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What’s not to love about a toaster oven? Countertop ovens are great for small jobs or for those occasions when you’ve overestimated the size of your regular oven. They heat more quickly, save energy, and are much easier to clean. These days they can also handle just about any job your conventional oven can—and some your conventional oven can’t. Depending on the model, they can air fry, convection bake, grill, roast, broil, proof, dehydrate, slow cook, defrost, and warm. Some are large enough to roast an entire turkey, and others have helpful preset cooking settings for certain types of food. They're also great for entertaining—think about juggling all those side dishes and pies (all with different oven temperatures) on Thanksgiving or the holidays.
So, if your toaster oven is woefully outdated or if you don’t have one at all, we suggest you take a look at the collection of high-quality machines below. We’ve got something for everyone: serious bakers, people with small kitchens, chefs that live for advanced technology, couples on a budget, and those who want to add some quirky character to their kitchen. There are many countertop ovens on the market, but, compared to these, they’re—um—toast.
Read on for the best toaster ovens.
Best Overall: Breville Smart Oven BOV800XL
“Smart” is definitely the best way to describe this elegant and highly sophisticated toaster oven. Its most impressive feature, the Element iQ system, is a technology that adjusts the power of the oven’s five individual quartz heating elements depending on the preset program that has been selected: toast, roast, bake, broil, reheat, warm, bagel, pizza, or cookies. This heating system increases the unit’s efficiency by allowing it to distribute heat when and where it’s needed, ensuring that food cook quickly and evenly.
While the smart oven’s settings are preprogrammed according to Breville’s recommendations, you can customize them based on the volume of food you’re cooking or your personal taste. The smart oven will remember your customized settings! This unit is loaded with other great features as well. Its 1800 W preheat ensures a shorter wait time for your meal. Alternatively, it has a slow cook function for those times that you need to simmer a roast for the whole day. Its simple and easy-to-read LCD screen displays the temperature and cook time in case you forget, and it has a stainless-steel housing and non-stick interior that are both easy to clean.
Best Budget: Hamilton Beach 6-Slice Easy Reach Toaster Oven
The 6-Slice Easy Reach Toaster Oven is simple, practical, and affordable. It doesn’t look shabby either. It has straightforward settings for temperature (up to 450˚ F), function (bake, broil, and convection), and toast time that are controlled via easy-to-grip, contoured knobs. It’s large enough to fit a 9” x 11” baking pan, a 12” pizza, or 6 slices of toast but small enough that it doesn’t take up a ton of counter space.
The unit’s best feature is a roll-top door that offers a number of benefits. First, because the door opens up rather than out, you don’t have to worry about burning yourself when you reach into the toaster oven to sprinkle cinnamon sugar on your toast or to remove your bagel bites. I mean—your kid’s bagel bites. Second, the roll-top door leaves the counter space in front of the toaster oven free. You can easily slide your personal pizza from the rack to your plate without making a mess. Third, since the door is never under the food, it is far less likely to get dirty or collect crumbs. The removable, easy-to-clean crumb tray will collect all the mess instead.
Best for Baking: Black and Decker Convection Oven
Calling all bakers! Tired of waiting for your conventional oven to heat up so you can make a small batch of moist, fluffy, perfectly browned muffins for Sunday breakfast? Get baking (or broiling, toasting, or warming) in minutes with Black and Decker’s countertop convection oven. This toaster oven’s powerful convection fan effectively circulates warm air throughout the oven for an astonishingly short preheat time and fast and even baking. Its extra-wide interior is designed specifically for all your favorite baking dishes and 9” x 13” pans, and its broiler pan and removable crumb tray make it a million times easier to clean than your standard oven.
This is also a great countertop unit for those who are serious about their toast. It has a dedicated toast timer that, as its makers proudly declare, “allows for predictable shade selection with every use.” It has a 60-minute timer for longer baking jobs too. Finally, it comes with a toasting rack and a broiling/baking pan just in case your pans are a bit too big.
Best For Air Frying: Cuisinart Air Fryer Toaster Oven
As we all know, air frying is a faster, healthier way to prepare some of your favorite foods. You can buy an air fryer on its own, but why would you when you can save space and money by getting a high-quality toaster oven that is also a stellar air fryer? Cuisinart’s 1800-watt Air Fry Toaster Oven is just that. It even comes with a handy fry basket so that you can lightly mist foods with oil without having to worry that they’ll get soggy on the bottom.
This gorgeous stainless steel toaster oven can convection bake and broil too, and it has settings for regular baking and broiling, toasting, and warming. Its temperature range is wider than usual (80 to 450˚ F), and it’s large enough to air fry 3 lbs. of meat, toast 6 slices of bread, and prepare a 12” pizza with a delightfully crispy crust. Its non-stick interior and interior light adds extra convenience, and the unit comes with an impressive 3-year warranty.
Best Convection: Cuisinart Chef’s Convection Toaster Oven
This stainless-steel toaster oven looks smokin’ hot, and its performance can only be described as top-notch. The Chef’s Convection toaster oven is an excellent supplemental unit, and, in many cases, it can save you from having to use your full-sized oven altogether. The unit has an extra-large capacity and a double rack to further maximize interior space; it can fit two 9” x 13” baking pans, a 5-lb. chicken, a 13” pizza, or 9 slices of bread. Cuisinart’s toaster has heating and cooking technology that rivals your standard oven.
With programmable cooking functions and heat sensors that calibrate the unit's five quartz heating elements to the optimum settings for each function, you’ll get a perfectly cooked meal every time. It has programs for toast, bagels, waffles, pizza, sandwiches, and leftovers and has bake, broil, roast, keep warm, and defrost functions. The toaster oven’s dual cooking ability enables you to run two cooking functions at two different temperatures consecutively, and it has a speed convection setting that lets you bypass the preheating process and get straight to cooking. The unit’s non-stick interior ensures a quick and easy cleanup process too! This toaster oven has it all, and then some.
Best for Small Spaces: Ninja Foodi Digital Air Fry Oven
This toaster oven’s ingenious design makes it ideal for those who need to maximize counter space without sacrificing oven capacity. While in use, the unit’s footprint is about 20” x 15” but the ninja is made to flip up toward your backsplash when you aren’t using it. In this position, it takes up 50% less space and leaves the front edge of your countertop free. The foodi toaster oven fits a 13” x 13” sheet pan, 9 slices of toast, or 6 chicken breasts. So, there’s enough space to make a meal for the whole family.
Even better, this toaster oven will cook that meal up to 60% faster than a traditional oven; it can preheat in 60 seconds and prepare an entire meal in 20 minutes! Ninja’s Digital Crisp Control Technology uses precisely controlled temperature and fan speeds to ensure that everything cooks evenly as well as quickly, no matter which of its 8 modes the toaster oven is in—air fry, air roast, air broil, bake, dehydrate, keep warm, and more. To top it all off, the Foodi oven has clean, simple lines and a stainless-steel finish, so it looks great in the up or down position.
Best Modern Design: KitchenAid Digital Countertop Oven
Those who prefer to live a “no-frills” lifestyle will adore this toaster oven. It’s got a sleek design with clean lines and a minimalist control panel that could not be easier to use and understand. The profile of the KitchenAid oven is a striking matte black, and its hardware is stainless steel, except for the stylish black chrome control knobs. Turn the left knob to select one of the nine preset functions—bake, broil, toast, warm, reheat, bagel, pizza, cookies, roast—and the right knob to select the cooking time.
The “start,” “cancel,” and “frozen” buttons on the right-hand side are equally self-explanatory, and the digital display makes it easy to check the progress of your dish at a quick glance. Like other high-quality toaster ovens, this one has a non-stick interior and a removable drip/crumb tray to make the cleaning process significantly less painful. It comes with a 9”x 13” baking pan and a removable grill rack as well.
Best Versatility: Breville Smart Toaster Oven Air
If you have counter space galore in your kitchen, Breville’s large-capacity countertop oven may be an excellent investment for you. Its interior measures a whole cubic foot and fits extra-large items like a 14-pound turkey, a 5-quart Dutch oven, and 12-cup muffin trays. It’s perfect for the holidays or for dinner parties. You can roast your bird in the toaster oven and leave your conventional oven open for all those sides and casseroles. This unit has the same, energy-efficient Element iQ technology as the Breville Smart Oven BOV800XL (mentioned above), and it has a 2-speed convection fan that offers greater cooking control, both of which ensure fast and even heat distribution and cooking.
With 13 preset cooking functions, this unit is very versatile. It can easily prepare toast, bagels, pizzas, and cookies, and it can broil, bake, roast, warm, proof, air fry, reheat, slow cook, and dehydrate. To help you easily access and understand all of these functions, the toaster oven has an LCD display that makes everything crystal clear. Last but not least, Breville stands behind their product with a 2-year warranty.
Best Retro-Style: Nostalgia Multi-Functioning Retro Convection Toaster Oven
If you want your kitchen to pop with fun color and personality, then this retro toaster oven has your name all over it. It’ll make you feel like you’re walking right into a 50’s diner every time you visit the kitchen, and it looks adorable in either aqua or red. This 1500-watt oven isn’t all show either. It can bake, toast, convection bake, and broil; and it’s large and powerful enough to bake 12” pizzas, casseroles, and steaks.
Its temperature is adjustable (from 200 to 400˚ F) and it features four-stage heating selections (upper, lower, upper & lower, and off). Its indicator light will let you know when it’s working, and its 60-minute timer will let out a little “ding” when your food is done. It also comes with a removable baking pan, wire rack, and crumb tray. You get all the modern conveniences in a cute, vintage-style package.
When it comes to toaster ovens, the Breville Smart Oven and Smart Oven Air are all-around winners for both functionality and ease of use. A toaster oven with air frying capacities is great for healthy dishes—we love the Cuisinart Air Fryer Toaster Oven and the Ninja Foodi Digital Air Fry. And for a great budget pick, you can't go wrong with the Hamilton Beach Countertop Toaster Oven.
What can I cook in a toaster oven?
The possibilities are endless! The advantage of a toaster oven is that you can do a lot in a small area—which is especially helpful if your large oven is occupied at Thanksgiving or you don't want to heat up the whole kitchen in the summer. Some things we like to cook in our toaster ovens include mini pizzas, baked potatoes, air-fried vegetables, and cookies.
Should I get a microwave or toaster oven?
It's not a bad idea to have both if you have space in your kitchen. The toaster oven essentially functions as a mini oven, so it does all the things you can do in your larger one—broil, toast, warm, and more. A microwave is great for quickly heating up leftovers and defrosting meat or frozen dinners.
Why trust Brides?
Mckenzie Eggers is a writer who also happens to be an avid cook. She uses her toaster oven daily for everything from the obvious (toast) to her favorite chocolate chip cookies.