Toaster Ovens: Ratings of Sources
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Toaster Oven Ratings
by Editors of ConsumerReports.org
Our AssessmentConsumerReports.org testers compare 23 toaster ovens (all but one also broils). Editors rank each according to an overall score and provide separate ratings on performance in toasting, baking, broiling and ease of use. Each toaster oven's settings, controls and cleanup are factored into the ease-of-use rating. Seven models are recommended and one is named a best buy.
by Editors of Cook's Illustrated
Our AssessmentCook's Illustrated magazine compares 10 toaster ovens and rates them on a scale of 1 to 3 for toasting, cooking, design, accuracy and cleanup. The most expensive model is praised on all four criteria. Testers confirm the usefulness of toaster ovens, noting that "even the slowest model in our lineup took half the time of a full-size oven" and that "a toaster oven also uses roughly half the energy of a full-size oven."
Test Drive: Toaster Ovens
by Nicki Pendleton Wood
Our AssessmentEditors at Fine Cooking magazine test 14 toaster ovens for even browning, speed and good heat control. In addition to toasting bread, testers brown nuts, make cheese toast, broil a burger and roast sweet potato fries. They also bake croutons, frozen pizzas, cookies, homemade pretzels and a potato. Editors say sturdy construction, size, function and safety are other important considerations. Of the top three picks, all but one (the DeLonghi 6-Slice Toaster Oven EO1200) are discontinued.
Toaster Ovens for the Elderly
by "Aaron W."
Our AssessmentElderGadget.com is a blog that reviews products and assesses them for senior-friendly features. They review eight toaster ovens based on actual use and provide a short summary, including a list of features and drawbacks. The reviews include pictures of the models, a few of which are now discontinued. This article provides good insight into ease of use, which is relevant to children and adults, not just the elderly. Recommended features include simple controls, good hand clearance or an auto-eject rack, a crumb tray that pulls out from the front and automatic shutoff after an hour or less. The article doesn't comment on cooking performance, however.
Tool Test: Four Ovens That Cook On Your Countertop
by Joe Yonan
Our AssessmentJoe Yonan tests four models of toaster oven and ranks them in order of preference. He monitors how quickly they heat up and how well they maintain a constant temperature. Yonan uses each oven to toast, broil, roast and heat frozen food; he also evaluates ease of use and cleanup. The top-ranked Krups FBC4 is now discontinued, as is the lowest-ranked Oster 6075. The T-fal Avanté Glass Top Oven OT8065002 is the second-place pick. Yonan says it "preheats quickly and holds an accurate temperature, toasts bread evenly, has a stay-cool exterior that would be good for families with children, has a warming section and an easy-to-slide-out crumb tray." One downside: Roasting a chicken and sweet potato took longer than the other three models. Interestingly, none of the models meet manufacturer claims of toasting six slices of bread simultaneously.
The Best Convection Toaster Ovens
by Kristin Donnelly
Our AssessmentFood & Wine magazine editors test convection toaster ovens along with eight other kitchen appliances. Their methodology isn't described, and we don't know how many of the 76 counter appliances tested are toaster ovens. The Krups FBC4 (now discontinued) is named the winner, and the runner-up is the Dualit Mini Oven. The Dualit "aced every test" but lacks a simple toast setting. Instead, you must set a temperature and time. The Hamilton Beach 31180 (now discontinued) and Cuisinart Exact Heat Convection Toaster Oven Broiler TOB-195 get honorable mention for having "superquiet" convention cooking, but editors say the touchpad controls may be too complex for some.
by Editors of the Good Housekeeping Research Institute
Our AssessmentThe Good Housekeeping Research Institute recommends four models, but three are now discontinued. A good description is provided for each of the winning ovens, but testing methodology is not revealed. The T-fal Avanté Elite OT8080 (now discontinued) is the best overall, and the Rival 6-Slice Toaster Oven and Broiler TO600 is the best pizza maker. The Oster 6239 and Hamilton Beach 31175 are also discontinued.
Best Toaster Oven
by "BC Maven"
Our AssessmentFive top toaster ovens are recommended and a brief description of each is provided. It's not clear whether the author has personally tested each model.
by Editors of 3Luxe.com
Our AssessmentEditors at 3Luxe.com choose the top three products in several categories based on independent research, which consists of reviewing published studies, tests and reviews of the product in question. Editors rarely test products themselves, however. The three winning toaster ovens are the T-fal Avanté Glass Top Convection Oven OT8085002, Krups FBC-4 (now discontinued) and Cuisinart TOB-195 Convection Toaster Oven. A brief description of each is given, which focuses on features rather than pros and cons.
The Best Toaster Ovens
by Editors of Real Simple
Our AssessmentReal Simple magazine editors pick winners and runners-up in three categories. The Krups 6-Slice Digital Convection Toaster Oven FBC2 is the overall winner. The Hamilton Beach Toastation Toaster & Oven 22703H, named a runner-up, "toasts and broils almost as well as top-end models." The other four picks are now discontinued. Editors don't explain their testing methodology or discuss models that didn't make the grade.
by Contributors to Amazon.com
Our AssessmentThe highest-rated toaster oven at Amazon.com is the Breville The Smart Oven BOV800XL, which earns an average score of 4.5 out of 5 from more than 640 users. More than 390 owners praise the versatility of the Cuisinart Exact Heat Convection Toaster Oven Broiler TOB-195, which also earns 4.5 stars. Breville's smaller model, the Compact 4-Slice Smart Oven with Element IQ BOV650XL gets 4.4 stars from more than 170 users and the Hamilton Beach Countertop Oven with Convection and Rotisserie 31197 receives 4 stars from more than 220 consumers. Although only receiving an average of 3.6 stars, the Black & Decker Toast-R-Oven 4 Slice Toaster Oven received more than 200 reviews with 5 stars. Just over 100 users rate it with a single star; many claiming it's a fire hazard as the unit can get stuck in the "stay on" setting, overheating the oven.
Toasters & Ovens
by Contributors to Walmart.com
Our AssessmentThe Hamilton Beach Countertop Oven with Convection has earned the most positive feedback here, accumulating more than 690 reviews with an overall average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Owners say the price is unbeatable for this large-capacity oven. The Oster Extra-Large Convection Toaster Oven receives an average rating of 4.6 stars from more than 130 owners, who say it's a great alternative to using a conventional oven. Oster's smaller version, the Oster Convection Toaster Oven receives an overall score of 4.5 stars from more than 70 owners, who say it works well and that they love the compact size.
by Contributors to Viewpoints.com
Our AssessmentMany toaster ovens have accumulated just a handful of reviews, but several have earned dozens of ratings or more. The Black & Decker TRO480BS Toast-R-Oven, for example, maintains an average rating of 4.3 stars (out of 5) in nearly 220 reviews. A number of other toaster ovens maintain average ratings of 4 stars or better among dozens of reviews, but none have the same volume of ratings as the Black & Decker Toast-R-Oven.
by Contributors to Cooking.com
Our AssessmentA few toaster ovens receive dozens of reviews at Cooking.com, making this site a useful source of user opinion. The T-fal Avanté Glass Top Convection Oven OT8085002 receives an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5 from nearly 55 consumers. Owners agree it has a large capacity and is easy to clean. The Cuisinart Toaster Oven Broiler TOB-30BW receives 4.4 stars from more than 50 owners, who say it doesn't take up too much space and makes good toast. The Krups FBC2 6-Slice Digital Convection Toaster Oven receives a 4.6 rating from more than 35 owners.
by Contributors to Target.com
Our AssessmentTarget.com sells about 30 models of toaster ovens, and owners here seem to be generally more negative than at other retail sites. The Hamilton Beach Toastation Toaster & Oven has accumulated the most reviews, although owners give it mediocre feedback. Overall, it averages 3 stars out of 5 in nearly 60 owner-written reviews. Most detractors complain that toast, waffles and bagels get stuck and are impossible to remove intact.
by Contributors to Macys.com
Our AssessmentMacys.com sells about two dozen models of toaster ovens, including higher-end models. Many newer models haven't received any reviews. Ratings aren't displayed on the search results page, so users must click through to individual products, making this site a bit more difficult to navigate. The Black & Decker TRO480 4-Slice Toaster Oven is heavily reviewed, earning an average of 4.5 stars out of 5 in nearly 90 owner-written reviews. The Cuisinart Exact Heat Toaster Oven Broiler TOB-155 receives 4.9 stars (out of 5) in about 40 reviews, and the Breville The Smart Oven BOV800XL also earns a high average rating of 4.8 stars out of 5 in about 30 owner-written reviews.
by Contributors to Kenmore.com
Our AssessmentKenmore.com is where Sears sells its Kenmore brand of products, including three toaster ovens. The Kenmore Elite 6-Slice Convection Toaster Oven 126406 receives 3 stars from about 10 owners; the other two models have lower ratings.
Toaster Ovens Guide
by Editors of ToasterOvensGuide.com
Our AssessmentThis guide to 22 toaster ovens is organized into four price categories. Most are short summaries of advantages and disadvantages that appear to be written by one individual. Most helpful are three reviews that are based on actual use and include pictures showing the results. The Sanyo Space Saving Two Level Super Toasty Oven makes excellent toast, editors say, although each rack only fits a single slice of bread. Baking a cookie is a complete failure, since it's guesswork without oven temperature settings. The T-fal Avanté Glass Top Convection Oven OT8085002 is "hit or miss on toasting," but sails through the cookie-baking test. This site makes it easy to learn about models in a particular price range, but it's not readily apparent which choices are the best. An explanation of convection heat and differences in wattage is also provided. Several models shown here have been discontinued.
Hamilton Beach Toastation Toaster & Oven
by Editors of BiteOfTheBest.com
Our AssessmentBiteOfTheBest.com is a foodie website that features a review of the Hamilton Beach Toastation Toaster & Oven 22703H by Bonnie Tandy Leblang and her two sons. All three say the device is ingenious and an asset to any kitchen. Bonnie says she uses it "more than any appliance other than my coffee maker." Bryan says it is the "best toaster on the market, period."
Toaster Oven Reviews
by Contributors to ExpoTV.com
Our AssessmentThis video review site allows owners to post reviews of products they own. There are dozens of reviews for toaster ovens here, with most models receiving only one review. The reviews lack specific model numbers, and it can be difficult to tell which oven the consumer is reviewing. Still, a chance to see some toaster ovens in action might be useful.