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Best Small Toaster Ovens 2017 – Buyer’s Guide

When it comes to kitchen convenience Small Toaster Ovens are an ideal appliance to have sitting on the kitchen countertop when space is tight.

Not only will these machines toast your favorite bread and bagels – many will also broil, bake, heat pizza and pastry dishes and main entrees as well as reheat leftovers and frozen cookies and snacks.

As with any smaller appliance which look to save on space and budget it important to ensure they do not overly compromise on features.

Best Small Toaster Ovens

The following products provide a selection of the most popular small toaster ovens available today.

Although footprint of the appliance is of prime concern, ensure you keep an eye out for the following features:

Small Toaster Oven Features and Benefits

Small Toaster Ovens

  • Small toaster ovens are built for making small portions of food. If you are making a small portion for food for yourself, need a quick snack or just want some light-bites for friends then this appliance is ideal.
  • Small toaster ovens will heat up much faster than trying to heat up a larger conventional family oven. For small cooking tasks this saves on time, energy and money.
  • The fact that they are small appliances means they will not over-heat your kitchen area in the warmer months. This is also an advantage if your kitchen is small or shared with your living area.
  • They save on space in small tight kitchens but also give you additional capacity should your conventional oven not be enough.
  • As well as kitchen use, their size and versatility makes them ideal for use in remote vehicles, caravan and trailers.

What Food can a Small Toaster Oven Make?

The range and size of foodstuffs that can be accommodated will vary depending on the make and model you choose however in general small toaster ovens are designed to make light work of simple heating tasks.

Foodstuffs that can usually be accommodated in a toaster oven include:

  • Toasted bread, sandwiches and bagels
  • Will unfreeze and then toast bread, muffins and waffles
  • Broiling small portions of meat (heating from above)
  • Broil the tops of casseroles and gratins
  • Bake fish Bake small chicken pieces Bake pizza and melt cheese toppings
  • Bake cakes, brownies and pastries
  • Ideal for making pre-frozen meals such as lasagnas

Toaster Oven Buying Selection Points

There are a huge number of models on the market offering a diverse range of functions. Here are some of the buying points to think about and look out for:

  • Automatic cooking mode.  For example, these may include settings for slow bake, broiling, defrosting and warming
  • Audible beep(s) when the cycle has competed
  • Automatic turn-off on completion.
  • Racks which will pull out on opening the door.
  • Toast shade settings
  • Slice capacity (usually 2 to 4 slices for smaller toaster ovens)
  • Cooking options such as baking, broiling, convection or rotisserie
  • Temperature controls as dials or as digital input.
  • Check out if temperature is measured in Celsius or Fahrenheit
  • Non-stick broiler/bake pan
  • Number of wire racks included
  • An interior light for easy viewing of food as it is cooking
  • How much space does it take up on the counter-top. Check the height, width and depth
  • Check the weight of the machine as this will determine how portable it will be
  • The length of the appliance guarantee

A Selection of the Best Small Toaster Ovens

Breville BOV450XL Mini Smart Oven

The Breville Mini Smart Toaster Oven is small and powerful. Packed with many of the benefits and features of the larger Breville toaster ovens the smaller compact size and quick heating times make this one of the best toaster ovens available – an ideal appliance for quick snacks and reheating.

Breville BOV450XL Mini Toaster Oven

Key Features
  • Oven has 8 presets available for toasting, bagels, broiling, roasting, baking, reheating, pizza and cookies.
  • Breville “Element IQ” technology simplifies the cooking performance
  • Time and temperature control
  • Non-Stick Interior
  • 3 rack positions
  • Rated for 1800 watts (120v) of power
  • 4 toast slice capacity or 11″ Pizza
  • Oven voltage rating 110-120v
  • Dimensions are 15.5” (L) x 14” (W) x 8.75” (H) inches
  • Weight 15.2 lbs
  • 10″ × 10″ enamel baking pan included
  • Removable crumb tray
Pros
Cons
  • Small footprint
  • LCD digital display
  • Good build quality
  • Cant use under the counter as requires ventilated space

Cuisinart TOB-80 Compact Toaster Oven Broiler

A simple to use appliance this oven is ideal if you are looking for a small and compact toaster oven that can toast, bake, broil and warm food effectively.

Cuisinart TOB-80 Compact Toaster Oven Broiler

Key Features
  • Has Keep Warm, Toast, Broil and Bake dial functions
  • Temperature control dial
  • Toast shade control with automatic shut-off
  • Oven rack comes out on opening the oven door
  • Variable rack positions depending on cooking options
  • Broiler rack included
  • Comes with small baking rack to hold cookies, fish and meat
  • Has a 3 year limited warranty
  • Dimensions are 15 (W) x 13 (D) x 8 1/4 (H) inches
The following demonstration video from Cuisinart provides and overview of the small Cuisinart Toaster/Oven Broiler.

Pros
Cons
  • Very simple to operate
  • Small and compact for the countertop
  • Heats and warms effectively
  • No timer cancel button.
  • Some customers complained about the build quality of the dials

Breville BOV650XL the Compact Smart Oven Stainless Steel

This Breville appliance is among the best small toaster ovens available and is in a different league and indeed price bracket compared to the more basic toaster ovens.

Although they are more expensive, when you look at the functionality and performance levels it will provide it may well be worth stretching to buy this type of oven as opposed to a sub $50 appliance.

Breville BOV650XL Compact Smart Oven

Breville BOV650XL the Compact Smart Oven Stainless Steel

Key Features
  • Features Breville’s own “Element IQ” cooking technology which directs heat to the required area
  • Time and temperature dials deliver up to 1800 watts of power
  • Easy to navigate digital controls for cooking
  • A range of toast browning selections
  • Can bake cakes, brownies, muffins and pastries
  • Settings for roasting, broiling, baking and heating
  • Three alternative rack positions for broil, toasting and baking.
  • amend temperature to Fahrenheit or Celsius settings
  • Easily accessed crumb tray for cleaning the unit
  • Dimensions are (W) 11¾ x (D) 10 x (H) 4¼ in
Pros
Cons
  • Provides highly accurate temperature settings
  • Packed with lots of cooking features
  • Good alternative to using the main oven for smaller tasks
  • Sleek stainless steel design for kitchen
  • The dials and buttons can take a little getting used to
  • After cooking the digital display remains on stays on for a short period

Black and Decker TO1303SB 4-Slice Toaster Oven

A great countertop appliance for toasting, heating sandwiches and warming snacks.

Black and Decker TO1303SB 4-Slice Toaster Oven

Key Features
  • This is one of the best-selling compact toaster ovens on Amazon.com
  • Slick and efficient design which comes in stainless steel or black
  • Very small footprint (15.5 x 10 x 8.4 in)
  • Large window to easily view food as it heats
  • Uses “EvenToast Technology” which will toast 4 slices of bread uniformly.
  • Has capacity to cater for 4 bread slices and a 9” pizza
  • Provides for toasting, baking, broiling, and keeping food warm heating functions
  • A stay on heat setting which allows you to bake to your exact requirements
  • In-built 30 minute timer with accurate timer toast settings
  • Removable crumb tray which allows the unit to be kept clean at all times.
Pros
Cons
  • An inexpensive option for basic everyday tasks
  • Small footprint and easily stored
  • Stay on heating function
  • Sells well on amazon.com
  • Stay on heating function also seen as a negative by some customers
  • Cheap build quality

Hamilton Beach Easy Reach Toaster Oven

Hamilton Beach Easy Reach Toaster OvenThis is a highly popular toaster oven aimed at people and families who will want to get the basic toaster oven functionality at a very reasonable price.

The unit is simple to operate and has a small footprint (14″ deep by 34″ wide).

Key Features
  • The roll-door opens up over the oven providing easy food access
  • The lid does not fall forward and therefore saves on countertop space
  • Three cooking functions include toasting, baking and broiling
  • Toasts up to 4 slices of bread
  • Can make an 9 inch pizza
  • Ships with a baking pan
  • Toasting rack in 2 positions
  • Removable crumb tray
  • Auto 30 minute timer or stay on setting
Pros
Cons
  • Low price point
  • The toaster oven has a small footprint.
  • The lid detaches to clean.
  • Good toaster
  • Does the basics well price considering
  • Timer gives out a ticking sound.
  • The 30 min timer needs resetting for items taking longer than 30 mins

     

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