Toaster ovens are a great addition to any kitchen to use either as a secondary oven or as the only oven because it can cook all the foods a normal oven can, but takes up less space and uses less energy.
So what are the features that are needed to be considered the best toaster oven? First and foremost is how well and evenly they cook including baking and broiling. They should provide preset functions and simple controls with automatic shut-off. Also they need to be easy to clean with nonstick interiors and a crumb tray that slides out. Accessories like broiling pans and pizza pans are also a nice bonus.
Top of the line models cost over $250, but plenty of good options are available for around $100-$150 with cheap versions below $50. Below we review the top 10 best toaster ovens.
This convection oven has 1800 watts of power with 5 quartz heating elements with Element IQ that heats food smartly to suit whatever you are cooking with 10 preset functions. The BOV845BSS comes with a 12×12 baking pan, 12×12 broiling rack, and a 13″ pizza pan. It features dial and push button controls with a digital display.
The only negatives we could find are the price and short 1 year warranty. For this price the warranty ought to be good for at least 3 years. However, we still highly recommend this unit for anyone who needs outstanding cooking performance in a small toaster oven.
Features include 1875 watts, 15 cooking functions including Dual Cook, auto-slide out rack, digital controls, an adjustable 2 hour timer and 2 hour auto shutoff. It comes with 2 cooking racks with 4 rack positions, a 13″” pizza stone, 9×13 inch baking pan, and broiling pan.
We would also highly recommend the Cuisinart TOB-260N since we found no major flaws with it and it includes a 3 year limited warranty. It is comparable with the Breville BOV845BSS in size, ease of use, and performance. Although, we found the broiling and baking, while still really good, to be just slightly more uneven on the TOB-260N.
Although the brilliance of this appliance is that it is a smart oven that automatically adjusts the power of the five individual heating elements to cook food quickly and more evenly. It also comes with an LED screen that easily lets you see the temperature and the cooking time which you can adjust with large dials. There are also 9 preset functions including toast, bagel, bake, roast, broil, pizza, cookies, reheat, and warm. It does not have the slow cook feature that the BOV845BSS has.
The only real downside is the pricetag of $249.95 which is expensive. If you don’t mind paying for it, we highly recommend this model.
The CSO-300N, while larger than most cheaper ovens, is a bit smaller than some other top-tier models. It can accommodate a 12-inch pizza or 4 slices of toast and includes a rack and baking pan. It also has a unique steam clean feature.
Most user reviews have been extremely positive, with some people raving about the performance the Cuisinart CSO-300N provides – especially for cooking chicken. However, cooking with steam can take a bit of experimenting to get the desired results. If you are someone who would love to try cooking with steam then we highly recommend the CSO-300N. If you don’t think you will use any of the steam functions or want a bigger oven then you should look elsewhere.
This Cuisinart appliance fits a 12-inch pizza or 6 slices of bread and features 12 cooking functions including convection. The digital display with dial selector is not quite as easy to use as some other models.
One other slight negative is the broiler function, which while good, does not provide excellence. Overall we recommend the Cuisinart TOB-200 for those of you who will take advantage of the rotisserie function.
The biggest drawback to this unit is the lack of a broiler function. Other than that, for the price it is a great value.
This compact toaster oven is still costly at $149, but for a quality small unit it is worth it.
Since the BOV650XL is just 2.25 inches wider than the BOV450XL and the same depth, if you want a bigger model then we recommend that you step up to the BOV800XL since it gives you more features like convection cooking and much larger interior cooking space.
The performance of this Breville unit is not lacking, however, so if the size works for you then don’t hesitate to buy it.
However, it is not as easy to use or clean as some of the other top models and one other lowlight is that the exterior can get quite hot, so be careful using it. Due to its price, though, we still highly recommend this appliance for most buyers.
While the overall performance is OK, it certainly does not compare with the top models on this list and we would not recommend using it for baking.
Toaster Oven Comparison Chart
|Breville BOV845BSS||9.4||$269.95||1800||120-500||Yes||11 x 19 x 16||5 x 14 x 13|
|Cuisinart TOB-260N||9.3||$219.99||1875||150-450||Yes||12 x 20 x 17||6 x 14 x 13|
|Breville BOV800XL||9.3||$249.95||1800||120-450||Yes||11 x 19 x 16||5 x 14 x 12|
|Cuisinart CSO-300N||9.2||$257.99||1680||100-450||Yes||10.75 x 18 x 15.5||5 x 12 x 12|
|Cuisinart TOB-200||9.2||$167.99||1875||150-500||Yes||13 x 19 x 15||8 x 12 x 12|
|Panasonic NB-G110P||9.1||$120.99||1300||250-500||No||10 x 13 x 12||4 x 10 x 11|
|Breville BOV450XL||9.1||$149||1800||120-450||No||9 x 16 x 13||4 x 10.75 x 10|
|Breville BOV650XL||9||$179.95||1800||120-450||No||10 x 17 x 15||4 x 13 x 10|
|Oster TSSTTVMNDG||8.7||$79||1300||150-450||Yes||11.38 x 19.76 x 15.37||5.3 x 13.7 x 13.48|
|Black & Decker TO1313SBD||8.3||$24.99||1150||150-450||No||9.4 x 16.4 x 11.3||5 x 13 x 9.8|
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