If you plan to make a lot of toast on a regular basis -- say you have a large family, for example -- you'll likely prefer a toaster oven over a slotted toaster. Larger toaster ovens can handle up to six slices of bread at a time as opposed to the two or four slices conventional toasters are limited to.
Another advantage toaster ovens have over their old-school brethren is their transparent glass doors, which let you keep a closer eye on your toast's progess. Like top-rated standard toasters, toaster ovens should be equipped with adjustable browning levels and a dedicated bagel setting. There are some downsides to toaster ovens, though: toasting tastes longer than in a slotted toaster, and toaster ovens take up more counter space.
On the upside, a toaster ovens can be a good backup to your conventional oven, providing it has a bake and broil function. Since toaster ovens heat up faster and consume less energy than traditional ovens, they could help you save money. Some advanced toaster ovens even include a rotisserie, allowig you to roast a whole chicken or large cut of meat. If you like to bake, you should consider a convection toaster oven.
If you're ready to add a toaster oven to your arsenal of kitchen equipment, here's what to look for:
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