The Best Toaster Oven

Countertop toaster oven with convection

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One thing seems clear - the best toaster oven is a countertop toaster oven. It's a better choice than an under cabinet toaster oven style, because no mountable toaster oven passed our screening tests.

Ovens like the Black and Decker Spacemaker toaster oven, which is a mounted toaster oven, had far too many negative reviews and potential problems for us to feature them on this site. When in doubt, we leave them out.

After making so many toaster oven comparisons, we feel like a mini Consumer Reports on toaster ovens. We didn't actually do any testing, though. We just read numerous reviews from people who own these ovens, and summarize the information here for you.

Most of the ovens we feature are large toaster ovens. We define large as anything that will hold a 12" pizza. Some of these toaster ovens are specialized, so look here for a pizza toaster oven or a rotisserie toaster oven.

Some toaster ovens won't fit a 12" pizza - we call them small toaster ovens. Some of these small ovens are still pretty big, just not quite big enough for the 12" pizza.

After size, perhaps the most important feature to look for is convection. A convection toaster oven cooks food more evenly than a radiant oven. It's also more energy efficient. Since you want the food to come out tasty and evenly cooked, make sure your toaster oven uses convection.

For colors, choose between a stainless steel toaster oven and a black toaster oven. Some ovens are a combination of the two colors and appear on both pages.

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