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Toaster Oven Buying Guide

A toaster oven has been a staple of kitchens for decades. This appliance allows you to achieve an oven-baked flavor from a space-saving, countertop device. It can bake, broil and defrost many small meals as well as a conventional oven. Before you make a decision, consider which types of toaster ovens and features work in your kitchen.

Types of Toaster Ovens

Standard Toaster Ovens

If you don't require extra features and add-ons, this model uses standard heating coils to heat food quickly.

  • Good option for simple baking - If you're looking to warm up leftovers, toast bread or melt cheese, then a standard heating coil-powered toaster oven will do.
  • Ideal in small spaces - When living in a small apartment and don't have room for a full-size oven, a toaster oven will give you the baking power you need in a small appliance.

Convection Toaster Ovens

A convection toaster uses fan-circulated heat like a conventional oven but in a small, space-saving appliances. This type of heat creates even, thorough cooking.

  • Complement a standard oven - If you like to bake large meals with multiple dishes that need the oven, a convection toaster oven will let you whip up sides while the main course uses the large, conventional oven.
  • Cooks complex dishes - If you bake small personal pizzas, baked potatoes or other dishes, a convection model can cook these while using considerably less energy.


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Infrared Toaster Ovens

An infrared toaster oven uses infrared and convection heating elements in one unit. This technology helps heat food quicker than other models.

  • Makes quick meals - The combination of infrared and convection heat means meals can be cooked in a fraction of the time.
  • Perfect for frozen pizza - An infrared convection model is able to bake pizza quickly and create a crispy crust.

Features of Toaster Ovens

Heat Cycles

  • Defrost - This thaws out food quickly without actually cooking it.
  • Reheat - The reheat function gives leftovers a fresh-out-of-the-oven taste.
  • Broil - Using broiling heat applies direct heat from above to get a grilled effect.
  • Pizza mode - A toaster oven with pizza mode helps make perfect frozen pizzas without burning the crust.
  • Toast - Whether you prefer light, dark or somewhere in between, you can make perfect toast everytime with this heat cycle.

Additional Features

  • Glass windows - Many models feature glass windows so you can view how your food is cooking.
  • Rotisseries - If you love making chicken or turkey on a rotisserie, look for toaster ovens that feature these accessories.  
  • Non-stick interior - Some models feature non-stick interiors that make cleanup as easy as possible.
  • Timer settings - With built-in timers, you can keep track of your favorite dishes.
  • Automatic shut-off - The latest options include automatic shut-offs so your pizza or small roast doesn't burn.