Best Toaster Ovens

Review & Comparison, Last Update November 28, 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
BEST 2017
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OUR VERDICT
TYPE
External Dimensions
SHADE SETTINGS
COOKING MODES
CAPACITY
POWER
CONTROLS
ADDITIONAL OPTIONS
USABILITY
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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
WARRANTY

1 year limited

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
WARRANTY

1 year limited

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
WARRANTY

2 years limited

PROS

Expand your cooking abilities taking advantage of the 4 rack positions and the extra-deep curved interior of the oven that can accommodate pizzas, casseroles and even the whole chicken.

CONS

The timer alert sound is too quiet.

OUR VERDICT

With this toaster oven, you will start cooking restaurant-quality meals like a real Chef. Offers the best performance to price ratio and has a great number of cooking modes to let you experiment with recipes. 

detailed parameters
TYPE

Convection

External Dimensions

Length: 22.8" Width: 13.4" Height: 15.5"

SHADE SETTINGS

7 shades

COOKING MODES

8 modes + Manual temperature and cooking time adjustment

CAPACITY

6 toast slices, 12'' pizza

POWER

1500 Watts- 4 heating elements

CONTROLS

Digital control - LCD display

ADDITIONAL OPTIONS

- Timer -  Convection function works with the Bake mode

USABILITY

Removable crumb tray, 4 rack positions, Bake pan, Broil rack, Timer with audible alerts

WARRANTY

2 years limited

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 of the toaster are intuitive and backlit for ease of use even in the dark.

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
WARRANTY

1 year

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 healthy recipes, you may want to get yourself one more kitchen appliance that will help you prepare many delicious meals but completely oil-free - an air fryer.

What Features to Compare

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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Breville BOV450XL

Type and Cooking modes

The 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. The Breville BOV450XL will become useful in any household; it boasts 7 shade settings, allowing you to set the optimal setting with accordance to your preferences and tastes. 

Review of Breville BOV450XL Mini Smart Oven with Element IQ

Functionality

The 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 technology ensures efficient cooking and reduces 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 BOV450XL Mini Smart Oven with Element IQ in the use

Additional Options and Usability

This model has 3 rack positions and for your convenience the 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.

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Oster TSSTTVMNDG

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.

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Functionality

The Oster TSSTTVMNDG  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 TSSTTVMNDG Digital 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. The 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.

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Cuisinart TOB-40

Type and Cooking modes

The 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 Custom Classic Toaster Oven

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. The 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 Custom Classic Toaster Oven in the use

Additional Options and Usability

The 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.

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BLACK + DECKER CTO6335S

Prepare Meals that Cater to Every Taste!

Nobody's going to deny that putting a meal together after a long working day is a pretty tiresome task. Firing up an oven and heating up the entire apartment or house while using up tons of electricity for cooking doesn't sound like fun. So, if you want to cook faster and cheaper, especially on canicular days, keeping your kitchen cool, we recommend you to consider the BLACK+DECKER CTO6335S, a toaster oven being recognized for both its reasonable price and excellent performance characteristics. 

This 1500 Watts oven is designed with 4 heating elements - 2 on the top and 2 on the bottom. They heat up pretty quickly and toast your food evenly, thus you will never get your chicken or pizza with underbaked center. What's more, the oven features pretty straightforward controls. Designed with an extra-large display and illustrated mechanical buttons located under it, the CTO6335S model allows you to pre-set the cooking time, temperature, and the mode you need, showing all the settings on the display.  Bake, broil, toast, bagel, pizza, frozen snacks, potatoes, cookies, this is the list of the pre-set cooking modes you can choose from and customize them depending on your preferences or needs. You can set the timer for up to 120 minutes to alert you when your meal is ready. Without the timer, the oven automatically shuts off every 30 minutes, allowing you to use it for some short cooking jobs like toasting or baking small items.  

Finally, those who like crispy and browned food will highly appreciate the convection function that is used with the Bake function only. It uses an internal fan to distribute the heat inside the oven more evenly and thus, bakes at lower temperatures much faster. Note that the temperature you set should be 25 degrees lower than the recommended one when you are baking something using the Convention option.

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Compact Yet Capacious

The BLACK+DECKER CTO6335S is not only a stylish-looking kitchen appliance, it also has a very capacious interior that enables you to cook the whole chicken and big pizzas with a diameter up to 12". The oven makes enough room for toasting up to 6 slices of bread or 4 bagels and allows a wide shade selection that can be set from 1 to 7 settings, depending on preferences of your family members. 

To choose the desired browning option, press the "Bagel" or "Toast" button and change the shade level pressing ▲ or ▼ button immediately. Otherwise, the oven will start to toast your bread slices on the medium setting automatically.
BLACK + DECKER CTO6335S Digital Toaster Oven in the use

Other Conveniences

The manufacturer has thought out every detail and created a toaster oven that not only offers handy and intuitive controls but also requires almost none-to-zero maintenance. The appliance comes fitted with a removable crumb tray which is easy to clean of bread crumbs pulling it out of the unit and rinsing under water. The brushed stainless steel housing and non-stick interior of the oven hardly need any maintenance too. All you will need to do is make sure to occasionally wipe their surface clean with a damp paper towel or a sponge. The included bake pan and broil and dual-position racks are dishwasher-safe and need no manual scrubbing at all. You will easily clean them off grease in a dishwasher. 

The oven is equipped with a dual-position rack that can be inserted either in the upper or in the lower slot and can be turned upside-down, making for two additional positions. This feature alone can expand your cooking capabilities, providing you with 4 options for cooking food conveniently and mess-free. 

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Panasonic NB-G110PW

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, the Panasonic FlashXpress offers 5 shade settings. Thus, you and your significant other will find just the shade they wish. The controls of the toaster oven are intuitive and easy to read due to the illustrated guides. You will hardly need to use a user's manual at all. 

Review of Panasonic NB-G110PW Flash Xpress Toaster Oven

Functionality

The 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. The 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 NB-G110PW Flash Xpress Toaster Oven in the use

Additional Options and Usability

The 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. The 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.

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