Toaster ovens give you the convenience of a smaller, compact sized appliance with the built-in qualities of a traditional kitchen oven. For those who want to do more than just toast bread and bagels, toaster ovens are ideal – they allow you to cook smaller quantities faster, without the hassle of dealing with a large, hot oven.
These toaster ovens have their own proprietary heating functions, from Panasonic’s double infrared heating which uses high-efficiency quartz and ceramic heating elements to evenly toast, bake and reheat your food to convection technology which circulates air within the oven for fast and even results while baking. In addition, you also get preset cooking functions, see-through glass doors and non-stick interior cavity coatings for easy cleanups.
Below are three of the latest and greatest toaster ovens that can do so much more than toast your breakfast waffles. These powerful mini appliances will also bake, brown, defrost and reheat a variety of fresh and frozen meals throughout the day, from frozen waffles for breakfast to most entrees for dinner.
1. Panasonic FlashXpress Compact Toaster Oven
The Panasonic FlashXpress compact toaster oven features double infrared ray heater technology for cooking up to 40% faster than conventional toaster ovens. Also included is an instant heat feature which eliminates preheating, six cooking menus with illustrated preset buttons and automatic calculation of the cooking time for a variety of foods. The clean, compact design looks great in any kitchen and an easy-to-read digital timer provides minutes and temperature settings.
PROS: A resilient, see-through glass door is connected to the baking rack to smoothly and safely pull the rack toward you as the door is opened.
CONS: There is a maximum set baking time of 25 minutes.
2. Breville BOV845BSS Smart Oven Pro
The Breville Smart Oven Pro uses an Element iQ system that transfers heat intelligently across five quartz elements for precise and stable heat for perfect results, every time. The smart oven comes with 10 preset functions, auto shut-off and alert, temperature conversion and frozen food functions and color changing LCD screen. Complete with an interior oven light that automatically turns on when you open the door, this oven is also convection powered to speed up the cooking process.
PROS: This oven features a slow cook function designed for long cook times at low temperatures.
CONS: The interior oven light cannot be disabled.
3. BLACK+DECKER Convection Toaster Oven
Black+Decker’s Convection Countertop Toaster Oven features one-touch functions for a wide variety of foods, includes a broiler pan and an external crumb tray that slides in and out for fast and easy cleanup. Digital controls provide precision control over time, temperature and functions while a 120-minute automatic timer turns off when it runs out. This toaster oven easily fits on most countertops and has an extra deep interior that will fit 12-inch pizzas, casserole dishes, whole chickens and more.
PROS: The dual position rack allows you the option for high and low oven rack positions, providing the versatility for great results on your meals.
CONS: There is no countdown on the toaster cycle.