We get it. Your counters are already crowded. But today’s toaster ovens handle toast, bagels, tuna melts, cookies and even whole roast chickens like a boss. These five hardworking units might make you rethink your old-school slot-style model.
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Photography by Jarren Vink
| Credit: Photography by Jarren Vink

Dynamic Duo

hamilton beach 2 in 1 oven and toaster
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With the Hamilton Beach 2-in-1 Oven and Toaster, pop-up purists get the best of both worlds. Bread and bagels come out perfectly golden in minutes from the push-down toaster, per our test-kitchen pros, and the oven is still large enough to accommodate a nine-inch pizza. $80, target.com

Fry Guy

cuisinart air fryer toaster oven
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Talk about a twofer! The Cuisinart Air Fryer Toaster Oven handles regular toasting functions like a champ and has a built-in fry basket, so you can crisp up wings and french fries sans oil. $199, cuisinartwebstore.com

Simple and Speedy

black and decker 6 slice dining in digital countertop oven
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Big buttons with icons make the Black + Decker 6-Slice Dining-In Digital Countertop Oven super-easy to use. It's also quick: A frozen pizza took just 14 minutes, and a whole roast chicken developed "great even color" in about an hour, says our test kitchen. $90, blackanddeckerappliances.com

Budget Buy

williams sonoma open kitchen stainless steel toaster oven
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No need to sacrifice counter space (or serious bucks) for gooey, golden cookies with the four-slice Williams Sonoma Open Kitchen Stainless-Steel Toaster Oven. It also cooks up a mean tuna melt, according to one tester. $60, williams-sonoma.com

A Real Looker

crux 6 slice convection toaster oven
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Our test kitchen loved the Crux 6-Slice Convection Toaster Oven for its quick preheating time—just five minutes to "convection bake." The simple dial-control settings and high-design copper accents didn't hurt, either. $120, macys.com

Good to know! Dinner for one? Or need a warm cookie fix stat? Toaster ovens preheat faster than most conventional ovens and won't heat up your kitchen as much. With their low-temp settings, toaster ovens are a no-brainer fordehydrating fruit. Slice some and give yourself a few hours.