5 Toaster Ovens That Can Stand the Heat
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.
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
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
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
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
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.