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Toaster ovens used to simply serve as a way to toast several pieces of bread at once or quickly reheat food without having to get your real oven involved. But they’ve come a long way over the years. The toaster ovens of today not only toast and bake, but many of them can also air fry, roast, dehydrate, and even make a fresh rotisserie chicken with barely any effort from you—that’s our kind of dinner.
While the growing list of features definitely makes them a desirable kitchen asset, it can also make choosing one overwhelming, especially if you’re upgrading from the basic toaster oven that you’ve had for a decade.
Here, the best toaster ovens your kitchen needs.
You can tell the BALMUDA toaster oven is different just by looking at it. But as we know, looks aren’t everything. Luckily, the toaster’s performance is just as impressive.
Utilizing revolutionary technology, the toaster turns water—that you pour into the top of the toaster before turning it on—into steam, to toast and cook while also preserving moisture and flavor. This steam method also allows the toaster oven to heat food more rapidly than others that use hot air.
The BALMUDA four pre-programmed modes—sandwich bread, artisan bread, pizza, and pastry—as well as a regular oven mode that you can control manually.
When it comes to small kitchen appliances, you really can’t go wrong with Breville and the iconic brand proves it once again with their Smart Oven Plus. The advanced toaster oven utilizes 1800 watts of power and convection technology to quickly and evenly cook or reheat your food from the inside out.
It has 10 pre-programmed cooking functions—toast, bagel, bake, roast, broil, pizza, slow cook reheat, warm, and cookies. Yes, you read that right. Cookies.
As for looks, the toaster oven comes in brushed stainless steel, which blends nicely into most kitchens, or cranberry red, if you’d prefer it to stand out.
There’s a reason for the “gourmet” in Wolf Gourmet’s name—and no, it’s not just so they can charge more. The Countertop Toaster Oven Elite really brings the heat (pun intended), with all of the power of a regular oven in a fraction of the size.
It has seven cooking modes—toast, bake, broil, bagel, roast, proof, and warm—and precision temperature control technology that cooks food beautifully, evenly, and up to 25 percent faster than other toaster ovens.
It also has an integrated temperature probe so you can even make the perfectly cooked roast with minimal effort—no more stressing when your in-laws are coming over for the holidays. That alone is worth the higher price tag.
We never thought we’d call a toaster oven cute, but that’s the most fitting descriptor that comes to mind when we look at the Dash Mini Toaster Oven. It’s about half the size of regular toaster ovens, making it the perfect solution for smaller spaces, like studio apartments, campers, or dorm rooms. It also comes in four retro-inspired colors, aqua, pink, pale yellow, and red, so you can choose the one that best fits your style.
While this toaster oven doesn’t have any advanced features—it’s actually pretty basic with one knob that’s used to control it—it does its job of cooking and heating food very well.
If you want something that’s smaller than a regular toaster oven, but not quite as mini as the Dash toaster oven, the Panasonic FlashXpress Compact Toast Oven is the perfect middle ground. At about 11” x 13”, it can fit four slices of bread, while still being compact enough to store in a cabinet or leave on your countertop.
And even though you’re sacrificing some size, you don’t have to worry about sacrificing too much power. The 1300-watt toaster oven has double-infrared quartz and ceramic heating elements that utilize precise temperature control technology to cook food quickly and evenly.
With 15 pre-programmed cooking functions, including speed convection, sandwich, and dual cook, the 1800-watt Cuisinart Chef’s Convection Toaster Oven is the most feature-rich option on this list. It’s also one of the largest. The roomy interior can fit a 9” x 13” baking pan or 9 slices of bread, making it ideal for larger families or anyone who likes to entertain a lot.
All of the controls are digital, with temperature and cooking time appearing on a large backlit display, and there’s an interior light so you don’t have to open the door to check on your food as it cooks.
If you love that old school diner retro vibe, then you’ll absolutely swoon over the Galanz French Door Toaster Oven. This 1.5 cubic foot, 1800-watt toaster oven features soft-close French doors and 8 pre-programmed cooking functions—toast, convection, air fry, dehydrate broil, bake, pizza, and rotisserie—that you can activate with a simple turn of the knob.
If you like the French door style but you’re not sold on the retro look, Galanz also has a stainless steel version that more closely resembles the look of a standard toaster oven and fits into modern kitchens.
Zojirushi is a Japanese based brand that’s known for creating breakthrough technology, something that’s totally apparent with their Micom Toaster Oven. It has an extra-wide interior and eight heating elements that are expertly arranged for quick, even cooking. There are 12 pre-programmed cooking functions, like toast, bagel, pizza, cookies, and reheat, or you can use the knob to manually control your cooking time.
Plus, it’s stylish and sleek, so you won’t even mind keeping it out on your countertop. The exterior features black, mirrored glass and a hidden LCD display that only lights up when the toaster oven is running.
Any list of best small appliances wouldn’t be complete without an appearance by KitchenAid, one of the most common household names. The KitchenAid Dual Convection Countertop Oven has 12 cooking functions, including toast, roast, bake, broil, and proof and they’re all easily accessible with the turn of a single knob. Like the Wolf Gourmet, it also has a built-in temperature probe that helps you make meat perfectly every time, even if you’re not that great of a cook.
If that wasn’t enough, it’s large enough to cook two whole small chickens (3 pounds each) at once, but has a streamlined design and a matte black finish that doesn’t make it seem intrusive on your kitchen countertop.
If you’re an Instant Pot fan, you already know that Instant Brands makes life-changing appliances. The Instant Omni Plus Multi-Use Toaster Oven, which features a large LCD digital display and dual heating elements, is just one more to add to that list.
It has 9 pre-programmed functions, including toast, bake, roast, slow cook, proof, dehydrate and air fry, and 2 cooking methods—convection and rotate—so it serves as the perfect multi-use complement to your pressure cooker if you already have one. It also comes with all of the accessories you need to make a rotisserie chicken right at home.