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One of the best toaster ovens from CR's tests.

Best Toaster Ovens From Consumer Reports' Tests

These models are worth clearing counter space

While a microwave might seem more of a kitchen staple, a toaster oven increases functionality by a long shot. And its capabilities go far beyond making toast. This counterop appliance can roast vegetables, bake cookies, broil burgers, reheat leftovers, and more.

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."

Lab Tested for Your Kitchen
We run a series of tests to determine which toaster ovens rise to the top of our ratings. To find out how well a model reheats food, for instance, CR's test engineers preheat the appliance for 5 minutes at 325° F, then reheat lasagna for 15 minutes. "After letting it sit for 5 minutes, we place thermocouples in the lasagna to record temperatures," Fisher says. "We’re looking for even temperatures throughout, and temperatures that indicate the lasagna is just hot enough to eat."

We bake corn muffins and sugar cookies, and toast slices of bread, scoring every slice against an industry-standard toast-color chart—from very light to burnt—and record how long toasting takes. (It ranges from just under 3 minutes to nearly 9.) Testers also judge models on how easy they are to use and clean. We test toasters separately.

Brands by the Dozen
You’ll see more than two dozen models in our toaster oven ratings from 14 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.

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Breville BOV650XL Oven

Breville BOV650XL Oven

CR’s take: The Breville BOV650XL toaster oven earned a Very Good in our reheating test, evenly cooking a single serving of lasagna after 15 minutes of baking. In other words, it won't take you long to get leftovers on the table. Functions include bake, broil, and roast, and dedicated settings for pizza and toasting bagels. This toaster oven offers a temperature range of 120° F to 450° F and uses 1,800 watts. (The higher the wattage, the more energy is delivered.) Models in our toaster oven ratings ranged from 800 to 1,875 watts, so this one, along with most on this list, was near the top in terms of power.

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    Breville Smart Oven Air Convection BOV900BSSUSC

    Breville Smart Oven Air Convection...

    CR’s take: The Breville Smart Oven Air Convection earned 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. This 1,800-watt Breville has a temperature range of 80° F to 480° F. Beyond the basics, it has a convection option that's meant to speed up cooking, 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 foods, and found that they were crispy outside and moist inside.

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      Cuisinart Deluxe Convection TOB-135N

      Cuisinart Deluxe Convection TOB-135N

      CR’s take: The Cuisinart Deluxe Convection also rated Very Good in our baking tests. This 1,800-watt model boasts a setting for toasting bagels and defrosting, along with a convection option that uses a fan to circulate the oven's hot air. One downside: It can hold only four slices of toast. (Some of the other models in our tests can accommodate up to eight or nine.) Temperature range is 150° F to 500° F, and the three-year warranty is longer than most of the models in our tests. (One year is common, and some have two-year warranties.) 

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        Hamilton Beach 6-slice 31411

        Hamilton Beach 6-slice 31411

        CR’s take: The Hamilton Beach 6-slice 31411 earned a Very Good in our reheating tests; food emerged evenly heated throughout. It costs a fraction of most of the other toaster ovens in our tests. That’s why it’s pretty basic—offering bake, broil, and warm functions. This 1,440-watt toaster oven offers a temperature range of warm to 450° F. At this price, it's a good choice for someone furnishing a starter apartment.

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          KitchenAid Digital Convection Countertop KCO273SS

          KitchenAid Digital Convection...

          CR’s take: Among the best we tested at toasting—six slices, in this case—the KitchenAid Digital Convection Countertop oven earned 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.

           

          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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