Best Toaster Ovens of 2022

These models are worth clearing counter space

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person putting 6 slices of bread into toaster oven to test effectiveness of toaster oven
In the lab, we gauge how well a toaster oven can handle a full batch of toast, among other performance tests.
Photo: Consumer Reports

A toaster oven should work well enough to earn its space on your kitchen counter. After all, this small but mighty appliance goes far beyond making toast. It can roast vegetables, bake cookies, broil burgers, reheat leftovers, and more. Some newer toaster ovens even have features like air-frying, convection, and slow-cooking.

Other perks? A toaster oven heats up quickly, given its small capacity, and comes in handy when your full-sized oven is maxed out—or when you’re cooking for just a few people. "A good toaster oven can turn out a chicken or lasagna that’s nicely browned, and pizza that has a crispy crust," says Cindy Fisher, the CR test engineer who oversees our toaster oven tests. "A microwave can’t do that."

You’ll find options in our toaster oven ratings from almost two dozen brands, including Breville, Cuisinart, Farberware, Nuwave, and Panasonic. Our exclusive member surveys find that brand reliability varies widely, with several brands snagging an Excellent rating for reliability—and two brands earning such low reliability ratings that we cannot recommend them at this time.

Here’s a roundup of the best toaster ovens from CR’s tests, listed in alphabetical order. See our complete toaster oven ratings for even more information, and consult our toaster oven buying guide as you shop.

CR’s take: While it doesn’t land in the very top tier of our ratings, the Black+Decker 8-Slice Digital Extra Wide TO3290XSD is a solid choice, and the lowest-priced option in this bunch. It scores a Very Good rating in our reheating test, evenly reheating a single serving of lasagna in 15 minutes. In other words, it won’t take you long to get leftovers on the table. This 1,500-watt toaster oven has a temperature range of 150° F to 450° F, and there are three rack positions. The additional functions are what you’d expect—reheat, bake, and broil—and there are settings for bagels and pizza. Black+Decker toaster ovens earn a midrange Good rating for predicted brand reliability but only a Fair rating for owner satisfaction, according to our survey of CR members.

CR’s take: With a temperature range of 120° F to 450° F, the 1,800-watt Breville Smart Oven BOV800XL does a nice job baking food, reheating leftovers, and turning out a batch of even, medium-brown toast. More praise: it’s a cinch to operate and easy to clean. Plus, the brand receives Excellent reliability and owner satisfaction ratings in CR’s member survey. One minor drawback, though: Our testers found this model isn’t as good at toasting a single slice of bread as the other two top-rated toaster ovens from Breville in our tests.

CR’s take: The 1,800-watt Breville Smart Oven Air Convection also garners a Very Good rating in our baking test, like the Breville above, but it has eight rack positions and a wider temperature range of 80° F to 480° F. It’s terrific at toasting but is the slowest of the models featured here. Beyond the basics, it has a convection option, a setting that dehydrates fruits and vegetables for healthy snacking, and an air fryer that trims the fat from favorite foods. How? By using high heat and a convection fan to circulate hot air to "fry" foods with little or no oil. We tried it, cooking fresh chicken wings, frozen curly fries, and a variety of other foods, and found that they were crispy outside and moist inside. As a brand, Breville toaster ovens also earn an Excellent rating in owner satisfaction.

CR’s take: The Cuisinart TOA60 Toaster oven excelled at evenly warming cold lasagna, scoring an Excellent in our reheating test. It’s also easy to use and clean. However, it lagged behind other models we recommend in baking and toasting—both for toasting a batch of six slices, and how long it took to toast them (it does better on a single slice). This 1,800-watt oven has a temperature range of Warm to 450° F. It has only two rack positions, but its air fryer function works well. Cuisinart toaster ovens have received Very Good ratings for their reliability based on our member surveys.

CR’s take: The Cuisinart Deluxe Convection TOB-135N Toaster oven stands out by earning an Excellent rating when toasting a full batch of bread (four slices fit in this model), and does a pretty impressive job baking muffins and cookies. But it receives only a middling score for reheating lasagna. This 1,800-watt toaster oven has a temperature range of 150° F to 500° F and three rack positions. Beyond bake, broil, and bagels, there are settings for keeping warm and reheating. Cuisinart toaster ovens snag a Very Good rating in reliability and Good in owner satisfaction, based on data from our member surveys.

CR’s take: The Hamilton Beach Professional Digital 31240 Toaster Oven aces our toasting tests—producing evenly medium-brown toast, regardless if it was just one piece or a whole rack—and excels at baking. However, it struggled with how long it took to toast the bread, earning just a Fair rating. This 1,500-watt toaster has a temperature range of 150°F to 450 °F and three rack positions. It also features an internal temperature probe that can shut off the oven when its contents reach a set temperature. Hamilton Beach earns a midrange Good rating in reliability, but only Fair in owner satisfaction.

For more options, see our full toaster oven ratings and recommendations as well as our toaster and toaster oven buying guide.