Best toaster oven 2024 – countertop ovens tested by expert cooks

You can toast, bake, broil, and cook rotisserie chicken in the best toaster ovens from Ninja, Cuisinart, KitchenAid and more

One of the best toaster ovens, a KitchenAid Digital Countertop Oven in a kitchen
(Image credit: KitchenAid)
Best toaster oven 2024: Jump Menu

1. The list in brief ↴
2. Best overall: KitchenAid Digital
3. Best premium: Wolf Gourmet
4. Best large: Café Couture
5. Best for steam: Fotile Chef Cubii
6. Best smart: Tovala
7. Best for versatility: Instant Omni Plus
8. The ones that just missed the list
9. How to choose
10. How we test
11. Meet the team
12. Toaster oven FAQs

Toaster ovens are one of the most helpful tools you can have in your kitchen.

Offering a range of functions, from toasting to air frying, they're incredibly hard-working and extremely easy to use. In fact, even the best air fryers and best toasters should watch out. They might just be replaced by these countertop ovens.

Our team of experts has tested over 20 toaster ovens from Cuisinart, KitchenAid and Ninja, as well as some lesser-known up-and-coming brands, too. We've seen the good, the bad, and the very best toaster oven that the market has to offer. 

With the benefits of in-person experience, we have all the information you need to make an informed investment. Whether you're looking for a compact and quiet design or an upgraded premium model, we explore the pros and cons of each. You might say we've done the pre-heating for you, so all that's left to do now is get cooking.

The quick list

If you want a toaster oven and you want it quickly, here's a short guide to our top picks. You can read more details further down.

The best toaster ovens in 2024

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The best toaster oven overall

The best toaster oven with air fryer


Dimensions: 16 x 17 x 11.3in
Power: 1800 watts
Capacity: 0.74 cubic feet
Cooking functions: 9

Reasons to buy

Sleek interface
Easy monitoring
Generous capacity
No-flip air frying

Reasons to avoid

Exterior gets hot to touch
Alerts could be louder

The KitchenAid Digital Countertop Oven with Air Fry is a beautiful appliance, with a sleek matte black exterior and glossy steel door. It's intuitive to use thanks to a simple dial on the front of the machine. We found the bright LED display easy to read, and simple enough to toggle back and forth between the remaining cooking time and minutes. It's compact enough to fit on a countertop, but it has a fantastic capacity. There's enough space for a 12-inch pizza pan or two full-size chickens.

Our experts especially appreciated the proofing function, which is a welcome addition for keen bakers. Every setting delivered consistent results, and the air fry basket is a stand-out addition. It's very deep and cleverly designed so that you won't have to flip food halfway through. It turned out delicious, thick-cut fries, perfect tater tots, and even fried chicken.  

When operating, the handle remains cool to the touch, but the sides of the oven get very hot. Toasting is this oven's weakest function - the heating element is only on one side, so it can cook batches of toast unevenly, and the highest heat setting is overkill, burning one of the slices of toast on the test. The grill of the air basket is also a little untidy, spilling crumbs into the body of the machine. 

If those snags sound like deal-breakers, our experts would recommend taking a look at Breville's The Smart Oven, which makes toast like an expert. It's also very slick, stylish, and perfect for pizzas. However, it isn't as user-friendly and is a little more expensive. Everything has its downfalls. 

Read more: KitchenAid Digital Countertop Oven with Air Fry review

The best premium toaster oven

Best premium toaster oven


Dimensions: 22 x 12 x 16in
Power: 1800 watts
Capacity: Fits most 9 x 13in stoneware dishes
Cooking functions: 7

Reasons to buy

Included temperature probe
Digital timer display
Sturdy and durable construction
Even cooking
Swappable dial colors

Reasons to avoid

Lacks the smart features of similarly priced ovens

Wolf Gourmet comes with a hefty price tag, so it's no wonder that it is among the very best of the toaster ovens we tested for this guide. Our expert tester found it it's 'the very best countertop oven that money can buy'. 

Settings include bake, roast, broil, toast/bagel, and there is also a proof setting which will work well in place of the best bread makers. Our experts have used this oven since 2020 without any issues, and if the five-year warranty is anything to go by, this toaster oven is built to last.

This countertop oven allows you to toggle its convection setting, meaning you can turn it off for toasting or braising. The temperature probe is also easy to use, and we found that you can top up on timings to add some extra char to your steaks without compromising on how juicy it is on the inside.

After all that, you might be wondering why this oven isn't at the top of our guide. It's a simple matter of cost. There's no avoiding that the $700 price tag on this toaster oven puts it out of reach for some readers. If you can afford a $700 toaster oven, you probably don't need one in the first place. 

What's more, other ovens on this list have more features and smart capabilities, such as being controlled by an app or by voice control. We'd particularly recommend the Tovala Smart Oven, which comes with an incredibly useful app and recipe library. The Tovala is also lighter and smaller than the Wolf, which might suit smaller kitchens better.

That said, if you can swing the Wolf Gourmet, this well-built machine is every bit as luxe as you could imagine. It's the benchmark of toaster ovens.  

Read more: Wolf Gourmet Countertop Oven review

The best large toaster oven

Best overall toaster oven


Dimensions: 13.1 W x 5.0 H x 12.4 L inches
Power : 1800 W
Capacity: .8 cubic feet
Cooking functions: Air fry, convection bake, convection broil, bake, broil, warm, toast

Reasons to buy

Fancy design
Wi-Fi connect enabled for SmartHQ App
Remote enable feature
Cord wrap on rear of oven
Control lock feature
Adjustable alarm volume and brightness display
14 cooking modes

Reasons to avoid

Could be too small for large families

This gorgeous toaster oven has a good capacity, allowing for a 12-inch pizza, a 9 x 13-inch pan (with no handles), or up to 6 slices of toast. The oven has a built-in WiFi, and the SmartHQ App means can monitor and control the oven from your cell phone. The app makes it easy to adjust the oven temperature, change the cooking time, and stop the cooking cycle. You can even do this with voice commands, but if you don't want to use an app you can also control it manually. 

It made a delicious baked salmon and a homemade pizza with perfectly melted mozzarella. It broiled tender, juicy chicken and gooey chocolate chip cookies. 

We can't fault the performance, so why isn't topping the test? Well, just as the Wolf Gourmet above, it's a little pricey for a toaster oven. If you just want a simple oven to reheat a slice of pizza you might not want to spend $400. Not only that, while it held up well on tests, the capacity may be a little small for bigger families. It's also a little pricey for a toaster oven. 

Read more: Café Couture Oven with Air Fry review has more detail.

The best toaster oven for steam

Best toaster oven for steam cooking


Dimensions: 15.5 x 16 x 14 inches
Power: 1800 watts
Capacity: 1 cubic foot
Cooking functions: 4

Reasons to buy

Steam function
Portable water tank
40 preset recipes
Simple controls

Reasons to avoid

Oven door difficult to open

The Fotile ChefCubii has four main functions: it can steam, bake, air fry, and dehydrate. However, it goes much, much further than this, with a whopping 40 different preset menu functions. This means you can effortlessly proof bread dough or cook rice, make tacos, egg tarts, cook BBQ ribs, and dozens of other meals besides. Despite all these features, the stand-out function is the steam cooking. It's one of the healthiest ways to cook, leaving food juicy and tender, without the need for added oil. It made delicious steamed shrimp.

What's more, the sleek, glossy white finish is also a welcome change to the sea of stainless steel. Thanks to a self-cleaning mode, it's also incredibly simple to clean. 

Our experts' only complaint is that the door is made of two layers of tempered glass and one layer of low E glass, which seal very tightly, but these make the door difficult to open. Fotile explained that the ChefCubii is designed with a damping setup on the door (in the corners, metal hinges) for added compression and to make sure the unit is seamlessly closed up, but this meant that our experts needed to hold the top of the oven with one hand to stabilize and pull open the door with the other hand.

Read more: Fotile ChefCubii Countertop Oven review

The best smart toaster oven

Best toaster oven for oven-ready meals


Dimensions: 18.5" L x 12.32" D x 11.75" H
Power: 1525W
Capacity: 12.75" L x 11" D x 8" H
Cooking functions: Steam, Bake, Broil, Toast, Reheat

Reasons to buy

Optional meal delivery service
Steam, Broil, toast, and reheat functions
Scan to cook Tovala meals
Scan to cook numerous grocery items
Recipe library

Reasons to avoid

Tovala meals can be an expensive ongoing cost
Must have WiFi and smartphone to set up the oven
On the small side for family-sized meals

Unlike some other ovens on the list, the Tovala Smart Oven isn't just a toaster oven. Its main feature is a menu of oven-ready meals from a range of world cuisines; everything from Italian to Indian to Indonesian. Our expert reviewers found that these healthy meals were delicious – so delicious that they would 'pay money in a restaurant' for them. Thanks to the app handling the temperature and timer, every single meal on test was 'ridiculously easy to prepare' - the only way it would be easier would be 'hiring a chef'. 

If you don't want the ready meals, the usual cooking functions are all excellent, and our experts particularly liked the steam function. What's more, the Tovala is compatible with popular brands like Pillsbury, Eggo, Kashi, Amy’s, Annie’s, and Totino’s. Just scan the barcode and the Tovala will cook waffles and pizza rolls to perfection. This oven takes up way less space than other toaster ovens on our list, so it's a good option if you're working with a smaller kitchen.  

But our experts found that there's a 'hefty' ongoing cost. Prices start at $9.99 per meal, which is very expensive for home cooking. If you're cooking for a family, that's a lot of $10 meals, and the portions are quite small. You also need a smartphone and a good WiFi connection for this toaster oven to work, so if you're old-school and don't have either of these, or if your WiFi's slow or your cellphone is out of charge, you won't be able to use this oven. 

Read more: Tovala Smart Oven review

The best toaster oven for versatility

Best toaster oven for versatility


Dimensions: 15.75 x 16.54 x 13.9in
Power: 1800 watts
Capacity: 18L
Cooking functions: 10

Reasons to buy

Cooks superbly
Sleek and easy to use digital interface
10 different cooking functions, including rotisserie

Reasons to avoid

Pre-heating takes longer than others
Kind of noisy
Door pull can be hot to the touch if oven left on for an extended period of time

The Instant Omni Plus is a highly versatile air fryer toaster oven for those looking for a multi-functional countertop appliance. Whether toasting, air frying or simply reheating, the Instant Omni Plus cooks superb and tasty results. It easily feeds a group of four and comes with a variety of trays to best match what you're cooking. To minimize clean-up, the mesh air fryer basket sits directly on top of the enamel baking sheet to keep anything from dripping onto the heating elements. 

We particularly like the large LED touchscreen that makes it easy to see cooking progress, time, and temperature. The oven utilizes a golden quartz infrared heating system that also cooks food about 25 percent faster, which makes for a little learning curve, but leaves you with faster meal prep once you get the hang of it. 

The rotisserie feature is unique and created one of the best chickens we've ever made, but it was a much messier process than anticipated. We struggled to fit a four-pound chicken and had to pin it down so that it could rotate. What's more, the attachments to use the rotisserie feature are sharp and bulky, making it difficult to figure out proper storage, especially since it's unlikely the average user will make rotisserie daily. A little storage bag would have been a nice add-on. 

The pre-heating took a little longer than the other toaster ovens on the test, and we found that the handle gets a little warm, so is best opened with a mitt. 

Read more: Instant Omni Plus review

The ones that just missed the list

How to choose the best toaster oven for you

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. 

Another design element would be dial controls versus buttons, and the inclusion of a digital display. Some may feature a combination of both to operate. Digital displays typically help you identify the exact settings a bit easier, but may drive up the price of your toaster oven, and can make the experience more sophisticated, though you will find yourself with more control. 

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. Other functions like steam cooking seem to be growing as an offering in toaster oven designs as well. 

How we tested these toaster ovens

Cuisinart Air Fryer & Toaster Oven

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We've reviewed every single toaster oven in our guide to help you find the best. We take our testing incredibly seriously and never award a rating or a badge to a product that has not been tested by a member of our team.

Our best toaster oven page is one of the many pages we update with regular reviews of leading market choices, so this page will be sure to change as we add more of our testing results. 

For more insight into our testing process, our review guidelines go into more information. 

Meet The Team

Millie Fender
Millie Fender

Millie Fender is Head of Reviews at Homes & Gardens. Formerly our editor for all things cookware, she loves nothing more than reviewing a kitchen appliance in her own home, especially the best toaster ovens.  

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Jaclyn Turner

A countertop oven is Jaclyn's favorite kitchen appliance, especially for cooking up sides alongside a main meal, reheating leftovers, or getting a perfectly toasty bagel. Our former ecommerce editor, Jaclyn finds out the best of the best for buying guides to help you fill your home with only the best.

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Terri Williams

Terri's tested over a dozen countertop ovens, and has written buying guides on countertop ovens and other kitchen appliances and home goods for several popular websites.

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Helen McCue

Helen McCue initially trained as a home economist. After starting her career in the food industry, she moved into home appliance reviews, utilizing her cooking skills and experience to put all kinds of products to the test, and over the years has reviewed hundreds of home and kitchen appliances for a variety of publications.

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Alex David

Alex is our Head of eCommerce, and he's reviewed home, kitchen, and garden products for a variety of publications. He tested the Breville oven in this guide, and loved the toasting function.

Toaster oven FAQs

How does a toaster oven work?

The basic function of a toaster oven is a grill to cook toast and bagels. It's a larger surface with more capacity than a toaster, so you can cook up to eight slices at once, or thick-cut artisan breads like homemade sourdough. However, modern toaster ovens have multiple functions. Our tests have found toaster ovens that can bake, dehydrate, air fry, and much else besides, cooking an entire rotisserie chicken. 

Is a toaster oven the same as an air fryer?

They're two different appliances. The basic difference is that an air fryer is an appliance that circulates hot air around food to cook it, whereas a toaster oven toasts bread. However, the best toaster ovens and air fryers have multiple functions - though toaster ovens tend to have many, many more. 

Are toaster oven air fryers good?

The very best air fryers air fry better than most toaster ovens, so if you're after perfect, healthy fries, some toaster ovens might not cut it. However, many air fryers just can't compete with the best toaster ovens for functionality, and the best toaster ovens featured above are more than a match for air fryers, making delicious fries and baked salmon. 

If you're pushed for space, a toaster oven is a great option that can save you from buying lots of different appliances. There's almost no limit on the appliances that can be replaced with the right toaster oven - you can get a dehydrator, air fryer, steamer, broiler, microwave, and toaster all in one appliance, saving you money and space on your countertop.

Do I need a toaster oven if I have an oven?

It depends on your space and what you're trying to cook. A traditional oven can roast and bake just fine, but a toaster oven offers quicker cooking, as well as multiple specialist functions like toasting, steaming rice, and in one of the above toaster ovens, spinning an entire rotisserie chicken. Lots of buyers do away with ovens in RVs or cabins and easily make do with a good toaster oven, so it depends on your kitchen setup. 

Can a toaster oven replace a microwave?

If it has a microwave function, absolutely. Even if not, the basic principle of heating food is the same, so classic microwave dinners like pizza rolls can turn out even better in a toaster oven. 

Millie Fender
Head of Reviews

Millie Fender is Head of Reviews on the Homes and Gardens Ecommerce team. She specializes in cooking appliances, such as the best kettles, and also reviews outdoor grills and pizza ovens. Millie loves to bake, so she will take any excuse to review stand mixers and other baking essentials. When she's not putting products through their paces in our dedicated testing kitchen, Millie's reviews are conducted at home, meaning she uses these products in her own day-to-day life. 

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