Nowadays, the toaster oven is becoming an essential kitchen appliance that more and more of us cannot do without. They save money, time and space when compared to conventional ovens and with an increasingly sophisticated range of functions; they are taking on other appliances such as toasters now as well.

If you are reading this page then you are interested in the best toaster ovens for your kitchen. Perhaps you already have one and are looking for an upgrade but are unsure as to which to choose? Well, it is time for you to make a decision.

Our Pick for the Top Overall Toaster Oven:

Breville Smart Toaster Oven BOV845BSS with Element IQ

PROS:

  • Attractive Design
  • Powerful Element
  • Great Capacity

CONS:

  • High Power Rating
  • Higher Budget Oven

To help you answer what is the best model or brand of toaster oven, I have baked, grilled, toasted and even steamed to compile a definitive list of the top 10 toaster ovens for your home.

Since there are such a wide variety of good toaster ovens on the market today, I have, for ease of your reference broken the oven selection up into three sections based on price points.

All reviews will consider quality, overall cost, size and the oven's features vs. value for money, to help you know what toaster oven is best for you.

10 TOP RATED TOASTER OVEN MODELS COMPARED:

TYPES OF TOASTER OVENS:

Before I start my countertop toaster oven reviews, I will briefly outline the different types of ovens we will look at:

Standard Heat Element Toaster Ovens

The first of its kind, the standard heating element toaster oven uses a single, or multiple, heating elements to heat the oven and toast or bake your food. These ovens are inexpensive to produce so these are the lowest priced types of toaster ovens on the market. Although simple, it is such a versatile appliance to own and has saved me many times while I’m looking to have a quick, warm snack.

Heat Element Convection Ovens

A convection oven uses a fan to circulate air throughout the oven. This means food is cooked more evenly than in a non-convection oven, where heat generated from elements in the bottom relies on the natural circulation caused by hot/cold air movement. As a result, convection ovens are said to save about 25% more energy efficient than non-convection ovens.

Steam Convection Ovens

A steam convection oven quite simply uses steam instead of dry heat to cook. The advantages of steam is that it cooks up to 40% faster than heat element based ovens and is also a preferred method of cooking more delicate foods, such as fish and vegetables.

Most steam toaster ovens combine steam with the use of a later dry heat to allow foods to be cooked faster, then crisped up to give that delicious oven baked texture. Steam reheating is much better than dry reheating, as it allows the food to retain moisture and therefore keep a better texture. The disadvantage of steam ovens is that you must regularly refill the water reservoir, and that only the best steam ovens have a reservoir capacity that allows for long cooking times.

COOKING CAPABILITIES OF TOASTER OVENS:

Baking – Using heat to surround the food to cook it.

Grilling - Transfers heat directly from contact surfaces to the food.

Rotisserie – Slowly rotate food in high heat for even cooking

Broiling – Placing your food directly under high heat to cook the surface.

Toasting – High heat elements scorch the outside surface.

Steaming – With steam convection ovens, it uses moisture to keep food from drying out while it cooks

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Best Toaster Ovens over $200:

1) Breville Smart Toaster Oven BOV845BSS

Breville Smart ToasterOven BOV845BSS

Dimensions: 15.8 x 18.5 x 11 inches

Quite simply the best! This is the oven I have in my oven home and my highest rated toaster oven. Ever since its release, it has frequently scored highly in top rated toaster oven reviews and is top in its class in sales. Its sleek stainless steel design lends a classy air and fits in with most styles of kitchen.

Its 1800 watt, 5 quartz elements, featuring the revolutionary Element IQ heat control system, is a carryover from its bestselling, and also highly rated, younger sibling the BOV800XL. By using the ovens extensive 10 function pre-sets, this highly effective system allows high cooking temperatures to be effectively controlled to best suit the cooking requirements of whatever food you happen to be cooking. With additional frozen food, slow heating, as well as timer functions, this convection oven is the best choice if you have the money and space.

WHAT I LIKED:

Element IQ system for best results.​

​Extremely high customer satisfaction rating.

10 function pre-set including slow heat.​

WHAT I DISLIKED:

Higher price range but then you get what you pay for.

2) Cuisinart CSO-300N Convection Steam Oven

Cuisinart CSO-300N Convection Steam Oven

Dimensions: 18 x 15.5 x 10.8 inches

This steam based oven comes with 4 different functions including, bake, broil, basic steam, and super steam. Boasting the ability to cook 40% faster than conventional ovens, this oven also comes with keep warm and a convection bake function.

Its 1875 Watt power unit gives you a strong cooking power, while its simplified control panel makes it very easy to use. The steam function allows you to cook rice and other grains, which you cannot in a dry heat oven. The oven also features a great steam clean function that really does clean the oven superbly. Highly recommended as it is the steam toaster oven best rated by Amazon users.

WHAT I LIKED:

Cooks quicker than conventional ovens.

120 minutes of steady, uninterrupted steam.

Easy to use.

WHAT I DISLIKED:

Smaller capacity than the Breville BOV845BSS.

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Best Toaster Ovens under $200:

1) Breville BOV450XL Toaster Oven with Element IQ

Breville BOV450XL Mini Smart Oven with Element IQ

Dimensions: 16 x 13 x 9 inches

This is my top choice and best quality toaster oven in the medium priced category. Once again it is a Breville toaster oven that is one of the top rated toaster ovens on the list.

A smaller version of its bigger capacity siblings, this oven still packs an amazing 1800W, through 4 quartz heating elements and is capable of holding an 11” pizza or 4 slices of toast side by side. Well designed and easy to clean, I loved the stainless steel design and control panel which features 8 pre-set functions. Scoring high in customer feedback, this oven is one I highly recommend as one of the best ovens on the market today.

WHAT I LIKED:

Superb Amazon oven toaster review.

Compact size.

Sturdy, good quality design.

Smart cooking technology for best cook.

Very easy to clean.

WHAT I DISLIKED:

If you want either a pan or boiling rack you will need to buy it separately.

2) Oster TSSTTVFDDG Digital French Door Oven

Oster-TSSTTVFDDG-Digital-French-Stainless-Oven

Dimensions 22 x 19.5 x 13 inches

This very stylish looking Oster oven is a welcome addition to any kitchen. With 2 large glass doors you can really whet your appetite watching your food cook.

This dual layer oven can accommodate two 16” pizzas comfortably and features turbo baking technology that allows increase air circulation to speed up cooking times. This is a great value mid-priced toaster oven. Sadly only a 1400W cooker, it is not quite as good as the two above but it is still a real contender.

WHAT I LIKED:

Glass doors.

Huge interior capacity.

WHAT I DISLIKED:

Oven top gets hot.

Higher price range.

3) DeLonghi EO1270 6-Slice Convection Toaster Oven

DeLonghi EO1270 6-Slice Convection Toaster Oven

Dimensions: 25 x 15 x 15 inches

Another highly customer rated oven, it’s simple stainless steel design with pull down to open glass door make it also a fitting oven for your consideration.

With a sizeable interior, enough to cook a 12” pizza, it has the capacity to feed your small family. Featuring bake, broil, toast and my beloved keep warm setting, its 7 functions will suit all your cooking needs. Its automatic timer for shut off when cooking toast is a great addition, while it’s easy to clean enamel interior and tray are a godsend.

WHAT I LIKED:

Good price vs. value.

Useful timer for auto shut off.

Easy clean.

WHAT I DISLIKED:

1400W cooker rather than 1800W.

Limited stock at Amazon.

Best Toaster Ovens under $100:

1) Oster TSSTVXLDG Extra Large Capacity Toaster Oven

Oster TSSTVXLDG Extra Large Capacity Toaster Oven

Dimensions: 23.9 x 20.8 x 16.4 inches

If it’s sheer size you need then this is the toaster oven for you. Yours with an amazingly low price tag under $100, this is the best countertop toaster oven in terms of value for money.

You will need a large counter space as this oven is the biggest in our selection, but if you are cooking for a large family, or groups, then this is the toaster oven that is best for you. Holding a whopping 16” pizza and easily a whole sized chicken, this oven won’t leave you hungry. Coming with 6 pre-set modes, pizza, bake, broil, toast, warm and defrost, this oven has all the main functions and is incredibly user friendly.

WHAT I LIKED:

Best price vs. Value making it one of the top toaster ovens to consider.

Huge Capacity.

Easy to clean.

WHAT I DISLIKED:

Large kitchen top space needed.

Case can get hot.

No internal light.

2) Cuisinart TOB-60N Toaster Oven Broiler with Convection

Cuisinart TOB-60N Toaster Oven Broiler with Convection

Dimensions: 19.1 x 15.5 x 9.8 inches

Yet another winning design from Cuisinart. This 7 functioned, 1800W toaster oven is also hard to beat for the price. Featuring both convection bake and broil, it also has easy to use turn dial controls.

Cooking functions include warm, bake, pizza, broil as well as toast. It is a compact design with an easily removable tray. An internal non-stick covering really helps with cleaning, while a 2 year warranty gives peace of mind to any heavy users also.

WHAT I LIKED:

Great value for money.

Comes with baking tray and broiling rack.

2-year warranty.

WHAT I DISLIKED:

Case gets very hot on top and front.

3) Hamilton Beach 31508 HB Six Slice Toaster Oven

Hamilton Beach 31508 HB Six Slice Toaster Oven

Dimensions: 14.5 x 14.5 x 12 inches.

Extremely reasonably priced, this good toaster oven is rightly marketed by Amazon as 'more for the money'. This mini oven, though lacking in interior capacity, amazingly for the price, still comes with all the main functions of the bigger ovens. It can bake, broil and toast. It is a great everyday toaster oven for cooking your small everyday meals.

WHAT I LIKED:

Compact space saving size.

3 main functions.

Cheap price tag.

WHAT I DISLIKED:

Small internal capacity meaning pans over 8 inches will not fit.

4) Hamilton Beach Toastation 2-in-1 2-Slice Toaster & Oven

Hamilton Beach Toastation 2-in-1 2-Slice Toaster & Oven

Dimensions: 14.5 x 14.5 x 12 inches

I love this design so much that for the second year straight I rate it as one of my top toaster ovens. Its surfs up, California design with bright colors, make this not just a useful toaster but the best looking one too.

It's 2 in 1 design features a top loading toaster and a mini oven perfect for cooking pizza slices or bagels. It has easy to use controls and is super-fast at heating your food. Customers love this for its small size, classy appearance and usability. If you want something small but a little different this is the toaster oven for you.

WHAT I LIKED:

Design.

Inexpensive.

Large top loading toaster size meaning that you can toast bagels too.

WHAT I DISLIKED:

Small internal capacity.

5) Nostalgia BSET300RETRORED Retro Series 3-in-1 Breakfast Station

Nostalgia BSET300RETRORED Retro Series 3-in-1 Breakfast Station

Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.5 x 11.5 inches

If you are someone who loves convenience, or has limited space in their kitchen this toaster oven is perfect.

It is 3 appliances in 1, featuring a 4 slice of bread capacity oven in which you can toast or bake small foods such as potatoes or pizza slices, it has a top grill, very easy to clean, which allows you to fry eggs or bacon, as well as a coffee maker able of brewing up to 4 cups of coffee in one go!

This truly is an all in one breakfast station that is both portable and lightweight, so it is ideal for homes with small kitchens, caravans or anywhere else you need to cook.

WHAT I LIKED:

3 in 1 design.

Low price.

Design.

WHAT I DISLIKED:

Small oven.

IN CONCLUSION

The question isn’t what are the best toaster ovens on the market? But rather, which of these top rated toaster ovens is suitable for you to buy? As I discovered with modern materials and designs there are heaps of good toaster ovens on the market. One great brand that didn't quite make the cut is KitchenAid and it's line of countertop ovens. I have done numerous reviews of toaster ovens looking at the best rated toaster ovens on the market and I always come to the same conclusion.The best oven is not the most expensive or even the toaster oven with the best ratings but rather the one that best suits your needs. Once you have considered space, you can choose an appropriate size, your budget, the price and so on.

I have read countless reviews of toaster ovens and most fail to give you more than the sales pitch. Be realistic and focus on your needs. All of the products in this list are my top rated ovens in their class, so any of them that suit your needs and budget will be a great addition to your kitchen. Start with price and then size, then look for the oven with the most suitable functions for you, though personally, my heart still lies with my favorite, the Breville Smart Toaster Oven BOV845BSS.

Happy cooking.

*Product images sourced from Amazon.com