We updated this article in December 2022 to ensure the information reflected current prices, features and more. Our original top-rated picks selected by the Good Housekeeping Institute Kitchen Appliances and Innovation Lab remain the same.
Toaster ovens take up minimal space, can replace several kitchen appliances like your toaster and air fryer (Check out these combo air fryer toaster ovens!) and shorten cooking times, especially when you use the convection setting. In addition to toasting bread and bagels, they can cook whole chickens and roast vegetables. Since most toaster ovens don’t require preheating, they’re great for the summer months when you don’t want to heat up your entire kitchen with your full-size oven. They're also energy efficient and use as little as half the energy of a conventional oven.
In the Good Housekeeping Institute Kitchen Appliances and Innovation Lab, we've tested about 60 toaster ovens in the past 10 years. We test to see which ones can produce the most even, golden brown toast in the shortest amount of time. We also melt cheese on open-faced sandwiches, bake cakes and air fry chicken wings if there is an air fry setting. Here are our top picks for the best toaster ovens you can buy in 2022 based on testing.
Our top picks:
1Best Overall Toaster OvenCompact Smart Oven Breville Read More
2Best Value Toaster OvenSure-Crisp Air Fryer Toaster Oven Hamilton Beach Read More
3Best Toaster Oven for ToastingKCO211 Digital Countertop Oven KitchenAid Read More
4Best Toaster Oven Air FryerTOA-65 Digital AirFryer Toaster Oven Cuisinart Read More
5Best Small Toaster OvenFlashXpress Compact Toaster Oven Panasonic Read More
Scroll to the bottom of this article to learn more about how we test toaster ovens in our Lab — plus everything you need to consider when shopping for one.
|Dimensions||10.2" x 16.7" x 15.6"|
|Bread capacity||Four slices|
|Settings||Toast, bagel, bake, broil, pizza, roast, cookies and reheat|
|Dimensions||9.41'' x 18.74'' x 15.24''|
|Bread capacity||Six slices|
|Settings||Bake, broil, toast, airfry|
|Dimensions||16" x 17" x 11.3"|
|Bread capacity||Nine slices|
|Settings||Bake, broil, toast, warm, reheat, bagel, pizza, cookies, roast and frozen|
|Dimensions||17" x 21.73" x 15.75"|
|Bread capacity||Six slices|
|Settings||Air fry, bake, broil, toast, bagel, pizza, roast, dehydrate, proof, low, dual cook, reheat and warm|
|Dimensions||13" x 10.25" x 12"|
|Bread capacity||Four slices|
|Settings||Toast, frozen waffle, reheat roll, frozen pizza, quick reheat, frozen hashbrown|
|Dimensions||19" x 19.6" x 12.75"|
|Bread capacity||12 slices|
|Settings||Convection, toast, air fry, dehydrate, grill, slow cook, broil, proof, pizza, roast, warm and so much more|
In the Good Housekeeping Institute Kitchen Appliances and Innovation Lab, we've tested about 60 toaster ovens in the past 10 years.
A well-performing toaster oven should be able to toast multiple slices of bread evenly. For our most recent test of more than 20 toaster ovens, we toasted more than 500 slices of bread to evaluate whether a toaster oven cooked evenly.
We also check for evenly cooked baked goods as well as the ability to broil steak and melt cheese on open-faced sandwiches.
For toaster ovens with air fryer functions, we test how quickly and evenly they crisp up chicken wings and frozen French fries. We also evaluate toaster ovens based on their design quality, user manuals, control panels, ease of use, number of rack positions, interior visibility, audible alert and cleanability.
✔️ Space: Consider how much room you have as well as what you want to use the oven for. If space is not an issue, dream big: Ovens like the Breville Smart Oven Air and the June Oven can fit a small turkey. If space is an issue, there are many compact ovens on the market, like the Hamilton Beach Sure-Crisp, that can still fit six slices of bread at one time, or a 13-inch frozen pizza.
✔️ Design: Since your toaster oven will most likely live on your counter, aesthetics are important. Digital toaster ovens with stainless steel housings are typically sleeker and more modern looking than their mechanical counterparts.
✔️ Rack positions: Most toaster ovens have two rack positions, but the largest have three. The added rack position allows for even more cooking versatility and usable space, especially for air frying or dehydrating. As a general rule of thumb, the uppermost position is used for broiling, the middle is used for toasting bread and baking and the bottom is used for cooking large roasts or pizzas.
✔️ Accessories: Most toaster ovens come with at least one rack and a baking/broiling pan. (Note: a heavier baking pan means less warping over time.) Most toaster ovens now come with a removable crumb tray that is dishwasher safe, too. Being able to toss them in the dishwasher is very important: Dishwasher-safe parts help with toaster oven maintenance by preventing caked-on gunk from building up.
✔️ Additional features: Some toaster ovens come with an air frying basket/rack, others with pizza stones or rotisserie spits and many include an interior light that helps you see inside without opening the door. We found this feature to be very useful and were also pleased with toaster ovens that had large, glass doors for the easiest viewing.
✔️ Settings: Toaster ovens come with a variety of different settings and functions. While some may only have a few such as toast, bagel, bake, broil, pizza and reheat, others like the June Oven have over 200 settings including convection, air fry, dehydrate, grill, slow cook, proof, roast and warm just to name a few. If you're specifically trying to replace a few different kitchen appliances with one, make sure that the toaster oven you purchase can perform the certain functions you are looking for.
Toaster ovens and microwaves can be used interchangeably for kitchen tasks like reheating leftovers or melting butter and both can live on your countertop as a fixture of your kitchen.
A toaster oven utilizes a heating element to brown and toast food similarly to an oven. A microwave heats water molecules using electromagnetic waves, cooking food from the inside out. While this doesn't in a browning effect like a toaster oven, it is often faster. Ultimately, both perform very different functions and create different results because of how they operate.
If you cook a lot of popcorn, want quickly steamed vegetables and need to defrost ingredients, a microwave will be your best bet. However, if you are looking to bake golden cakes, toast multiple slices of bread at once and broil steak for a quick lunch, a toaster oven is a good choice. Because of their different strengths, many people have both kitchen appliances in the home.
The Good Housekeeping Institute Kitchen Appliances and Culinary Innovation Lab, Director Nicole Papantoniou oversees all content and testing related to kitchen appliances, tools, gadgets and gear. She's been testing kitchen appliances professionally since 2013 and lends her experience working at kitchen appliance companies where she helped develop popular air fryers and such recipes. Her knowledge extends to this roundup, in which Nicole conducted the testing, analyzed the data and rounded up the best toaster oven picks.