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 $200, but plenty of good options are available for around $100 with budget versions below $50. Below is our list of the best toaster ovens reviewed.
The Breville BOV800XL is not only our choice for the best overall toaster oven, but also the leading consumer magazine’s top choice and the best selling convection model available on Amazon. First of all it has a bigger capacity than most models that can handle 13-inch pizzas or 6 slices of toast. 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.
The only real downside is the pricetag of $249.95 which is the most expensive on the list. If you don’t mind paying for it, we highly recommend this model.
The Panasonic FlashXpress NB-G110P is one of the highest rated toaster ovens on Amazon with a 4.6 overall rating out of 5 with very few 1 or 2 star reviews. The main highlight for this model is the double infrared heating system designed to efficiently cook in up to 40% less time than other units. Because it uses infrared, it provides instantaneous heat so there is no need to preheat. It also comes with 6 different cooking modes – toast, waffle, roll, pizza, hash brown, and quick – which automatically calculates the cooking time of each.
The biggest drawback to this unit is the lack of a broiler function. Other than that, for the price of $89.99 it is a great value.
The Breville BOV450XL is very similar to the BOV800XL, but in a more compact size which is great for small spaces. It can hold 11-inch pizzas or 4 slices of toast. The two other main differences are this model is not a convection oven and it only has 4 heating elements instead of 5. It has 8 preset functions for cookies, reheat, pizza, bagel, toast, bake, broil, and roast. It also has 3 rack positions, auto shut-off, and a pull out crumb tray.
This thing does cost more than average at $149.95, but for a quality small toaster oven it is worth it.
The Waring Pro TCO650 is another high quality convection oven which can hold 6 slices of toast or a 12-inch pizza. Overall is seems to cook quite well using its 6 preset functions for toast, bagel, convection bake, bake, pizza, and broil. There is not really any glaring negatives and with a price of around $90 it is great bargain.
Our choice for the best budget toaster oven is the Rosewill RTOB-11001. This 1500 watt unit can hold 6 slices of toast or a 12-inch pizza. While it does not have digital controls, it does have dials that are super easy to use for function, temperature, and timer. The functions included are warm, broil, bake/roast, and toast.
On the downside, the cooking can be a bit uneven at times, but with a price of under $50 it is still a great bargain.
The Breville BOV650XL is a model that is nearly identical to the BOV450XL, just a little bit bigger. We really like the BOV450XL, so if you want a bigger model we recommend that you step up to the BOV800XL since it gives you more features like convection cooking and this unit does not give you a whole lot more room than the smaller one. It costs about $180.
The Oster TSSTTVMNDG was rated as a best buy by the leading consumer magazine. It has convection cooking and the extra-large interior can hold a 13 x 9 pan to cook ham, roasts, or casseroles.
However, it is not as easy to use or clean as some of the other top models and one other low-light is that the exterior can get quite hot, so be careful using it. With a price of $79 we still highly recommend this appliance.
The Cuisinart TOB-155 uses a heat sensor to maintain precise oven temperature and we found that it cooks quite evenly. It has a large interior which can hold 6 slices of bread and a very large foot print. It also comes with pizza/bake, broil and toast options, plus bagel, defrost and reheat buttons.
However, the controls are a bit confusing to use at first. There also is a strip of stainless steel that gets hot below the handle which can burn you if you are not careful. At a price of $139 there are some better options in this price range, but it is still a quality appliance.
The Cuisinart TOB-195 is very similar to the TOB-155, but this one has convection cooking for a cost of about $173. Overall it is a good toaster oven, but for that price we would recommend going with a Breville.
The Black & Decker CTO6335S stainless steel convection toaster oven is a decent value with a price of around $80. It has several preset functions and a 120 minute timer. It does not automatically calculate the cook time and shuts off when the timer is done. Baking seems to work well, although cooking some foods, like whole chickens, resulted in uneven cooking.