Most reliable toaster oven with bread toasting in it.

A toaster oven earns its spot on the counter for being able to do a lot more than turn out toast. It can broil burgers, roast asparagus, bake cookies, and reheat leftovers. And unlike when using a microwave, your pizza turns out crispy. But how long before it conks out?

Ninety-two percent of the toaster ovens CR members purchased since 2011 were still being used when they were surveyed, while only 5 percent had been replaced because of reliability problems. That’s good news if you’re looking to buy a toaster oven.

Our survey is based on the track records of 27,239 toaster ovens CR members purchased between 2011 and 2019. We crunch 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 $33 to $550, and performance varies just as widely. 

Below, we detail our survey results for 13 brands, including Breville, Cuisinart, Hamilton Beach, Panasonic, and Wolf. 

Most Reliable Toaster Oven Brands

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

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

Least Reliable Toaster Oven Brands

At the bottom of the reliability rankings: DeLonghi earns a Fair rating and Farberware earns 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 found 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 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 and earn high scores in our reliability tests.

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