Hamilton Beach Easy Reach Oven With Convection
If less clean-up and easy access to hot food from your toaster oven are important to you (useful if kids will be regularly using it for morning toast, waffles, and after school snacks!), the Hamilton Beach Easy Reach toaster oven is a great choice. Its unique roll-top door makes it simple reach for your toasted foods, compared with traditional models with doors that pull outward and down. This design also requires less available countertop space in front of the toaster oven, and helps keep the door free of gooey cheese messes and the counter free from stray crumbs. While this model is smaller than some, it is roomy enough to make toast for 6 and heat a family-sized 12-inch frozen pizza, but note that the interior isn’t tall enough to accommodate large cuts of meat. Accessories include a 9 x 13-inch baking pan and a full-width, easily removable crumb tray. We got great toasting and reheating results with this cleverly-designed, value-priced toaster oven.
Panasonic NB-G110P Flash Xpress Toaster Oven
This compact, extremely efficient model impressed us with its even and precise browning to any level of darkness, as well as its speedy cook time – it requires no preheating and instantly comes up to temperature. The Panasonic Flash Xpress Toaster Oven’s unique combination of quartz and ceramic infrared heating elements cooks food much more quickly and evenly than traditional toaster ovens. We also love its door design, which automatically ejects the wire rack, making it easy to retrieve food. It should be noted that, due to its small size and low-ceilinged interior, this toaster oven model does not accommodate a whole chicken or larger cuts of meat, but if speedy snacks and toast are your top priority, the Panasonic Flash Express is a great choice. It toasts up to 4 slices of toast and can heat a 9-inch pizza in a flash. Accessories include a square inner tray that’s perfect for pizza, as well as a baking tray and a removable crumb tray. A bright interior light makes it easy to see food while it cooks.
Breville BOV800XL Smart Oven 1800-Watt Convection Toaster Oven With Element IQ
With its high-end design, excellent performance, uniquely intelligent heating elements, multitude features, large interior, and generous set of quality bakeware, this Breville toaster oven can easily be used in addition to or in place of your traditional oven for meal prep. Its beautiful modern look and easy-to-use interface with nine customizable presets helped make it our top pick for Design Splurge. Breville’s “Element IQ” cooking technology adjusts the power of its five individual heating elements to distribute heat evenly throughout the oven, when and where needed based on type of cooking. A legend displayed on the door conveniently tells you where to place the rack for the most efficient broiling, toasting, and baking, while a sleek auto-eject feature makes it easy to safely reach your food. This model, which accommodates a 9 x 13-inch baking pan, is definitely a bit of a splurge and the most expensive toaster oven in our roundup, but if you want clever design and the ability to customize the cooking of everything from cakes to 13-inch pizzas, up to 6 slices of toast, and a whole roast chicken with vegetables—right there on your countertop—it’s a terrific choice.
Cuisinart TOB 260 N1 Chef's Convection Toaster Oven, Stainless Steel
The Cuisinart toaster oven TOB260N1 is a wonderful choice if you’re seeking an appliance to replace your main oven for small-sized meals or as an extension when serving a crowd. It’s basically a miniature convection oven for your countertop. This model has a huge capacity with unique double-rack baking capability that handles two 9 x 13-inch pans at the same time, as well as everything from whole chickens to 4 lbs of ribs and a hefty 7-lb turkey breast. In our testing we found that, corner-to-corner, no other toaster oven heated as consistently and without hot spots. This model produced 9 perfectly browned slices of toast at one time as well as a 13-inch pizzeria-style pizza that was made perfectly crispy on the high-quality pizza stone that is included as an accessory. This toaster oven also has a relatively easy-to-use interface with 15 cooking functions and comes with a unique three-year warranty, guaranteeing regular use for years to come. (Most competitors include only a one-year warranty). A consideration: this higher-priced model also requires a sizeable perch, measuring in at a L x W x H of 22.44” x 18.5” x 13.07”, so you’ll need to make sure you have adequate countertop space and will use the appliance frequently enough to justify the space for appliance trade-off.
BLACK+DECKER TROS1000D SpaceMaker Under the Cabinet 4-Slice Toaster Oven
A simple to use, super-compact model, this Black + Decker toaster oven is the perfect apartment, dorm, or small kitchen solution. It's unique design comes with hardware that allows you to mount it under a cabinet or sturdy shelf to free up precious countertop prep space. A mounting template and thorough instructions make installation a breeze. This entry-level appliance is still a big step up from a standard toaster and features bake, toast, and keep-warm functions for 4 slices of bread, small snacks, or up to a 9” pizza. It also has browning and temperature settings, and a simple drop-down crumb tray to help make clean-up a cinch. We loved the easy controls and how well it worked for simple toasting and heating tasks. The only drawback is limited interior cook-space capacity, but if you’re tight on countertop space it can’t be beat.
Oster Large Capacity Countertop 6-Slice Digital Convection Toaster Oven
A fantastic value if you want more functionality than a basic toaster oven but are not quite ready to invest in a higher-priced model, this Oster toaster oven does true convection cooking at an unbeatable price for the performance. A digital control panel lets you adjust heat and time and has several preset functions, including Bake, Convection Bake, Broil, Toast, Pizza, Defrost, and Warm. You can even broil at any temperature from low (for melting cheese without burning) to 500 degrees for broiling steaks or chops. Note that the exterior of this model gets very hot during cooking, so allow for several inches of space at the back of the appliance and always use oven mitts when retrieving cooked foods. Accessories include a basic baking pan and a removable crumb tray; there is also an optional interior light. Two rack positions make it easy to accommodate larger cuts of meats or roasts. While this toaster oven can handle 12-inch pizzas and up to six slices of bread, keep in mind that it requires significant countertop space. Another slight drawback is that it toasts a bit unevenly, but we were still very impressed with this model.