Most and Least Reliable Toaster Oven Brands

Consumer Reports' member survey reveals the brands that last—and which brands fall short

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toaster oven Roderick Chen

A toaster oven earns its spot on the kitchen counter for being able to do a lot more than make toast. It can broil burgers, roast asparagus, bake cookies, and reheat leftovers. But longevity factors in, too. How long before this appliance conks out?

Generally speaking, a toaster oven should last a while. Ninety-two percent of the toaster ovens CR members purchased since 2011 were still being used when we conducted our survey in 2019; only 5 percent had been replaced because of reliability problems. That’s good news if you’re looking to buy a toaster oven.

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Our survey is based on the track records of 27,239 toaster ovens CR members purchased between 2011 and 2019. We crunched that data to produce a rating for predicted reliability, which estimates the likelihood that newly purchased toaster ovens from a given brand will develop problems or break within the first four years.

The owner satisfaction rating reflects the proportion of CR members who are extremely likely to recommend the toaster oven they bought. You’ll see both reliability and satisfaction ratings combined with lab test results for models in our toaster oven ratings. Prices range from $40 to $400, and performance varies just as widely.

Below, we detail our survey results for 12 brands, including Breville, Cuisinart, Hamilton Beach, and Panasonic.

Most Reliable Toaster Oven Brands

Breville, Panasonic, and Oster were the most reliable brands in our survey, snagging an Excellent rating for predicted reliability. Owners of Breville and Panasonic models are generally very happy with them; these brands also earned Excellent ratings for owner satisfaction. Oster, however, earned only a Good rating for owner satisfaction. Cuisinart, meanwhile, garnered a Very Good score for both reliability and satisfaction.

Six brands earned middling Good ratings for reliability, but owner satisfaction varied widely: Calphalon earned Excellent ratings for owner satisfaction, Hamilton Beach and KitchenAid earned Good ratings, and Black+Decker earned a Fair rating. Owners of Bella and Toastmaster toaster ovens are the least satisfied with their toaster ovens—these two brands earned a Poor rating for owner satisfaction.

Least Reliable Toaster Oven Brands

At the bottom of the reliability rankings: DeLonghi earned a Fair rating, and Farberware earned a Poor rating. As a result, CR cannot recommend either brand, regardless of how well they perform in the lab tests.

Impressive Toaster Ovens From CR's Tests

Our tests find that you can’t get a toaster oven that’s great at everything, so consider which functions are the most important to you and check our toaster oven ratings to find the models that earn high scores in those tests. One hint from our members: Look for a model that we rate as easy to clean, because difficulty cleaning was survey respondents’ biggest complaint. Here are four toaster ovens that perform well in our lab tests and earn high scores in reliability.

(You won’t see picks from Panasonic and Oster below, though those brands are among the top of the pack in terms of brand reliability. The Panasonic and Oster models currently in our ratings don’t perform well enough in our lab tests to sit in the top tier of our ratings.)


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