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Bagel toasting in a toaster oven. Credit: Reviewed / Betsey Goldwasser

The Best Toaster Ovens of 2022

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Editor's Choice Product image of Breville Smart Oven Pro
Best Overall

Breville Smart Oven Pro

The Breville's toasting is incredibly even and consistent and was the only toaster oven that broiled chicken breasts so well that they looked like they'd come off a grill. Read More

Pros

  • Incredibly even toasting, baking, and slow cooking
  • Convection capable
  • Sleek LCD screen

Cons

  • No recipes included in the manual
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Editor's Choice Product image of Hamilton Beach 6 Slice Easy Reach Toaster Oven with Convection
Best Value

Hamilton Beach 6 Slice Easy Reach Toaster Oven with Convection

This one is a great value, delivers excellent baking and toasting, and won't take up much space on your countertop. Read More

Pros

  • Quick toasting
  • Convection capable
  • Easy roll-back door

Cons

  • No electronic controls
  • Poor browning capability
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Ninja Foodi SP101

Whether you prefer plain white bread or a doughy, delicious bagel, the Ninja will toast them beautifully. Read More

Pros

  • Large nonstick sheet pan included
  • Easy to read digital controls
  • Easy to clean
  • Can also air fry

Cons

  • Too short
  • Takes up a lot of counter space
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Cuisinart Chef's Convection Toaster Oven

Not only does it turn out exceptionally well-browned toast, but it bakes and broils superbly. Read More

Pros

  • Incredibly even toasting, baking, and broiling
  • Convection capable
  • Customizable functions

Cons

  • Confusing programming
  • Oversized—takes up a lot of counter space
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Instant Omni Plus

This incredibly versatile appliance can make rotisserie chicken and air fried mozzarella sticks and good toast, but it requires a big chunk of countertop space. Read More

Pros

  • Even toasting
  • Electronic controls
  • Air Fries
  • Can use as rotisserie

Cons

  • Takes up a lot of counter space

If you’re outgrowing your pop-up toaster and have the counter space, you might want to consider upgrading to a toaster oven. In addition to toasting, this versatile kitchen appliance can reheat leftovers, crisp up frozen pizzas, defrost frozen foods, bake casseroles and sheet pan dinners, and lightly fry veggies and chicken wings. (In fact, some of our favorite air fryers are also toaster ovens with a convection setting).

Our top picks can even roast chicken or broil salmon, functioning much like a conventional oven. Through all our years of testing, we found toaster ovens are getting faster and better at toasting than they used to be.

The Breville Smart Oven Pro (available at Amazon for $279.95) is the top toaster oven we tested and we believe it's worth the investment. Once you buy it, you may never use a full-size convection oven again. But we also found a great, inexpensive model from Hamilton Beach (available at Amazon) for quick melts, convenience foods, and perhaps a few baked potatoes.

Here are the best toaster ovens we tested ranked, in order:

  1. Breville Smart Oven Pro
  2. Hamilton Beach Easy Reach Oven with Convection
  3. Ninja Foodi Digital Air Fry Oven
  4. Cuisinart Chef's Convection Toaster Oven
  5. Instant Omni Plus
  6. Sharp Superheated Steam Countertop Oven
  7. GE Calrod Convection Oven
  8. Cosori Original Air Fryer Toaster Oven
  9. Calphalon Cool Touch Countertop Oven
  10. DeLonghi Livenza EO141150M Digital Compact Oven
  11. Gourmia Digital Air Fryer Oven
  12. Panasonic FlashXpress Oven with Double Infrared Heating
  13. Black and Decker 2-Knob 4-Slice Toaster Oven
  14. Hamilton Beach 6-Slice Capacity Oven
Bagel toasting in a toaster oven.
Credit: Reviewed / Betsey Goldwasser

The Breville Smart Oven Pro is the best toaster oven we've tested.

Best Overall
Breville Smart Oven Pro

The beautifully designed, stainless steel Breville Smart Oven Pro is limited only by its size. The toasting is incredibly even and consistent, aside from the inevitable stripes left by the wire rack. Whether you’re heating up a frozen pizza, baking refrigerated biscuits, or broiling chicken breasts, you’ll get the same (or better) results as a full-size oven.

In fact, the Breville was the only toaster that broiled chicken breasts so well that they looked like they could have been grilled outdoors.

The LCD screen presents choices for toast, bagel, bake, roast, broil, pizza, cookies, reheat, warm, and slow cook options. Turn the dial to select the function, temperature, and time, and start preheating (if appropriate).

The abundance of options can be overwhelming, but you get used to it quickly. During operation, the display counts down, and there’s an interior light so it’s easy to keep tabs on your food.

I was skeptical that the Breville could really slow cook, so naturally I had to try it out. Using a slow cooker beef stew recipe on low power for 8 hours, I got incredibly tender meat and veggies in a delicious, velvety sauce.

One caveat: I had to scale down the recipe to one pound of meat, enough for two to four portions. Sadly, the otherwise thorough manual didn’t include recipes. Breville, flaunt it if you got it!

Included: a heavy porcelain-coated broiling/baking pan, a pizza pan and, of course, a crumb tray to easily remove crumbs. There are also more versions of the Breville Smart Oven, including smaller sizes and the Breville Smart Oven Air Fryer. Since capacity affects performance, we can’t speak to the smaller versions. Read our full Breville Smart Oven Pro review here.

Pros

  • Incredibly even toasting, baking, and slow cooking

  • Convection capable

  • Sleek LCD screen

Cons

  • No recipes included in the manual

Bagel toasting in a toaster oven.
Credit: Reviewed / Betsey Goldwasser

This Hamilton Beach convection toaster is our best value pick.

Best Value
Hamilton Beach 6 Slice Easy Reach Toaster Oven with Convection

The Hamilton Beach Easy Reach Oven with Convection delivers excellent toasting and baking, while taking up less space than more expensive options. In addition, the door rolls back, making it exceptionally easy to put in and take out food.

It also means more room on the countertop in front and a slimmer chance of getting burned. (Toaster oven doors get very hot to the touch.)

Of all the models we tested, it was the fastest at toasting bread, with times fairly similar to a pop-up toaster. Biscuits come out as high, flaky, and golden as if you had made them in the oven—and faster, too.

While you can broil in the Easy Reach Oven, it doesn't brown food well. This low-cost option also lacks electronic controls. Instead, you pick a setting and turn a mechanical timer. The cooking times aren’t precise, but you will see the minutes counting down.

While the timer only goes to 30 minutes, you can choose the “Stay On” option. Just remember to turn the oven off when your food is done. A lightweight aluminum baking pan is included.

Pros

  • Quick toasting

  • Convection capable

  • Easy roll-back door

Cons

  • No electronic controls

  • Poor browning capability


Other Toaster Ovens We Tested

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Ninja Foodi Digital Air Fry Oven

The Ninja Foodi Digital Air Fry Oven is wider and shorter than your typical toaster oven. It can comfortably toast nine slices of bread at once, but be sure your counter space can accommodate it. It comes with a large nonstick sheet pan you can use to cook enough chicken, beef, or shrimp and veggies for four in under 30 minutes. However, it’s too short to roast a chicken.

Whether you prefer plain white bread or a doughy, delicious bagel, the Ninja will toast them beautifully. It can also bake up biscuits and broil a few chicken breasts as well as any full-size oven. It can also air fry, so you can try out the trend without investing in another large appliance.

The digital controls are easy to read and to navigate with the dial. I loved the Ninja’s one-minute preheat, its light for checking on your food during cooking, and its quiet performance.

When this oven isn’t in use, you can flip it over and stand it up at the back of the countertop. The back also opens up, giving you easy access to the interior for cleaning. Read our full review here.

Pros

  • Large nonstick sheet pan included

  • Easy to read digital controls

  • Easy to clean

  • Can also air fry

Cons

  • Too short

  • Takes up a lot of counter space

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Cuisinart Chef's Convection Toaster Oven

The large, handsome Cuisinart Chef's Convection Oven is worth the countertop real estate if you’re a serious cook. Not only does it turn out exceptionally well-browned toast, but it bakes and broils superbly. It even comes with two racks so you can bake a pair of cake layers at once.

There are more than 10 categories on this toaster's LCD screen, including one that allows you to program in two different cooking stages—for instance, baking a lasagna and then browning it off at the end.

The “Roast” option made absolutely perfect roasted potatoes. However, so many choices do make programming somewhat confusing, even with the manual in hand.

Checking on your food is easy thanks to the interior light and time display. A heavyweight porcelain-coated broiling pan and pizza stone are included, and the manual features a collection of interesting recipes.

Pros

  • Incredibly even toasting, baking, and broiling

  • Convection capable

  • Customizable functions

Cons

  • Confusing programming

  • Oversized—takes up a lot of counter space

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Instant Omni Plus

If you want a large countertop oven that you can also use as a toaster, rather than the other way around, the Instant Omni Plus Multi-Use will fill the bill. It evenly browns toast and cooks an incredibly crispy chicken on a rotisserie.

The fries it makes in the included basket can compete with the best air fryers. Just note that toasted bread and bagels tend to come out a little lighter than the selected setting, while baked goods, like rolls and pizza, cook up a little darker.

The oven is beautifully designed, and its electronic controls are intuitive to use and easy to read. It has lots of functions, including settings to broil, dehydrate, slow cook, and reheat. There are also preprogrammed times and temperatures for different types of foods.

The guide that comes with the Omni Plus gets you started, but for complete instructions, like how to use the rotisserie, you have to visit the company website. All the parts are dishwasher safe, too.

Before buying the Omni Plus, make sure you have countertop space to accommodate it, as well as storage space for it and its accessories.

Pros

  • Even toasting

  • Electronic controls

  • Air Fries

  • Can use as rotisserie

Cons

  • Takes up a lot of counter space

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Sharp Superheated Steam Countertop Oven

Despite its name, the Sharp Superheated Steam Countertop Oven is not a steamer. It uses superheated water to make some foods moist, like salmon, and others crisp, like frozen pizza. In toast mode, it browned bread perfectly evenly and in bake, it made beautiful biscuits without requiring a preheat.

The Sharp really shined at broiling, searing fish and chicken while keeping them juicy, and frozen pizzas came out with impressively crispy bottom crusts.

When we tried reheating chicken parm, it delivered that combo of crispy breading and moist meat that’s hard to get from a microwave or oven. This unit is solidly built, comes with a sturdy crisper rack and broiling pan, and is easy to use and clean.

However, it has limitations. Before each use, you have to remember to fill the water tank, and afterward, you have to run it empty for 20 minutes to dry it out. While it’s operating, it’s about as noisy as a microwave. Though while you rarely run your microwave for more than a few minutes, the Sharp can go for as long as 30.

The cavity isn’t high enough to hold a roast chicken, but perhaps the biggest drawback is the price: $400 MSRP, and close to $200 on sale. The Sharp is only worth the big bucks if you broil more than you toast and bake a lot of frozen pizza. Read our full review here.

Pros

  • Attractive

  • Solidly built

  • Sturdy accessories

  • Controls easy to operate

Cons

  • Large and heavy

  • Filling/emptying the water tank adds an extra step

  • Noisy

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GE Calrod Convection Toaster Oven

The GE Calrod Convection Oven isn’t necessarily inexpensive, but it costs a lot less than the Breville and the Cuisinart while competing favorably with them in good looks and functionality. It excels at toasting, browning bread and bagels evenly and as quickly as a pop-up toaster.

It can crisp up convenience foods like pizza and chicken nuggets, as well as beautifully roast chicken and other proteins. However, if you’re looking for a second oven to bake up biscuits or crescent rolls, this is not the one for you.

It is unfortunately missing an interior light, but that inconvenience is worth putting up with for a great toaster oven with digital controls at such a reasonable price.

Pros

  • Excels at toasting

  • Reasonable price

  • Beautiful design

Cons

  • No interior light

  • Long preheat times

  • Doesn’t brown quick baking items on top

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Cosori Air Fryer Toaster Oven

The Cosori Original Air Fryer Toaster Oven does a nice job of baking and broiling, but it struggles a bit with toasting. It toasts evenly, but the programmed times for each setting are extremely long (more than 7 minutes at medium). Bread comes out darker than expected and smokes heavily at the longest setting.

You’ll have to compromise a bit on air frying results, too. French fries or chicken nuggets don’t come out much crisper than if you baked them in an oven, though frozen convenience foods do cook up with an extra crunch.

This is a large, well-designed appliance with an LED screen and dial controls. The air fryer basket will need a good soak to get it clean, but the baking dish has a nonstick coating. It includes an excellent cookbook to help you get the most out of your oven.

Pros

  • Good air frying, baking and broiling

  • Comes with a rotisserie

  • Digital Controls

Cons

  • Toast comes out too dark

Product image of Calphalon 2106488 Performance Cool Touch Countertop Toaster Oven
Calphalon Cool Touch Countertop Oven

The Calphalon Cool Touch is another large toaster oven that doubles well as a second oven. It toasts exceptionally evenly, but it runs dark, so you might want to select one setting lighter than you usually prefer. There’s a broil function, but the results aren’t anywhere close to what you’d expect from high-heat cooking.

With its black stainless-steel housing, the Calphalon is the latest in appliance chic. It has an LCD screen with various settings. True to its name, and rare among cooking appliances, the exterior of the Calphalon doesn’t get hot as it operates.

Minimal instructions are provided with the oven. If you want detailed directions, you have to download the complete manual from Calphalon’s website.

Pros

  • Spacious

  • Toasts evenly

  • Exterior stays cool

Cons

  • Runs dark

  • Bulky

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DeLonghi Livenza EO141150M

The DeLonghi Livenza Digital Compact Oven gives you lots of functionality without devouring countertop space. It can broil hamburgers, bake up a cake layer, reheat a 12-inch pizza, or even roast a small chicken. And of course, it can toast, although if you're super fussy about even browning, this might not be the model for you.

All stainless steel, the Livenza will definitely dress up your kitchen. Its dials let you select from preprogrammed settings and adjust the time and temperatures, which are displayed on a small screen. The oven’s inside is coated with a nonstick finish, making it easy to wipe clean.

Pros

  • Attractive

  • Well-built

  • Electronic controls

  • Compact

Cons

  • Expensive

  • Browns bread unevenly

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Gourmia Digital Air Fryer Oven

Although the Gourmia doesn’t have an upscale look, the price is great and it offers the dual functionality of an air fryer and a toaster oven. It really excels at toasting bread and does a nice job of air frying, as well.

While it turned out a crisp-crusted pizza, it was only serviceable at baking biscuits, coloring them unevenly on top and barely at all on the bottom. It broiled chicken breasts quickly, but didn’t give them much browning.

The French doors with windows make it easy to get food in and out of the oven and to keep an eye on it. The digital control pad includes preprogrammed temperatures and times for myriad functions and can adjust them to your preference.

For most functions, this model goes into a preheat mode. All of the accessories can go in the dishwasher, but the aluminum baking pan and crumb tray may discolor. Gourmia includes a recipe book with appealing recipes and comprehensive cooking charts.

Pros

  • Good at air frying

  • Excels at toasting

  • Easy to access and check on food

Cons

  • Generic design

  • Manual doesn’t give enough details

Product image of Panasonic FlashXpress Toaster Oven
Panasonic FlashXpress Toaster Oven

Much more compact than other toaster ovens, the Panasonic FlashXpress with Double Infrared Heating has a cult following. It browns bread in record time for a toaster oven or even most pop-up toasters.
Our only quibble is that the “light” setting produces darker toast than you might prefer. The preset programs for reheating and for convenience foods like frozen waffles and pizza work quite well.

However, if you’re looking to actually cook in your toaster oven, this isn’t the one for you. Common temps like 350°F, 375°F, and 450°F aren’t offered. Trying to bake in it forces you to experiment with the time and temperature. I never figured out how to bake biscuits that weren’t burned outside and raw inside, and broiling isn’t an option.

No preheat is required. The remaining cook time is displayed in 30-second increments and there’s a very bright interior light. An aluminum baking pan is included.

Pros

  • Very fast and even toasting

  • Compact size

Cons

  • Difficult to use for baking and cooking

  • Toast is darker than preferred on "light" setting

  • No broil function

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Black & Decker 2-Knob 4-Slice Toaster Oven

If price is your top consideration or you’re really space-challenged, the Black and Decker 4-Slice Oven is for you. Barely bigger than a toaster, you don’t get the functionality of larger, pricier models. However, you can still depend on it for toast, baked goods, and broiled foods.

To start heating, you turn a mechanical timer. A stay-on mode lets you cook beyond the timer’s half-hour limit. Just be sure to turn it off when you’re done. It comes with a small, lightweight aluminum baking pan.

Unfortunately, we were only able to fit six refrigerated biscuits at once, instead of the package’s standard eight.

Pros

  • Very affordable

  • Compact size

Cons

  • No electronic controls

  • Limited functions

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Hamilton Beach 31330D

If you're not looking to spend a lot and primarily want good toast, the Hamilton Beach 6 Slice Toaster Oven will make you happy. It excels at browning bread and bagels evenly and can bake a batch of crescent rolls or biscuits or broil up some chicken breasts, but it’s not designed for roasting a whole chicken.

The utilitarian look won’t add any pizazz to your countertop. Between the mechanical timer and three separate dials, it isn't terribly precise. However, it does what it’s intended to do well and won't put too much of a dent in your budget.

Pros

  • Toasts evenly

  • Inexpensive

Cons

  • No electronic controls

How We Tested Toaster Ovens

Results of bread toasting in a toaster oven.
Credit: Reviewed / Sharon Franke

Toaster oven testing was comprehensive, including toast on top and bottom racks at all multiple heat settings, as well as pizza, chicken breast, and other popular items.

The Tester

Hi, I'm Sharon Franke, and I’ve been testing kitchen equipment for the past 30 years. When I’m not reporting on everything from wooden spoons to high-tech ranges and refrigerators, you can find me cooking in my own kitchen.

In another life, I worked for seven years as a professional chef in New York City restaurants. While I can crank out a huge holiday meal with the best of them using every tool in my kitchen, these days most family meals involve the toaster oven.

The Tests

Each toaster was put through several tests, starting with how well it toasts bread, just like a pop-up toaster. Could it produce a range of shades and toast evenly enough that all its sides come out looking the same? Could it evenly toast bagels?

I cooked foods like frozen pizza, refrigerated biscuits, and broiled chicken breasts to see if they baked on the inside and browned nicely on the outside in a reasonable amount of time. The convenience factor, including the simplicity of the controls and the helpfulness of the cooking functions, was also an important part of our rating process.

I considered the size, construction, and design of each product during testing. Is it all stainless, or are there plastic parts? Do the glass doors get dirty easily?

How to Choose the Best Toaster Oven for You

Toaster ovens sitting on a table.
Credit: Reviewed / Betsey Goldwasser

There's a lot to consider when buying a toaster oven.

While a toaster oven certainly isn't the most involved kitchen purchase, you might have a few questions before buying. How are they different from regular toasters? What can you make in them? And what's the deal with convection toaster ovens, anyway?

Pop-up toasters are great for making, well, toast—and that's about it. Meanwhile, toaster ovens can handle tasks like broiling, baking, toasting, slow-cooking, and even air-frying. We've gone in-depth about why you don't need a regular toaster before.

Some of our favorites are small convection ovens. This means that they use convection fans—and often an additional heating element—to circulate air for more even heating and faster cooking.

Convection technology is beloved by bakers who want precise temperature control, and also favored by healthy eaters who want to get crispy foods without the added oil (our round-up of the best air fryers goes into more detail about this).

If you're interested in this technology but don't want to shell out for an entire convection-capable oven, a toaster oven with convection can be a great alternative. They'll cost more than their non-convection counterparts, but we think the benefit is worth the price.

Wondering how to clean your toaster oven? We've got you covered there, too.

Meet the testers

Sharon Franke

Sharon Franke

Contributor

Sharon has been testing kitchen equipment for the past 30 years. Before becoming a cooking tools maven, she worked as a professional chef in New York City restaurants for seven years.

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Cassidy Olsen

Cassidy Olsen

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@olsencassidy

Cassidy covered all things cooking as the kitchen editor for Reviewed from 2018 to 2020. An experimental home chef with a healthy distrust of recipes, Cassidy lives by the "Ratatouille" philosophy that, with a few techniques and key tools, anyone can cook. She's produced in-depth reviews and guides on everything from meal kits to stand mixers and the right way to cook an egg.

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