The Ultimate Toaster Oven Buying Guide for 2020

Breville Smart Oven AirCuisinart TOB-260N1Panasonic FlashXpressOster Digital 6 SliceBlack&Decker 4 Slice
Breville Smart Oven Air Toaster Oven thumbnailCuisinart TOB-260N1 Toaster Oven thumbnailPanasonic FlashXPress NB-G110P Toaster Oven thumbnailOster Digital Toaster Oven thumbnailToaster Oven thumbnail
Convection ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
Air Fry ✔️ ✔️
Dehydrate ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
Capacity9 slices9 slices4 slices6 slices4 slices
Dimensions21″ L
17″ W
12″ H
20.87″ L
16.93″ W
11.42″ H
13″ L
12″ W
10.5″ H
19.72″ L
16.29″ W
11.33″ H
11.6″ L
16.9″ W
9″ H
Power1800W1875W1300W1300W1150W
Presets1315674
Score9.9/109.5/109/108.5/108.5/10
Price$$$$$$$$$$$$

I have written on my love for toaster ovens on numerous occasions: even though some see them as outdated and inefficient, I am very much in favor of them.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

Here is my 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

Runner-Up: Cuisinart TOB-260N1

Here is my 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

Best for a Family of One or Two: Panasonic FlashXPress NB-G110P

Here is my 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

Best Bang for Buck: Oster Digital 6 Slice

Here is 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

Best Budget Pick: Black&Decker 4 Slice (TO1760SS)

Pros:

Inexpensive
Gets the basic jobs done
Easy to clean
Great size

Cons:

Indicators on the knobs are hard to read
Gets very hot

Other Mentions

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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