The 8 Best Toaster Ovens of 2020

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Our Top Picks

Best Overall: Oster Large Capacity Toaster Oven at Amazon

"Can toast six slices of bread or cook a 12-inch frozen pizza or whole chicken."

Runner-Up, Best Overall: Breville Compact Smart Oven at Amazon

"The controls let the user choose from eight different cooking functions."

Best Budget: Black+Decker 4-Slice Toaster Oven at Amazon

"Toast settings and functions for baking, broiling, and keeping food warm."

Best with Air Fryer: Cuisinart Air Fryer and Toaster Oven at Amazon

"It has settings for air fry, convection bake, convection broil, bake, broil, warm, and toast."

Best for Easy Cleaning: Black+Decker Stainless Steel Oven at Amazon

"Optional convection fan and easily removable crumb tray."

Best Splurge: Brava Oven at brava.com

"Can handle normal cooking tasks, and has settings for sear, toast, reheat, bake, dehydrate, air fry, and keep warm."

Best Capacity: Breville Convection Smart Oven at Bed Bath & Beyond

"oast up to nine slices of bread, roast a 14-pound turkey, or slow-cook in a 5-quart Dutch oven."

Best Smart Oven: June Oven at Amazon

"It has programs for cooking a wide variety of foods, a recipe app that makes cooking a breeze, and manual controls."

Best Overall: Oster Large Capacity Digital Convection Toaster Oven

Oster Large Capacity Countertop 6-Slice Digital Convection Toaster Oven, Black/Polished Stainless, TSSTTVMNDG
Courtesy of Amazon.com.
Excellent
What We Like
  • Spacious

  • Various cooking options

  • Built-in light

What We Don't Like
  • Top gets hot when in use

This oven will toast six slices of bread or cook a 12-inch frozen pizza, whole chicken, or a 9- by 13-inch pan of brownies. There is only one rack, but there are two rack positions, so you can fit taller foods or pans.

Many customers rave about the toaster oven's versatility: preset cooking functions include bake, convection bake, broil, toast, pizza, defrost, and warm, and the functions offer a suggested time and temperature, but you can adjust both the time and temperature for your recipe. You can set the toast function 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.

While this is rated to hold a 9- by 13-inch pan, it has to be one without handles. A straight-sided metal baking pan will fit no problem; your 9- by 13-inch Pyrex dish will be too long.

Runner-Up, Best Overall: Breville Compact Smart Oven

What We Like
  • Small footprint

  • Spacious for a compact toaster oven

  • Inside walls have nonstick coating

What We Don't Like
  • May take time to get to set temp

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 time for the toaster oven to get to the set temperature.

While it’s compact, there’s still space for a standard 12-inch frozen pizza or a 6-cup muffin pan. When it comes to toast, it can handle four slices 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.

Best Budget: Black+Decker 4-Slice Toaster Oven

BLACK+DECKER TO1313SBD 4-Slice Toaster Oven, Includes Bake Pan, Broil Rack & Toasting Rack, Stainless Steel/Black Toaster Oven
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What We Like
  • Compact

  • Removable crumb tray

  • Many options for a small toaster oven

What We Don't Like
  • 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 it has space for a 9-inch pizza. Customers are happy with how uncomplicated the oven is to use, and those with cramped kitchens praise its compact build.

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. The removable crumb tray makes it easy to clean. It comes with a baking pan, broiling rack, and toasting rack.

Best with Air Fryer: Cuisinart Air Fryer and Toaster Oven

What We Like
  • Multi-functional

  • Takes less counter space than a typical air fryer

  • Cooks quickly

What We Don't Like
  • Runs slightly hotter than set temperature

Air frying has become popular—and there’s no better way to cook wings or potato wedges—but standalone air fryers take up valuable counter space. This air fryer toaster oven takes counter space, but it does much more than a typical air fryer. It can 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 some potato wedges for dinner. Some do note, however, that the oven tends to run a few degrees hotter than the set temperature.

Best for Easy Cleaning: Black+Decker Stainless Steel Countertop Convection Oven

Black and Decker Stainless Steel Countertop Convection Oven
Courtesy of Amazon.com.
What We Like
  • Quick to heat up

  • Compact and lightweight

  • Comes with a baking tray

What We Don't Like
  • Door spring can become overstretched with time

Like other ovens, this one features a variety of presets including cookies, pizza, frozen snacks, and potato. 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 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.

Best Splurge: Brava Oven

Brava Oven

Courtesy of Brava

What We Like
  • Cooks quickly

  • Easy to use

  • Can cook various foods on same tray

What We Don't Like
  • 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. 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.

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.

Best Capacity: Breville Smart Oven Air Convection Toaster Oven

What We Like
  • Preheats and cooks quickly

  • Versatile

  • Has dehydrate and air-fry functions

What We Don't Like
  • Pricey

If you're looking for a toaster oven that can handle a lot at once, and willing to spend a little more, we recommend the Breville Smart Oven Air Convection Toaster Oven. Toast up to nine slices of bread, roast a 14-pound turkey, or slow-cook in a 5-quart Dutch oven. This glamorous appliance is chock-full of cutting-edge features like 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. 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. 

Best Smart Oven: June Oven

Excellent
What We Like
  • Built-in recognition software

  • Simple to use

  • High-quality build

What We Don't Like
  • Expensive

Great for people who just can’t get the knack of choosing the right cooking time and temperature, for busy folks who want to streamline cooking, and for creative cooks who want to try new methods and recipes, the June Oven is a smart oven that does a lot more than just set a timer. It has an internal camera paired with recognition software so it can tell the difference between an English muffin and a burger bun, and it adjusts its time and temperature for the perfect toasting.

Customers newer to cooking also appreciate that the oven has programs for cooking a wide variety of foods, a recipe app that makes cooking a breeze, and easy-to-understand manual controls. This has settings for bake, roast, broil, toast, dehydrate, air fry, slow cook, reheat, and keep warm, so it does a whole lot more than toast.

Final Verdict

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 (view at Walmart). 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 (view at Bed Bath & Beyond).

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.

What to Look for in a Toaster Oven

Capacity: Small toaster ovens are great for small spaces or dorm rooms, but they’re also fine for people who eat a few slices of toast for breakfast or an occasional personal pizza. Bigger ovens will eat up more counter space but will allow you to cook larger amounts.

Controls: Consider what sort of controls (and automation features) you like. From buttons to knobs, LCDs to indicator lights, or timers to automatic shutoff features, there’s a toaster oven on our list that’s perfect for you.

Extra functions: While the simplest toaster ovens can toast and bake with ease, others have features that rival your full-size model. Whether you want to broil a steak or make a rotisserie chicken, or whether you like convection or conventional baking, there are toaster ovens with all the functions you need.

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