Five of the Best Toaster Ovens

When I lived in rented accommodation and we did not have a ‘proper’ domestic oven, we lived on ovens like these toaster ovens. They literally saved our baking lives! In fact, I remember one Christmas, cooking the whole Christmas roast dinner using one of these toaster ovens; they really are amazing inventions. So if you are considering buying one for convenience or for necessity, check out which ones we prefer.

GE Convection Toaster Oven – $49.95

This is a great oven for the price. A convection cooker, this rotisserie toaster oven works using air convection without creating hot spots. It has settings including rotisserie, broil, toast, keep warm, and bake. The rotisserie works to grill and the oven comes with three shelves and a 21-liter capacity, big enough for baking a 12” size pizza. There is a light inside the oven chamber and door is equipped with Cool Touch handles, which do not get hot even when the oven has been working for 45 minutes. Comes with a crumb tray. Buy from www.walmart.com

Kalorik 21L Toaster Oven – $99.95

This toaster oven also has a convection feature that cooks food quickly and evenly. With a 21-liter capacity, which is large enough to fit in six slices of bread or a 12″ pizza. It has settings that include convection broil, broil, convection bake, bake and toast. With an attractive stainless steel exterior, there are cool touch handles for safety, an auto-off 60-minute timer with Stay On function, power light and full range temperature control up to 450F. This oven comes with bake rack, baking pan and removable crumb tray and the insides are fully non-stick. Buy from www.givinggallery.com

Cuisinart Exact Heat Toaster Oven Broiler – $127.95

The Cuisinart Toaster Oven Broiler features three versatile cooking options including reheat, defrost bake and broil. It has electronic touch pad controls, and a huge capacity, which is large enough to let it double as a second oven. You can fit a whole chicken, 4-6 slice toast or that ubiquitous 12” pizza in the 0.6 cubic foot oven. The state of the art oven has stainless steel front panels, a brushed chrome commercial style handle with a matte black exterior. With an exact heat sensor that maintains precise oven temperature, even shade control, there is a slide-out crumb tray; clock, oven timer; automatic shutoff and a two-position oven rack. Buy from www.cutleryandmore.com

Breville Smart Toaster Oven – $249.95

This ultra compact toaster oven features 8 preset functions that include toast, bagel, bake, roast, broil, pizza, cookies and reheat. The “Smart” internal-sensor technology automatically adjusts heat and calculates cooking times. With a heat setting range from 120°F to 450°F, the roomy interior accommodates an 11″ pizza or four slices of bread. The 1800-watt oven broils, cooks with convection, defrosts at the touch of a button, and its easy-to-read LCD shows temperatures and cooking times and changes color when cooking is complete. The two-hour timer has an auto shut off and it comes with a nonstick baking chamber. A pullout crumb tray simplifies cleaning. Buy from www.zappos.com

Waring WCO250 Quarter Size Convection Oven with Rotisserie – $329.99

This is a larger oven with a 9 cubic foot capacity. It has 5 cooking methods; convection bake, roast, bake, broil, and rotisserie and comes with chrome plated baking racks and one stainless steel baking sheet. It can handle most foods like roasts, pizzas, pies, and breads easily and is made from durable stainless steel both inside and out, making it easy to clean. The large tempered glass door makes easy to see inside and it features a power and oven temperature ready indicator lights and a 120-minute timer. All in all a great piece of kitchen equipment. Buy from www.webstaurantstore.com