Steve here with a toaster oven buying guide. There are literally hundreds of different toaster ovens to choose from and many toaster oven reviews are simply glowing. But as well as some great brands and great deals there are also a number of options that simply do not live up to expectation.
Before we look at the best of the best (for all price ranges and budgets) let’s look at a few things that we should be on the lookout for:
Toaster Oven Buying Guide
Before you make a final decision please bear the following in mind. It will ensure that you buy what is most appropriate.
Think about how you will be using the toaster oven. Cheap toaster ovens are fine, and many stand the test of time, so they don’t have to be expensive to be functional. If you have a large family then it makes sense to go for something that is large in capacity and is going to allow at least 6 slices of toast to be done at the same time.
It is easy to go for something basic that performs well. But never overlook the design elements. As the toaster oven is going to be in permanent residence on the counter top it makes sense to pick something that is going to enhance the look and feel of the kitchen. Co-ordinate with other prized kitchen appliances, even think about matching colors. The very popular Kitchenaid Artisan stand mixer is one example of mixing in matching color schemes for your prized shiny kitchen gadgets.
Don’t forget about the capacity.
We always recommend buying slightly over the capacity that you think you will need. If you are cooking then it doesn’t matter if the oven is too large, but too small is a different matter altogether, we can’t change that!
On to what we feel are the best toaster ovens with the best reviews and toaster oven ratings.
Best Toaster Ovens
The bestselling toaster oven is the cheapest. No surprise there. Read our review by clicking the link. A budget model that is perfect for those that just want basic features.
This is certainly a great option for stylish features on a real budget. But it will only allow for 4 slices at a time and the oven is not as versatile as some of the other options. Many need something with a much better capacity and more versatility so let’s see what the other top picks are.
There are a few options that really stand out.
High Quality Toaster Ovens
This is La creme de la creme. If we want the best toaster oven then this is about the best there is. You can read our full review using the link below.
This is the most popular of all the larger capacity and higher quality toaster ovens. A convection oven with great output, good enough to be used instead of the main oven for most cooking and with a very high quality build. Plus the design is oh so shiny, and you know that we love that!
For those that want the very best, with the best capacity, great looks and with simple functionality then this is a great choice and one we heartily recommend.
We have seen what are basically the cheapest and most expensive options, and the Breville is certainly not the cheapest but it is extremely popular. But what about mid-range price options. Are they still good?
This is a mid range oven that actually looks and performs amazingly well. Super shiny, made of the best possible grade materials and with a large capacity. See our review for more details on what we think is one of the best options for many looking for a good quality toaster oven that won’t break the bank account.
This has a great high class industrial and professional feel to it.
Another oven from Cuisinart, makers of the amazing Cuisinart MultiClad Pro cookware set. This has a great black and stainless steel finish that is certainly going to add a real sense of elegance and quality to the kitchen.
The glossy color looks amazing against other brighter kitchen gadgets, and there is certainly no doubt it is excellent value.
The Oster 6293 is actually almost a budget toaster oven in terms of price but performance is great, it looks expensive and has a great number of very positive reviews too. Certainly worth taking a closer look at and very good value for money.
Please also bear the following in mind.
Toaster Oven Reviews
Take a look at our reviews of the best toaster ovens currently available and we are sure that whatever your price range you will find one of them the perfect buy.
Toaster Oven Ratings
Be sure to take a look at the toaster oven ratings. This is of prime importance as we want to make sure that what we buy is suitable. Many put a convection oven at the top of the list and this is a good idea. It allows you to use the toaster oven much the same as your main oven.
Get something with a good capacity and you will not regret it.
The wattage is much lower on even the best toaster oven than on a conventional oven. This allows us to cook for less. We won’t be paying so much for our electricity so they can become the everyday oven if you choose wisely.
Toaster Oven Sale
You will find that the prices are very low for all the toaster ovens. With sale price swell below rrp there are certainly some great prices to be had. But never just think about the cost. Think about your needs as well.