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The Best Toaster Ovens in 2024 Tested and Reviewed

To aid in your decision, we selected, purchased, and reviewed a variety of highly-rated and popular toaster ovens. Check out what made it into our list of the best toaster ovens in 2024.

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We tested 18 toaster ovens and picked out the 7 best units: the Cosori CO130-AO, Cuisinart TOA-60, Instant Omni Plus 18L, Ninja DT201, Toshiba AC25CEW-BS, Breville BOV450XL, and Black+Decker CTO6335S.

Toaster ovens are on the rise as a popular alternative to the all-to-familiar full-sized ovens or wall ovens. They are typically smaller, preheat faster, and use less energy than other members of their family while offering the same functionality. A good toaster oven can accomplish it all—toast bread, roast meat, bake cookies, or even reheat leftovers.

However, with a plethora of models out there, it can be tough to pick the best toaster oven for your needs. That’s where we can help.

How We Test

To thoroughly evaluate the toaster oven’s performance in cooking, we picked four dishes requiring different functions and temperatures. We make sure the food for each test shares the same size, weight, and starting temperature for comparable results.

Ninja Foodi XL Pro Air Toaster Oven Toast 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 4; In the middle: Level 5; On the right: Level 6

For our Toast test, we find the best toast shade setting on a toaster oven which should give us the (closest to) perfect medium, with a crispy, golden brown outside and soft, moist inside. To do so, we first test the middle setting with 4 slices of white bread. From there, we can get three toast settings for the ideal, one level lighter, and one level darker. When we find the best option, our professional chef Tuyet Pham scores it based on the color and taste of two consecutive batches of toast.

For our Pizza test, we bake a 9-inch thick-crust meat pizza at 450°F to a golden crust with melted cheese. Our chef supervises the whole process to determine the ideal cooking time, then evaluate the pizza based on its crust, toppings, and taste.

For our Whole Roasted Chicken test, we roast a 3 lbs whole chicken at 350°F to golden perfection with crispy skin. Our chef keeps track of the cooking time, checks the doneness with a meat thermometer, then assesses the chicken based on its skin and taste.

For our Baked French Fries test, we bake 12 oz of frozen fries at 400°F to a golden crispy outside and moist inside. Our chef determines the cooking time based on the color, then grades the fries based on their texture and taste.

The design features of a toaster oven in need of evaluation can be condensed to its exterior, interior, and build quality. And during the cooking sessions, we were able to tell the usability of said features, including user control, ease of use, and cleanability.

Check out full How We Test and Score Our Toaster Ovens for more information.

How We Picked

Our hands-on experience combined with knowledge from different experts allowed us to be thorough when designing our tests. We also consulted user reviews to find out which features matter to most consumers and applied them to our scoring table.

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Our Top Picks

If you’re starting to get excited about all the things you can do with a toaster oven, you’ll love our list of recommendations.

1. Best Overall: Cosori CO130-AO Convection Toaster Oven

The front of a closed Cosori CO130-AO 30L 12-In-1 Dehydrator Air Fryer Rotisserie Toaster Oven on a white background.
$189.66
(Price at time of publish)
Brand
Cosori
Model
CO130-AO
Dimensions LWH
19.96 x 17.32 x 12.6 inches
Weight
15.65 lbs

Things We Like

  • Great value in terms of functionality and accessories
  • Straightforward controls
  • Useful toggles
  • High-contrast digital display
  • Sturdy construction
  • Easy-to-clean stainless steel exterior
  • Cool-touch door handle
  • Spacious cooking chamber

Things We Don’t Like

  • No safety mechanism for the door
  • Convection fan isn’t all-applicable

The shiny stainless steel Cosori CO130-AO Air Fryer Toaster Oven has some of the highest scores among the toaster ovens we tested. This large toaster oven consistently produced great foods, including toast of course. It’s also friendly to users of all culinary levels. In combination with its reasonable price, it became our choice for the best toaster oven to buy.

The Cosori didn’t have the highest score in making toast like the Ninja DT 201 or the Cuisinart TOA-60. However, its toast score is still in the second-highest tier. The four slices of bread mostly had a beautiful golden brown color. They also had a crispy surface and soft, moist interior.

As a matter of fact, most of the oven’s performance scores are in the second-highest tier. Compared to our other top choices which excelled in some and under-performed in other foods, the Cosori is cemented as our best toaster oven to buy.

The Cosori, however, has one of the highest scores when it comes to our Whole Roasted Chicken test alongside the Ninja DT201. The oven took only 40 minutes to roast the chicken to a beautiful color. That was the fastest time we’ve had so far.

The skin was mostly golden with some appetizing golden-brown color at the wings and the tips. We were pleasantly surprised by the near-perfect doneness in such a short amount of time.

The Cosori has an automatic preheat phase, which engages for the Pizza, Bake, Roast, Broil, Cookies, and Air Fryer functions. If the oven’s already hot, the function will recognize that fact and reduce its preheating time.

This toaster oven is one of the rare units that actually preheat to the input temperature. Most other toaster ovens, even on this list, simply heat to a hardwired preheat temperature that cannot be adjusted.

The cooking functions that impressed us the most were Warm, Dehydrate, and Ferment which can keep the oven as low as 140°F, 100°F, and 80°F respectively. Looking at a number of recipes, these temperatures fit their intended purpose, which means this oven can act as a family-sized dehydrator and dough proofer.

On top of the many practical cooking functions, the ease with which you can adjust time and temperature makes this oven, overall, simpler to use than many other digital/smart toaster ovens, including on our list.

Read our full Cosori CO130-AO Convection Toaster Oven in-depth review

2. Best Convection: Cuisinart TOA-60 Convection Toaster Oven

The front of a closed Cuisinart TOA-60 Convection Toaster Oven Air Fryer. The control panel is positioned horizontally on the upper front. Below the control panel is the door handle. The glass door is covered with an illustration.
$235.00
(Price at time of publish)
Dimensions
L16.34 x W15.16 x H13.58 inches
Weight
21 lbs (9.5 kg)
Control Type
4 control knobs
Temperature
200°F - 450°F

Things We Like

  • Simple and straight-to-the-point control knobs
  • Sturdy design and durable material
  • Convection fan is all-applicable
  • Electrical safety feature for the door
  • Convenient removable oven bottom tray
  • Easy-to-clean stainless steel exterior
  • Plenty of recipes included in the user manual

Things We Don’t Like

  • Opening the door also turns off the light
  • A bit heavier and taller than other same-type ovens
  • Not very budget-friendly

The silver stainless steel Cuisinart TOA-60 Air Fryer Toaster Oven showed consistently excellent cooking performances thanks to the constant deployment of its convection system. This was our main reason for choosing it as the best one out of the convection toaster ovens we tested.

More impressively, this is a completely analog toaster oven of which category usually doesn’t perform as reliably as digital models. Straightforwardness and simplicity make this oven ideal for seasoned home cooks who are willing to spend a bit more on an effective, robust, and lasting toaster oven.

Excellent for Baking Pizza

The Cuisinart baked a very appetizing 9-inch thick-crust meat pizza in only 3m 30s which was extremely fast. The crust came out a tempting golden brown with some nicely charred spots—if a little soft due to the short cooking time.

Thanks to the good convection system, the pizza itself also had excellent even coloring all over. The evenly melted cheese was also perfectly caramelized from the high and steady temperature. All together to result in a nearly perfect-tasting pizza with one of the highest scores among the toaster ovens we tested.

Excellent for Baking French Fries

The Cuisinart Air Fryer Toaster Oven baked some excellent fries in only 12 minutes which was very fast. In fact, it’s one the fastest units out of all the toaster ovens we tested so far.

Due to the shorter cooking time than ideal, the color wasn’t entirely even but was still very good. The fries were crispy and golden on the outside while moist on the inside thanks to the strong convection setting and the air fry basket. Thus, our chef gave one of the highest scores among the toaster ovens we tested after tasting the fries.

Great for Roasting a Whole Chicken

The Cuisinart took 50 minutes to roast a 3 lb chicken, which is shorter than average. Despite not having a rotisserie kit, we were able to achieve adequately crispy skin with an even golden brown color. We did it by spreading the chicken out on an air fryer basket and flipping it after the first 40 minutes of cooking.

The high convection setting and flipping helped the chicken to be thoroughly cooked without any pink spots in just 50 minutes. However, the internal temperature was a little too high at 205-207°F compared to the USDA recommended 165°F-180°F.

Due to being spread out, the wings were extremely crispy and deliciously fall-off-the-bone. However, the wings and the breast ended up a little dry, according to our chef.

Read our full Cuisinart TOA-60 Convection Toaster Oven in-depth review

3. Best Air Fryer: Instant Omni Plus 18L Air Fryer Toaster Oven

The front of a closed stainless steel Instant Omni Plus 18L 10-in-1 Countertop Convection Air Fryer Toaster Oven.
$233.55
(Price at time of publish)
Dimensions
L16.54 x W15.75 x H13.90 inches
Weight
25.43 lbs (11.53 kg)
Control Type
black LCD digital touchscreen + one master-control knob
Temperature
150°F - 450°F

Things We Like

  • Informative and eye-catching package
  • Smart Programs and cooking status bar
  • Electrical safety feature for the door
  • Convenient removable oven bottom tray
  • Safeguards for bottom heating elements
  • Complimentary app with detailed instructions and numerous recipes
  • Helpful toggles
  • Easy-to-clean stainless steel exterior

Things We Don’t Like

  • Touchscreen digital displays need more contrast
  • The master-control knob can be confusing

The silver stainless steel Instant Omni Plus 18L Air Fryer Toaster Oven has an outstanding air frying capability shown in our performance tests. Thus, it became our choice for the best air fryer toaster oven. Its smart programs, status bar, automatic reminders, and recipe app suit people who are all about convenience, smart technologies, and overall efficiency.

Excellent in Baking French Fries

The Instant Omni Plus was excellent at baking/air frying fries with its air fryer basket and air fry setting deploying the convection system on high. The strong convection combined with the air fry basket produced evenly golden fries in only 15 minutes.

What helped the color also baked perfectly crispy fries while retaining a nice amount of moisture. With the near-perfect color and texture, the fries received equal praise from our chef after tasting them. This test fortified the oven’s place as our best toaster oven for air frying.

Great for Roasting a Whole Chicken

Not limited to air frying, the Instant Omni Plus can tackle all cooking tasks thrown at it, including rotisserie. The oven took 50 minutes to roast a 3 lb whole chicken using a rotisserie kit, which was shorter than average.

The rotisserie kit and high convection together produced perfectly golden brown crispy skin. One thing to note is that due to the meat being considerably moist, the skin lost its crispiness in a relatively short time span.

The smooth rotation and high convection also allowed the entire chicken to be thoroughly cooked without any pink spots in just 50 minutes. Also, the internal temperature was only a little higher than the USDA recommendation.

The meat was almost fall-off-the-bone. Unfortunately, with it being so moist—to the point of softening the skin, our chef didn’t give too high a score for taste.

Easy-to-Operate User Control

The Instant Omni Plus has a black LCD digital touchscreen and one master-control knob. The display includes the cooking status bar, functions, and toggles for Light, Convection, and Rotation. Besides the automatic oven preheat feature, it features an audio cue to turn food halfway through the input cooking cycle.

Audio cues include the beeps when you plug in the oven, select a function as well as adjust time and temperature, and when the oven finishes cooking. According to some reviews we’ve seen, they can be a bit loud, especially for households with children and/or pets. However, they can be turned off by pressing and holding the control knobs for 5 seconds until the screen displays S OFF.

Read our full Instant Omni Plus 18L Air Fryer Toaster Oven in-depth review

4. Best Small: Breville BOV450XL Mini Smart Oven

The front of a closed stainless steel Breville BOV450XL Mini Smart Toaster Oven on a white background.
$154.13
(Price at time of publish)
Dimensions
L15.74 x W14.17 x H8.86 inches
Weight
10 lbs (4.54 kg)
Control Type
LCD display + 1 control dial + 8 buttons
Temperature
120°F - 450°F

Things We Like

  • Unique feature buttons
  • Non-stick interior
  • High-contrast digital display
  • Sturdy construction
  • Cool-touch door handle
  • Easy-to-clean stainless steel exterior
  • Convenient slide-out crumb tray

Things We Don’t Like

  • No interior lighting
  • No convection fan
  • Inconsistent heating elements

The brushed stainless steel Breville BOV450XL Mini Smart Toaster Oven is a strong candidate if you’re looking to invest in a small unit that requires little kitchen counter space Breville toaster ovens are known for their high build quality from the material to assembly and some unique features; and this model is no exception. Unfortunately, there were minor drawbacks in performance that prevented it from being perfect.

Great for Toasting Bread

The Breville Smart Oven performed great in toasting bread, so we would say it accomplished its main goal. Thanks to its high wattage, this machine has the fastest cooking cycle for toast among the toaster ovens we tested thus far.

At the optimal toasting level, the oven produced four slices of bread with mottled light golden to golden-brown color that looked quite appetizing. The color was not evenly distributed due to the oven’s lack of a convection system to circulate hot air, though.

The first batch of toast was nicely crispy outside while still soft and moist inside. Our head chef, Tuyet Pham, determined they would go well with pretty much anything, including an omelet, eggs benedict, and particularly sandwiches.

Even though the oven automatically adjusted the timer to 2 minutes 36 seconds, the color of the second batch was a bit darker. Also, the second batch was crispier than the first which made it more suitable for soup. Remember to reduce the heat by one level if you want the same result.

The oven was able to produce acceptable results in roasting a whole chicken and baking fries. However, it showed a weakness in baking pizza.

High Build Quality

The Breville Smart Oven has a durable stainless steel casing with a slide-out crumb tray and tray-level indicators on the glass door. Its cooking chamber is more spacious than most small models and has a non-toxic non-stick coating.

The oven uses 1800 W of power which is plenty enough for four quartz heating elements. However, the absence of a convection system hindered its performance.

Unique Features

Besides the basic features, the Breville Smart Oven has a few interesting presets for pizza, cookies, and reheating. The LCD screen combined with a function dial allowed for easy readjustment of the cooking settings during use.

As for the oven’s unique features, we found the Temperature Conversion button useful, especially for international users. On the other hand, the FROZEN FOODS and A BIT MORE buttons didn’t live up to their advertising claims.

It was easy to clean up the toaster oven, especially the non-stick interior and even the caramelized bits on its accessories.

Read our full Breville BOV450XL Mini Smart Oven in-depth review

Nearest Competitions

Not everyone can be the winner in the battle of toaster ovens. Nonetheless, without the weaker competitors, it would be harder to gauge the products that perform well. Not to mention, some of the weaker units are still solid choices on their own.

The toaster ovens that didn’t make the cut:

  • Breville BOV845BSS Smart Oven Pro—A large stainless steel toaster oven with attention to features of design and usability at a high price. Hence, it’s only suitable for someone prepared to invest in a high build quality, easy-to-operate control panel, and easy-to-clean accessories.
  • Oster TSSTTVMNDG-SHP-2—An inexpensive, robust, large toaster oven. Its helpful accessories and various cooking function make it simple to use for everyone. While the oven had a good performance score, it could have been higher if not for the low power output of 1300 W.
  • Mueller MT-175—A small, lightweight, easy to operate, easy to clean, and energy-efficient toaster oven. At an inexpensive price, it can serve one or two people and save your limited counter space. It can toast bread, bake pizza, and roast chicken quite well but not bake frozen french fries.

Factors to Consider

We’ve identified a number of desirable features to get the best value for money out of a toaster oven in our buying guide.

  1. Choose your ideal size.
  2. Choose your ideal capacity.
  3. Always choose toaster ovens with convection mode.
  4. More cooking functions aren't necessarily better.
  5. Quartz and nichrome heating elements have different advantages.
  6. Look out for high-quality accessories.
  7. Pay attention to features of convenience.
  8. Make sure it’s worth the price.

Our Expertise

Alan Nguyen is a reviewer for HealthyKitchen101. On top of making homecooked meals as a hobby, he has prior experience working in both restaurant and military kitchens. Behind the kitchen counter was where he learned to utilize an array of equipment for cooking delicate portions as well as cooking in bulk.

Along with the Research, Testing, and Review (RTR) Lab of HealthyKitchen101, he began the quest to find the best toaster ovens by sifting through hundreds before narrowing down to 18 distinctive models.

The team then purchased the machines and put them through a series of comparative tests regarding cooking performance, design, and user-friendliness to find the best toaster oven for every budget, culinary purpose, and home interior.

Most notably, our performance tests required roughly 90 hours of development and execution time. The process includes toasting over 50 packs of white bread (That’s over 500 slices of toast!), baking more than 20 nine-inch pizzas, not just 20 three-pound whole chickens, and something over 15 pounds of frozen french fries.

FAQ

What Can Be Cooked in A Toaster Oven?

A toaster oven is an all-in-one kitchen appliance serving multiple purposes, combining air fryers, dehydrators, and dough proofers. Some of its top uses have been incorporated into our test. You can use it for cooking almost everything, from broiling steak to dehydrating fruits and vegetables.

When should you buy a toaster oven?

If you want a smaller alternative to a regular oven or a wall oven that fits nicely on your countertop, then a toaster oven is for you. Although smaller, toaster ovens still come in various sizes, consume less energy, and heat up faster as well.

How to clean a toaster oven?

You’ll be surprised to find that you don’t need harsh chemicals to clean a built-up oven. The only cleaning agent you need is baking soda, water, and some elbow grease. Check out how we make cleaning toaster ovens after use straightforward and consistent each time.

Can a toaster oven replace an oven?

Absolutely. There are different pros and cons to each including footprints, serving sizes, and power consumption. However, when it comes to functionality, a toaster oven can do everything a regular oven can.

What's the difference between a toaster oven and a microwave?

Toaster ovens use induction heating elements to increase air temperature, cooking foods from the outside in. On the other hand, microwaves use electromagnetic waves to heat the water molecules, cooking the food from the inside out.

Toaster ovens are more suitable for cooking as it’s better at caramelizing and browning foods (aka the Maillard reaction). Meanwhile, microwaves are useful in reheating leftovers and defrosting in a short amount of time.

Do I need a microwave if I have a toaster oven?

Similar to the answer above, if you reheat and defrost food frequently and need to do so quickly, then you still need a microwave in addition to a toaster oven. If you have time to cook and finish every meal, a microwave isn’t essential. Moreover, you can still reheat food in a toaster oven; it just takes a bit longer.

Do you need to preheat a toaster oven?

Except for toasting bread, it’s recommended to preheat toaster ovens every time for cooking, just like with traditional ovens. The preheating time for toaster ovens is generally shorter than for full-size ovens, though.

Can I use a toaster oven for baking?

Yes, you definitely can use your toaster oven for baking everything, from meat (steak, whole chickens, chicken wings, chicken breasts, chicken thighs, bacon, etc.), veggies (broccoli, asparagus, brussels sprouts, etc.), to carbohydrates (bread, hash browns, frozen pizzas, frozen waffles, etc.) and sweets (chocolate chip cookies, muffins, cheesecake, etc.).

Do you need to preheat a toaster oven?

Except for toasting bread, it’s recommended to preheat toaster ovens every time for cooking, just like with traditional ovens. The preheating time for toaster ovens is generally shorter than for full-size ovens, though.

How to reheat pizza in a toaster oven?

First, preheat the oven along with a baking sheet lined with foil at 450°F. Once the oven’s hot, slide your pizza onto the tray and bake it for 4-7 minutes. Be careful not to scorch the cheese.

Are toaster oven accessories dishwasher-safe?

It depends. Most toaster oven accessories are dishwasher-safe. However, if the item has an enamel nonstick coating, it requires hand washing to avoid damage.

About your guide

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Luna ReginaEditor in Chief

Luna Regina is an accomplished writer and author who dedicates her career to empowering home cooks and making cooking effortless for everyone. She is the founder of HealthyKitchen101.com and HealthyRecipes101.com, where she works with her team to develop easy, nutritious recipes and help aspiring cooks choose the right kitchen appliances.

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Alan NguyenReviewer

Alan Nguyen is a writer and product reviewer at HealthyKitchen101. His major in English language teaching taught him to present concise information. In addition to his cooking hobby, he values the practical aspects of household appliances.

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Lap is Head of the Research, Testing, and Review Team (RTR Team) at HealthyKitchen101.com, where he directs and supervises the testing of kitchen gadgets and appliances.

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Tuyet PhamProfessional Chef

Tuyet Pham is an award-winning Saigonese chef passionate about delicious and healthful foods. At HealthyKitchen101, she develops recipes and collaborates with our Research, Testing, and Review lab to evaluate the performance of cooking appliances. Her assessments add a strong authoritative voice to our product scoring process.

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