Best Toaster Ovens 2020 | Top 8
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Microwave ovens have always been a controversial cooking tool since their beginning. As a tool of convenience, they’re looked at as irreplaceable and oftentimes potential issues are brushed to the side. Whether you think microwaves are safe or not, there’s one thing that we can all agree on. Microwaved food taste like s!@#! Also, the biggest safety concern you should have is food safety, because of their inability to cook food evenly.

      The problem is that leftovers and meal-preps are part of any efficient cooking routine. Not having a microwave to quickly and easily reheat your meals can give anyone a feeling of anxiety. Luckily, a toaster oven can be the answer to your problems.

Practice What We Preach

     When we first went to a microwave-free kitchen it seemed like our guests were the ones that had the most issues with it. “Where do you make your microwave popcorn?” is the most common question we get to this day.

     Now that we’ve been without a nuke-box for a few years, there’s nothing that we miss. No more “microwaved taste” or exploding-Tupperware mess to clean up. Also, we saved some space, too. Instead of a huge microwave mounted above the stove, we have a nice open area above the burners, with better ventilation.

Benefits Of Toaster Ovens

      There are many benefits to cooking with a toaster oven, but here are the things that stand out to us:

  • Food is cooked in a healthier way
  • Heat food more evenly and safely
  • Can reheat OR cook from scratch
  • Most have traditional cooking methods like broil, bake, and toast, but some can even air fry and more
  • More energy-efficient than conventional ovens (especially when preparing smaller portions)

     The one drawback of toaster ovens versus microwaves is that they aren’t quite as fast, but it’s a small sacrifice for the many benefits we’ve already listed. When it comes down to it, toaster ovens are still pretty fast at cooking/reheating. Also, the end product is much more appetizing than nuking the crap out of your leftovers.

     Just like most appliances and other gadgets, not everyone uses them the same. That’s why we also categorized our top picks by “style-of-use.” If you’re looking for a specific cooking function, I guarantee at least one of these toaster ovens can make that happen. Choose wisely and good luck with your new kitchen upgrade!

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Top 8 Toaster Ovens

QUICK LIST

  1. Breville Smart Oven Pro – Best Overall
  2. Cuisinart Chef’s Toaster Oven – Best For Pizza
  3. NUWAVE Brio 14 qt. – Best Air Fryer and Accessory Bundle
  4. Cuisinart Rotisserie Toaster Oven – Best Rotisserie
  5. Ninja Foodi Digital Fry Toaster Oven – Best For Limited Counter Space
  6. Oster French Door Toaster Oven – Best For Large Families
  7. Black+Decker Crisp ‘N Bake Series – Best On-A-Budget
  8. Golux Toaster Oven – Best For Dehydrating
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1. Breville Smart Oven Pro

Best Overall

Breville Smart Oven Pro Toaster Oven
Breville Smart Oven Pro Toaster Oven

Exterior Dimensions: 18.5"L x 14.50"W x 11"H
Capacity: 24 Qt. (0.8 cubic feet)

Pros:

  • 1,800 Watts
  • Slow cook, toast, bake, roast, broil, and keep warm
  • 6-Slice or 13″ pizza rack size
  • 120° – 500° F temperature range
  • 10-Hour timer
  • Includes 13″ non-stick pizza pan in accessory bundle
  • Element iQ smart temperature regulating 
  • Large 24 Qt capacity (.8 cubic feet)
  • 3-Rack positions

Cons:

  • No air frying feature (unless you get the Smart Oven Air model)
  • Minimum temperature is only 120° F
  • No dual-rack usage

Conclusion

     With 1,800 Watts and a temperature range of up to 500° F, the Breville Smart Oven Pro is extremely powerful for its size. This is the same reason it made it to the top of our list. It doesn’t have as many cooking functions as some of the other toaster ovens on our list, but the functions it DOES have are the best in the biz.  The Element iQ system perfectly regulates the temperature so you can get efficient usage and evenly cooked food. 

     The overall build quality and design make it super easy to cook, clean, and store the accessories. The one thing that I wish came included with the accessories was a pizza stone, but the 13″ non-stick pizza pan that comes with it does a pretty good job, too. The Breville Smart Oven Pro is the perfect replacement for microwaves AND traditional ovens.

Breville Smart Oven Pro Digital Display
Breville Smart Oven Pro Digital Display
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2. Cuisinart Chef's Toaster Oven

Best For Pizza

Cuisinart Chef's Toaster Oven
Cuisinart Chef's Toaster Oven

Exterior Dimensions: 21"L x 17"W x 11.5"H
Capacity: 28 Qt. (0.95 cubic feet)

Pros:

  • 1,875 Watts
  • Toast, bake, broil, and keep warm
  • 9-Slice or 13″ pizza rack size
  • Pizza stone included in accessory set
  • Dual-rack baking
  • 2-Hour+ digital timer
  • Dual-cook feature for different temperature stages
  • Speed convection mode (no pre-heating needed)
  • Huge 28 Qt. capacity (0.95 cubic feet)

Cons:

  • No air frying feature
  • No extended slow cooking feature like the Breville

Conclusion

     The Cuisinart Chef’s Toaster Oven is very similar to the Breville Smart Oven Pro.  Even though it doesn’t have th Element iQ feature, the quartz heating elements do a fantastic job of heating efficiently and evenly.  The build quality is also on par with Breville, but the pizza stone that comes included is the icing on the cake.

     If you’ve never cooked with a pizza stone, you’re in for a treat. It takes a little extra time because you want the stone hot before you place the pizza in the oven, but the perfectly-crispy crust is worth the wait. The deeper interior also makes it perfect for larger pizzas and cookie sheets.

     The reason you would want to pick the Cuisinart Chef’s Toaster Oven over the #1 pick is if you want to save a few bucks and an included pizza stone. Also, the dual-rack baking makes this the perfect choice if you’re looking to make cookies, cakes, pies, and other baked goods.

Cuisinart Chef's Toaster Oven - Roasting
Cuisinart Chef's Toaster Oven - Roasting
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3. NUWAVE Brio 14 Qt.

Best Air Fryer and Accessory Bundle

NUWAVE Brio 14 qt. Toaster Oven
NUWAVE Brio 14 qt. Toaster Oven

Exterior Dimensions: 13"L x 15.4W" x 16.9"H
Capacity: 14 Qt. (0.47 cubic feet)

Pros:

  • 1,800 Watts, 1,500 Watts, or 900 Watts (Adjustable for RV’s and other limited power sources)
  • Air fry, rotisserie, dehydrate, toast, bake, broil, and keep warm
  • 4-Slice or 9″ pizza rack size (3 trays total)
  • 60° – 400° F temperature range
  • 100 Programmed presets selections
  • Decent 70-recipe book and app
  • HUGE accessory pack
  • Multi-rack cooking

Cons:

  • Narrow interior dimensions
  • Only 14 Qt. interior capacity
  • Only goes up to 400° F
  • Won’t fit under lower wall cabinets (16.9″ tall)

Conclusion

     Even though it’s on the smaller side of the spectrum, the Nuwave Brio does everything. From air frying to dehydrating to rotisserie, it also comes with a very impressive accessory pack that includes:

  • Baking pan
  • Drip tray
  • Rotisserie basket
  • Rotisserie skewer
  • Integrated digital temperature probe
  • Grill plate
  • Mesh tray
  • 2 Mesh racks
  • Roasting drum/popcorn maker
  • 6 Silicone cupcake liners
NUWAVE Brio 14 qt. Toaster Oven Accessory Pack
NUWAVE Brio 14 qt. Toaster Oven Accessory Pack

     It doesn’t have an official “toast” function, it still toasts, but this one is made for the air frying and rotisserie enthusiasts. Also, its ability to cook multiple trays at the same time gives you the ability to cook whole meals together. Even though it only has a 14 qt capacity, the multi-tray cooking helps you maximize the usage of the limited space.

     The feature that makes the Nuwave Brio special is the adjustable Watt setting. This makes it perfect for your RV, cabin, fish house, and other locations that may have limited power sources. This is also where the compact size comes in handy. Only taking up a space of 13″ x 15.4″, it’s perfect for locations with limited counter space.

NUWAVE Brio 14 qt. Toaster Oven Baking
NUWAVE Brio 14 qt. Toaster Oven Baking
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4. Cuisinart Rotisserie Toaster Oven

Best Rotisserie

Cuisinart Rotisserie Toaster Oven 1,875W
Cuisinart Rotisserie Toaster Oven 1,875W

Exterior Dimensions: 21"L x 16"W x 14"H
Capacity: 22.5 Qt. (0.75 cubic feet)

Pros:

  • 1,875 Watts
  • Rotisserie, toast, bake, broil, and keep warm
  • 6-Slice or 12″ pizza rack size
  • 200° – 450° F temperature range (500° F for broiling)
  • 2-Hour+ digital timer
  • Tall interior space for cooking

Cons:

  • No air frying feature
  • Hard to fit under wall cabinets because of height

Conclusion

     There are some great stand-alone rotisserie ovens available but not everyone has room in their kitchen for one. Even if you plan on cooking a lot of rotisserie recipes, the Cuisinart Rotisserie Toaster Oven is the perfect tool.

      Also, the rotisserie option would be the only reason you would pick this over the #2 Cuisinart Chef’s Toaster Oven. Other than that their features are almost exactly the same. The biggest difference is the interior dimensions are narrower and taller for better rotisserie clearance. That also means you can’t fit as big of a pizza in this model, so it comes down to a decision between pizza and rotisserie if you like the Cuisinart brand.

Cuisinart Rotisserie Toaster Oven
Cuisinart Rotisserie Toaster Oven
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5. Ninja Foodi Digital Fry Toaster Oven

Best For Limited Counter Space

Ninja Foodi Toaster Oven Flip-Up Storage
Ninja Foodi Toaster Oven Flip-Up Storage

Exterior Dimensions: 19.7"L x 15"W x 7.6"H (or 19.7"L x 7.6"W x 15"H fold-up storage)
Capacity: ??? (13"L x 13"W x 3"H above rack)

Pros:

  • 1,800 Watts
  • Air fry, air roast, air broil, dehydrate, toast, bake, and keep warm
  • 9-Slice or 13″ pizza rack size
  • Up to 450° F temperature range
  • Cooking area is a spacious 13″L x 13″W
  • Flip-up storage takes up less than 50% of your counter space
  • Flip-open bottom door for easy cleaning access

Cons:

  • Very short cooking area (3″ High)
  • Air frying and toasting can be a little uneven with certain foods like fries
Ninja Foodi Toaster Oven Cleaning and Storage
Ninja Foodi Toaster Oven Cleaning and Storage

Conclusion

     First off, the Ninja Foodi Digital Fry checks all of the necessary boxes for a high-quality toaster oven. The best feature of this air frying beast has nothing to do with actually cooking food. It’s the flip-up storage that makes it special.

      Once you’re done cooking and enjoying your meal, Ninja makes cleanup simple. All you have to do is flip it up toward the wall and the Foodi conveniently sits back on a pivoting base bracket. On top of taking up less than half of the counter space, it also has a flip-open bottom door. This allows you to easily clean the interior without having to go elbow deep to reach the back.

      Just like the rest of the Ninja Foodi family, it’s easy to use and built to last. Even though the short interior height can limit you slightly, it does a great job at cooking whatever can get in under the clearance.

Ninja Foodi Digital Fry Toaster Oven
Ninja Foodi Digital Fry Toaster Oven
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6. Oster French Door Toaster Oven

Best For Limited Counter Space

Oster Toaster Oven Dual-Rack Cooking
Oster Toaster Oven Dual-Rack Cooking

Exterior Dimensions: 21.65"L x 16.7"W x 12.9"H
Capacity: 42 Qt. (1.4 cubic feet)

Pros:

  • 1,525 Watts
  • toasting, baking, broiling, keep warm, and more
  • 16-Slice or 16″ pizza rack size (dual-rack setup)
  • Fits almost any baking pan or tray, 16″ long or less
  • 90-Minute timer
  • Qual-rack cooking

Cons:

  • No air frying feature
  • Very large; takes up a lot of counter space
  • Occasionally the french doors don’t stay open as they should

Conclusion

     The Oster French Door Oven is the perfect toaster oven for large families. It’s also a great alternative to a traditional oven if you have a smaller kitchen or studio apartment. With 1,525 Watts and a huge interior, you can do things like cook two 16″ pizzas at once or bake a whole 17 lb turkey.

     The biggest issue we found with it is that the main heating element is only on the top so things on the bottom rack tend to cook slower. On the other hand, you could use that to your advantage when cooking different items at the same time. For instance, you can put a roast on the top shelf and the more delicate cooked vegetables on the bottom shelf.

     If you have the needed counter space and excess mouths to feed, then this is your best option.

Oster French Door Toaster Oven Energy Savings
Oster French Door Toaster Oven Energy Savings
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7. Black+Decker Crisp 'N Bake Series

Best On-A-Budget

7A. Black+Decker Crisp 'N Bake Oven

Black+Decker Crisp 'N Bake Toaste Oven
Black+Decker Crisp 'N Bake Toaste Oven

Exterior Dimensions: 15.5"L x 11.5"W x 8.5"H
Capacity: ???

Pros:

  • 1,150 Watts
  • Air fry, toast, bake, broil, and keep warm
  • 4-Slice or 9″ pizza rack size
  • 150° to 450° F temperature range
  • 60-Minute timer
  • Very compact
  • AVAILABLE UNDER $60

Cons:

  • Only one shelf position
  • Outside gets hotter than the average toaster oven
  • Limited tray options and accessory pack

7B. Black+Decker EXTRA WIDE Crisp 'N Bake Oven

Black+Decker Crisp 'N Bake Extra Wide Toaster Oven
Black+Decker Crisp 'N Bake Extra Wide Toaster Oven

Exterior Dimensions: 21.5"L x 13.5"W x 11.5"H
Capacity: ???

Pros:

  • 1,500 Watts
  • Air fry, toast, bake, broil, and keep warm
  • 8-Slice or 12″ pizza rack
  • Fits 9″-13″ pans with handles
  • Up to 450° F temperature range
  • 60-Minute timer
  • AVAILABLE UNDER $100

Cons:

  • Outside gets hotter than the average toaster oven
  • Limited tray options and accessory pack

Conclusion

      If you want a solid toaster oven that can replace a microwave, save some space, and some money, then the Black+Decker Crisp ‘N Bake series is the best choice. Their smaller model is perfect for 1-2 people and their Extra Wide model is perfect for up to 4 people.

      Both models have above-average specs AND below-average cost, so you’re not making many sacrifices. Plus, the icing on the cake is that both have the air frying feature, and they’re extremely easy to use. Which is good since they don’t come with many detailed instructions in the user manual or recipe book.

      With prices under $100, both of these Black+Decker toaster ovens are, by far, the best value. Also, these are great choices for beginners, because they don’t cost much, but you get the full spectrum of typical toaster oven options.

Black+Decker Crisp 'N Bake Extra Wide Air Frying Oven
Black+Decker Crisp 'N Bake Extra Wide Air Frying Oven
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8. Golux Toaster Oven

Best For Dehydrating

Golux Toaster Oven and Dehydrator
Golux Toaster Oven and Dehydrator

Exterior Dimensions: 19.2"L x 14.5"W x 11.9"H
Capacity: 27 Qt. (0.9 cubic feet)

Pros:

  • 1,200 Watts
  • Fits 8-slices or 12″ pizza per tray (5 trays total)
  • 86° – 440° F cooking temperature range
  • 86° – 150° dehydrating temperature range
  • 28-hour timer
  • 5 Shelf positions
  • Huge 27 Qt. capacity (0.9 cubic feet)

Cons:

  • No air frying feature
  • Above-average exterior dimensions

Conclusion

     Out of all of our top picks, the Golux Toaster Oven promotes the healthiest lifestyle. Besides an already impressive normal cooking temperature range of 86° to 440° F, you also a dehydration mode. With an extra sensitive adjustable temperature regulator, you get a range of 86° to 150° F. To top it off, it has 5 trays and a long 28-hour timer for low-temperature dehydrating.

     It also gets away with running more efficiently than any of our other top picks. At only 1,200 Watts, it’s still able to cook a whole chicken up to 4.5 lbs. This is achievable because of the 6 heating bars and their strategic placement. This uber-even heating array is also what makes it the most efficient dehydrator.

Golux Large Toaster Oven and Dehydrator
Golux Large Toaster Oven and Dehydrator

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