slide-out rack for hands-free loading, Timer with audible alerts, Cool touch door handle, Soft grip material on dials
PROS
The unique Even Toast technology with 2 heating elements ensures optimal heat distribution for toasting bread more evenly.
CONS
The audible alert may seem too loud.
OUR VERDICT
This extremely affordable and efficient toaster oven will help you make all kinds of pastry for a family of 4 people.
detailed parameters
TYPE
Standard
External Dimensions
Length: 15.5" Width: 9.8" Height: 8.8"
SHADE SETTINGS
7 shades
COOKING MODES
- 4 modes - Manual temperature and cooking time adjustment
CAPACITY
- 4 toast slices - 9'' pizza
POWER
- 1200 Watts - 2 heating elements
CONTROLS
Mechanical control
ADDITIONAL OPTIONS
- Timer - "Stay-on" function (if you need to cook some dish for a bit longer)
USABILITY
Removable crumb tray, 2 rack positions, Timer with an audible alert
PROS
This toaster oven uses 4 infrared heating elements that don't require preheating before cooking. Hence, your dishes are made quickly and evenly.
CONS
Only 1 rack position.
OUR VERDICT
Perfect choice for those who are always in a hurry. The controls on the toaster oven are quite conventional as they are illustrated.
detailed parameters
TYPE
Infrared
External Dimensions
Length: 13" Width: 12" Height: 10.25"
SHADE SETTINGS
5 shades
COOKING MODES
6 modes + Manual temperature adjustment
CAPACITY
- 4 toast slices - 9'' pizza
POWER
- 1300 Watts - 4 heating elements
CONTROLS
Digital control
ADDITIONAL OPTIONS
- Timer - Auto shut-off
USABILITY
Removable crumb tray, Interior light, Timer with an audible alert, Auto slide-out rack for hands-free loading, 1 rack position

What is a Toaster Oven

Kitchen appliances were engineered to simplify the process of cooking. However, each appliance performs different functions for cooking various dishes. This is the reason why homemakers want to obtain as many cooking appliances as possible. But here we face the problem of limited space at the kitchen and thus want to find some versatile unit that can replace several kitchen appliances at once. Today we are going to present you a toaster oven - an appliance that combines the capabilities of a microwave oven, a toaster, and a conventional oven. Almost all toaster ovens can make toasts, however, unlike ordinary toasters, this appliance is used for making barbecue, baking, broiling, warming, reheating or defrosting different kinds of food. A toaster oven heats up due to the infrared, quartz or ceramic heating elements and hence, generates less heat in comparison with other kitchen appliances. The best toaster ovens can accommodate large portions of food, take little space, and offer different pre-set cooking functions that simplify the cooking process. Be sure that this versatile appliance will become an indispensable assistant in your kitchen. Sounds interesting, doesn't it?

If you are fond of cooking and baking different substantial food in a healthy way, pay attention to air fryers, which will help you to do it quickly and without difficulties.

What To Look For

When it comes to buying a toaster oven, you should primarily consider its Type and Cooking Modes. There are several different Types of ovens available on the market and each one has its own peculiarities.

  • Standard toaster ovens can toast from 4 to 6 slices of bread at a time. They allow you to control temperature and choose different cooking modes. Standard toaster ovens are perfect for warming, baking, and toasting.
  • Convection toaster ovens have a fan inside the appliance that evenly distributes heated air throughout the interior, thereby reducing the cooking time. Therefore, owing to the even heat exposure, you can preset lower cooking temperatures.
  • Infrared toaster ovens transfer heat directly to the food instead of heating the air around your dish. Infrared toaster ovens don't require preheating and cook about 50% faster than standard toaster ovens.
  • Rotisserie toaster ovens are equipped with their own spit, allowing you to roast the whole chicken for a dinner. So, some models are convenient for rotisserie cooking only. On the other hand, rotisserie is an additional element in a fully-featured toaster oven.

The Cooking modes are meant to automatically adjust temperature, time, and heating mode just at the touch of a button. Automatic modes allow you to prepare a certain dish at the ideal temperature and heating mode quite quickly. In addition, a wide variety of pre-set modes allows preparing dishes in different ways: bake, broil, warm, reheat or defrost. Some toaster ovens boast the capability of manually controlling time and temperature in all preset cooking modes. This option will allow you to choose the optimal temperature for any meal. On the other hand, several models of mini-ovens offer only a manual time and temperature selection. For those who prefer having crispy and brown toasts, toaster ovens allow varying the shade settings. The manufacturers equip the best toaster ovens with up to 7 shade settings to meet the requirements of every user.

The next important aspect to take into account when choosing a toaster oven is its Functionality. This feature depends on 2 major criteria - capacity and power. Capacity is the interior space of the unit that determines the amount of food a toaster oven can hold. Generally, manufacturers specify the number of toasts a toaster oven contains. Also, the capacity of an appliance differs in a cooking surface diameter. So, if you really like homemade pizza, you should draw your attention to the diameter of a pizza a toaster oven holds up. It is a good idea to consider what food you are going to cook in it along with how much counter space you have. The size of a toaster oven directly depends on its capacity. Choose a small appliance to free up a counter space or opt for a bigger one if you want to expand you cooking options to make a roasted chicken.

The second criterion to take into account is the Power of an appliance. The power heavily depends on the capacity - the higher the capacity is, the more power a toaster oven requires. For example, a toaster oven with an average power between 1000 - 1500 Watts will be actually enough for a "4-slice" model to satisfy your basic cooking needs. A mini-oven with the power about 2000 Watts and above can easily replace a conventional oven.

And the last step on your way to choosing the best toaster oven is to consider its Additional Options and Usability. The first thing we should refer to is toaster oven's controls. There are 2 types available: mechanical and digital. The mechanical controls are known as the most reliable and easy-to-use. Such toaster ovens have a couple of mechanical dials that you need to turn to select the power level and the cooking time. Other models are equipped with digital controls - a touch panel and a display - where each function is regulated by pressing the corresponding buttons. We should also mention the importance of the built-in timer. Once you set the timer, you can have your meal ready and hot by the time you need. The auto shut-off feature is also quite important as it serves as a safety option. Toaster ovens with additional functions such as defrost and reheat will replace a microwave oven and cut down your expenses on electricity bills. For your convenience, some mini-ovens are engineered with the interior lights that allow you to see when your dish is ready. So, you needn't open the door to see the food-progress while cooking. One thing that is peculiar to all toaster ovens is a removable crumb tray. It collects all the crumbs and simplifies the cleaning process. You will never catch the smell of burnt bread and will easily empty the tray even while toasting. And the last but not the least important feature to consider is the internal coating of a toaster oven. It directly depends on the ease of cleaning and durability of an appliance.

Please note: the casing of a toaster oven heats up quite a lot, so it's prohibited to use it near combustible and flammable materials (such as plastic, for example). Besides, not all frozen food can be cooked in a toaster oven; read the labels and carefully follow the instructions.

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Review of Breville 4-Slice Mini Smart Toaster Oven, BOV450XL

Breville 4-Slice Mini Smart Toaster Oven, BOV450XL

Breville 4-Slice Mini Smart Toaster Oven, BOV450XL

Type and Cooking modes

Breville BOV450XL belongs to a standard type of toaster ovens. This multifunctional appliance offers 8 cooking modes: Bake, Broil, Roast, Cookies, Reheat, Pizza, Bagel, Toast. Just preset a needed mode, set the timer and get your crispy and browned food right in time. Additionally, Breville BOV450XL offers a capability of manually controlling time and temperature in all preset cooking modes. Hence, with this versatile mini-oven your dishes will be done just the way you want. Breville BOV450XL will surely satisfy your family members' demands as it offers 7 settings for the toast shades. So now you are able to try new tastes every day. It is obvious that this model makes the process of cooking easy and plain for each user.

Review of Breville 4-Slice Mini Smart Toaster Oven, BOV450XL

Functionality

Breville BOV450XL toaster has 1800 Watts power and is equipped with 4 heating elements on top and on the bottom of the oven. The unique feature of this toaster oven is the IQ Element technology that adjusts the power of each heating element and distributes heat evenly throughout the oven. Such a technology ensures efficient cooking and cuts the cooking time by 50%. The capacity of 4 slices and 11'' pizza makes this model perfect for a small family of 3-4 people. With the combination of capacity and power this oven offers, it is a perfect toaster oven for quick and sustainable preparing of food.

Breville 4-Slice Mini Smart Toaster Oven, BOV450XL in the use

Additional Options and Usability

This model has 3 rack positions and for your convenience Breville BOV450XL has a rack guide listed on the door of the oven. The cooking results of the toaster oven directly depend on a rack position you set for any particular food. It is quite easy to maintain the toaster oven due to a removable crumb tray and a non-stick interior cavity coating that easily withstands high temperatures. But, to clean the interior and exterior of the unit along with a crumb tray, you should use a damp cloth and a non-abrasive liquid cleanser. The built-in 2-hour timer with an audible alert will let you know when your dish is ready and if you forget to turn the mini-oven off, the auto shut-off feature will make it for you. Those who own this multi-functional oven highly estimate an LCD display on the housing as it helps to easily configure all the needed settings. Additionally, it displays how much time is left before your dish is ready. There are also 3 buttons available on the housing: 'Defrost', 'A Bit More', and a 'Temperature Conversion' button. But 'A Bit More button' is the most demanded among users. It lets you extend the cooking time for 30 seconds or 10 minutes depending on the pre-set function you choose. You should also know that Breville has the whole line-up of toaster ovens that differ is size, power, and cooking modes. So, you have got a variety of models to choose from.

Detailed review of Breville 4-Slice Mini Smart Toaster Oven, BOV450XL

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Review of Oster 6-Slice Large Capacity Convection Toaster Oven

Oster 6-Slice Large Capacity Convection Toaster Oven

Oster 6-Slice Large Capacity Convection Toaster Oven

Type and Cooking modes

This convection toaster oven has a user-friendly digital control panel. Here you can choose between 6 cooking modes: Bake, Broil, Toast, Pizza, Defrost, and Warm. We should also emphasize that Oster toaster oven offers a Convection Bake mode that allows preparing ideally browned on all sides meals. What is more important, the Convention Bake mode can greatly speed up the cooking process thanks to the uniform hot air circulation. You can also select a toast shade from light to dark settings (only 2 shade settings are possible). To do so, you need to press a Toast button on a control panel and use the +/- Temp buttons to select the appropriate shade. Toasting time is set automatically based on the shade selection. As regards the manual cooking temperature and time control, some pre-set cooking modes allow setting the temperature and time, while in the other ovens it's only time that can be set. Thanks to the electronic control, all the functions gain simplicity and add more convenience in use.

Review of Oster 6-Slice Large Capacity Convection Toaster Oven

Functionality

Oster toaster oven has a large capacity offering an availability to prepare a 12'' pizza or 6 slices simultaneously. The inner capacity of this oven is 0.6 cubic feet, and it means that you can prepare the whole chicken easily. An overall power of 1600 Watts and 4 heating elements give this big toaster oven availability to prepare your food evenly within a temperature range up to 450 degrees. If you suddenly thought that this isn't exactly a powerful toaster oven, don't let yourself misled by the numbers. The overall power would be more than enough to cook a great meal for a big family and spend very little time and effort.

Oster 6-Slice Large Capacity Convection Toaster Oven in the use

Additional Options and Usability

For your convenience, this toaster oven was designed with a user-friendly control panel. Here, you can choose the cooking modes, cooking time, temperature settings and turn on/off the interior light. Thus, all the functions can be adjusted just with one-touch controls. With the built-in 90 minutes' timer and automatic shut-off feature, you can be sure that your dishes will be ready in time. To accommodate a wide variety of food, the oven offers 2 rack positions. Whenever you plan to roast a whole chicken, you can remove the rack and shove the chicken inside. For meals like pizza, toasts, sandwiches, the use of 2 racks at a time will come in more handy. Oster toaster oven doesn't require some special maintenance; you should wipe it with a damp cloth time from time and that's it. Do not immerse the unit in water and don't use abrasives or other chemical cleaners. A removable crumb tray should be emptied quite often to avoid the burnt smell while cooking.

Detailed review of Oster 6-Slice Large Capacity Convection Toaster Oven

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Review of Cuisinart TOB-40 6-Slice Custom Classic Toaster Oven Broiler

Cuisinart TOB-40 6-Slice Custom Classic Toaster Oven Broiler

Cuisinart TOB-40 6-Slice Custom Classic Toaster Oven Broiler

Type and Cooking modes

Cuisinart TOB-40 is a standard toaster oven that offers 5 cooking functions: Toast, Bagel, Warm, Bake and Broil. The capability to control a cooking temperature in all preset modes allows you to experiment with different recipes and dishes. Hence, you can preset the desired temperature between 150F to 555F. This model also has a unique feature - 'Always Even Toast Shade Control'. It monitors the temperature and adjusts the cooking time to evenly toast you bread and achieve the desired shade from the 3 available.

Review of Cuisinart TOB-40 6-Slice Custom Classic Toaster Oven Broiler

Functionality

The generous capacity of this toaster oven allows you to place 4-6 slices of bread (depending on their size) and holds up an 11'' pizza. It is really enough to prepare a big amount of different dishes very fast. Here, you can bake the whole chicken or fish or broil two big open-faced sandwiches. The weight of the Cuisinart toaster is 12.9 pounds, so it can be easily moved and lifted. Cuisinart toaster oven heats up pretty fast owing to an overall power of 1800 Watts. This model comes with 4 heating elements, two on the top and two on the bottom. However, the energy consumption is rather big too, which is not very good. Yet, compared to any conventional microwave oven, it cooks considerably faster, so in some way, it's a saving kitchen appliance anyway.

Cuisinart TOB-40 6-Slice Custom Classic Toaster Oven Broiler in the use

Additional Options and Usability

Cuisinart TOB-40 toaster oven comes with a broiling rack, a baking/drip pan and a wire rack. Such package content allows you to broil a whole chicken while leading all drippings and excess oil to a drip pan. Additionally, the mini-oven features a removable crumb tray that also catches all bits of food. Hence, the combination of the latest features and a non-stick interior coating simplifies the process of oven's cleaning and requires only wiping the interior. The door handle stays cool when the oven is in use and the control dials on the housing are covered with soft grip material. So, you needn't worry about burns. Owing to the built-in timer, you'll hear 5 beeps when the cooking cycle is done and the unit will shut-off automatically.

Detailed review of Cuisinart TOB-40 6-Slice Custom Classic Toaster Oven Broiler

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Review of BLACK+DECKER 4-Slice Toaster Oven, TO1303SB

BLACK+DECKER 4-Slice Toaster Oven, TO1303SB

BLACK+DECKER 4-Slice Toaster Oven, TO1303SB

Type and Cooking modes

Black & Decker is a standard toaster oven with mechanical controls. It has 3 dials on the housing: a temperature selector, a cooking function selector, and a toast shade/timer selector. This model offers 4 cooking modes: toast, broil, bake, and keep warm. Additionally, you can manually control time and temperature in all preset cooking modes. To meet the requirements of the most demanding customers, Black & Decker 4-Slice Toaster Oven offers 7 shade settings. Thus, you and all your family members will find just the shade they wish.

Review of BLACK+DECKER 4-Slice Toaster Oven, TO1303SB

Functionality

Black & Decker is a rather compact oven of the following dimensions: 14.5 x 9 x 11 inches. However, it is capable of accommodating 4 toast slices or a 9'' pizza. If you're are not going to bake the whole chicken in it, then the capacity of the appliance will be quite enough for you. It's perfect for backing some snacks and for reheating leftovers. Black & Decker has an overall power of 1200 Watts. This model has 2 heating elements - one on the top and one on the bottom. They distribute heat efficiently and toast your dishes up to 30 % more evenly.

BLACK+DECKER 4-Slice Toaster Oven, TO1303SB in the use

Additional Options and Usability

This model comes with a baking pan that will help you expand your cooking experience. Thus, you can broil/bake/reheat some food in it or use the baking pan for catching all drippings and excess oil while broiling. Additionally, Black & Decker toaster oven has 2 rack positions for cooking different dishes. 30-min timer with the Stay-on function will be very helpful if some dishes require longer preparation time. But don't forget that if you've chosen the Stay-on function, the toaster oven will not shut off automatically. You should turn it off manually when your dish is ready. A removable crumb tray is meant to simplify the toaster oven maintenance. You can pull a tray out and simply wipe it with a damp cloth. Other removable parts should be cleaned with soapy water.

Detailed review of BLACK+DECKER 4-Slice Toaster Oven, TO1303SB

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BLACK+DECKER 4-Slice Toaster Oven, TO1303SB
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Review of Panasonic 4-Slice NB-G110P Flash Xpress Toaster Oven

Panasonic 4-Slice NB-G110P Flash Xpress Toaster Oven

Panasonic 4-Slice NB-G110P Flash Xpress Toaster Oven

Type and Cooking modes

In spite of small capacity, this infrared toaster oven boasts a wide variety of preset cooking modes. So, each of the 6 modes has its own illustrated button: Toast, Waffle, Roll, Pizza, Quick, and Hash Brown. You can also manually control time and temperature in all preset cooking modes, that is quite a convenient feature. To meet the requirements of every user, Panasonic FlashXpress offers 5 shade settings. Thus, you and your significant other will find just the shade they wish. The controls on the toaster oven are quite conventional as they are illustrated. Hence, there is no need in keeping the user's guide nearby all the time.

Review of Panasonic 4-Slice NB-G110P Flash Xpress Toaster Oven

Functionality

Panasonic FlashXpress uses only 1300 Watts when operating. This toaster oven is based on a double infrared light technology and allows preparing food faster than other appliances. FlashExpress technology ensures instant heating and advances the overall cooking process. Comparing to a regular convectional toaster, this one requires 40% less cooking time, and it is surely a massive plus for the mini-oven. Panasonic toaster oven is a mid-sized unit that will meet basic requirements of a small family. It won't prepare a great lot of food at a time, but it will surely please you with crispy, water-mouthing snacks to enjoy on the go or while watching a film.

Panasonic 4-Slice NB-G110P Flash Xpress Toaster Oven in the use

Additional Options and Usability

Panasonic FlashXpress has only 1 rack position that slightly sidelines the placement of dishes in the toaster oven. But, what is important, this model comes with an auto slide-out rack for hands-free loading. Owing to the interior lights and a see-through door you can view your food while it is cooking. Panasonic FlashXpress is available in white and gray colors. Not a wide color range, of course, but both these colors are universal and suitable for any kitchen design. After the cooking cycle, you can easily empty a crumb tray and clean it with a diluted solution and sponge. Don't use metal brushes in order not to scratch the coating. As regards cleaning of the oven's exterior and interior, you should wipe it with a well-wrung sponge or towel. Be careful with the heaters as well, they are very fragile.

Detailed review of Panasonic 4-Slice NB-G110P Flash Xpress Toaster Oven

Panasonic 4-Slice NB-G110P Flash Xpress Toaster Oven
Panasonic 4-Slice NB-G110P Flash Xpress Toaster Oven
 
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