The 7 Best Toaster Ovens in 2022 Buyer’s Guide & Reviews

Alan Nguyen
Alan Nguyen
Reviewer
Lap Vo
Lap Vo
Head of RTR
Tuyet Pham
Tuyet Pham
Professional Chef
Nguyen Ntk
Nguyen Ntk
Visual Specialist
Updated
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Best Toaster Ovens 2022

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. Whether you’re toasting bread, roasting meat, baking sweets, or even reheating leftovers, a toaster oven can accomplish it all.

However, with a plethora of models out there, it can be tough to pick the one that best suits your needs. That’s where we can help. To aid in your decision, we selected, purchased, and reviewed a variety of highly-rated and popular products, seeking toaster ovens with a solid balance of quality and value.

Read on for our list of the best toaster ovens on the market, as well as more than just a couple of tips for shopping for one.

When Should You Buy a Toaster Oven?

If these reasons check out on your list of priorities, then you should consider purchasing a toaster oven.

1. Rapid Cooking Time

Because toaster ovens are generally smaller than full-size ovens or wall ovens, most require much less time — up to half the amount — to preheat.

Rapid Cooking Time
The Cuisinart TOA-60 only took 6 minutes to preheat to 450°F

The average full-sized ovens take approximately 15 minutes to reach 350°F, ≅ 20 minutes to 400°F, and ≅ 25 minutes to 450°F. Meanwhile, the average toaster ovens take around 7-8 minutes to reach 350°F, 10-11 minutes to 400°F, and ≅ 15 minutes to 450°F.

2. Efficient Energy Consumption

Opting to use a toaster oven over a standard oven can also have an impact on your energy consumption. The machine can produce similar results to a full-size oven using just about half the energy; a great way to reduce your electricity bill and environmental footprint.

Toaster ovens can have a variety of power ratings ranging from 800 W to 2200 W depending on their assembly. On the other hand, full-sized ovens can have their power output ranging from 2000 W to 5000 W.

The power output is equally divided between the working heating elements. For example, in a 1000 W oven with one upper and one lower heating element, each will use 500 W when baking whereas the upper heating element will use 1000 W when broiling.

3. Various Sizes

Compared to wall ovens which are usually 24"-27"-30” wide, toaster ovens come in various different sizes. Thus, you should have no trouble finding one that fits your kitchen counter space, number of servings necessary, and aesthetic preference.

There are small toaster ovens whose dimensions are around 14"x11"x8" (LxWxH), which can fit 4 slices of toast or a 9-inch pizza. Medium toaster ovens can be 19"x16"x11" fitting 4-6 slices or an 11 to 12-inch pizza. Meanwhile, large toaster ovens can get as big as 20"x16"x12" accommodating 6-8 slices or a 12 to 13-inch pizza.

Finally, we have extra-large toaster ovens which can be anything over 20"x17"x14". They have a much bigger capacity than large-sized units and often have more than 4 tray levels.

Note that manufacturers have not yet standardized toaster oven sizes and these measurements are only a basic guideline.

How We Test Toaster Ovens

Hands-on experiences with testing the toaster ovens brought us perspectives that our team at Healthy Kitchen 101 could never think of by simply reading up information.

To keep it short, our review is divided 100% of the total score into 3 main aspects — Performance (50%), Design (25%), and Usability (25%) — which consists of small tests. Every score is presented on a scale of 0 to 10 for easy following.

1. Toast Test

Toast Test
One test day’s worth of toast

Because we were testing toaster ovens, the choice for the first dish was toast. And since it was our most crucial category, we assigned it 40% of the performance score.

Making toast was the test that went through the most trials and errors. While other tests like baking pizzas, fries, and roasting chicken took around 16 hours to develop, making toast took us more than 40 hours to finalize.

After going through different types of bread, we settled on the most basic white bread that anyone can get anywhere. However, the process convinced us to add more common varieties in the future.

We realized right away that we need to toast the bread at room temperature. However, it wasn’t after 3 batches that we found that the slight differences in size and weight of each slice of bread also affected the outcome.

We noticed that some toaster ovens could only fit four pieces of toast while claiming to fit six. In addition, we found that they wouldn’t necessarily be toasted evenly, which could indicate uneven heat distribution.

Our evaluation was based on the best batch of toast the oven could produce. The scoring components for the Toast test include:

  • Even Surface Color (20%): The toast’s color and its evenness. An even surface color reflects the oven’s even heat distribution. It also affects how crispy the outside of the toast is.
  • Taste (50%): The taste of the toast is affected by its texture on the outside and on the inside as well as the even surface color. While subjective, taste is the deciding factor of good toast. Therefore, the components that made up the taste of each piece of toast are personally evaluated by our head chef.
  • Consecutive Usability (30%): The oven’s performance in two consecutive batches of toast without letting the oven cool down. If you’re making toast for your family, you’ll probably make more than four pieces or one batch at a time.

2. Pizza Test

The Pizza Test allowed us to test one of the basic functions of a toaster oven—bake— and took up 25% of the performance score. It was also a good indicator of the oven’s capacity.

For this test, we baked a store-bought frozen 9-inch thick-crust meat pizza thawed to room temperature at 450°F until our head chef Tuyet Pham deemed it ready. If the oven has a convection system, we apply the strongest setting available. The scoring components for the Pizza test include:

  • Cooking Time (20%): The amount of time for the toaster oven to bake the pizza at 450°F to get the best possible result compared to our average tested toaster ovens. A too short or too long cooking time can compromise the quality of the crust and toppings as well as taste.
  • Crust (20%): The crust is evaluated based on its color and texture. It affects the taste and also reflects the oven’s ability to maintain temperature and distribute heat evenly.
  • Toppings (30%): The toppings are evaluated based on how well-cooked the meat, vegetables, and cheese are. They affect the taste and also reflect the oven’s ability to maintain temperature and distribute heat evenly.
  • Taste (30%): The taste of a pizza is the culmination of the crust and the toppings. Taste is the deciding factor of a good pizza. However, it’s subjective and so, requires the expertise provided by our head chef.

3. Whole Roasted Chicken Test

Toshiba Toaster Oven AC25CEW Whole Roasted Chicken 2
The whole roasted chicken of the Toshiba AC25CEW-BS

We chose Whole Roasted Chicken to be the subject of our next test for reasons similar to the Pizza test and assigned it 25% of the performance score. In addition, it allowed us to test the oven’s rotisserie kit or air fryer basket if available.

For this test, we roasted a 3 lb whole chicken at 350°F on the max convection setting, also under the supervision of our head chef. The scoring components for the Whole Roasted Chicken test include:

  • Cooking Time (20%): The amount of time to roast the chicken at 350°F to get the best possible result compared to our average tested toaster ovens. A too short or too long cooking time can compromise the quality of the skin and doneness as well as taste.
  • Skin (20%): The chicken skin is evaluated based on its color and crispiness. It affects the taste of the chicken as a whole and also reflects the oven’s ability to maintain temperature and distribute heat evenly.
  • Doneness (20%): The doneness of a whole roasted chicken is based on the meat’s appearance and internal temperature (165°F-180°F according to USDA). It affects how dry and moist the meat is and therefore, the chicken’s taste as a whole. It also reflects the oven’s ability to maintain temperature and distribute heat evenly.
  • Taste (40%): The taste of a chicken is the culmination of the skin and the meat. It’s the deciding factor of a good whole roasted chicken. However, it’s subjective and so, requires the expertise provided by our head chef.

4. Baked French Fries Test

Cosori Air Fryer Toaster Oven Baked French Fries 1
The baked french fries of the Cosori CO130-AO

For the final 10%, we wanted to choose something fitting the current trend of cooking using less oil, so we chose baking french fries. The Baked French Fries test also allowed us to test the air fryer basket if available.

For this test, we baked 12 oz of frozen straight-cut 3.54” x 0.35” (9 cm x 9 mm) french fries at 400°F, also under the supervision of our head chef. The scoring components for the Baked French Fries test include:

  • Cooking Time (20%): The amount of time to bake the fries to the best possible result compared to our average tested toaster ovens. A too short or too long cooking time can compromise the color, texture, and taste.
  • Color (20%): The french fries’ color is affected by its evenness. It reflects the oven’s even heat distribution and also affects how crispy the outside of the baked french fries are.
  • Texture (20%): The french fries’ texture both on the outside and inside, which is also affected by its evenness. A crispy outside reflects the oven’s ability to maintain temperature and distribute heat evenly. Meanwhile, a moist inside means that the fries aren’t baked for too long that they dry out.
  • Taste (40%): The taste of baked french fries is affected by their cooking time, color, and texture. While subjective, taste is the deciding factor of good baked french fries. Therefore, the components that made up the taste of baked french fries are personally evaluated by our head chef.

5. Other Tests

Breville BOV450XL In the Box
Everything inside the box of the Breville BOV845BSSUSC

The user manual is helpful in listing the design features of a toaster oven. However, it was during the cooking sessions that we were able to tell the usability of said features. They could make a toaster oven easier and more convenient to use or cause inconveniences. For example:

  • How thick the casing is for heat insulation;
  • How the crumb tray makes cleaning easier;
  • Number of tray levels in the cooking chamber;
  • If the accessories fit well;
  • How easy to maneuver the control panel;

How We Pick the Best Toaster Ovens

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

Thus, rest assured that only the candidates with the highest score in every aspect can become our pick for the best all-around toaster oven. According to our results so far, the Cosori CO130-AO has an ideal balance of performance, design, and usability—our scoring criteria.

Reviews of The Best Toaster Ovens in 2022

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. Cosori CO130-AO Countertop Convection - Best to Buy Toaster Oven
  2. Cuisinart TOA-60 Convection Air Fryer - Best Convection Toaster Oven
  3. Instant Omni Plus 18L - Best Smart Toaster Oven
  4. Ninja DT201 Foodi XL Pro Air - Best Large Toaster Oven
  5. Toshiba AC25CEW-BS Convection - Best Value Toaster Oven
  6. Breville BOV450XL Mini Smart — Best Small Toaster Oven
  7. Black+Decker CTO6335S Large Counterto — Best Budget Toaster Oven

1. Cosori CO130-AO Countertop Convection - Best to Buy Toaster Oven

Cosori Air Fryer Toaster Oven Review

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 Countertop Convection Air Fryer Toaster Oven has some of the highest scores among our tested units. 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-to-buy toaster oven.

Making Consistently Great Foods

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 pieces of toast 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-to-buy pick.

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. What impressed us most was the near-perfect doneness in such a short amount of time.

Well-Designed Automatic Preheat Phase

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 others, even on this list, simply heat to a hardwired preheat temperature that cannot be adjusted.

Practical Cooking Functions

The ones 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 ones, including on our list.

2. Cuisinart TOA-60 Convection Air Fryer - Best Convection Toaster Oven

Cuisinart TOA-60 Convection Toaster Oven Review

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 Convection Toaster Oven Air Fryer showed consistently excellent cooking performances thanks to the constant deployment of its convection system. This was our main reason for choosing as the best convection toaster oven.

More impressively, this is a completely analog toaster oven which 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 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 our test toaster ovens.

Excellent for Baking French Fries

The Cuisinart baked some excellent french fries in only 12 minutes which was very fast. In fact, it’s one the fastest units out of all of our tested toaster ovens 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 and the air fryer basket. Thus, our chef gave one of the highest scores among our tested toaster ovens 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.

High convection 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.

3. Instant Omni Plus 18L - Best Smart Toaster Oven

Instant Omni Plus 18L Air Fryer Toaster Oven Review

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 french fries with its air fryer basket and air fryer function which deployed the convection system on the high setting. The strong convection combined with the air fryer 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 air fryer toaster oven.

Great for Roasting a Whole Chicken

Not limited to air frying, the Instant Omni Plus can tackle any cooking method 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 whole 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 time.

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.

4. Ninja DT201 Foodi XL Pro Air - Best Large Toaster Oven

Ninja Foodi XL Pro Air Toaster Oven Review

Things We Like

  • Straightforward and informative control panel
  • Tailored cooking functions
  • Family-sized capacity
  • Tray-level suggestions
  • Sturdy construction
  • Well-designed accessories
  • Easy-to-clean stainless steel exterior
  • Cool-touch door handle

Things We Don’t Like

  • No safety mechanism for the door
  • Faulty interior light in the unit we received

The stainless steel Ninja DT201 Foodi XL Pro Air Convection Air Fryer Toaster Oven not only had one of the largest capacities but also one of the highest overall scores among our tested units. As an excellent family-sized toaster oven, its performance shines all the more when it comes to large feasts with its 2-level even cooking feature. Thus, it was chosen as our best large toaster oven.

Excellent for Roasting a Whole Chicken

The strengths of the Ninja really shined through in roasting a 3-pound whole chicken in an air fryer basket with one of our highest scores so far. While this oven isn’t designed to accommodate a rotisserie kit, its performance showed that it could provide the same results.

With our Whole Roasted Chicken test, we were also able to confirm the manufacturer’s claim that food in this oven didn’t need to be turned, especially when using its air fryer basket.

The oven took only 40 minutes to cook the chicken all the way through and to create an appetizing-looking and crispy skin. It was one of the fastest cooking times among our toaster ovens.

The skin was evenly golden from the bottom to the top. It also crisped up nicely around the tips of the wings and drumsticks as well as areas with a lot of fat.

However, it would seem the surface of the chicken cooked so quickly that a lot of the fat didn’t get rendered out from the skin. Thus, while the outer layer of the skin was crispy, the inside was soft.

Checking with a meat thermometer, we found the chicken’s internal temperature to be quite high compared to the USDA recommendation. After carving the chicken, we found no pink spots in the meat.

With such a short cooking time, the meat remained delightfully juicy. Also taking into account the texture of the skin, our chef gave the chicken a really high score for taste.

Family-Sized Capacity

The Ninja has the largest cooking chamber out of all the toaster ovens we’ve reviewed so far, comfortably accommodating a 12-pound turkey. By combining the control panel with the door handle, the Ninja also maximizes space for its cooking chamber.

The cooking chamber has four tray levels with engraved numbers 1-4 from the bottom up. To utilize the number of tray levels, the unique ‘2-level’ button suggests the best rack levels for cooking two trays of food at the same time.

This even allows you to roast a tray of meat and a tray of vegetables at the same time.

Premium Usability

The control panel of the Ninja is far from simple but the digital display presents all the information in a way that’s pleasing to the eye and not at all complicated. In addition, its buttons are really straightforward.

Each cooking function on the Ninja has its own temperature range to match the function’s purpose. What’s special about this model is that each function deploys a specific convection level and a specific number of heating elements, each tailored to the dishes stated in the recipe booklet.

Whenever you select a function, the oven will display the optimal oven rack position. As you cycle through functions, you’ll notice the tray-level recommendations change for the best results.

5. Toshiba AC25CEW-BS Convection - Best Value Toaster Oven

Toshiba AC25CEW-BS Toaster Oven Review

Things We Like

  • Highly affordable
  • Good value in terms of functionality and accessories
  • Small size and lightweight but sturdy design
  • Easy-to-turn knobs
  • High-contrast digital display
  • Cool-touch door handle
  • Easy-to-clean stainless steel exterior

Things We Don’t Like

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

The black stainless steel Toshiba AC25CEW-BS Toaster Oven is our best value choice. It’s a medium-sized oven with good all-around performance, design, and usability at a very low price. Technically though, it doesn’t excel at anything or offer anything unique.

Good All-Around Performance

The Toshiba AC25CEW did well in all of our performance tests with a fast preheat time and good temperature precision.  It performed best in baking pizza and actually had one of the best scores among our tested toaster ovens.

With only 5m 15s of baking, the crust wasn’t dry and turned out a beautiful golden brown with some nicely charred spots. In addition, the cheese was also nicely melted and caramelized, so the pizza got a high taste score from our chef.

The scores for making toast and roasting chicken are in the second-highest tier. The oven didn’t score as high in baking french fries but didn't do too badly either.

Valuable Design Features

The Toshiba has a light weight but sturdy construction and a large capacity for its size. Of the 6 accessories, the removable crumb tray and the rotisserie kit are rare for this price range. It also stands out for having many air ventilation holes on the 5 sides to complement its convection system.

Easy to Use

The Toshiba has a clear digital display and 3 simple knobs making it intuitive to use. However, there’s nothing particularly convenient besides the accessories. In addition, if you want to readjust the function during cooking, you need to press stop and repeat all the inputs.

The ten cooking functions are useful for beginners, especially the Defrost and Reheat functions. In addition, the Rotisserie and Keep Warm functions can help them make a nice roast just like experienced cooks.

6. Breville BOV450XL Mini Smart — Best Small Toaster Oven

Breville BOV450XL Toaster Oven Review

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 is a strong candidate if you’re looking to invest in a small-sized smart countertop toaster oven. It’s a unit with high build quality from the material to its assembly and some unique features. Unfortunately, there were minor drawbacks in performance that prevented it from being perfect.

Great for Toasting Bread

The Breville BOV450XL performed great in toasting bread so we would say it accomplished its main goal. Thanks to its high wattage, this oven has the fastest cooking time for toast among the toaster ovens we’ve tested thus far.

At the optimal toasting level, the oven produced 4 pieces with mottled light golden to golden-brown color which looked quite appetizing. The color was not evenly distributed due to the oven’s lack of a convection system, 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 french fries. However, it showed a weakness in baking pizza.

High Build Quality

The Breville BOV450XL 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 toaster ovens 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 cooking functions, the Breville BOV450XL has a few interesting presets for pizza, cookies, and reheating. The digital display 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.

There was no problem cleaning the oven, especially the non-stick interior, and even the caramelized bits on its accessories.

7. Black+Decker CTO6335S Large Countertop — Best Budget Toaster Oven

Black+Decker CTO6335S Toaster Oven Review

Things We Like

  • Large capacity
  • Highly affordable
  • Easy-to-clean stainless steel exterior
  • High-contrast digital display
  • Sturdy exterior
  • Cool-touch door handle
  • Convenient slide-out crumb tray

Things We Don’t Like

  • Convection fan isn’t all-applicable
  • No internal lighting
  • Buttons not reliably responsive

For its price, the silver stainless steel Black+Decker CTO6335S has quite impressive scores in design, usability, and especially performance. In addition, other toaster ovens of the same price range are usually medium-sized or small while this oven is large. These are the reason why we chose it as our best budget toaster oven.

Good Performance Scores

The Black+Decker CTO6335S had pretty good performance scores in cooking foods except for baking french fries. We assumed, due to the oven’s large capacity, this could be improved if the oven ran on 1800 W instead of 1500 W.

It did best in roasting a 3 lb whole chicken where the cooking chamber still had plenty of space to spare. This test only required 350°F which was not a high temperature. In addition, the convection system helped with heat distribution.

Sturdy Build

The Black+Decker CTO6335S has a sturdy construction and a durable stainless steel exterior. Its interior has a coating for easy cleaning. A few things that stood out to us were the quartz heating elements and the baking pan plus broiling rack combo. Unfortunately, the door and buttons are a bit dodgy.

Simple Control Panel

The Black+Decker CTO6335S is easy to operate thanks to an LCD and 13 buttons. However, it doesn’t have any features to increase convenience. This applies to its automatic preheat phase which isn’t very useful.

Other Toaster Ovens Up For the Competition

Not everyone can be the winner in the battle of toaster ovens. Nonetheless, without the weaker toaster ovens, 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:

  1. Breville BOV845BSS Smart Oven Pro —A medium-sized 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. The main flaw that it has is many of its features fail to actually increase convenience.
  2. Oster TSSTTVMNDG-SHP-2 Digital — 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.
  3. Mueller MT-175 Small Countertop — 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 space on your kitchen counter. It does the job of making toast, pizza, and roasting chicken quite well but not baking frozen fries.

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Why Trust Us

What separates us from other product reviewing platforms is that our basis revolves around hands-on experimentation as a team. Our testing criteria prioritize user experience with all kinds of toaster ovens. Based on the authentic appraisal and helpful information from our reviews, you can confidently decide how good a toaster oven is for you.

With the culinary expertise of our head chef, we developed our performance tests through the most commonly cooked foods in a toaster oven. Simultaneously, the Research, Testing, and Review (RTR) team scored the features of design and usability through our interactions with the toaster ovens during use.

In our How We Tested Toaster Ovens article, you can follow our tests step by step and see how we were able to finalize the scores which you see in our reviews. Seeing is believing, so our entire testing process is illustrated with original videos and photographs. Our tests are to be performed the same way on every toaster oven which means you can reliably replicate them as well.

After being tested, the toaster ovens are employed in the kitchen of Healthy Recipes 101 for intensive and extensive use. This is how we maintain a constant flow of feedback on the quality and performance of the toaster ovens as well as the do’s and don’ts when using them.

Things to Keep in Mind When Buying a Toaster Oven

The first thing most people consider when shopping for a kitchen appliance is the price. However, we all know affordability means very little if the appliance doesn’t perform well.

Thus, it boils down to value for money, which is our focused approach. As such, we’ve identified a number of desirable features concerning performance, design, and usability.

1. Size and Capacity

The cooking chamber of the Oster TSSTTVMNDG-SHP-2
The cooking chamber of the Oster TSSTTVMNDG-SHP-2

The first thing to look into when choosing your next toaster oven is its size and capacity. As mentioned above, toaster oven sizes are not yet standardized and the same goes for their capacity — the volume of their cooking chamber. The toaster oven’s size will not necessarily dictate its capacity.

Small toaster ovens can have a cooking chamber volume of 10-15 liters, medium is 15-20 liters, large is 20-30 liters, and extra large is 25 liters and upward to 55 liters. The number of servings that can be cooked simultaneously in the toaster oven also depends on the number of tray levels.

Some toaster ovens can have peculiar shapes to meet specific requirements. For example, while two toaster ovens can have the same volume, one can have more length and/or width but less height. Thus, they can fit larger baking pans but may not be tall enough for a 4 lb whole chicken.

All in all, it’s best to look into the toaster oven’s size and capacity before buying to make sure that it best suits your needs. To save you the trouble, our reviews state the measurements and suggest the number of servings the toaster oven can cook at a time.

2. Convection vs Conventional Toaster Ovens

Cuisinart TOA-60 Interior
The convection fan of the Cuisinart TOA-60

One structural feature that can make a big difference to the cooking quality of toaster ovens is a convection system. This is generally found in units that are medium-sized and larger, and with additional cost.

The Convection function has a fan and exhaust system to circulate hot air inside the cooking chamber, which makes for faster, more even cooking. This function is all the more useful when baking savory dishes but not so much with sweets due to it browning and drying out the surface more.

Conventional toaster ovens simply refer to units that don’t have a convection system.

3. Cooking Functions

The cooking functions of the Oster TSSTTVMNDG-SHP-2
The cooking functions of the Oster TSSTTVMNDG-SHP-2

Similar to full-sized ovens, toaster ovens’ primary cook modes include broiling and baking. However, what makes a toaster oven is its built-in toast function with a manufacturer-predetermined time and temperature. This is true whether the toaster oven has a digital display or 100% analog control.

Some higher-end models can include additional functions, which are food-specific presets, that take the guesswork out of cooking things like cookies, muffins, or pizzas. These are especially helpful for beginners, saving them the time spent figuring out the correct time and temperature.

These presets can also allow the oven to have a wider temperature range than others — reach temperatures lower than 150°F and/or higher than 450°F. For example, most Keep Warm functions can maintain the oven at around 120°F while most Dehydrate functions can do so at around 80°F.

In all honesty, all toaster ovens operate on the same principle — heat the food from the outside in — which doesn’t change with different functions. In addition, different foods in different quantities require different cooking times and temperatures. Thus, it’s better to get a toaster oven that can provide precise time and temperature settings.

4. Heating Elements

The heating elements of the Instant Omni Plus 18
The heating elements of the Instant Omni Plus 18L

Heating elements matter as they are a key component determining the efficiency of heat distribution. Currently, the two most widely-used types are nichrome heating elements and quartz heating elements.

Nichrome (80% nickel and 20% chromium) here refers to a type of resistance wire heating element. It’s the more classic and common one out of the two.

On the other hand, the quartz heating elements don’t heat the air in the oven, but rather radiate the infrared heat directly to the food or pan. This factor minimizes energy loss, making them a more energy-sufficient choice. On a side note, a convection system can still help with the performance of the toaster ovens that use this type of heating element.

Most people prefer quartz elements because they respond and heat up quickly and also cool down quickly. With nichrome, the long time lag between the request for heat and actual delivery leads to temperature fluctuations that can cause inconsistent cooking results.

On another note, the quartz heating elements are more energy-efficient and easier to clean but not as durable. However, if grease splashes onto these quartz heating elements during cooking, it’ll leave permanent stains which stick out like sore thumbs.

Regarding the number of elements a good oven should have, the larger a toaster oven is, the more heating elements are necessary. The standard for a small toaster oven is two heating elements, medium is four, and large is four and more.

5. Accessories

Accessories included with the Toshiba AC25CEW
Accessories included with the Toshiba AC25CEW

The majority of toaster oven models include an oven rack, baking pan, and removable crumb tray. Some models may further include a broiling rack, air fryer basket, rack clamp, and pizza pan.

Moreover, if you like a good chicken roast at home, make sure the toaster oven that you buy comes with a rotisserie kit. Both sides of the cooking chamber will have bearing points to suspend a rod or spit holding the chicken. And a motor drive mechanism will rotate the spit and the chicken.

The number of additional accessories may depend on how much you’re willing to spend. Some deluxe toaster ovens include multiple racks and extra baking pans.

It’s also worth keeping in mind that any removable parts will require regular cleaning. To simplify this process, look for a unit with easily-removable trays and racks.

6. Features of Convenience

The touchscreen digital display of the Instant Omni Plus 18L
The control panel of the Oster TSSTTVFDDG

The more features of convenience a toaster oven has — or the higher the usability is — the more expensive it likely is. In addition, it’s how useful they are that separates the best from the good toaster ovens.

These features can include personalized toggle switches for lighting and convection, a numerically specified timer and temperature dial, or a temperature conversion button. They can also be how easy it is to readjust settings, or how responsive or how clear the control panel is.

Something not exclusive to toaster ovens is how well heat is retained in the cooking chamber. If the exterior has good insulation, possiblly thanks to a thick stainless steel casing, it can prevent accidental burns and increase energy efficiency.

Some toaster ovens have a slide-out crumb tray instead of a removable crumb tray. It’s part of the oven’s construction and the oven may not operate when the tray isn’t in place.

In all honesty, these usability features are impossible to assess without actually using the product, which is where we come in with our reviews.

7. Price

All the aspects of a toaster oven we’ve established so far can act as our gauge if the price matches the value. To summarize, factors contributing to the price of a toaster oven that you can read up include its size, a convection system, the number and type of heating elements, the power rating, the number and type of heating elements, the number of accessories, and the number of usability features.

However, there are aspects that can only be evaluated with hands-on experiences like the overall quality of the build and the toaster oven’s performance in cooking. Even when considering the most inexpensive option, it’ll be a waste if the toaster oven can’t provide an adequate performance.

Usually, larger sizes allow for more room for investment. Small toaster ovens run somewhere between $40 and $200 while medium units can be anywhere from $100 to $250. Large units appear more frequently in the $250 - $450 range, with some exceeding $700. There are, of course, also over-the-top fancy models at the price of over $1000 to $4000.

A factor that usually gets overlooked is good after-sale service which you can usually get from trusted brands.

Are Toaster Ovens Safe?

It is natural for many of us to worry about health issues when we use our ovens. The two most common concerns are related to the risks of fire and the effects of Teflon coating.

Risk of Fire

Heat discoloration on the Hamilton Beach 31401
Heat discoloration on the Hamilton Beach 31401

Toaster ovens work by using heating elements. If crumbs get clogged up at the bottom of the oven for too long and get hot enough where the heating elements are working, they can start a fire. 

On most modern toaster ovens, however, the crumb tray is removable. Thus, as long as you detach the tray and clean it up after every use, the chance of your oven catching fire is minimal.

The same can be said if you let meat juices and caramelized bit accumulate on the heating elements. Luckily, most accessories are designed to fit the cooking chamber, so you just need to properly place them inside to avoid the mess. 

Another thing to note when buying a toaster oven is that many less expensive models have minimal thermal insulation. So before powering it up, make sure there is ample clearance between the appliance and the surfaces around it, like the walls and countertop. In addition, you mustn’t cover any part of the oven with metal foil or it’ll cause the oven to overheat.

Though it doesn’t pose a fire hazard, heat discoloration over time can be a concern. Anything vulnerable to heat, such as plastics, should not be placed on or near the unit.

Teflon Coating

The Breville BOV845BSSUSC has a non-stick interior coating
The Breville BOV845BSSUSC has a non-stick interior coating which is not toxic.

There are also concerns that toaster ovens coated with non-stick material, called polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE), also known as Teflon, are harmful to our health and linked to bird deaths.

In fact, since 2013, all Teflon products are free of PFOA — the chemical that gives it a bad reputation. Therefore, the health effects of non-stick cookware are no longer a real concern.

What if the toaster oven you’re owning was produced before 2013? There’s a chance it’s coated with PFOA, and you can only know by checking with the manufacturer or retailer. If it does in fact contain this harmful chemical, we highly recommend you stop using it.

Prior to First Time Use

If you’re using a toaster oven for the first time, don’t forget to follow these few pieces of advice:

1. Place the oven on a flat surface with at least 5 inches of space above and around all sides.

2. Make sure your outlet is of the correct voltage and can provide enough watts of power.

3. To avoid electrical problems, do not operate the toaster oven on the same circuit with another appliance.

4. Make sure the interior of the oven is dry and clean before use.

5. New ovens have a distinctive smell from their materials and protective layering that you need to burn off. Do this by setting the temperature to max, the convection on, and timer to 15 minutes. It’s normal to see smoke during this process for a new oven and it will not last longer than 15 minutes.

What Can Be Cooked in A Toaster Oven?

A toaster oven is an all-in-one kitchen appliance serving multiple purposes. You can use it to cook almost everything, from broiling steak to dehydrating fruits and vegetables. Some of its top uses have been incorporated into our test. Check out six common uses for your toaster oven, including reheating leftovers and warming plates before serving.

How to Clean A Toaster Oven

How to Clean A Toaster Oven
Cleaning preparation for the Instant Omni Plus 18L

The best way to ensure a longer lifespan for your product is by cleaning it regularly. After trials and errors of cleaning numerous toaster ovens, we figured out the steps to guarantee success. Check out how we make cleaning toaster ovens after use straightforward and consistent each time.

Toaster Ovens FAQs

Reheating pizza in a toaster oven is easy. First off, preheat the baking tray lined with foil at 450°F. This will help your day-old pizza taste almost exactly like new: hot, crispy, and puffy. Once it’s hot, put on your pizza and bake it for 10 minutes. Finally, enjoy!

The short answer is — maybe. The long answer is— it depends on many things, including your cooking purposes and the portion sizes.

In practice, these two models perform almost identically. They’re exceptionally powerful and ready to churn out delicious food quickly and effortlessly, even though a toaster oven doesn’t offer the same possibilities as a conventional one.

Due to the smaller size and capacity, however, most toaster ovens can heat up 30%-50% faster than regular ovens, hence saving you a lot of cooking time and energy. Beyond requiring less time for preheating, they can also cut the cooking time, from 2-4 minutes, especially when you’re cooking a small portion of food.

With a more compact design, they’re also quite a bit easier to clean and maintain. So, if you plan on cooking 1-4 servings at a time, buying a toaster oven will be a wise investment.

On the other hand, a standard oven can easily handle a whole turkey or multiple large batches of muffins and scones at one time. If you’re cooking for a large family (more than 6 members) or want to prepare a big dinner party, clearly, a full-size oven will be more appropriate.

Unlike a toaster oven which requires no installation and is ready to use once plugged in, a conventional oven needs to be properly installed. Most of the time, the installation process is not difficult, but it takes time and effort, and sometimes more money. However, regular ovens do have their place.

The preheating process is primarily used to heat up the air inside the oven to a proper temperature before the food is placed inside. Depending on your oven’s size and what you’re going to cook, it will take 5-15 minutes for the appliance to get hot.

Preheating the oven allows the food you're making to start cooking at the correct temperature straight away. This usually produces tastier, more appetizing food, and is essential when baking to get consistent results. This is the main reason why preheating a toaster oven beforehand is not a must (except for when you’re baking) as it can heat up so quickly, but it’s helpful to do so and generally recommended.

Toaster ovens use heating elements to warm up the air inside the cooking chamber and toast/bake/roast/reheat foods from the outside in. In contrast, microwaves function by using electromagnetic waves to heat the water molecules, cooking the food from the inside out. This is the main reason why the latter usually finishes the jobs faster than the former.

Microwaves, or microwave ovens, are better suited for reheating leftovers and defrosting frozen foods. Meanwhile, toaster ovens can handle well almost cooking tasks, such as reheating pizzas, baking quick treats, broiling steak, and toasting bread.

Whether you need a microwave when you already have a toaster oven depends on your cooking purposes. If you only want something for reheating foods and defrosting frozen meat/veggies, there is no need to further get a toaster oven. This is because a good microwave can (only) do these jobs pretty well.

If you’re planning on baking and toasting occasionally, on the other hand, we recommend you invest in a convection toaster oven without hesitation. Besides baking and toasting, it also excels at broiling, warming, and roasting.

Yes, you definitely can use your toaster oven to bake everything, from raw meats (beef, chicken, turkey, etc.) to pastries (cookies, muffins, cheesecake, etc.) and crisp veggies (potatoes, sweet potatoes, broccoli, asparagus, etc.).

Here’s our step-by-step baking guide:

  1. Set the oven to bake setting and adjust the cooking temperature according to your recipe, typically between 300°F and 450°F.
  2. Allow it to preheat for at least 10 minutes.
  3. Place the food inside.
  4. Set the suitable cooking time.
  5. Press start and let it run. Most ovens will turn off automatically once the finished time is reached.

All the Toaster Ovens We Have Tested

We’ve performed our series of tests on toaster ovens of different sizes and price points. They include convection and non-convection as well as analog and digital units. Each toaster oven went through the same tests as others for a thorough comparison.