Browning bread is just the beginning. A modern toaster can manage most of the tasks of a full-size oven and save on time, space and energy bills. We chose our winners based on the range (and efficacy) of functions, capacity, speed, safety, accessories and overall pizzazz.
Helpful site: http://lavues.com/toaster-oven
Hamilton Beach Countertop Oven With Convection and Rotisserie
$100 // hamiltonbeach.com
Plus: Meat-lovers, take note of this excellently priced oven, the only one we tested with a rotisserie spit. We could find no fault with the chickens we cooked: succulent, juicy perfection every time.
Minus: While not the most elegant model, its vertical design and stacking trays accommodate enough food to feed a family of four. We had to turn the timer dial past 40 to power on the oven, and the tick-tock accompaniment can be grating.
Breville Smart Oven
$250 // brevilleusa.com
Plus: We were so wowed by this little state-of-the-art genius that we might just start using our old-school oven for storing summer shoes. The Smart Oven heated up in a hurry, offered a ton of options (all a cinch to navigate with dummy-proof digital knobs) and cooked everything from a whole chicken to cookies with skill. And where has its wonderful auto-eject tray been all our lives?
Minus: It’s not the cheapest toaster oven out there, nor is it the smallest (but then that’s why Breville makes an almost-as-nifty Mini Smart Oven for $100 less).
De’Longhi Digital Convection Oven
$150 // delonghiusa.com
Plus: For a mega-versatile 21st-century digital toaster oven, you can’t beat the price on this machine, which, like the Breville, offers a dazzling array of functions. The interior light (not as standard a feature as we’d expected) was a big help in monitoring a meal’s progress, and on frazzled days we appreciated that the oven turns itself off after 30 minutes.
Minus: The dehydrator feature turned fruit a little soggy and un-delicious, and the end-of-cycle beeping made car alarms seem soothing by comparison. (Information shared from Wsj.com)
Recommended website: Lavues.com