We spent 80 hours testing and researching toaster ovens and determined the KitchenAid KCO253CU was our top choice. It produces beautiful cooking results and gives some of the most accurate temperatures. The four temperature settings, large interior and two included racks give you plenty of cooking space and cooking options so you can prepare anything from a casserole to a whole chicken. The exterior also maintains a very cool temperature so you don’t have to worry as much about singeing fingers when operating it.
This well-priced toaster oven has a large cooking capacity so you can bake family sized meals. It comes with plenty of conveniences and features to make the cooking process easier, not to mention its fashionable design that looks great in any kitchen.
Hamilton Beach 31334
The Hamilton Beach 31334 has a unique door design that gives you a wider opening to place and remove your food. This toaster oven works well and is the least expensive one in our comparison.
This extra-large toaster oven is a great pick for families as it comes with enough space to create dinner dishes like casseroles and frozen pizzas and you can cook on two racks at the same time.
The KitchenAid KCO253CU is the second largest toaster oven in our comparison, featuring two racks that hold eight slices of bread each. You can easily fit casserole dishes, pizzas and other family-sized meals inside.
It outperformed every other toaster in our cooking tests, notably making the best cookies that were golden on top and thoroughly cooked through in the middle in just 10 minutes. The reheated pizza tasted as though it had just been delivered – the bread was soft and the toppings were heated through without burning.
While none of the toaster ovens were spot on with their temperature accuracy, this was one of the closest, so you don’t have to worry about it overcooking your food. It features a 60-minute timer, which is longer than average, or you can set it to the On position and allow it to cook for up to four hours. This is an especially nice feature when cooking dinner dishes. You can choose between four different cook settings, including toast, bake, warm and broil. We found the crumb tray easy to remove and clean, especially since the door opens so wide and the toaster oven has a non-stick interior. KitchenAid covers this toaster with a one-year warranty, which is average but nothing special.
The Hamilton Beach 31334 is the least expensive toaster oven in our comparison, and while it doesn’t have all the features of a more expensive model, it was one of the best performers in our cooking tests.
The roll-top door’s wide opening gives you more space to place your hand when removing your food, reducing the likelihood of burning your hands. The door can also be removed to make it incredibly easy to reach all areas of the interior for cleaning. Unfortunately, it does not have a non-stick interior so you might have to spend a little more time getting food to come off. This toaster was one of the best in our cooking tests heating our food thoroughly without burning anything. It also produced a very even brown on each slice of bread when we placed four in at once. Unfortunately, this unit doesn’t have a convection fan.
You can set the timer up to 30 minutes or use the stay-on feature if you want it to cook even longer. It comes in both gray and red so you have a couple choices to match your kitchen. This basic unit does not come with a broiling rack and you cannot adjust the rack to a new position, which might make it harder to cook certain foods without burning them. Hamilton Beach covers it with a one-year warranty, which is average for this size toaster oven.
Best for Cooking Frozen Pizzas
The Oster TSSTTBDGXL-SHP has racks large enough to fit nine slices of bread each. This is enough space to heat a large frozen pizza.
The back of the toaster oven is even curved making it the perfect shape for a round pizza. The touchpad and digital display are similar to the buttons on a microwave, as is the height of this toaster oven. It has a Turbo Convection fan for faster cooking as well as toast, bake, broil, warm and defrost settings. The timer can be set up to 90 minutes, which is longer than most other machines we tested. You can set it between 200 and 450 degrees in 25-degree increments. When you set the timer, the display doesn’t tell you the current temperature, but it does beep when the desired temperature is reached.
This device produced great cooking results, toasting bread slices evenly no matter where they were located on the rack. Reheating pizza only took a few minutes as the cheese and bread became warm very quickly. You can use both racks at once or remove one to place larger items inside. It doesn’t come with a broiling rack, though. When we checked for temperature accuracy, this device ran about 13 degrees hotter than it should have so you’ll want to adjust the cooking time accordingly. We were surprised to find that the exterior of this device hardly got warm during the cooking process. So you and your family are far less likely to singe fingers on the sides or top if you touch it while cooking. This Oster toaster oven is covered by a one-year warranty and costs roughly $100. Given the size of the unit and the convenience it affords, this price is fair.
Best Touchpad Toaster Oven
Of the three touchpad toaster ovens we tested the Black & Decker CTO6335S outperformed the others by quite a lot.
It comes with a baking tray, broiling rack and features preset cooking buttons, which include cookies, pizza, frozen snacks, potato, bake, broil, toast and bagel. It also features a timer that can be set for up to 120 minutes and a button for operating the convection fan. Unfortunately, there is no “stay on” button, so you'll have to reset the timer if you want it to run longer than its allotted time. You can view the current temperature on the digital display as you cook. This toaster oven performed very well in our various food tests, cooking evenly throughout the interior and operating at an accurate temperature, so our food was cooked through evenly.
We will say that some of the touchpad buttons were a little finnicky. Sometimes they wouldn't respond to a lighter touch and we'd have to press firmer to get a reaction. We also found that you couldn't start the timer until after you had chosen a temperature setting, which was a little annoying at first but something you can easily get used to. The interior is wide enough to hold up to 6 slices of bread, so you'll be able to cook a decent amount of food in this unit. The exterior of the device did get decently hot, but it wasn't as scalding as other devices we tested. Black & Decker covers it with a 2-year warranty, which is longer than many of the other warranties we saw. It features a non-stick interior and the crumb tray is easy to remove to make cleaning easy.
Best Hybrid Toaster Oven
This cute little retro 2-slice toaster has a traditional toaster slot on top, but also features a toaster oven section. You toggle between the two options by sliding a switch to shut and open the roof slot.
The oven will not work unless the slider is in the oven position. We found that the slider often got stuck or would slide ever so slightly towards the toaster side and stop cooking. As you can imagine it was pretty frustrating checking on our food after a few minutes only to find it cold. There is no timer on this device, so you will need to set one separately whenever you use the oven. The toaster oven section comes with a baking rack that just barely fits two slices of white bread, so space is limited but decent for one user.
It performed decently in our cooking tests but didn't blow us away. The interior isn't non-stick, so cleaning might be a little harder. When you open the oven door, the rack is designed to come out a little ways, making it easier to grab your food without burning your hands on metal. Hamilton Beach covers it with a one-year warranty, which is pretty average and not as good as some other warranties.
Why Trust Us
Top Ten Reviews has been testing, researching and ranking kitchen appliances since 2010. After we research a wide range of products within a category and learn as much as we can about them, we narrow the field. We then test several of the products in our lab using our own methodology and keep careful notes. After that, we score them using a proprietary system that helps determine which products to include in our list and what their ranking should be. We also read up on Energy Star's toaster oven scoping report to learn about its energy usage. We looked into the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers' (AHAM) Toast Test to figure out how to perform our own testing.
How We Tested
We spent 80 hours testing, researching and evaluating toaster ovens for performance, design, safety and convenience features. Among other things, we tested for temperature precision and ranges, as well as evenness, since that makes an enormous difference in how certain foods turn out. We tested how hot these countertop devices got on the outside since lower temperatures guard against accidental burns. We also checked how easy it was to program the timers and displays and noted whether they had manual dials or touchpad controls.
Of course, we cooked a number of foods in each toaster oven. To check how evenly heat was distributed, we put white bread slices along the entire rack in each oven and made toast. We repeated this test on multiple settings to see how evenly each cooker browned the slices. For the most part, they toasted the bread to the desired shade. However, there were some that heated unevenly and burned or overcooked certain sections of the bread.
How Much Does a Toaster Oven Cost?
Toaster ovens can cost quite a bit more than simple toasters since they cook a wider range of foods. You'll find that the size, number of racks and number of cooking options increases the cost of a toaster oven. The best typically cost between $40 and $100, with the more expensive options usually being able to take large dishes like large frozen pizzas or even whole chickens or turkey, though you can find plenty of fashionable and affordable toaster ovens at lower prices.
One benefit of a toaster oven is it allows you cook in an apartment, dorm or other housing arrangement that otherwise doesn't have an oven. Plus, you can store it away if you have limited counter space. Even if you already have an oven, a toaster oven is a great alternative on a hot summer day since it won't heat up your home like a full-size range. Toaster ovens can also save college students money, since frozen foods like Hot Pockets and pizza are much cheaper than eating out. Toaster ovens do take longer to cook than microwaves, but the results are tastier and more evenly heated.
What is the Advantage of a Toaster Oven with Convection?
A convection toaster oven is a unit with an interior fan. In theory a convection fan helps heat your food quicker than a standard toaster oven, which also helps keeps food from drying out during the cooking process. Quick heating and cook times also help with the exterior temperature of the oven, keeping it lower to help avoid burns if you accidentally touch it somewhere besides the door handle.
We tested both standard and convection toaster ovens for over 80 hours and didn’t see a difference in cook time. Our top pick for the best toaster oven, the KitchenAid KCO253CU, has a convection fan. It also remains relatively cool to the touch while in use. Something we learned during our testing is some convection toaster ovens have a switch or button so you can turn the fan on and off at will. Other models, however, turn on the convection fan automatically when you start cooking with the toaster oven.
Things to Look for in a Toaster Oven
To help you make the best choice for your household, we tested ovens extensively to see how quickly they preheated, how they performed at 350 degrees Fahrenheit, how hot the interior and exterior got, and how well they cooked a variety of foods. Great performance involves consistent temperatures, even heating, a reasonably cool exterior and, most important of all, properly cooked food.
To decide which toaster oven is best for you, consider the type of cooking you do and the size of your countertop. Depending on how you like to cook, you might want to look for other useful features including the number and type of preset cook functions, built-in timers and adjustable racks. Some people love dial controls, but others might prefer touchpad controls. Most of the toaster ovens we tested can fit six slices of bread inside, while a few can only handle four slices. The larger toaster ovens can handle a medium pizza, while the four-slice toaster ovens can only cook a small pizza.
If you have older children and teens using the toaster oven, safety features are especially important. Only a handful of toaster ovens have automatic rack ejection, which helps prevent burned fingertips and hands, because you don't have to reach into a small, hot oven to slide the rack out. Other things that can play a big part in your choice are the presence of an automatic shut-off function, how well the oven retains heat and the exterior temperature while food is cooking.
According to Energy Star, toaster ovens produce about 1/3 to 1/2 less energy than a conventional electric oven when used to cook small meals. So, you can save energy by using these devices whenever possible. The toaster ovens in our comparison use between 1,200 and 1,800 watts while most conventional ovens use between 1,000 and 5,000 watts. An additional perk for using a toaster oven in the summer is that it prevents your home from heating up as much as using a regular oven.
|Product||Price||Overall Rating||Pricing||Performance||Design & Conveniences||Warranty & Safety||MSRP Price||Amazon Price at Time of Publication||Performance Score||Ease of Use Score||Convection Fan||Bread Slice Capacity||Convenience Score||Timer Limit||Stay On Heating||Broiling Rack Included||Cord Length||Warranty||Safety Score||Weight||Height||Width||Depth|
|KitchenAid - KCO253CU Convection Toaster/Pizza Oven - Contour silver||View Deal||4.5/5||3.9||5||5||5||$99.99||$99.99||1||1||X||8||1||60||✓||✓||36.5||1 Year||0.94||17.9||11.37||17.75||16.75|
|Black & Decker CTO6335S||View Deal||4.5/5||4||4.9||4.7||5||$99.99||$62.10||0.92||0.9||X||6||0.95||120||✖||✓||25||2 Years||1||14.4||13.4||22.8||15.5|
|Hamilton Beach 31334||View Deal||4.5/5||5||4.7||3.7||4.7||$29.99||$28.99||0.84||0.95||4||0.87||30||✓||✖||33||1 Year||0.93||8.4||8||15||9.5|
|Black & Decker TO1675B||View Deal||4.5/5||4.8||4.3||4||4.7||$49.99||$34.72||0.9||0.93||X||6||0.88||60||✓||✖||24||2 Years||0.8||10.1||✖||✖||✖|
|Oster TSSTTVDFL2||View Deal||4.5/5||4.8||4.2||4||4.9||$39.92||$52.10||0.78||0.9||X||6||0.88||60||✓||✖||24.5||5 Years||0.87||10||9.7||16.5||15|
|Hamilton Beach Easy Reach 31126||View Deal||4.5/5||4||4.9||4.7||5||$49.99||$49.99||0.92||0.95||X||4||0.82||30||✓||✖||35.5||1 Year||0.81||11.5||9.7||19.2||16.5|
|Black & Decker TO1313SBD||4.5/5||4.9||4.5||3.2||4.4||$39.99||$29.99||0.96||0.9||4||0.82||30||✓||✖||✖||2 Years||0.83||6.7||11.3||16.4||9.4|
|Oster TSSTTVDGXL-SHP||View Deal||4/5||3.8||4.3||4.4||4.5||$99.99||$111.34||0.94||0.95||X||18||0.89||90||✖||✖||25.5||1 Year||1||19.6||13||21.5||20|
|Breville BOV450XL 1800W Mini Smart Oven with Element IQ, Silver||View Deal||4/5||3||4.8||3||3.7||$149.95||$149.00||0.94||1||4||0.89||88||✖||✖||42||1 Year||0.97||11.7||8.5||15.7||13.5|
|Cuisinart Custom Classic TOB-40||View Deal||4/5||4.3||4.8||3||3.7||$79.95||$59.99||0.9||0.95||6||0.83||No Timer||✖||✖||31.5||2 Years||0.75||12.9||8.86||16.29||14.63|
|Panasonic NB-G110P||View Deal||4/5||3.2||4.2||3.8||5||$149.99||$107.76||0.7||0.6||Infrared||4||0.82||25.5||✖||✖||37.7||1 Year||0.8||7.3||10.2||12.5||12|
|Hamilton Beach Toastation 22708||View Deal||3.5/5||4.9||4.3||1.9||3.4||$39.99||$34.97||0.89||0.75||2||0.71||No Timer||✖||✖||25.5||1 Year||0.65||6.8||8.2||16||9|