Convection toaster ovens cook food in less time than regular toaster ovens because a fan circulates heated air throughout the interior, avoiding the creation of hot or cold spots. Although more expensive than other toaster ovens, they're popular with people who want quick, even cooking. In most, the convection feature can be turned off.
Expert and consumer reviews say our Best Reviewed toaster oven, the Breville The Smart Oven BOV800XL (*Est. $250) , does everything well. It bakes, roasts, broils, reheats and toasts food evenly. It handles everything from a 4-pound chicken, a full-size pizza and six slices of toast to cakes and pies. The Smart Oven's quartz elements consistently cool and reheat, producing steady, controlled heat.
The Breville's large dial controls are simple to set and its bright LCD is easy to read, making setting the oven quick and intuitive. Interior racks slide out halfway when the oven door is opened, allowing easy removal of food without burning fingers. Its stainless steel, nonstick interior is very easy to clean, users say, and its front-loading crumb tray is conveniently located. The Smart Oven comes with handy accessories like a pizza pan, bake pan and broiler rack.
Breville's The Smart Oven BOV800XL is a time-tested choice that provides versatility for anyone who needs a small oven that performs just as well as a conventional oven.
The runner-up Cuisinart TOB-195 Convection Toaster Oven (Est. $180) has many of the same features as The Smart Oven; it cooks a variety of foods evenly and most owners find it easy to use. It doesn't have an auto-eject rack feature, however, and some users say they burn their fingers when opening the oven because the handle is set too close to the door. The crumb tray is also located in the back, which is inconvenient, users say. Even so, the Cuisinart comes with a three-year warranty, while the Breville's warranty is just one year.