This Toaster Oven Is the Kitchen Appliance You Never Knew You Needed


Welcome to Test Drive, in which we subject kitchen tools and equipment to the rigor of the Bon Appétit Test Kitchen, then judge which ones perform best.

What can’t you make in a toaster oven? This kitchen workhorse can take on everything from roasted nuts to cheesy toast to broiled lamb kebabs, not to mention dessert. But which countertop oven deserves your kitchen space? We made pies, Reubens, and (yes) toast in a dozen models to find out.

A dessert that can be baked in your toaster oven? Yes, please! Photo: Alex Lau

How We Tested the Toaster Ovens
We rated ovens on how evenly they toasted, how quickly they reached 350 degrees F and how steadily they maintained that temperature, and their ability to bake, roast, and broil relative to a full-size conventional oven.

The Winner: Hamilton Beach Easy Reach Convection Oven ($70)
A removable drip tray catches spills and crumbs. Photo: Danny Kim

This value model scorched the higher-priced competition. It was one of the fastest to heat up and didn’t have huge swings above and below the set temperature (a surprisingly rare feat): When it was set at 350 degrees, it really was 350 degrees. The convection feature was comparable to ovens three times its price, yielding evenly browned chicken skin. This was the only oven with a rolltop door, which everyone in the BA Test Kitchen loved because it saved counter space and kept the oven door clean. We weren’t crazy about the old-school analog controls, but with such stellar performance and the low price point, we got over it.

The Runners-Up

A) The Speed Demon: Cuisinart Chef’s Convection Toaster Oven ($259)
Cuisinart Toaster Oven
Photo: Danny Kim

The Cuisinart’s real selling point is its two-speed convection fan, which gives day-old muffins that “just out …read more

Source:: Bon Appetit