While toaster ovens do take up coveted counter space, they’re well worth the sacrifice. They’re roomier and more versatile than slot toasters, heat up more quickly than full-size ovens, and can give your food crispiness that microwaves can only dream of. If you ever find yourself with soggy leftover pizza or burnt bagels, a toaster oven can be a godsend.
Whether you’re replacing an older model or buying your very first toaster oven, toaster ovens provide a quick, easy, and energy-efficient alternative to your traditional oven. With so many brands offering different bells and whistles, it’s challenging to pick the right one for your kitchen. Do you want a basic toaster oven model, one that simply heats up food? Or do you want a toaster oven that’s fancier, which is essentially a multi-purpose oven that air fries, broils, slow cooks, warms, and, oh yeah, heats up food?
We checked out the best models on the market so you can go ahead and give your full-size oven the day off.
The brand's signature colors will make this basic toaster oven stand out on your countertop.
Pros: This inexpensive oven won’t take up much counter space, so it’s great for smaller kitchens. The trays and rack are also dishwasher safe, so keeping it clean is a breeze.
Cons: Operation is very basic, with just two knobs controlling the temperature and timer. And even though it won’t take up much room, its limited featureset may not make it worth the space for some.
This convection toaster oven heats quickly and evenly, while offering a wide temperature range of 150 to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.
Pros: With room for six slices, this toaster oven is the perfect guest to invite to brunch. Thanks to its seven preset functions, you don’t have to worry about burning your toast or any other fare. The interior light allows you to watch your food while it cooks without opening the door.
Cons: Reviewers note that this oven heats up a little too fast, while some owners caution that the door opens very quickly and could shatter if you’re not careful while lowering it.
Forgive us for being superficial, because this toaster had us sold on its looks. But it's also effective as hell.
Pros: Because this toaster oven has a quartz heating element (hence its name), it delivers 40 percent more heat than traditional countertop ovens. It’s big enough to fit a 12-inch pizza. And it has preset functions including broiling, roasting, and toasting. But we’re suckers for the high-contrast LCD display that gives you intuitive control of all its many features.
Cons: It’s big (the dimensions are 21.45 x 18.03 x 14.76 inches), so measure before buying it, because it may not fit your countertop.
The oven’s curved interior is roomier than it looks and can hold up to four slices of bread or a 9” pizza. The large glass door allows you to keep an eye on your food.
Pros: Considered a great value, this small but serious toaster oven bakes, broils, and toasts, so you can do everything from warming up leftovers to cooking a side of bacon. The adjustable shelf makes broiling a cinch.
Cons: Consumers say this model is a bit lightweight and wobbles even when placed on flat surfaces. Others wish the crumb tray were a tad easier to remove.
If you’re looking for an attractive toaster oven, it’s hard to top this beauty. In addition to its stylish French doors, this model features a control panel with touch commands for pizza, defrosting and even dehydrating. Perfect for a hungry household, it can cook two 16-inch pizzas, a whole chicken, roast, casserole or up to 14 slices of bread.
Pros: You won’t have to worry about heating up the whole kitchen by turning on your full-size oven as this model is up to nearly any cooking task. If you entertain regularly, this may be the second stove you’ve always wanted. It’s also energy-efficient, as cooking with convection can potentially to save more than 50 percent of the energy a conventional electric oven might require.
Cons: Reviewers wish this unit had a light inside so they could check on the doneness of their dinners. Other say the doors are spring loaded and can close quickly, meaning you may burn your bare hands if you’re not ready.
If you’ve got a growing, hungry family, the spacious interior of this unit will be a welcome breakfast helpmate as it accommodates up to eight slices of bread. Here’s a money-saving bonus: You can use cookware you already own as most standard 9x13 inch oven pans will fit inside, no problem.
Pros: A dedicated toast timer ensures you enjoy slices browned to your specifications every time. Three rack positions offer plenty of cooking versatility. The toaster oven comes with a bake pan, as well as a broil rack and toasting rack, and boasts enough room to cook a 12 inch pizza.
Cons: Reviewers said this oven heated up more than just the food. In fact, some say it warmed up the whole kitchen.
Bam! Emeril’s toaster oven has 12 pre-set cooking functions that let you choose what you want to cook and how: toggle between the custom toaster oven setting for up to 6 slices of bread, roast a whole turkey, bake desserts, air fry chicken, roast carrots, or slow-cook a pork butt.
Pros: We love the 12 pre-set cooking options, which take the guesswork out of dinner, breakfast, lunch, what have you. This toaster oven also has five powerful heating elements mean so meals cook evenly on all sides.
Cons: The air fryer function leaves a lot to be desired. Namely, flavor. So if that’s your reason for buying this oven, get the Breville.
Enjoy the best of both worlds with this two-in-one compact toaster and mini oven. While you save on counter space, you don’t have to sacrifice options. This unit boasts six toaster shade settings and is easy on the wallet.
Pros: This oven comes with an easily-removable oven rack and baking pan, which are dishwasher safe. Small but mighty, this oven’s ideal for the hungry but time-crunched as it toasts 24 percent faster than other leading ovens, reheats frozen chicken nuggets 28 percent faster, and two-thirds less energy than a conventional oven.
Cons: Reviewers stated that the model emits an unusual smell during the first use for at least 20 minutes. Some wished it were slightly larger.
Tired of preheating? With this toaster oven, you won’t have to stand around waiting for the oven to warm up. Thanks t its FlashXpress Instant Heating Technology, you can push a button and the unit heats in seconds, saving you time and energy costs.
Pros: With a small countertop footprint but spacious, nonstick inside, this toaster oven features an interior light, and a removable 9 inch baking tray, making clean-up a breeze.
Cons: Owners wish the broiling pan could go in the dishwasher.
Meet the queen of toaster ovens, which does everything for you but the dishes. It has separate settings for toast and bagels; it is a powerhouse air fryer and roaster; and it keeps food hot for hours.
Pros: This is our go-to appliance, which essentially replaces a slow cooker, a broiler, a roaster, a toaster, and an air fryer. But back to the toasting. You’ll get perfectly crisp bagels every time, outdone only by the masterfully crisped toast. And you can cook an entire duck in this oven and it’s just mouthwatering. It’s more than worth the price.
Cons: Really no cons, except it can be a little tough to clean the inside.
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