Whether you want an alternative to a traditional oven or you’re looking for a more convenient countertop appliance to quickly heat up your favorite foods, a toaster oven is an ideal compromise. Many of today’s toaster ovens feature eye-catching styles and a wealth of features. While pricier models generally offer more power and a faster cook time, there are also many well-equipped (and more affordable) toaster ovens to choose from. If you’re concerned about style and can stretch your budget, it may be worth it to splurge on a stainless steel oven. Some buyers narrow down the selection based on specific features, such as automatic shut-off or an easily removable crumb tray.
1. Breville Smart Oven
It’s not the cheapest toaster oven on the market, but you get what you pay for with this toaster oven. For starters, it cooks food quickly and efficiently with a powerful 1800 watt convection. A unique Element IQ technology determines the proper heat for the meal you’re making. Customers really like the user-friendly control panel, which includes a crisp LCD display screen. The unit comes with a baking pan and a removable crumb tray. A more compact alternative, Breville BOV450XL Mini Smart Oven with Element IQ, is also available.
- Removable crumb tray
- Powerful heating element
- User-friendly design
- Auto-eject rack only works in certain positions
- Subpar toasting
2. Cuisinart Custom Classic Toaster Oven Broiler
Its stainless steel front makes this Cuisinart toaster oven a stylish addition to any kitchen counter. A full 1800 watts of power is enough to broil and bake and to toast smaller items such as bagels and slices of toast. Highlights include rubberized easy grip dials and a cool-touch handle that prevents burns. If you enjoy having full control over your food, you’ll appreciate this toaster oven’s shade control monitors and adjustable temperature settings for more precise results. The interior non-stick coating can easily be wiped clean when you’re done cooking.
- Adjustable temperature
- Shade control
- 1800 watts
- Gets really hot
- Small font around dials
- Door tray only slides out in certain positions
3. BLACK+DECKER 4-Slice Toaster Oven
If you’re shopping on a budget you’ll want to take a close look at this toaster oven. You can easily fit a 9-inch pizza inside — there’s also plenty of room for baking and broiling your favorite snacks. A removable crumb tray makes cleaning up much less intimidating. If you tend to forget about your food while it’s cooking, you’ll love the 30 minute timer with a stay-on function. A large window allows you to peek inside to check the progress of your meal.
- Large window
- 30-minute timer
- Small internal size
- Tends to toast a bit dark
- Releases lots of smoke and odor during first few uses
4. Oster 6-Slice Toaster Oven
You can fit a lot of food into this toaster oven, making it a solid investment for families and those who want to cook larger portions at once. There’s enough space inside to fit a whole frozen pizza, an entire chicken, ham, or a 13 x 9-inch pan. The six-slice toaster oven comes with convection technology for speedier and more even cooking. Users appreciate the simple control panel in the front with options such as toast, convection, broil, and defrost. An interior light gives you a good look at what’s inside.
Price: $75.44 (26 percent off MSRP)
- Generous interior space
- Convection technology
- Interior light
- 9×13-inch pans with handles won’t fit
- Tray should be rotated halfway through to avoid burning food
- No audible alert when it’s reached desired cooking temperature
5. Hamilton Beach Toastation
Not only is it affordable, but this toaster oven also saves on countertop space thanks to its compact size. For the price you’ll get a well-rounded combination unit that’s one part compact toaster and another part mini oven. The extra-wide toasting slot is wide enough to fit bagels, pizza, and other larger items. A toast shade selector allows you to customize the end results.
Price: $37.99 (35 percent off MSRP)
- Functions as a toaster and mini oven
- Compact size
- Doesn’t reach higher temps
- Cramped interior
- Some find it difficult to eject toast
6. Breville Mini Smart Oven
You can heat up your favorite snacks and meals in a minimal amount of time with this toaster oven’s 1800 watt heating element. It also stands out for features that include a function dial with multiple pre-set cooking functions and three distinct rack positions on the inside. There’s enough room for food such as an 11-inch pizza and up to four slices of toast. A pull-out crumb tray and auto shut off are additional highlights.
- Large interior capacity
- Three rack positions
- 1800 watt heating element
- Handle is a bit large/bulky
- Cannot be placed underneath most cabinets
- Racks don’t automatically pull out when door is opened
7. Courant 2-Slice Compact Toaster Oven
This budget-friendly toaster oven offers bake, broil, and toast functions. Despite its compact size, it can fit up to a 9-inch pizza. Set your desired cook time up to 30 minutes. The toaster oven will signal when the time is up then automatically shut off for safety. Other features include a power indicator light and a tempered glass door.
Price: $20.99 (16 percent off MSRP)
- Compact size
- Can hold up to a 9-inch pizza
- Automatic shut-off
- No temperature setting
- Can take awhile to toast
- Some say it’s not powerful enough to cook food
8. Elite Cuisine 6-Slice Toaster Oven
If you’re looking for a larger toaster oven that can function as a secondary oven, consider this appliance. Highlights include a 23-liter capacity for cooking larger meals, along with a heat selector function switch for customized results. There are several multi-functions such as toast, bake, broil, and rotisserie. You can also steam and grill your favorite foods. This toaster oven comes with griddle as well as a steamer with a lid.
Price: $52.99 (56 percent off MSRP)
- Large interior capacity
- Several multi-functions
- Includes a steamer with a lid
- Lacks an interior light
- Tray and rack can be tough to slide out
- Some caution it’s tough to clean
9. Panasonic Flash Xpress Toaster Oven
The Panasonic Flash Xpress Toaster Oven boasts the ability to cook food up to 40 percent faster than your average toaster oven. Part of its ability to accomplish this task is the fact that it automatically calculates cooking time and controls the heat for various types of food. Illustrated presets allow you to quickly choose to reheat food, toast bread, cook a pizza, and more. If kitchen space is limited, you’ll appreciate this unit’s compact size.
- Designed to cook food faster than a typical toaster oven
- User-friendly control panel
- Compact size
- Cooking rack isn’t removable
- Exterior gets very hot
- Timer only goes up to 25 minutes
10. Proctor Silex 4-Slice Toaster Oven
Whether you’re heading off to college or simply want a compact toaster oven for your living space, this unit is a solid choice. Don’t be fooled by its smaller size, as this toaster oven has a spacious interior. In fact, there’s enough room to fit in four slices of bread or two personal pizzas. Basic features include a 15-minute timer and an automatic shutoff. There’s also a ready bell to let you know when your snack or meal is done. Other highlights are a drop-down crumb tray and a broil function.
- Compact size
- Generously sized interior
- Includes a broil function
- Wobbly baking rack
- Toasting function isn’t always accurate
- Loud timer