Best Toaster Ovens From Consumer Reports' Tests

These models are worth clearing counter space

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While a microwave might seem more of a kitchen staple, a toaster oven increases your cooking options by a long shot. Its capabilities go far beyond making toast. This countertop appliance can roast vegetables, bake cookies, broil burgers, reheat leftovers, and more. Some newer toaster ovens even have features such as air-frying, convection, and slow-cooking. 

Other perks? A toaster oven heats up quickly, given its small capacity, and comes in handy when when your full-sized oven is maxed out—or when you’re cooking for just a few people. "A 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."

Brands by the Dozen
You’ll see 41 models in our toaster oven ratings from 20 brands, including well-known manufacturers such as Breville, Cuisinart, Farberware, and Krups. You’ll also see brands that may be new to you, such as DeLonghi and Nostalgia Electrics. Prices range from $35 to $550.

Here’s a roundup of some of the best toaster ovens from CR’s tests, listed in alphabetical order by brand.

Black+Decker 8-Slice Digital Extra WideTO3290XSD
Black+Decker 8-Slice Digital Extra...

    Black+Decker 8-Slice Digital Extra...

    CR's take: The Black+Decker 8-Slice Digital Extra Wide TO3290XSD snags 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. 

    Breville BOV650XL Oven
    Breville BOV650XL Oven

      Breville BOV650XL Oven

      CR’s take: The Breville BOV650XL toaster oven earns a Very Good rating in our baking tests, turning out sugar cookies and corn muffins that were done in the center and golden on top and bottom. Functions include bake, broil, and roast, and settings for pizza and toasting bagels. This toaster oven has three rack positions and offers a temperature range of 120° F to 450° F. Models in our ratings range from 800 to 1,875 watts, so this 1,800-watt model is near the top in terms of power. (The higher the wattage, the more energy is delivered.)

      Breville Smart Oven Air Convection BOV900BSSUSC
      Breville Smart Oven Air Convection...

        Breville Smart Oven Air Convection...

        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 (80° F to 480° F). It's terrific at toasting, but 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. 

        Hamilton Beach 6-slice 31411
        Hamilton Beach 6-slice 31411

          Hamilton Beach 6-slice 31411

          CR’s take: The Hamilton Beach 6-slice 31411 earns a Very Good rating in our reheating tests; food emerged evenly heated throughout. It's better at toasting a batch of toast than just one slice, however. It costs a fraction of most of the other toaster ovens in our tests. That’s why it’s pretty basic, with bake, broil, and warm functions, and three rack positions. This 1,440-watt toaster oven offers a temperature range of warm to 450° F. 

          KitchenAid Digital Convection Countertop KCO273SS
          KitchenAid Digital Convection...

            KitchenAid Digital Convection...

            CR’s take: Among the best we tested at toasting—six slices, in this case—the KitchenAid Digital Convection Countertop oven earns an Excellent rating in our full-batch toast tests. It's a good bet if you have a big family or like to make brunch for a crowd. The KitchenAid serves up toast that's browned consistently, slice after slice. You’ll also be able to defrost foods, and there are settings for bagels and pizza, plus a convection option. This 1,800-watt toaster oven has a temperature range of 150° F to 450° F, and one rack position. 

             

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

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