I’ve Tested Nearly Every Toaster Oven on the Market. These Are the 4 Best for Most Home Cooks.
There are two main types of home cooks out there: those who believe in toaster ovens and those who don’t. A good pop-up toaster is nice for quickly making toast, but in my professional opinion (I spent more than 30 years testing and reporting on all things kitchen for the Good Housekeeping Institute), I think the versatility of a toaster oven is hard to beat. In addition to making tuna melts and pizza bagels, and warming up frozen nuggets and fish sticks, you can also use a good toaster oven to make roasted veggies and chicken, bake an apple crumb cake, or broil teriyaki salmon.
How can you make sure you get a good toaster oven? You pick one from this list!
Why You Should Trust Our Gear Pro
For more than 30 years, I was in charge of testing and reporting on everything from wooden spoons to connected refrigerators at the Good Housekeeping Institute. I’ve walked the floors of every trade show and read every new product release for longer than most digital publications have existed!
My street cred? I also worked as a chef in New York City restaurants for seven years.
I’ve tested, used, and played with nearly every piece of kitchen gear (including toaster ovens) to come on the market for years. When it comes to gear, it takes a lot to impress me, and I know what actually works.
Picked by a Pro. Tested by Real Home Cooks.
I’ve tested what feels like every toaster oven on the market (at all the price points, low to high!) and these are my all-time favorites. But you don’t have to take my word and my word alone, either. Kitchn editors — a unique hybrid of professionals and home cooks, who develop and test great recipes in real home kitchens — and real Amazon shoppers weighed in on some of these picks too, testing my favorites in the context of their actual home cooking.
After all, when it comes to kitchen gear, what matters is that it works for a home cook — not just that a chef endorses it, or that it passed some high-flying bar in a sterile test kitchen. You want gear that is above all, practical, long-lasting, and mindful of real cooks, real kitchens, and real budgets.