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Instant Omni Plus 18L vs Toshiba AC25CEW-BS Toaster Oven Side-by-Side Comparison

Instant Omni Plus 18L vs Toshiba AC25CEW-BS Toaster Oven. The best smart medium-sized or the best-value countertop convection toaster oven? Choose wisely.

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Instant Omni Plus 18L vs Toshiba AC25CEW-BS Toaster Oven

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The Toshiba AC25CEW-BS did reasonably well in all of our performance tests. However, the Instant Omni Plus 18L consistently produced greater results and even excelled in roasting a whole chicken and baking french fries. In contrast with the simple LCD display and analog controls of the Toshiba, the Instant Omni Plus features a touchscreen with a status bar and automatic reminders.

Interestingly, both have extra unique cooking functions with one difference being the dehydrate function from the Instant Omni Plus and defrost function from the Toshiba. However, the Instant can be adjusted to 85°F giving it a wider temperature range than the Toshiba.

Both have 3 tray levels with indicators on the glass door but the Instant Omni Plus also has an interior light — while the other doesn’t. Both have a rotisserie kit and the Instant Omni Plus further has an air fryer basket while the Toshiba provides a rack clamp. The former is built with a slide-out crumb tray while the latter has a removable one.

In all fairness, in making use of modern technology to increase convenience, the Instant Omni Plus falls victim to the very flaws of said aspect. On the other hand, the Toshiba doesn’t offer much but also doesn’t take away much in terms of usability.

The Instant Omni Plus 18L is an ideal smart kitchen gadget for the tech-savvy at a reasonable price. Meanwhile, the Toshiba AC25CEW-BS is an inexpensive and well-rounded piece of equipment.

Pros & Cons

  • Highly affordable
  • Good value in terms of functionality and accessories
  • Lightweight but sturdy design
  • Easy-to-turn knobs
  • High-contrast digital display
  • Cool-touch door handle
  • Easy-to-clean stainless steel exterior
  • Informative and eye-catching package
  • Smart Programs and cooking status bar
  • Electrical safety feature for the door
  • Convenient slide-out crumb tray
  • Safeguards for all heating elements
  • Complimentary app with detailed instructions and numerous recipes
  • Helpful toggles
  • Easy-to-clean stainless steel exterior
  • No safety mechanism for the door
  • Convection fan isn’t all-applicable
  • No internal lighting
  • Touchscreen digital displays need more contrast
  • The master-control knob can be confusing

Key Specs

Dimensions
L18.98 x W15.59 x H10.78 inches
L16.54 x W15.75 x H13.90 inches
Weight
16.2 lbs (7.4 kg)
25.4 lbs (11.5 kg)
Control Type
LCD display + 3 control knobs + Stop/Start button
black LCD digital touchscreen + one master-control knob
Temperature
150°F - 450°F
150°F - 450°F
Timer
1 minute - 2 hours
1 - 60 minutes
Cooking Functions
10
8

Where to Buy

Price at publication
$117.12
$233.55

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Analysis and Test Results

Performance

Overall Performance Scoring
7.7
8.2

Toast

7.2
7.5
From left to right, 24 pieces of toast for the top and bottom of three toast levels including lighter, medium, and darker.
On the left: Level 3; In the middle: Level 4; On the right: Level 5
From left to right, 24 pieces of toast for the top and bottom of three toast levels including lighter, medium, and darker.
The top and bottom of the best four pieces of toast from the stainless steel Toshiba AC25CEW-BS Convection Toaster Oven.
On the left are the top and bottom of four pieces of toast from the first batch, and on the right are from the second batch.
From left to right, 24 pieces of toast for the top and bottom of three toast levels including lighter, medium, and darker.
On the left: Level 1; In the middle: Level 2; On the right: Level 3
From left to right, 24 pieces of toast for the top and bottom of three toast levels including lighter, medium, and darker.
The top and bottom of the best four pieces of toast from the Instant Omni Plus 18L 10-in-1 Air Fryer Toaster Oven.
On the left are the top and bottom of four pieces of toast from the first batch, and on the right are from the second batch.
Function
Toast
Toast
Number of Slices
4
4
Toast Level
4/6
2/5
Cooking Time
3m 55s
5m 25s
Second Batch
3m 55s
4m 1s
Convection
No
No

Pizza

9.1
8.6
A toaster oven baked 9-inch thick-crust meat pizza with cheese, onions, and green bell peppers on top inside a baking pan.
A toaster oven baked 9-inch thick-crust meat pizza with cheese, onions, and green bell peppers on top inside a baking pan.
The cross-section of a toaster oven baked pizza slice showing the crust. In the background is a pizza inside a baking tray.
Two hands break apart a slice of pizza with melty cheese, meat, and green bell peppers on top baked using a toaster oven.
A toaster oven baked 9-inch thick-crust meat pizza with cheese, onions, and green bell peppers on top inside a baking pan.
A toaster oven baked 9-inch thick-crust meat pizza with cheese, onions, and green bell peppers on top inside a baking pan.
The cross-section of a toaster oven baked pizza slice showing the crust. In the background is a pizza inside a baking tray.
Two hands break apart a slice of pizza with melty cheese, meat, and green bell peppers on top baked using a toaster oven.
Function
Bake
Bake
Temperature
450°F
450°F
Cooking Time
5m 15s
3m 50s
Convection
Yes
High

Whole Roasted Chicken

7.8
8.4
A golden brown whole roasted rotisserie chicken using a toaster oven inside a silver baking pan on a white background.
A golden brown whole roasted rotisserie chicken using a toaster oven inside a silver baking pan on a white background.
A whole roasted rotisserie chicken on a baking pan. The thermometer has two probes inside the chicken and displays 207°F.
The chicken is carved into seven pieces including a carcass, two breasts, two wings, and two thighs on a silver baking pan.
Two hands holding a piece of chicken breast roasted in a toaster oven. The skin is golden brown and the meat is cooked.
A whole roasted rotisserie chicken using a toaster oven on an enamel baking pan on a white background.
A whole roasted rotisserie chicken using a toaster oven on an enamel baking pan on a white background.
A tray of whole toaster oven roasted chicken. The thermometer has two probes inside the chicken and displays 178°F and 190°F.
Seven pieces of a carved chicken including a carcass, two breasts, two wings, and two thighs on an enamel baking pan.
The close-up of a pulled-apart roasted chicken thigh. In the background is the rest of the roasted chicken on a tray.
Function
Rotisserie
Roast
Temperature
350°F
350°F
Cooking Time
1h
50 minutes
Convection
No
Yes

Baked French Fries

6.1
9.3
Pieces of golden baked french fries using a toaster oven on a grooved silver baking pan on a grey background.
Pieces of golden baked french fries using a toaster oven on a grooved silver baking pan on a grey background.
A closeup of pieces of golden baked french fries using a toaster oven on a grooved silver baking pan.
Six pieces of broken-up baked french fries are stacked on top of pieces of whole fries on a grooved silver baking pan.
Pieces of baked french fries using a toaster oven inside an air fryer basket on a grey background.
Pieces of baked french fries using a toaster oven inside an air fryer basket on a grey background.
A close-up of pieces of baked french fries using a toaster oven inside an air fryer basket on a grey background.
Ten pieces of broken-up baked french fries are stacked on top of pieces of whole fries inside an air fryer basket.
Function
Bake
Air Fry
Temperature
400°F
400°F.
Cooking Time
20m
15m
Convection
Yes
High

Design

Overall Design Scoring
7.5
9.3

In the Box

An oven rack, a baking pan, a rack clamp, a rotisserie kit and lifter, the Toshiba AC25CEW Oven, a user manual, and a box.
An oven rack, air fryer basket, rotisserie kit, lifter, the Instant Omni Plus 18L, user manual, box, and enamel baking pan.

Exterior

8.0
9.5
A closed front of the Toshiba AC25CEW-BS Convection Toaster Oven with exterior measurements on a white background.
A closed front of the Toshiba AC25CEW-BS Convection Toaster Oven with exterior measurements on a white background.
The front of a closed Toshiba AC25CEW-BS Convection Toaster Oven has a control panel and the right has air ventilation holes.
The back and left sides of the Toshiba AC25CEW-BS both have air ventilation holes. The back has a power cord and two buffers.
On a grey background, the top of the Toshiba AC25CEW-BS Convection Toaster Oven has air ventilation holes.
On a grey background, the bottom of the Toshiba AC25CEW-BS Toaster Oven has two black stands and air ventilation holes.
A closed front of the Instant Omni Plus 18L 10-in-1 Air Fryer Toaster Oven with exterior measurements on a white background.
A closed front of the Instant Omni Plus 18L 10-in-1 Air Fryer Toaster Oven with exterior measurements on a white background.
The front of a closed Instant Omni Plus 18L 10-in-1 Toaster Oven has a control panel and the right has ventilation holes.
The back and left sides of the Instant Omni Plus 18L have air ventilation holes. The back has a power cord and two buffers.
The top of the stainless steel Instant Omni Plus 18L 10-in-1 Air Fryer Toaster Oven on a grey background.
On a grey background, the bottom of the stainless steel Instant Omni Plus 18L 10-in-1 Air Fryer Toaster Oven has two stands.
Weight
16.2 lbs (7.4 kg)
25.4 lbs (11.5 kg)
Length
19.0" (48.2 cm)
16.5" (42.0 cm)
Width
15.6" (39.6 cm)
15.8" (40.0 cm)
Height
10.8" (27.4 cm)
13.9" (35.3 cm)
Material
Stainless steel
Stainless steel
Color
Black
Silver
Door Handle
cool-touch
cool-touch
Tray Indicators
Yes
Yes
Crumb Tray
Removable
Yes

Control Panel

The Toshiba AC25CEW-BS’s control panel has an LCD, an on/off button, and 3 control dials for function, time, temperature.
The black touchscreen LCD of the Instant Omni Plus 18L Air Fryer Toaster Oven has 15 features and a master-control knob.
Type
LCD display + 3 control knobs + Stop/Start button
black LCD digital touchscreen + one master-control knob
Temperature
150°F - 450°F timer
150°F - 450°F
Timer
1 minute - 2 hours
1 - 60 minutes
Indicator Light
No
Yes
Status Bar
No
No
Light Toggle
No
Yes
Convection Toggle
No
Yes
Rotation Toggle
No
Yes
Automatic Preheat
No
Yes
Audio Cues
No
Yes

Cooking Functions

Interior

6.5
9.5
The Toshiba AC25CEW-BS’s cooking chamber has 4 heating elements, 3 levels, a rotisserie socket and bracket, and a fan cavity.
The Toshiba AC25CEW-BS’s cooking chamber has 4 heating elements, 3 levels, a rotisserie socket and bracket, and a fan cavity.
The cooking chamber’s right wall of the Toshiba AC25CEW-BS has 3 guide rails, a rotisserie socket, and a fan cavity.
The Instant Omni Plus 18L’s cooking chamber has 2 bottom heating elements, 3 guide rails, a rotisserie socket and bracket.
The Instant Omni Plus 18L’s cooking chamber has 2 bottom heating elements, 3 guide rails, a rotisserie socket and bracket.
The 2 bottom quartz heating elements of the Instant Omni Plus 18L 10-in-1 Air Fryer Toaster Oven have guards.
The cooking chamber ceiling of the Instant Omni Plus 18L Toaster Oven has two quartz and one swirl nichrome heating element.
The cooking chamber’s right wall of the Instant Omni Plus 18L has four guide rails, a rotisserie socket, and a shining light.
Heating Elements
4 nichrome
4 quartz and 1 nichrome
Convection Fan
Yes
Yes
Lighting
No
Yes
Tray Levels
3
4
Rotisserie
Yes
Yes
Safety Hook
No
No

Power Cord

A three-pronged plug power cord. In the background is the Toshiba AC25CEW-BSConvection Toaster Oven.
A three-pronged plug power cord. In the background is the Instant Omni Plus 18L 10-in-1 Air Fryer Toaster Oven.
Length
15.7" (39.9 cm)
2.8 ft (0.9 m)
Type
3-prong plug
3-prong plug
Power
1500
1800 W
Rated Output
120
120 V ~ 60 Hz

Accessories

A stainless steel baking rack of the Toshiba AC25CEW-BS Convection Toaster Oven on a grey background.
A stainless steel baking rack of the Instant Omni Plus 18L 10-in-1 Air Fryer Toaster Oven on a grey background.
Length
12.6" (32.0 cm)
12.4" (31.5 cm)
Width
11.3" (28.7 cm)
11.4" (29.0 cm)
Height
NaN" (NaN cm)
0.9" (2.4 cm)
Material
Stainless steel
Stainless steel
Dishwasher Safe
Yes
Yes

Build Quality

8.0
9.0
The front of an opened Toshiba AC25CEW-BS with a crumb tray, oven rack, baking pan, lifter, rack clamp, and rotisserie kit.
The front of an opened Instant Omni Plus 18L with a rack, a baking pan, an air fryer basket, a lifter, and a rotisserie kit.
The front of an opened Instant Omni Plus 18L with a rack, a baking pan, an air fryer basket, a lifter, and a rotisserie kit.
An oxidized slide-out crumb tray of the Instant Omni Plus 18L 10-in-1 Air Fryer Toaster Oven on a grey background.

Capacity

A three-pronged plug power cord. In the background is the Toshiba AC25CEW-BSConvection Toaster Oven.
An opened front of the Instant Omni Plus 18L 10-in-1 Air Fryer Toaster Oven with interior measurements on a white background.
Length
12.6" (32.0 cm)
13.8" (35.0 cm)
Width
12.2" (31.0 cm)
12.6" (32.0 cm)
Height
9.3" (23.5 cm)
8.7" (22.0 cm)

Usability

Overall Usability Scoring
6.8
8.4

User Control

9.0
9.9

Ease of Use

5.0
8.0
Toshiba Toaster Oven AC25CEW Ease of Use
Toshiba AC25CEW Ease of Use
Toshiba AC25CEW Ease of Use

Cleanability

8.0
7.0
Grease on the removable crumb tray inside the cooking chamber of the Toshiba AC25CEW-BS Convection Toaster Oven.
Grease on the removable crumb tray inside the cooking chamber of the Toshiba AC25CEW-BS Convection Toaster Oven.
Brushing the stained cooking chamber ceiling of the Toshiba AC25CEW-BS Convection Toaster Oven with baking soda and water
The stained cooking chamber ceiling of the Toshiba AC25CEW-BS Convection Toaster Oven.
Grease on the slide-out crumb tray inside the cooking chamber of the Instant Omni Plus 18L 10-in-1 Air Fryer Toaster Oven.
Grease on the slide-out crumb tray inside the cooking chamber of the Instant Omni Plus 18L 10-in-1 Air Fryer Toaster Oven.
The cleaned cooking chamber floor and 2 bottom heating elements of the Instant Omni Plus 18L 10-in-1 Air Fryer Toaster Oven.
Brushing the stained upper quartz heating elements of the Instant Omni Plus 18L 10-in-1 Air Fryer Toaster Oven.