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Small Kitchen Appliances

Best Toaster Oven

In this fast-paced world, we’ve come to rely on appliances like toaster ovens which fit into our fast-paced lifestyles. A toaster oven is an ideal appliance for taking take some of the hustle and bustle out of food preparation. These nifty little contraptions allow you to quickly and easily create small meals or snacks without heating up a conventional oven, and energy-wise they cost far less to use as well. Some even feature built-in rotisseries and grills for an all-in-one cooking and baking unit residing on your counter top. To that end, most toaster ovens can be stored easily if countertop space is an issue.

Like most appliances designed for convenience, there are many makes and models to choose from. When searching for a toaster oven, it’s essential to know which features are absolutely necessary and which ones you can live without. All of these toaster ovens are convenient to use, with such options as selectable temperature controls, removable oven racks, a washable crumb tray, and viewing windows to monitor the progress of the food you’re cooking or toasting. Although you may think that all toaster ovens make great toast, that isn't always the case. We omitted the models that weren't capable of making decent toast; for many people, the main reason to have one of these appliances is the toasting feature.

You'll have to choose which model fits your own lifestyle best, but each of these selections is a quality product that will come in handy when you don't need a full-sized oven for cooking or reheating. These units will all include a limited one-year warranty unless otherwise noted.

Panasonic NB-G110P Flash Xpress Toaster Oven

There is no faster cooking toaster oven than the Panasonic NB-G110P Flash Xpress Toaster Oven. This appliance sports two infrared heating elements that begin cooking your food inside and out as soon as the oven is turned on. No preheating is needed and you'll get fully cooked food in 40 percent less time than a regular toaster oven.

This toaster oven also has a stay-cool touch control panel with several pre-selects for different types of food. If you want toast, you merely push a button and it automatically toasts your bread, bagels or muffins to perfection. There’s also buttons for frozen pizza, frozen hash browns, and a quick re-heat button for sandwiches, take out containers, or other goodies fresh out of the refrigerator.

Also included are a digital timer, a digital temp control gauge, digital browning shade control that’s fully selectable from light to dark, and it even features an interior light as well. All of this comes in a package that’s only about 14 inches square. For the majority of people looking for convenience, fast cooking speeds, and a size that won't take up much space on their counter, this Panasonic can't be beat.

Cuisinart TOB-135 Deluxe Convection Toaster Oven Broiler

If you like a little convection with your toaster oven, than the Cuisinart TOB-135 Deluxe Convection Toaster Oven Broiler has to be a serious consideration for you. The convection feature is a small fan that circulates the heated oven air to evenly heat food, resulting in shorter cooking and reheating times.

The control panel is completely digital, and allows you to select such options such as defrost, toast shade, preheat time, and whether you want to use it as a regular oven or as a convection oven, among others functions. It also boasts an inboard temperature sensor and the two hour timer assures there’s plenty of time for any cooking or baking project.

This unit is sized to cook a whole chicken and will accommodate a 12 inch pizza. At over 18 inches long and more than 15 inches deep, this is a large unit so if counter space is at a premium, this oven may not be right option for you. However, it can’t be beat quality-wise, and it’s backed by a three-year limited warranty.

Black & Decker TO1303SB 4-Slice Toaster Oven

If you’re looking for the top rated budget-friendly toaster oven on this list, you can't do better than the Black & Decker TO1303SB 4-Slice Toaster Oven. Since it can cook four slices of toast at once, no one will be waiting around. A 30 minute built-in timer gives you plenty of opportunity to handle other cooking duties.

This model includes the B&D even-toast technology which uses synchronized upper and lower burner elements, so anything you toast or want heated up will come out evenly browned and warmed. This unit is big enough for a nine-inch frozen pizza, yet will heat up an English muffin just as efficiently.

The oven warms, bakes, broils, with a minimum temperature of about 100 degrees for warming and a maximum temperature of 450 degrees. This toaster oven has been a staple for Black and Decker, and its quality and performance can't be beat. Best of all, it comes with a two-year warranty.

Hamilton Beach 22708 Toastation Toaster and Mini Oven

The Hamilton Beach 22708 Toastation 2-Slice Toaster and Mini Oven has a couple of slots in the top that makes it work like a traditional toaster for bread. Although it only accepts two 1 1/2 inch slices for toast or bagels, the design a very convenient option if you are going to primarily use it as a toaster.

A simple slide lever converts it from an oven to a toaster. There’s a toast shade control for selecting how brown you'd like your toast, and the oven will fit two nine-inch pizza slices. There are broiler elements, and a temperature selector that goes from 200 to 450 degrees. If you like a traditional toaster with an add-on miniature oven for convenience, this will be a good choice for your needs.

Maxi-Matic ERO-2008S Elite ProToaster Oven with Rotisserie and Grill Top

If you want the biggest and baddest of the budget toaster ovens, then look no further than the Maxi Matic Elite Pro 23-Liter Toaster Oven with Rotisserie & Grill/Griddle Top with Lid. While this toaster oven is easily the highest price unit on this list, it is loaded with features and accessories none of the others can touch.

The 23 liter capacity oven is large enough to cook a small turkey, it has top and bottom elements for baking and broiling, and you can stack up several pieces of bread for toast on the shelf. The unit comes with a rotisserie for chicken, chops, steaks and whatever else you can fit on the spit. There’s also an oven top grill which comes with a griddle to fry sausages, bacon, eggplant, you name it. This toaster oven also doubles as a convection oven with an inner fan which evenly distributes hot interior air so it efficiently cooks food in less time.

This unit comes with a 60 minute timer and has a temperature range from 150 degrees to 450 degrees. For many, this toaster oven may be overkill, but if bragging rights are what you want at a price that won't break the bank too badly, the Maxi Matic is for you.

Dale Y
Dale Y has been writing about home improvement and Do-It-Yourself projects for more than a decade, using his own hands-on maintenance, construction and facilities management experience as a guide. He has covered the gamut by writing about news and views, home and garden ideas, home and business maintenance, and property management. As an offshoot, he had his own sewing machine and small appliance repair business, and can tell an embroidery stitch from a stretch stitch, all the while cooking the best salmon fillet ever on a countertop grill, while making a smoothie in the latest bullet blender. In this capacity, he has used a wide variety of tools and equipment for every need, worked with products ranging from adhesives to solvents, sewed shirt sleeves with a #14 needle and finished leather appliqué with a #18 needle.
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