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A toaster oven is a crossover between- you guessed it right- a toaster and an oven. You now want to ask “Hey, why shouldn’t I get a toaster or an oven? Why should I get this weird crossbreed?” I’ll tell you why, a toaster only toasts but a toaster oven toasts, bakes, broils, and roasts.
A conventional oven is huge and occupies as much space as Hulk would but a toaster oven is much smaller (like Ant-man?). A big toaster oven is smaller than a regular microwave oven and is space-efficient. No more cramped kitchen counters.
So now you know that toaster oven> toasters and ovens. I’m not just here to make toaster ovens popular, but also to give you 21 best models you can get. So let’s roll out the red carpet and begin the show…
21 Best Small Toaster Ovens
What if your toaster oven knew your midnight cravings? What if it knew that you now want waffles or pizza? Just a little bit creepy and extremely efficient. No more fumbling around for finding the correct setting when you’re hungry because this toaster oven has preset options.
It has accepted your very unhealthy eating habits and will now make it easy for you to go through with them. It will also toast faster and you won’t have to glare at the toaster oven, urging it to be quicker when you’re running late for work.
And the best part is REMOVABLE CRUMB TRAYS. Do you realize how important that is?? You’re not going to have to clean your toaster ovens with a rag or pick off crumbs from sneaky corners. No more crummies- all the Monica Gellers rejoice!
You can also keep an eye on your food without squinting or pressing your nose against the glass. This toaster oven is pocket-friendly and space-effective!
This is the sports car of toaster ovens because it’s door rolls right up. So cool, I know. Why should you care about rolling doors, you ask?
You know when you’re trying to get the tray out of the oven but the door just keeps getting in your way? Then you get angry and feel like ripping it out? This also happens when you try and clean the oven but the door is just sort of like “Hi, hi it’s me. Hi, I’m getting in your way again. Hi.” None of this happens with a roll-up door because it’s out of your way, minding its own business.
Another problem I’ve faced is pressing the wrong button because they are all very closely placed and look alike. I want toast but suddenly my toaster oven starts roasting. The solution is knobs. I know they’re not that popular anymore but nothing is as convenient as them. The grip is great, especially if you’re a butterfingers or absent-minded like me. This model is suitable for you if you’re cooking for one or two. You certainly can’t plan a banquet dinner in this.
But look at the bright side(s)- very affordable, efficient, easy to clean!
My love for products that are easy to clean is eternal. I mean, there are so many things to worry about and take care of every day. I’d like to not worry about my toaster oven hygiene.
This model has a non-stick coating inside so you won’t have to scrub and toil to remove grease or stains. A simple cleaning with a paper towel and you should be good to go. It also has a good capacity and can accommodate a 12-inch pizza (okay now you’re hungry).
It also reheats food without transforming it into chewing gum (this is great merit). But this toaster oven is on the expensive side and you might not be able to afford it. Worry not- the show isn’t over yet.
Don’t you just love the word ‘toastation’? It sounds like something Michael Scott came up with. This model has your traditional toaster (with the slots) on top and your conventional oven below. You can pop out the toast above or make a sandwich below.
This model is a Transformer! Moreover, it small despite being multifunctional. This cutie is available in red and looks very adorable (like something in an Audrey Hepburn movie). It is also quite economical and durable.
Are you one of those people who wear cute aprons and love cooking? Do you have a stack of recipe books that you’re dying to try out? If yes, then this toaster oven is here to make your dreams come true. Roast, broil, ferment, bake, heat, air-fry or a bunch of other stuff I cannot do.
It is also very easy to maintain (non-stick interior) so cleaning won’t be a hassle. It’s a compact design and won’t occupy your counter space. That is a great feature especially because this appliance is an air fryer too. This toaster oven is a bit pricey but look at it as an investment if you are a pro at cooking. If not, opt for a more basic model.
These days everything is expensive, especially kitchen appliances. You shouldn’t have to pay a fortune only because you want toasted bread. What if I gave you a toaster oven that was cost-effective as well as space effective? Many appliances crowd your kitchen in a way that they leave you 3 cm of spare space and your counters resemble a very crowded subway.
This toaster oven fixes the space problem because it is fairly compact without compromising on function. However, a drawback is that it doesn’t have a timer and gets too hot to handle sometimes. But if you’re going to use it for basic stuff like making toasties, you’re good to go!
Another toaster oven with a door that gets out of the way! But this time it goes down. This toaster oven takes its job seriously and has a lot of room to meet your toasting needs. Moreover, it toasts evenly. Nobody likes toast which is brown on one side and snow-white on the other.
And oh, you can continue using your old pans because this toaster oven will accommodate them easily. It also features a crumb tray (cleanliness is godliness #preach). However, a complaint with this model has been it’s slow heating. The temperature is a little mild and hence, cooking takes up a bit more time.
Simplicity at it’s best.
There’s no point in having an appliance that brags of 20 features and can’t perform any of them well. It’s better to have one which has 5 features and is excellent at them. Most times when you look for a toaster oven, you’re bombarded with models with a zillion functions.
You just want a simple toaster oven, not a kitchen appliance that can drive your car. If your requirements are relatively basic in nature, this is the piece you’re looking for. This toaster oven may not be the fanciest model out there but it is certainly reliable. It is also compact and lightweight, easy to move. And you won’t go bankrupt buying it!
This was manufactured in Liliput. This toaster oven is so tiny, you could fit it in your bag (don’t do that). If you’re a student living alone who has zero MasterChef aspirations and just wants a decent breakfast, this is the toaster oven for you.
It will fit anywhere and is super duper cheap. Unlike the regular boring colors, you can get it in pink, red, aqua or yellow! It toasts quickly but lacks some of the advanced features which recent models have. And it toasts only one slice of bread at a time. Is this tailored to meet your requirements? Think and buy.
The shape of this toaster oven makes it look like it has come out of Beauty and The Beast.
And it’s not only lovable, but it’s also large. Most toaster ovens compromise on the amount of interior room available but not this one. You won’t have to forcibly accommodate an extra slice of bread or break up a whole pizza. It has plenty of space and can fit casserole dishes too.
And don’t worry- interior room does not mean that this toaster oven is bulky, it’s small (although relatively bigger than other toaster ovens). There are several models that have control buttons that resemble a space rocket and the time it takes to figure them out is more than the cooking time. This toaster oven is very easy to operate and you won’t spend precious minutes staring at it in confusion.
I absolutely hate toaster ovens which take forever to heat up. I’ll be standing in front of the toaster oven trying telekinetically to make it go faster but the stupid thing will take 10 minutes to give me a slice of toast. And this is 10x more awful when I’m late for work.
This will not happen under the watch of this toaster oven because it’ll turn up the heat at once. Speed is of the essence in our very busy days and that’s why you should get this model. But this piece is a bit pricey and it might not be worth its cost.
The model is relatively bigger and requires 6″ of space around it too. Weigh the pros and cons and if this is suitable for your lifestyle- go for it.
Fancy alert! I present to you an actual breakfast center. You can get your coffee, toast, and eggs in one place. This appliance has a coffeemaker, a toaster oven, as well as a small pan on top.
It is ideal for a single person to use (bachelors, or students) and is easy to operate through the regulators. You can get yourself this multitasker appliance if you are often short of time. The toaster oven is quite small but efficient.
A minor issue is that the frying griddle is not as efficient as the other two functions. This appliance is a real time saver and a great combo for its price!
MONEY SAVER! This is a very very affordable toaster oven and is also space effective! This also takes the word ‘small’ seriously because the interior room of the oven is compact. It can make breakfast for 1-2 persons but if you’re a big family then I suggest you go for a slightly bigger model.
This bakes and broils and you absolutely don’t have to worry about the cleaning aspect because it is dishwasher safe. A drawback of this model is that the knobs through which you operate the toaster oven are hard to turn and hence the oven may have some trouble starting up initially.
But if you’re on a budget and care only for the basics, don’t rule out this model.
This toaster oven is so high society, it has French doors. It looks like something the royal family would use because man is it aesthetic! This very beautiful toaster oven is equally roomy and can fit twice the amount of food than a normal model (this is what I say about my stomach but okay).
It cooks pretty evenly but all these nice things come with a price. And that price might be out of your league. Very few complaints in function or fashion but what will you do about finance?
Simple and small. This is yet another good old-fashioned toaster oven. It doesn’t have fancy features but it toasts all the other toaster ovens out of competition. It knows its job and aces it. Although small scale, it toasts and bakes evenly.
It also has a timer option so you don’t have to worry about burning your food (or your house down). It also has a quick stop button which enables you to stop the heating or toasting midway. This appliance is reliable as well as inexpensive.
I detest the concept of pre-heating. I mean I get its importance but I detest the waiting. What if I told you there was a toaster oven that required no pre-heating? Or that when it did, it was minimal? Would you freak out?
Then get ready because this toaster oven won’t make you wait. It also saves time and offers you pre-set functions for cooking. Since it is not just a toaster oven but also an air fryer, it’s price is… modest (ish).
In addition to this, the features are quite advanced. The only demerit (faced rarely) is that its door is not insulated enough and releases heat.
A frequent problem with kitchen appliances is overheating. They emit enough heat to convert the countertops into frying pans. This also makes the appliances or their handles too hot to touch or makes the kitchen stifling. In severe cases, ovens or microwaves have been known to short circuit or blow up.
This is why safety must be a priority when you buy a toaster oven. This model is exceedingly safe and no amount of heat will shatter its glass. No more safety hazards. Other than that it is a fairly basic model, easy to use and quite affordable too!
When you’re busy getting ready for work or running around the house, there are only so many things you can pay attention to. While your toaster oven is on, your worst nightmare would be your child fidgeting with it and getting hurt accidentally.
This toaster oven is a part-time nanny and features a child lock so your toddlers can push and pull all they like but that door ain’t budging. This awesome toaster oven is ideal for families with kids and is economical considering its features. It also has very accurate temperature control and comes with cool cooking goodies!
Like I said before, complicated buttons/knobs are the worst. They look deceptively simple but the problem arises when you have a button for everything. Temperature? Button. Timer? Button. Heat control (fancy word for temperature)? Button. Stop? Button. NO, I MEAN STOP WITH THE BUTTONS.
This toaster oven has only two knobs. ONLY TWO!!!! Operating this is easy peasy lemon squeezy. Speaking of peas and lemons and other small things- this toaster oven is also very compact and will occupy very little space. But very little space reminds me that this is suitable for a single person because it accommodates smaller servings. It is adorable and efficient- Dash to your nearest store and get it (pun intended).
Whenever you’re buying a machine, consider warranty as an important factor. A toaster oven with a warranty should always be given preference. That’s where this appliance struts on the runway. The only difficulty faced by customers was setting the temperature right. But it has a two-year warranty and advanced features!
It has a timer as well as a stay-on option. What is that, you ask? We often like our food hotter than usual (when we’re sick, or it’s chilly) and want to heat it for more than the set time. The stay-on gives us hotter soul food, carefully don’t burn your tongue!
Our showstopper is another sports car door style toaster oven! It is easy to clean and maintain (the way a pet tortoise is convenient- this is the tortoise of toaster ovens). It has sufficient room to accommodate servings for 2 people and is a reliable model. But honestly speaking for its price, you could get a toaster oven with advanced features or a cheaper toaster oven with the same features…
What a show, ladies and gentlemen, what a show! Now that you’ve read up on these different models, evaluate which one is most suited to your kitchen and cooking requirements. Don’t get a fancy model with a zillion features you won’t ever use. But also don’t cheap out. Buy practical and buy smart!