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Best toaster oven 2021: 6 toaster oven air fryers for your home

Pick up the best toaster oven for quick and easy meals without the need for an oven, featuring toaster oven air fryers, mini convection ovens, and more

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Choosing the best toaster oven for your home will do so much more than evenly toast your bread in the morning. These mini ovens can also work as toaster oven air fryers to crisp up frozen food, convection cook juicy chicken wings, and even bake delicious cookies and cakes.

Because they work in a similar way to a convection oven, the best toaster ovens can cook your food that little bit faster than a traditional oven. This is because they circulate hot air around the food as it cooks, which leads to crispier exteriors for breaded foods and no more soggy fries when making frozen treats. 

Our guide includes top picks from Cuisinart, Breville, KitchenAid, Ninja, and Bella, and there are toaster ovens for under $100 and high-end ovens that can also double as the best air fryer for every kitchen.

For some, a toaster oven will act as a great alternative to an oven. After all, not all homes have one, and even if you do, they can heat up your entire home for the sake of cooking just some chicken wings or frozen fries. Toaster ovens not only speed up preheat times and give off less heat when cooking, but some can even be flipped up to store against the splashback of your kitchen for access to limited counter space. 

The best toaster oven 2021

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1. Cuisinart TOA-60 Air Fryer Toaster Oven

The best toaster oven

Specifications
Dimensions: 15.5 x 16 x 14 inches
Power: 1800 watts
Capacity: 0.6 cubic foot
Cooking functions: 7
Reasons to buy
+Seven cooking modes+Speedy cooking+Energy and heat-efficient
Reasons to avoid
-Runs a little hot

Our top pick of the best toaster oven is the Cuisinart Air Fryer Toaster Oven. It has a mid-size capacity that allows you to adjust the temperature, timer, and settings. You can air fry, bake, convection broil, warm, and more. 

What we love

Controls are incredibly straightforward, and you can simply twist the dial to add or take away time from your cooking cycle. The Cuisinart Air Fryer Toaster Oven cooked very evenly in testing, and the air fryer basket was effective at making fries, chicken and other treats. 

As for the oven, it's very fast to cook. We had nuggets in just 7 minutes, and oven pizza was complete in just 10. 

Features

With 7 modes in total, the Cuisinart Air Fryer Toaster Oven is a winner for multi-functionality. It has a tray for roasting, a basket for air frying, and a baking pan that can be used for cake, cookies and more. 

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2. Ninja Foodi 8-in-1 Digital Air Fry Oven

Best toaster oven for small kitchens

Specifications
Dimensions: 9.7” W x 7.5”H x 15.1”D
Power: 1800 watts
Cooking functions: 8
Reasons to buy
+Folds away to create counter space+Sleek curved display+Easy to clean
Reasons to avoid
-Not the largest capacity

If you live in a small home and want something to speed up meal times without taking an entire counter's worth of space, the Ninja Foodi 8-in-1 Digital Air Fry Oven is designed just for you. It's also a top choice for those who live in apartments and may not have an oven to speak of. 

What we love

For a start, Ninja has crammed 8 modes into the Ninja Foodi 8-in-1 Digital Air Fry Oven: air fry, air roast, air broil, bake, bagel, toast, dehydrate, and keep warm. While it's never going to rival full-sized air fryers, it does still have the space for a 13 x 13 inch baking tray, and comes with two inserts for air frying and also baking. 

Because it lifts up, it's easy to access the underside of the toaster oven to get an easyn and deep clean, which is great news for those who plan to use this as their main toaster oven. 

It can also fit up to nine slices of toast (that's over twice as much as most of the best toasters we've tried) and up to 4 pounds of chicken wings. 

Features

The flip-away design is distinctive and great for those with small homes, and it also has a pull-out crumb tray to make sure it's clean for day-to-day use. 

It won't look quite as stylish on your countertop when it's leant against the backsplash, but for the convenience, it's totally worth it. 

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3. Breville Smart Oven Pro

Best high-end toaster oven

Specifications
Dimensions: 15.7 x 18.5 x 11 inches
Power: 1800 watts
Capacity: 0.8 cubic feet
Cooking functions : 9
Reasons to buy
+Non-stick cavity+Magnetic auto-eject+Smart display
Reasons to avoid
-Very expensive

Breville's The Smart Oven Pro is the premium pick for those who want a toaster oven that does it all. It has an LCD display that shows pre-heat information, and nine modes. 

What we love

The LCD display is easy to control, and because the capacity is on the medium side, it can cater to most families. Controls are intuitive too, with a button for frozen modes as well as one to activate the convection controls. While there is no specific toaster oven air fry mode, convection is a great way of achieving similar results. 

Non-stick coats the internal cavity of this toaster oven, meaning it will be straightforward to clean. 

Features

There are nine modes in total: Toast, Bagel, Bake, Roast, Broil, Pizza, Cookies, Reheat and Warm. You can toggle everything from the size of the pizza you're cooking to the darkness of your toast. 

Included are a broiling rack, non-stick pizza pan, and enamel baking pan. 

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4. Ninja 10-in-1 XL Pro Air Fry Oven

Best toaster oven air fryer

Specifications
Dimensions: 17.09 L x 20.22 W x 13.34 H
Power: 1800 watts
Capacity: 12 pounds
Cooking functions: 10
Reasons to buy
+Air fries like a pro+Immense capacity+Easy touch controls
Reasons to avoid
-Expensive

One of the most modern-looking toaster ovens comes from Ninja. The Ninja 10-in-1 XL Pro Air Fry Oven has 10 times the power of a conventional convection oven, thanks to its 1800 watts of power. 

What we love

The thoughtful design, for one. It's got two wire racks, two sheet pans, an air fryer basket, a roast tray and a drip tray, which will allow you to customize for any meal you may choose. 

The display is touchscreen, which means you can control the Ninja 10-in-1 XL Pro Air Fry Oven with ease. 

Features

It has ten modes in total: Air Fry, Whole Roast, Air Roast, Bake, Dehydrate, Pizza, Broil, Toast, Bagel, and Reheat. The 12lbs capacity has enough space to cook two 12-inch pizzas at once, as well as a whole 12-lb turkey. 

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5. KitchenAid Digital Countertop Oven with Air Fry

Best toaster oven for beginners

Specifications
Dimensions: 16 x 17 x 11.3 inches
Power: 1800 watts
Capacity: 0.74 cubic feet
Cooking functions: 9
Reasons to buy
+Easy to use+Space-efficient+Can air fry, too
Reasons to avoid
-Interior is not non-stick

The KitchenAid Digital Countertop Oven with Air Fry is smart to look at. It's got a matt black exterior and glossy steel door. The capacity is also pretty average, but there's plenty of space thanks to its nifty layout. 

What we love

The controls are very easy to use. The dial on the front of the machine helps to pick a mode and then choose a time, up to 120 minutes.

It has an air fry basket which is very deep and means you won't have to turn your fries halfway through cooking. Preheat is speedy too: just four minutes. 

Features

There are nine modes: Dehydrate, Proof, Bagel, Toast, Air Fry, Bake, Broil, Air Fry, and Keep Warm. 

You choose these using a very easy dial, and then turn to the right side to choose the temperature and time, as well as optional convection cooking. 

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6. Bella Pro Series 6-Slice Toaster Oven

Best toaster oven for under $100

Specifications
Dimensions: 15 x 17 x 11 inches
Power: 1800 watts
Capacity: 0.8 cubic feet
Cooking functions: 9
Reasons to buy
+Budget-friendly+Fully adjustable+Crumb tray
Reasons to avoid
-No convection cooking 

The Bella Pro Series 6-Slice Toaster Oven is our best toaster oven under $100. Granted, it doesn't come in at much under, but this 0.8 cubic foot capacity toaster oven will be perfect for family use. 

What we love

Pick from three different tray slots, which is perfect for cooking up a feast, and even adjust the brownness of your toast with the dial control. 

The crumb tray collects everything that falls away from your food, which makes cleaning easy. You can also be rest assured that the 1800 watts of power will match toaster ovens twice the price. 

Features

Modes include defrost, bake, pizza, toast, broil, reheat, warm, bagel and cookies. There is also a wire tray and bake pan. 

The interior is not coated in non-stick, and there is no convection setting, but this toaster oven is a great budget pick. 

What is the best toaster oven? 

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Our top pick of the best toaster oven is the Cuisinart Air Fryer Toaster Oven. It's the perfect size for most homes, and hits the right balance between price and quality. 

Breville's The Smart Oven Pro is our premium pick, with its convenient controls and nine mode options.

For a toaster oven under $100, take a look at the Bella Pro Series 6-Slice Toaster Oven, and if you want the best toaster oven air fryer, our top pick is the Ninja 10-in-1 XL Pro Air Fry Oven.

How do I choose a good toaster oven?

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For one thing, you should consider the space you have available. While the best toaster ovens are excellent stand-ins for a regular oven, they do require counter space. We included the dimensions to make that consideration a little easier.

As for features, we recommend a toaster oven air fryer. That's not just because we're air fryer lovers, but convection technology will mean that your food will cook faster, and you'll end up with more options when it comes to mealtimes. 

Millie Fender
Millie Fender

Millie has been with the Homes and Gardens team since early 2021, bringing with her a love of cooking appliances and al fresco entertaining. She writes about stand mixers, blenders, and other small appliances, and loves putting barbecues and pizza ovens to the test. Millie thinks that the kitchen is the most important room in any home, but then, she is very biased.