Best Toaster Ovens

Review & Comparison, Last Update August 27, 2019
Space-saving, energy-conscious, and versatile, a toaster oven can be the best solution for cramped kitchens and small households. With the help of a toaster oven, you will be able not only to toast bread but also broil steaks and fish, bake cakes, defrost dishes, and a whole lot more. Below are five top-selling models currently available on the market as well as a helpful guide with tips on how to select the appliance that will be right for you. ...Read more ...Read less
BEST 2019
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CONS
OUR VERDICT
TYPE
External Dimensions (L x W x H)
SHADE SETTINGS
COOKING MODES
CAPACITY
POWER
CONTROLS
ADDITIONAL OPTIONS
USABILITY
WARRANTY
 
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

The Breville BOV450XL combines some of the best features: it looks great thanks to its stainless steel design, it is easy to use, it is powerful, and it provides excellent cooking results. At this size, you'll be hard-pressed to find a better toaster oven.

detailed parameters
TYPE
Standard
External Dimensions (L x W x H)

15.5" x 14" x 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 W, 4 heating elements

CONTROLS

Digital controls, 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 model boasts as many as 15 pre-programmed cooking modes, including a special dual cooking mode combining 2 cooking functions and 2 temperatures for better cooking results and a speed convection mode to perfectly cook even frozen foods.

CONS

The button signs might wear off over time. 

OUR VERDICT

If you look for a professional-grade cooker packed in a compact tabletop design, you won't go wrong with the Cuisinart TOB-260N1 toaster oven. Powerful, generously sized, easy-to-control, and stuffed with accessories and innovative options, it will make your cooking quick and versatile as never before.

detailed parameters
TYPE

Convection

External Dimensions (L x W x H)

20.87"x 16.93" x 11.42"

SHADE SETTINGS

Always Even toast shade control

COOKING MODES

15 cooking options + manual cooking time and temperature adjustment 

CAPACITY

9 toast slices, 13" pizza

POWER

1800 W, 5 heating elements

CONTROLS

Digital controls, LCD display

ADDITIONAL OPTIONS

Timer, 2-hour timer, +30 seconds of cooking time

USABILITY

Front pull-out crumb tray, Door sensor to activate oven, Exact HeatTM sensor, Non-stick easy-to-clean interior, 2 Oven racks, Baking/Drip pan, Broiling pan, 13" pizza stone, Crumb tray, Recipe booklet

WARRANTY

3-year limited warranty 

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 (L x W x H)

22.8" x 13.4" x 15.5"

SHADE SETTINGS

7 shades

COOKING MODES

8 modes + manual temperature and cooking time adjustment

CAPACITY

6 toast slices, 12" pizza

POWER

1500 W, 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
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 (L x W x H)

22.5" x 18.1" x 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 W, 4 heating elements

CONTROLS

Digital controls

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

The roll-top door this model comes fitted with minimizes the space the unit will take on your countertop, provides easy and safe access to the foods, and ensures quick no-mess cleanups. 

CONS

Toast shade is adjusted manually. 

OUR VERDICT

Offered at an affordable price tag and fitted with most commonly used functions, this simple toaster oven from Hamilton Beach will perfectly suit thrifty cooks who rather seek an added cooker for quick cooking tasks than a full-fledged oven to replace the main cooker. Besides, a clever compact design makes it a match for smaller kitchens.

detailed parameters
TYPE

Convection

External Dimensions (L x W x H)

18.74" x 15.24" x 9.41"

SHADE SETTINGS

No

COOKING MODES

4 modes + manual temperature and cooking time adjustment

CAPACITY

6 toast slices, 12" pizza

POWER

1400 W

CONTROLS

Mechanical controls 

ADDITIONAL OPTIONS

30-minute timer with an auto-shutoff, Stay-on setting

USABILITY

Bake pan and bake rack with two rack positions, Slide-out crumb tray

WARRANTY

1-year limited

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.

Detailed review of Breville BOV450XL Mini Smart Oven with Element IQ

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What customers say about this product

Size & Weight

Love the size of this toaster, small and compact to fit into tight spaces but has a large enough capacity to fit four slices of toast or a small pizza.

Control

Toasting is fast and consistent with easy controls. The bagel setting really works. Baking is even and reliable. The automatic preheat feature is nicer than I expected and the size is perfect.

Features

The bagel feature is also a dream, allowing me to toast sliced bagels properly without burning the outside of the bagel.

Key Specs

This compact but powerful oven can actually toast well AND work well as an oven. It can even handle frozen pizza's.
 

Cuisinart TOB-260N1

Best Choice for Home Chefs

Every enthusiastic home chef strives to cook like a real pro. This convection toaster oven from Cuisinart will let you hone your culinary skills to perfection without buying a great number of cooking appliances and accessories. Designed with advanced technologies and a plethora of additional functions, it is easily one of the best toaster ovens out there, able to bring your home cooking experience to a completely new level.

First off, this model boasts as many as 15 pre-set cooking modes in comparison to 6-8 programs most standard competitor models typically come equipped with. Such a variety will likely cater to the cooking needs of even the most demanding users. Toasting bread for breakfast, making pizza or hot sandwiches for lunch, broiling poultry or roasting meat for dinner, baking a myriad of scrumptious desserts, or even creating a tasty meal from leftovers - all this you can do with this Cuisinart mini oven. Not to mention a “Waffles” function that will be of special value if you have kids in your family, and a “Keep warm” mode that will help you preserve your meals nicely warm.

When it comes to the unit design, the Cuisinart TOB-260N1 is definitely a looker and will satisfy even the most exacting consumers. It has an all-steel body and non-stick interior that are hygienic and extremely easy to clean and maintain after use. To the right is placed an intuitive control panel with digital controls and LED display that will make it easier to get the hang of all available modes and functions and allow you to get the most out of the cooker. For added convenience, the Cuisinart TOB-260N1 comes with two adjustable baking racks so you can cook two batches or two different dishes at a time. This is especially handy when you need to make a quick meal for a family dinner or a get-together with friends. Besides, a complete set of accessories consisting of a baking pan, broiling pan, crumb tray, and a pizza stone will enable you to cook anything from 9 toasted bread slices to generously sized crispy pizza to a whole 9-pound chicken.

Review of Cuisinart TOB-260N1 Convection Toaster Oven

Optimize Your Cooking to the Maximum

A perfect balance of functionality and ease of use is one of the biggest benefits of the Cuisinart TOB-260N1 but not the only one. Another merit you will appreciate about this model is its powerful performance and optimized cooking process. With it, you will able to make many new delicious meals and cook really quickly. Such oven performance has been achieved thanks to the following features:

  • 1800-watt power, along with 5 heating elements and precise heat sensor for optimal heating;
  • A Dual Cook mode running two different functions at two temperatures for better cooking results with some intricate meals like meat roasts and slow-cooked items;
  • +30 option allows adding 30 seconds to any cooking mode for better browning, crisping, or toasting results;
  • A customizable number of bread slices and toast shade control for ideally golden toasts;
  • Programmable pizza diameter up to 13 inches to optimize cooking time.
Cuisinart TOB-260N1 Convection Toaster Oven in the use

Convection Benefit Doubled

A convection function is a rather common feature for toaster ovens. It maximizes heating and speeds up cooking. However, while in most rival models convection simply assists baking or roasting modes, in the Cuisinart TOB-260N1, it’s a fully controllable function. Here, the convection can be activated separately in any cooking mode and at any time during cooking as you deem necessary. Moreover, a Speed Convection will let you cook without preheating, thus further cutting cooking time without compromising the cooking results.

Powerful, generously sized, easy-to-control, and packed with a number of bells and whistles, this two-rack toaster oven from Cuisinart will make your cooking quick and versatile as it can only get.

Detailed review of Cuisinart TOB-260N1 Convection Toaster Oven

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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.

Review of BLACK + DECKER CTO6335S Digital Toaster Oven

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. 

Detailed review of BLACK + DECKER CTO6335S Digital Toaster Oven

 

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.

Review of Oster TSSTTVMNDG Digital Convection Toaster Oven

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.

Detailed review of Oster TSSTTVMNDG Digital Convection Toaster Oven

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Hamilton Beach 31123D

Clever Design for Smaller Kitchens

If you have a cramped or small kitchen or your countertop space is limited, your choice of countertop kitchen appliances is limited as well, especially when it comes to rather bulky units like countertop ovens. Sounds pretty much like you? Yet, you still want a toaster oven, even at the expense of some other devices? This is where the Hamilton Beach 31123D toaster oven will come into play.

What makes this model stand out (in addition to a fairly affordable price no thrifty cook will give a miss) is its compact and clever design. It is not only about a smaller footprint that will eat less countertop area as compared to bigger models but also the thing is in the door construction. Unlike in other similar ovens with front opening doors that need added space to freely use the oven, the Hamilton Beach 31123D features a roll-up door that needs no space in the front. Moreover, you’ll have easier, safer, and more convenient access to the foods inside. Now checking foods or adding some ingredients while cooking is a breeze with minimal risk of burning your hands on the hot door.

Review of Hamilton Beach 31123D Countertop Toaster Oven

Simple Functionality for Basic Needs

Though this toaster oven won’t replace a full-scale oven and it has only four cooking modes it will more than surely cater to your basic needs.

In general, the oven provides you with all the essential functions you need. You get broil and toast modes for making crispy toasts, cooking quick snacks like chicken nuggets or some frozen meals as well as roasting steaks and fish; a bake mode for creating all sorts of desserts, from delicate mousses to crunchy croissants; and a convention mode for cooking pizzas and pastries with an appetizing crust. This functionality is more than enough to toss off some quick meals, diversify your breakfast menus, and make yummy snacks for the whole family.

Instead of digital controls, the Hamilton Beach 31123D comes equipped with mechanical switches. Yet, they ensure the same level of operational convenience. Properly marked dials allow easily set the desired cooking time and temperature, while a 30-minute timer with an auto shut-off will take care of the unit safety. Two rack positions are also included to cook larger and smaller portions and you can turn the convection function on and off when necessary.

Hamilton Beach 31123D Countertop Toaster Oven in the use

Easy Maintenance for Clean Countertops

With any sort of countertop cooking appliances, be it a microwave, a sandwich maker, an air fryer or even a mere toaster, you always have to tackle some sort of countertop mess, especially when it comes to cleaning the appliance. Toaster ovens are not an exception in this sense. Hot melted cheese drips, oily splashes, greasy stains, and crumbs all over the countertop surface are almost inevitable. Yet, the Hamilton Beach 31123D toaster oven is different. Thanks to the above mentioned roll-top door, it keeps most of that mess at bay and makes cleaning a cinch. You’ll have convenient access to the oven interior to perform a more thorough clean-up. Meanwhile, the crumb tray included in the set will collect all food remnants and crumbs and is very easy to pull out without the risk of tipping it over and spilling the contents.

To sum it all up, if you seek a simple, affordable, and efficient toaster oven to complete your kitchen arsenal and perform basic everyday cooking tasks, you won’t go wrong with the Hamilton Beach 31123D.

Detailed review of Hamilton Beach 31123D Countertop Toaster Oven

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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 in 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.

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

Types

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 specifically designed for cooking whole poultry. They come with a spit and allow you to grill a chicken or turkey with fantastic flavors you'd achieve using a traditional oven. Rotisserie feature often can be added as a separate setting to a normal oven.

Cooking modes

Cooking modes are meant to automatically adjust the temperature, time, and heating mode just at the touch of a button. Automatic modes help take the guesswork out of cooking by automatically choosing the right temperature and heating setting. For baking, broiling, warming, reheating or defrosting food, toaster ovens have a bundle of pre-set modes allowing you to accomplish what you need quickly. Some toaster ovens allow you to manually control the time and temperature in preset modes. This can be handy when you want your meal to be cooked slightly less or more. You can also find ovens that feature only manual time and temperature selection. Though basic, many professional cooks find them more convenient to use. One more thing to mention is that toaster ovens may have different shade settings. The best models come with as many as seven settings so as to meet the needs of every member of your family.

Functionality

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 cooking surface diameter. So, if you really like homemade pizza, you should pay 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 counter space or opt for a bigger one if you want to expand your 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 the toaster oven requires. For example, a toaster oven with an average power between 1000 - 1500 Watts will be enough for a "4-slice" model to satisfy your basic cooking needs. While a mini-oven with the power about 2000 Watts and above can easily replace a conventional oven.

Additional Options and Usability

And the last step on your way to choosing the best toaster oven is to consider its additional options and usability. Here you may want to consider what type of controls a toaster oven has: mechanical or digital. In general, mechanical controls are considered the most reliable - all you need to do is turn a couple of dials to select the time or power level. Toaster ovens with digital controls are more expensive. The benefit of digital controls is that there is no guesswork required. Each function comes marked so you know how to use it.

A built-in timer can add to the usability too. Once you set the timer, you can go do some other things while a toaster oven cooks a meal for you. Auto shut-off feature is also important as it is responsible for the safety of use. Toaster ovens with this function will switch off automatically after some time of non-use if you happen to forget to do that manually.

For your convenience, some mini ovens come with lights which make it easy to see what's happening inside the appliance without opening the door. Another thing we find handy is a removable crumb tray. It helps collect all crumbs and grease, thus simplifying cleaning afterwards. Besides, no crumbs in the oven means no bad smells while in use. Last but not least, make sure the coating of the oven is non-stick. Not only will it simplify clean-up, but also it will contribute to the durability of the appliance, greatly extending its service life.

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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