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If you think toaster ovens are only good for heating more slices of bread than a pop-up toaster can handle, you probably don't own a toaster oven–yet. Once you realize today's toaster ovens are versatile enough to give your large oven a run for its money, you may wonder how you ever managed without one.
Toaster ovens can be used for so much more than just toast and brown bagels. They can also be used to make a batch of chocolate chip cookies, roast vegetables, heat frozen snacks, broil meat and seafood, bake a whole chicken, and melt cheese on mini pizzas or open-faced sandwiches.
Many toaster ovens now offer multiple cooking functions, like convection baking and air frying, and most are more energy-efficient than a standard oven, which can help cut costs and keep the kitchen cooler during hot summer months. We've researched and reviewed top models to compile our favorites with versatility and multi-functionality in mind. Here are the best toaster ovens.
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Various cooking options
Top gets hot when in use
This oven will toast six slices of bread or cook a 12-inch frozen pizza, whole chicken, or pan of brownies. There is only one rack, but there are two rack positions, so you can fit taller foods or pans.
While this is rated to hold a 9 x 13-inch pan, it has to be one without handles. A straight-sided metal baking pan will fit no problem; your 9 x 13-inch Pyrex dish will be too long.
Many customers rave about the toaster oven's versatility. Preset cooking functions include bake, convection bake, broil, toast, pizza, defrost, and warm. The functions offer a suggested time and temperature, but you can adjust both for your recipe. For the toast function, you can set it for light through dark toasting.
There’s an internal light so you can check the progress of the food as it cooks, which some customers say they've rarely found in other toaster ovens.
Takes less counter space than a typical air fryer
Runs slightly hotter than set temperature
Air frying has become popular—there’s no better way to cook mess-free crispy wings or potato wedges—but standalone air fryers take up valuable counter space. This air fryer toaster oven also takes counter space, but it does much more than a typical air fryer, so it may just be worthy of a permanent place in your kitchen.
This model is roomy enough to handle up to six slices of toast or air fry 3 pounds of chicken wings. When it’s time for dinner, there’s even room for a standard frozen 12-inch pizza.
Most reviewers rank it highest for its versatility: It has settings for air fry, convection bake, convection broil, bake, broil, warm, and toast, so it’s easy to bake muffins, cookies, or biscuits, or air fry chicken breasts for dinner. Some do note, however, that the oven tends to run a few degrees hotter than the set temperature.
Removable crumb tray
Many options for a small toaster oven
Power cord is a bit short
If you’re looking for a compact, budget-friendly toaster oven that can toast your bread and heat your pizza, but you don’t need an oven-replacement, this one fits the bill. It can toast up to four slices of bread at a time and has space for a 9-inch pizza.
This has functions for baking, broiling, toasting, and keeping food warm. For toasting, it has different toast settings so you’ll get just the right level of brownness, and the 30-minute timer lets you cook foods longer.
Customers are happy with how uncomplicated the oven is to use, and those with cramped kitchens praise its compact build. The removable crumb tray makes it easy to clean. It comes with a baking pan, broiling rack, and toasting rack.
Quick to heat up
Compact and lightweight
Comes with a baking tray
Door spring can become overstretched with time
Like other ovens, this one features a variety of presets including cookies, pizza, frozen snacks, and potatoes. The functions include bake, broil, toast, and bagel, and the convection fan can be turned on or off. There’s a large digital display that shows time and temperature, but it’s not backlit, so sometimes it can be hard to read.
The oven can fit a 12-inch pizza thanks to a rounded bump-out on the back of the oven, and there are two positions for the rack. The 120-minute timer shuts the oven off automatically and announces itself with a single bell to let you know the time is up.
The crumb tray removes easily from the outside for easy cleaning and to keep crumbs from getting stuck in the door. Some reviewers note that the oven should be placed so that the door can rest on the counter when it’s open, or the spring that holds it can become overstretched over time. A baking pan is included.
Easy to use
Can cook various foods on same tray
Requires a dedicated 20-amp circuit
The Brava Oven is a smart oven that can make your toast, but it also has programs to cook different types of food on one cooking tray. That makes it possible to cook foods together that would normally require different cooking times or temperatures.
The oven can also handle normal cooking tasks and has settings for sear, toast, reheat, bake, dehydrate, air fry, and keep warm. One caveat is that this oven requires a dedicated 20-amp circuit, so it’s wise to check the kitchen’s electrical capacity before purchase.
Customers who have jobs that prevent them from having much time to cook praise the oven for its simplicity and versatility, as well as how quickly it cooks food. Some recipes are available directly from the oven, while others are on the Brava app.
Preheats and cooks quickly
Has dehydrate and air-fry functions
If you're looking for a toaster oven that can handle a lot at once, and you're willing to spend a little more, we recommend the Breville Smart Oven Air Convection Toaster Oven. This glamorous appliance is chock-full of cutting-edge features, such as 13 different cooking functions (including a dehydrate function and air-fry function), two roomy oven racks, an enamel baking pan, a 13-inch nonstick pizza pan, and a broil rack.
Basically, you’ll be able to fry, roast, bake, and toast all your food to absolute perfection with this appliance. It can toast up to nine slices of bread or roast a 14-pound turkey and can accommodate a 5-quart Dutch oven for slow-cooking a roast or batch of chili.
For gourmet chefs and serious foodies, this popular Breville toaster oven is certainly worth the splurge—online reviews are overwhelmingly positive, with hundreds of users reporting that this model “far exceeds” other toaster ovens.
Spacious for a compact toaster oven
Inside walls have nonstick coating
May take time to get to set temperature
Breville is known for quality appliances, like this compact smart oven that takes up less space on the counter than the brand's heftier countertop ovens. Anyone who has used a Breville product will be familiar with the controls that let the user choose from eight different cooking functions: toast, bagel, bake, roast, broil, pizza, cookies, and reheat.
Several reviewers rave about how simple the oven is to use, especially in comparison with their regular oven. Some do note, however, that it could take a bit of time for the toaster oven to preheat to the set temperature.
While it’s compact, there’s still space for a standard 12-inch frozen pizza or 6-cup muffin pan. When it comes to toasting, it can handle four slices of bread at once. The inside walls of the oven have a nonstick coating, so cleaning is easy, even after food has dripped or spattered during cooking.
The Oster Large Capacity Digital Convection Toaster Oven earns our top spot due to its versatility and large capacity. Plus, it comes with an internal light so you can check on your food as it cooks. If you're on a budget, we suggest the Black+Decker 4-Slice Toaster Oven. It's compact, easy to use, and quite spacious for a small oven.
Why Trust The Spruce Eats?
Donna Currie is a writer and product tester for The Spruce Eats. Not only is she a bread-making expert (she wrote a book about it!), but Donna has also written roundups on various kinds of ovens, including roaster and pizza, for the site. She's also reviewed a diverse range of ovens for us—one standout was the NutriChef Multi-Function Rotisserie Oven, which she loves making kebabs with.
This roundup was updated by Sharon Lehman, a home cook who happens to be a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. She happily makes space for any gadget that makes cooking faster and easier, and specializes in small kitchen appliance testing and reviews for The Spruce Eats.
What to Look for When Buying a Toaster Oven
Capacity: Toaster ovens with smaller capacities take up less room overall, making them great options for small spaces, like dorm rooms. If you just want to make more toast than a traditional 2-slice toaster can handle, capacity won't matter too much.
Ovens with more capacity eat up more counter space, but allow you to cook larger amounts. If you like to bake brownies, muffins, and cakes or heat up a lot of frozen pizza and snacks, you'll want to make sure the toaster oven can fit standard baking pans and has the depth to accommodate larger pizzas.
Size: Measure your counter space before buying so you can compare the toaster oven's dimensions to your available space and know exactly how much room you can give to a new countertop oven.
You'll also want to make sure the location you've chosen is close to an outlet and that the cord length can reach it.
Controls: Consider what sort of controls (and automation features) you like. Toaster ovens may be controlled with buttons, knobs, dials, or touchscreens.
Pay attention to what kind of notification the toaster oven gives you when the cooking time is up and if the oven has automatic shut off. Also check to see if you can turn on the oven light without opening the oven door to check on food without losing heat.
Extra functions: While the simplest toaster ovens can toast, bake, and broil with ease, others have cooking features that rival your full-size oven plus other kitchen appliances.
If you want to broil a steak, make a rotisserie chicken, air fry chicken wings, or dehydrate jerky, there are toaster ovens that can do all of that and then some. You'll also find more toaster ovens with the ability to convection bake.
You'll also find ovens loaded with cooking presets for items like bagels, frozen pizza, cookies, proofing bread dough, and slow cooking. These settings help take the guesswork out of choosing cooking time and temperature, but they're only useful if you'll actually use them.
Accessories: Most toaster ovens include a baking pan and a removable crumb tray to help keep the interior of the oven clean.
Not all toaster ovens include accessories beyond those basics, but it's nice a feature when you know you'll also be receiving baking trays, pans, and racks that all perfectly fit the toaster's interior. Some ovens include more unique accessories like rotisserie spits, pizza stones, and broiler trays.