In case you haven’t heard, toaster ovens are about way more than just heating up frozen waffles. It’s essentially a tiny version of your convection oven that fits on your counter. From pizza to dessert to (of course) breakfast, the possibilities are practically endless. You can browse the bestselling cookbook 101 Things to Do with A Toaster Oven if you don’t believe me, but that’s just the beginning.
Good toaster ovens come in every range of price and features. If you’re just looking for an inexpensive countertop gadget that does the basics, you can’t go wrong with this Oster digital model, an Amazon’s Choice pick for $60.99. At the other end of the spectrum is the granddaddy of toaster ovens — the $400 Breville Smart Oven Air that can roast a whole turkey.
Whether you’re just looking to spruce up your breakfast routine or want to experiment with cooking on your countertop, there’s a toaster oven out there just waiting for you to bring it home. Here are Amazon’s best rated models to get you started:
Best toaster oven for steaming veggies:
Cuisinart CSO-300N Convection Steam Oven(opens in a new tab) —$256.87
Cooking veggies the right way can sometimes be tricky. You can grill or bake them, but it has to be done just right so as not to burn or ruin the entire dish. That’s why steam cooking is a great option for flexibility, and Cuisinart has the toaster oven to cook those veggies and more.
The CSO-300N steam oven(opens in a new tab) provides professional level steam cooking, right on the counter top. As mentioned, you can use it to steam or poach those veggies to fill out your dinner, but its not just limited to that. Since its a steam oven, it will cut down cooking time by potentially 40%. It also features nine single and combo settings to bake, broil, poach, steam, etc. Of course, it will also make a mean grilled cheese if that’s more your thing.
All you need to do is set the temperature dial to the desired temp on the digital display screen, and hit the start button or the light button to see how the food is cooking. And if you want to give it a base cleaning, it can use the steam to give the inside a once over, though you’ll still need to get the physical crumbs left behind. And at 18 x 15.5 x 10.75 in., its falls around the average size range of most toaster ovens.
The CSO-300N has five star reviews from 78% of users on Amazon(opens in a new tab), making it one of the best steam ovens available. Reviewer Fred Prelog(opens in a new tab) praised the steam oven, saying:
“This is an excellent oven if you want the steam option. It reheats foods and keeps them moist. Great for steaming shrimp. Pizza has a crisp bottom and moist and cheesy top. You can combine steam and baking (combi) to make juicy dishes. Sous vide steaming steaks – great option etc.”
Best toaster oven to replace your microwave:
Panasonic NB-G110P Flash Xpress Toaster Oven(opens in a new tab) — $107
For many people, having both a microwave and a toaster oven doesn’t make sense. Counter space is as a premium and it can be really difficult to decide which to get. This Panasonic model is making that choice a little bit easier.
The Panasonic NB-G110P Flash Xpress(opens in a new tab) delivers on a well rounded toaster oven that can fill that spot left by a faulty microwave. The oven cooks your food using double infrared heating, warming up much quicker than a regular microwave. It also means the food will be cooked quicker, inside and out. All you have to do is set it to the desired temperature on the simple button control or use one of the six presets, like pizza or waffle. Once set, use a similar button control for the digital timer and set how long you want it to cook for or turn the light on to check on the food. And as a bonus, the tray and rack are designed specifically for this oven to hold some extra food on it, despite the average 12 x 13 x 10.25 in. size of the oven.
Plenty of Amazon customers have been happy with Panasonic, with 69% rating the Flash Xpress at five stars. Joe Ekaitis(opens in a new tab) praised the toaster over for its flexibility in his review, saying:
“About the only thing it doesn’t do is fry the eggs, but it turns out a darn good frittata if you have a toaster oven-safe 9-inch pie pan.
A picture’s worth a thousand words so I’ve put 5,000 words’ worth of how beautifully it cooks in the image gallery along with a bonus shot of this li’l piece of the Sun in action. More to come as I explore what else this more affordable, smaller revival of the FlashBake oven (remember those?) can do.
For now, every morning is a few minutes of perfectly toasted butter-kissed bliss and every day poses the question ‘What to cook next?'”
The mother of all toaster ovens (also comes in compact and mini sizes):
Breville BOV900BSS The Smart Oven Air — $399.95(opens in a new tab)
There are some people are happy with something that’s “reliable” or “decent” at its job. It has to be the best of the best, leaving all other in its tracks. Essentially, Breville has done exactly that with this heavy duty toaster oven.
The Breville BOV900BSS(opens in a new tab) delivers an all-in-one experience with what its able to do. That includes the typical cooking and reheating that you’d expect out of a good toaster oven. The digital display screen lists the 13 presets, like dehydrate, roast, or even slow cook the food for up to 72 hours. If not, use the two large dials to set temperature and time to avoid the presets and cook how you want to. On top of that, the Smart Oven Air doubles as an air fryer if you are looking to do some fried foods. That eliminates the need for a dedicated fryer and cuts down on some of those calories, too. Just keep in mind that this is a bit larger than some of the other ovens here, coming in at 26 x 18.5 x 17 in., so it will need more space in the kitchen, but includes a pan that fits like a glove.
And if that’s not enough, check out the 82% of five star reviews that Smart Oven got on Amazon. Rosemary Goolsby(opens in a new tab) gives a short, sweet, and to the point review on it, saying:
Love it! Dehydrate works well. Air frying is fun. Baking is very fast with convection.
Just a premium all-purpose appliance:
Cuisinart TOB-195 Exact Heat Toaster Oven Broiler — $179(opens in a new tab)
Not everyone needs some heavy duty appliance for their kitchen. That doesn’t mean you have to skip on a quality product, but why pay for twenty features that you don’t need. Cuisinart has just the toaster oven that fits the bill.
The TOB-195 Exact Heat Toaster Oven Broiler(opens in a new tab) is definitely a better quality toaster oven than most others out there, to be sure. However, it doesn’t try to do any more than it needs to, which is not a bad thing at all. The layout uses an electronic touchpad layout for the light, the 8 presets, like toast and pizza, along with time and temperature seen on the digital display. And at 18.5×16.9×10 in., it fits into the average size of toaster ovens so it shouldn’t take up too much space in the kitchen, including its pan and rack.
If you’re still not sure, then check out the 71% of Amazon users that have rated the TOB-195 at five stars. Sabine Caldwell(opens in a new tab) is one of those people, saying:
This is an amazing product. I love the touch pad because I am tall and it is hard to see what I’m doing with front-facing dials. I follow the instructions to always use a temp 25 degrees lower than what the recipe calls for (because of the convection feature) and everything comes out perfectly. It toasts and bakes very fast.
For easy food access:
Hamilton Beach Easy Reach Oven with Convection — $47(opens in a new tab)
One thing that has gone without mention is ease of access, which is important on any sort of appliance. But its especially important on toaster ovens because you need to get your food without burning youself. Well, Hamilton has the toaster oven for you.
The Hamilton Beach Easy Reach Oven with Convection(opens in a new tab) is the toaster oven to look at for those who care about ease of access. It uses a roll-top door that slides to the top of the toaster oven, providing more direct access to the whatever’s being cooked. Using that sort of door also makes life easier when it comes to the eventual cleanup as well.
On the flip side, it leans more into simplicity when it comes to the controls. The Hamilton sports three analog dials for time, which caps at 30 minutes, temperature and presets, which is kept at three – bake, broil and toast. It’s also a little larger than average, coming in at 16.75 x 10.76 x 19.76 in, though this is mainly due to the door. So just make sure there’s enough room for it to open it easily and get the pan or rack out.
Need a little more convincing? Currently, the Hamilton has a five-star rating from 68% of users on Amazon, so the top door is definitely popular. John McDowell(opens in a new tab) commented on the door, saying:
Obviously, a lot of thought went into the design of this little oven. For example, the door doesn’t take additional counter space. Now that it’s become simple to cook 12″ pizzas, I’ve added them to my grocery list.
Just the basics:
Oster Large Capacity 6-Slice Digital Convection Toaster Oven —$79.46(opens in a new tab)
There will always be those that live by the phrase, “bigger is better.” For them, its something that has to be applied to every part of their life, from appearance to appliance. Or maybe you just find yourself in need of a larger toaster oven, this could still work.
The Oster Large Capacity 6-Slice Digital Convection Toaster Oven(opens in a new tab) is a mouthful, but also an apt name in this case. As a toaster oven, its very much a to the point oven that does what you need it to, from baking to broiling. Where the appeal for this lies is in the overall size. The Oster is offers a larger than average body, meaning it can be more flexible in terms of the sheer volume of food being prepared. That can be very useful, especially if you find yourself having to prep food for the whole family or a party. Just select one of the seven presets, like convection bake or defrost, or set the time and temp on the touch pad. Once set, let it run for as long as you need, checking in with the internal light to make sure the food isn’t overcooked. Coming in at 15.37 x 19.76 x 11.38 in., it falls right into the average size of most other toaster ovens listed here, along with the rack.
And if the the 63% of five star reviews on Amazon indicate anything, people like the bigger size. LRMiller(opens in a new tab) on Amazon praised it for the Oster for the size and simplicity, saying:
This is one of the best counter top appliances on the market. It is large, it is a convection oven, it has a light inside the cooking chamber, the control panel is so easy to use my 97 y.o. mother can easily use it.
All stainless steel everything:
Toshiba AC25CEW-SS Digital Convection Oven — $87.33(opens in a new tab)
As good as function can be, sometimes you want something that’s also aesthetically pleasing, or at the very least shiny. Stainless steel appliances are able to check off both of those boxes, since they can easily fit in with most kitchens. On top of that, they are also some of the easiest when it comes to upkeep.
The Toshiba AC25CEW-SS Digital Convection Oven(opens in a new tab) definitely fits the bill if that’s what your looking for out of a toaster oven. As mentioned, stainless steel is always as a safe choice when it comes to aesthetics. And when it comes to to the upkeep, stainless steel is much easier to clean. Since the surface is nonstick, getting those pesky crumbs is much easier and you can take a damp cloth to it to keep it spotless with less concern for rusting.
In terms of controls, it sports a similar design to the aforementioned Breville oven. The display screen lists the seven presets available on the Toshiba oven, with dials for function, time and temperature. And if you need to do a little extra, a rotisserie kit is included for the more avid cookers out there, just make sure the chicken fits in its 18.98 x 10.79 x 15.6 in. frame. But don’t worry, it still comes packed with a cooking pan.
And with 66% of Amazon users giving it five stars, Toshiba’s stainless steel certainly delivers what’s promised. Just read what Randall Steward(opens in a new tab) had to say about it:
For the price, the features make this a bargain if it holds up. I only use bake, boil and convection features. Convection operation works very well and is quiet. Digital controls are logical and easy to use. Stainless steel inside and out makes it easy to keep clean. So far, very happy with it.
For rotisserie-style cooking:
Ronco 4000 Showtime Standard Rotisserie — $135.76(opens in a new tab)
Depending on the demand, you may need a toaster oven that delivers more on the “heavy duty” use. One that’s a bit bigger and delivers more cooking power than some of the other toaster ovens here.
The Ronco 4000 Showtime Standard Rotisserie(opens in a new tab) is the type of toaster oven that delivers on that. As the name states, it can act as a personal rotisserie for some heavy cooking needs. That means more parties or BBQs at the house, and it eliminates the need for those potential late night trips to KFC. Just load up the included rotisserie basket or grate cover with the drip tray, and have the food ties, basket, and gloves ready to grab the food. And being a rotisserie, it uses a single dial for time that goes up to three hours and has three settings – no heat, roast, and sear. Just make sure the chickens fit the 17.75 x 15.25 x 13.75 in. frame, which is a bit taller to ensure a good fit.
Currently, 76% of Amazon users have given the Ronco five stars, showing that there is a desire for easy rotisserie. James Procter(opens in a new tab) praised the Ronco in his review, saying:
Truly worth the wait, Put 2 chicken half’s with dry rub on them and set the timer for an hour and a half. The smell will drive you wild. Another 5 mins and it melted in my mouth. I would give it 6 stars if there was one.
For toaster traditionalists:
Hamilton Beach 2-in-1 Countertop Oven and 2-Slice Toaster — $36.99(opens in a new tab)
You might be the more traditional type who still prefers keeping some appliances seperate. That would mean having a toaster, despite having a toaster oven. To that end, Hamilton has just the thing for you.
The Hamilton Beach 2-in-1 Countertop Oven and 2-Slice Toaster(opens in a new tab) is the toaster oven to get if you prefer your toaster separate, but still want the extra space. And in a funny way, this toaster oven is useful because of the flexibility it affords. With there being the extra toaster slits, you can use that for any bread while the oven prepares anything else you might have, like chicken. Just make sure you have it set to toast or oven, depending on what you’re trying to prepare. If toasting, the top dial will set time for the toaster, capping at six minutes. The oven can have the temperature set between 200 and 450, just make sure to check in on the food so it doesn’t get burnt. And coming in at 17.4 x 10 x 9.3 in., it won’t take up too much space.
Based on the 51% of five star reviews the Hamilton Beach has gotten, the toaster oven certainly delivers. Amazon user Dai(opens in a new tab) makes that clear enough, saying:
I have to admit, I bought this toaster based solely on its awesome name. I HAD to have it. I didn’t want two appliances junking up my kitchen counter at my new house, and this was the perfect product!
For a retro look:
Nostalgia RTOV220AQ Toaster Oven — $76.57(opens in a new tab)
Nostalgia is something that is running rampant in culture today, from fashion to entertainment. It only makes sense that the same be applied to home appliances.
To that end, the Nostalgia RTOV220AQ(opens in a new tab) is the toaster oven to play into actual nostalgia. The 50s aesthetic definitely plays into that, making it stand out among the appliances around the kitchen. And while it sports an old school look, its still a comparable toaster oven any other at that price scale. It sports four presets, like broil and pizza, with one of its three dials. The other two set temperature and time, with the latter able to be set at stay on, for any cooking that may take longer than an hour. And at 18.5 x 15.5 x 11.5 in., it’s on point with most of the other ovens on this list, but does include twin racks for some extra cooking.
With five star reviews from 63% of Amazon users, there’s clearly an appreciation for the nostalgic design of the toaster oven. Winona Burns Rasheed(opens in a new tab) praised the RTOV220AQ in her review, saying:
I just received my cute little toaster oven today and was anxious to try it out. This is my first ever, toaster oven and it works wonderfully. I baked a small pan of cornbread and it came out perfect, cooking all the way through. I am very impressed and pleased with this purchase and all of its little non-sticking cooking gadgets.
For more information please see the list of Best toaster oven 2018 consumer reports