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The 7 Best Toaster Ovens in 2021

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"This is a great choice for people who want a little more pizazz than a basic toaster oven, but at an affordable price."
"There are three rack settings, with a broiling rack and baking tray included."
"Users love its 'Dual Cook' feature which allows you to queue up temperature settings and times."
"The Hamilton Beach Easy Reach is small, but mighty and stylish."
"Many users have reported using this toaster oven instead of their full-size oven because it heats up quickly and is so spacious."
"If air frying is your main goal, along with the ability to toast and bake, then this Cuisinart Digital Air Fryer is for you."
"Balmuda created a sleek toaster oven worth seeking out if you like to stay up on the latest tech."

A toaster oven is an incredibly powerful kitchen tool. Not only can it toast slices of bread, but the best ones can reheat leftovers, bake, and roast. Toaster ovens also use less energy than the actual oven which helps you reduce power and keep the kitchen cool, which is especially great in the warmer months. 

Choosing a good toaster oven can be overwhelming. You’ll want to choose one that has the functionality that you need and comes in the correct size (measure your counter space and pay close attention to the toaster oven’s dimensions). There are many toaster ovens out there with bells and whistles, but not all of them are used effectively. And if you just want a basic toaster oven, we found those, too. We’ve researched the market to help ensure you’ll have perfect evenly toasted buns and beyond. 

Here are the best toaster ovens to have on your kitchen counter.

Best Overall: Panasonic FlashXpress Compact Toaster Oven

Panasonic FlashXpress Compact Toaster Oven

The Panasonic FlashXpress is a great choice for people who want a little more pizazz than a basic toaster oven but at an affordable price. Designed with retro flair, it's fairly compact at 12 x 13 x 10.25 inches and holds up to four slices of bread or a 9-inch pizza

What makes this 1300-watt toaster oven so great at heating is the fact that it uses two types of heating elements: quartz and ceramic. This allows it to heat food quickly and evenly. Users love how intuitive its buttons are, from the six preset heating options that include roll, pizza, toast, and hash browns, to the digital timer and a precise temperature control. There's also a crumb tray for easy cleaning.

Best Budget: Oster Designed for Life Countertop Convection Oven

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If you just want the ability to toast bread and reheat leftovers (and maybe do some light baking) without all the extra features, then this Oster is the way to go. It measures 16.7 x 14.3 x 9.8 inches, giving you plenty of room to heat up a small pizza or a tray of cookies. It also has a convection option allowing you to bake your food faster.

There are three rack settings, with a broiling rack and baking tray included. Users love how fast it heats up and how evenly it cooks. The one downside, though, is that the handle can get a bit hot, so exercise caution when you open the door, and you should be good to go.

Best for Large Capacity: Cuisinart Chef's Convection Toaster Oven

Cuisinart Chef's Convection Toaster Oven

If you only have room for one countertop appliance, then it might be worth splurging on the Cuisinart Chef's Convection Toaster Oven. You can fit a 13-inch pizza or a 13 x 9-inch quarter sheet pan in this stainless steel beauty. Its sleek design is aesthetically pleasing, but it's also a workhorse when you want to bake treats, like muffins or cakes, and it’s fully capable of roasting a whole chicken and veggies. 

This 20.9 x 16.9 x 11.4-inch Cuisinart comes with two convection settings: normal convection that can be switched on during cooking and speed convection that allows cooking without preheating. The interior includes four different rack positions, an oven light, and a nonstick coating for easy cleaning. Two racks, a drip pan, a broiling pan, and a pizza stone are included with the toaster oven.

Users also love its “Dual Cook” feature which allows you to queue up temperature settings and times (i.e. bake your lasagna and then finish it off with the broiler for a crispy top). One thing to note is that it does get very hot, so be careful with where you place it on the counter.

Related: The Best Toasters

Best for Small Kitchens: Hamilton Beach Easy Reach Countertop Toaster Oven

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The Hamilton Beach Easy Reach is small but mighty and stylish. At 11.9 x 16.1 x 9 inches, it won’t take up too much space on the counter. It also gets a space-saving boost from the roll-top door, which means you can put your plate down in front of the toaster and easily slide your mini pizza on it when it's ready. 

The two contoured dials are manual and include a 30-minute time with auto-shutoff. Cleanup is also easy with this model thanks to the removable crumb tray. The door is also removable—a rare feature among toaster ovens.

Best for Versatility: Breville Smart Oven Air with Super Convection

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If you need a toaster oven that can do it all, look no further than the Breville Smart Oven Air. It's an absolute beast that saves you the trouble of buying three separate appliances. Sure, it can toast your bagel, buns, and bread slices (there are even presets for that). But, it can also air fry, dehydrate, slow cook, roast a small turkey, and you can fit a small Dutch oven in there. Most importantly, it does all of these things well. 

This 21.25 x 17.25 x 12.25-inch toaster oven is great if you have limited counter space and can’t spare room for extra appliances, or if you have a large family to feed and need extra support. The nonstick interior has eight rack positions, with the best placement for popular functions noted on the door. A digital display lets you easily flip through 13 presets or set the time and temperature from 80 to 480 degrees. 

Many users have reported using this toaster oven instead of their full-size oven because it heats up quickly and is so spacious. The main complaint with the Breville Smart Oven Air is that it can be difficult to clean when you use the air fryer or dehydrating components, but this seems to be a common complaint among toaster ovens and appliances with these features.

Best with Air Fryer: Cuisinart Digital Air Fryer Toaster Oven

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If air frying is your main goal, along with the ability to toast and bake, then this Cuisinart Digital Air Fryer is for you. 

Without much additional preheat time, it produces crispy proteins and veggies and only takes about 20 minutes to make chicken wings. On the flip side, all that high power can result in overcooking, so use caution and keep an eye on your food while air frying, so you don't end up with scorched treats. Cleaning this little machine is made easier with the help of a nonstick interior, and the air frying basket and baking pan can safely go into the dishwasher.

Related: The Best Air Fryers

Best Innovator: BALMUDA The Toaster

BALMUDA The Toaster

Balmuda, a Japanese brand, created a sleek toaster oven worth seeking out if you like to stay up on the latest tech. The toaster oven uses steam technology, with the help of a small water vessel on the side of the toaster, to surround your bread in a thin layer of steam that keeps your bread moist while browning it. Users report that this technology does make rolls fluffier and toast spongier. 

Measuring 14.1 x 12.6 x 8.2 inches, it can also support baking small trays of cookies, brownies, or even veggies and proteins. It’s beautifully designed, but it’s not flawless. The most glaring deterrent here is the lack of a digital display for the timer, and the dials can be tricky for some people to see and use.

Why Trust Simply Recipes?

Lia Picard has covered food, including cooking techniques and ingredients, for publications like The Kitchn and Bon Appetit. She is an avid user of her Breville toaster oven and wants people to have a toaster oven that they can love, too. 

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