Weight: 18 lb, 4 oz.
Capacity: 4 slices
We’ll cut right to the chase: Breville’s Mini Smart Oven is perfect for a small kitchen. It’s compact, but still has the capacity to cook up food for more than one person. Additionally, you won’t have to hassle with a user manual to assemble the thing as it’s just comprised of a wire rack, a crumb tray, and a baking pan (easy-peasy). Per the name, this Smart Oven uses a digital display and a series of buttons to dial in on the time, temperature, and the type of cooking you’re aiming for. In addition to toasting, the Mini Oven is capable of broiling, baking, roasting, and reheating, with special settings for pizza and cookies. Though the oven only has one rack for cooking, it worked well making lunches and dinners. The oven toasted bread quickly and worked just as thoroughly making chicken nuggets and tempeh. We flipped items halfway through the cook time for the best results, which is usually a must for toaster ovens.
The Best Multitasking Toaster Oven: Breville Smart Oven Air Fryer Pro
Size: 21.25″ x 17.25″ x 12.25″
Weight: 38 lb, 14 oz.
Capacity: 9 slices
The Breville Smart Oven Air Fryer Pro is by far the largest, bulkiest, and most expensive oven we tested. It clocks in at a whopping 38 pounds, with a 21-inch length that’s wider than most. For obvious reasons, this toaster oven isn’t for the faint of heart, and more of an investment piece for those people with mile-long countertops, money to spare, and plenty of mouths to feed. The oven has a nine-slice capacity, perfect for large families or bulk food prep. The oven worked seamlessly when preparing breakfast, and it was spacious enough to make different items like gluten free toast and regular bagels at the same time while keeping them separate. The oven is high quality with a digital display and automatically adjusting heating elements. It practically replaces an oven with all its many functions, including toast, bagel, bake, broil, pizza, air-fry, dehydrate, reheat, and slow cook presets. It’s an overachiever of an oven for people who want to combine devices in one, so consider that cost per use when you wearily eye the steep price tag.
The Best Budget Toaster Oven: Ninja Foodi 2-in-1 Flip
Size: 16.54″ x 6.7″ x 8.42″
Weight: 21 lb
Capacity: 2 slices
Like the Razr phones of the early aughts, a device with a cool convertible function is decidedly gimmicky but also has certain irresistible qualities. The Ninja Foodi toaster does just that, standing up like a traditional toaster where you plunge slices of bread in its innards, and also turning on its side to cook food pizza oven-style. Though the dual function has its perks, the small window for food certainly limits what you can toast. A loaded bagel might be too tall and lead to burnt edges, but this model is great for heating sandwiches with toppings. Still, if you’re okay with it being a sliced bread and small foods toaster, it’s easy to put together and has a small footprint for dorm rooms and small homes. Plus, it does everything else you’d want in a toaster oven: heat up quickly, keep the time on a digital display, and (blessedly) turn off after five minutes of inactivity to save your electricity bill.
The Best Toaster Oven for Toast Exclusively: Balmuda Toaster
Size: 14″ x 12 1/2″ x 8 1/4″