The Ultimate Toaster Oven Buying Guide for 2020

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Breville Smart Oven AirCuisinart TOB-260N1Panasonic FlashXpressOster Digital 6 SliceBlack&Decker 4 Slice
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Air Fry ✔️ ✔️
Dehydrate ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
Capacity9 slices9 slices4 slices6 slices4 slices
SizeXLXLMLS
Power1800W1875W1300W1300W1150W
Presets1315674
Score9.9/109.5/109/108.5/108.5/10
Price$$$$$$$$$$$$
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I have written on my love for toaster ovens on numerous occasions: even though some see them as outdated and inefficient, I am very much in favor of them. They have made my life so much easier that between my Breville and my microwave I don’t ever use the wall oven.

If you’re a busy mom, a student in a dorm, a white collar worker who’d rather spend their time not cooking, please try a toaster oven. I assure you you will never go back.

Today, I’ve decided to conclude my series on toaster ovens with a hall of fame-type post. I am listing the best toaster ovens out there on the market so that you don’t need to do any research. Here goes:

Best Overall: Breville Smart Oven Air

Breville Smart Oven Air Toaster Oven featured image

Brevilles were a revelation for me – they truly are the Lamborghinis of toaster ovens: versatile, powerful, consistent, slick and with top customer support to boot. So when I had the opportunity to upgrade to the Smart Oven Air, I jumped on it and never looked back.

You just need to try it because of the superior convection and air fry, but you will be getting much more with it.

Here is my full review of the Breville Smart Oven Air.

Pros:

Versatility
5 devices in 1
13 cooking presets
Massive interior
Four trays at a time
Convection cooking
Easy cleanup
Quick pre-heating and cooking

Cons:

Noise
Size
Light does not stay on
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Runner-Up: Cuisinart TOB-260N1

Cuisinart TOB 260N1 Toaster Oven featured image

The Cuisinart Chef’s Convection Oven is very user-friendly and gives you a lot of value for its price. The sensors guarantee that your food will be heated evenly at the right temperature and its automation is superior.

Given its size and capabilities, it is a great alternative to the Breville. As long as you’re ok with longer preheating times, the TOB-260N1 Chef’s Convection Oven is a great choice.

Read my full review of the Cuisinart TOB-260N1.

Pros:

Great insulation
Easy of use
The smart Dual Cook system
Quiet
Easy cleanup
Great visibility

Cons:

Potentially unsafe cord
Long preheating time
Short timer options
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Best for a Family of One or Two: Panasonic FlashXPress NB-G110P

Panasonic Flashxpress Compact NB-G110P Toaster Oven featured image

Small and quirky, powerful and efficient, the Panasonic FlashXPress has been a loyal friend for many years until I had to cook for a whole family. Being insanely fast to cook and not requiring pre-heating, it is my go to recommendation for smallre households.

Check out my full review of the Panasonic FlashXPress Compact.

Pros:

No preheating, faster heating, even cooking
Small
Inexpensive
Accessible controls
Good insulation
Easy cleanup

Cons:

Small size
Fiddly buttons
Short timer
Not powerful enough for baking or broiling
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Best Bang for Buck: Oster Digital 6 Slice

Featured image for Oster TSSTTVMNDG Toaster Oven Review

Big and powerful, this is the jack of all trades, master of none. You can’t beat its value for the price point. I can heartily recommend it. Read my review of the Oster Digital Toaster Oven.

Pros:

Large interior
Space efficiency
Versatility
Ease of use
Great interior light
Cooking presets
Two devices in one
Relatively inexpensive

Cons:

Toasting is surprisingly bad
No light-up controls
Overcomplicated settings
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Best Budget Pick: Black&Decker 4 Slice (TO1760SS)

If you’re just trying out toaster ovens and don’t want to spend a whole lot – or you just want toast – this is the one you get.

Pros:

Inexpensive
Gets the basic jobs done
Easy to clean
Great size

Cons:

Indicators on the knobs are hard to read
Gets very hot
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Other Mentions

If you’re looking for accessories to go with your toaster oven, see my recent Toaster Oven Accessory Buying Guide.

Here are a couple of links to other toaster ovens that I have reviewed:

  1. Hamilton Beach Easy Reach – this one is probably the prettiest I have owned. 8/10.
  2. Proctor Silex – very peculiar. Something that my parents love because it’s mechanic and retro-styled. 7/10. (Read that one to see my worst photos of a product to date!)
  3. Rosewill RHTO 13001 – avoid at all costs. Chinese pseudo-brand with shattering glass and toxic fumes. 1/10.

Wonder why I have so much experience with so many different toaster ovens? One reason: I have a massive shiny object syndrome. I buy something, try it out, and even if I like it for most part, whenever I see an ad for another new super duper thing™, I buy it and flip the old one on eBay. And yet whenever I buy something, I think this time it’s the one… Every. Time. Sigh.

Anyway, I hope you will benefit from my experience with these toaster ovens! Reach out to me to let me know what you think.

Love and peace,

G.

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