What every best Toaster Ovens has:
- Intuitive controls.
- A good number of presets.
- Audible alerts.
Editors of Consumer Reports test nearly 35 toaster ovens for baking, broiling, ease of use and cleaning, color range, full batch and successive batch performance, and the ability to evenly toast one slice of bread. There are quite a few consumer reviews on toaster ovens as well, but editors do not take them into account. Products are rated on a scale up to 100 and are ranked against each other.
In the latest update of Wirecutter's toaster oven report, the Panasonic Flash Xpress, Cuisinart TOB-260N1 and the Breville BOV800XL ultimately come out on top after more than 50 hours of research and testing. The tests are well-detailed and include photos of the toast test showing how each oven performed in that basic task.
This test was originally published in Cook's Illustrated magazine in March of 2011, and was updated in July 2014. Eleven toaster ovens are tested by editors of Cook's Illustrated. The ovens are evaluated for cooking performance, accuracy, toasting and ease of use. Two are Highly Recommended, one is Recommended (and is designated as a Best Buy), four are Recommended with Reservations, and four are Not Recommended.
Ten toaster ovens are tested and then rated and ranked against each other. Each oven was tested for performance (including preheat speed and temperature accuracy), design, safety and convenience. Pros and cons are listed, and each oven also gets a summary that offers an overview of the testers' findings.
Rick Martinez and an undisclosed team of testers put a dozen toaster ovens to the test and chose three to recommend. Which ovens were tested other than those three is not clear, and write-ups are very brief, but informative.
Ry Crist and other CNET editors test four popular toaster ovens, including the Breville BOV800XL, the Panasonic Flash Xpress, the Frigidaire Professional 6-slice and the Cuisinart CSO-300. Each oven gets a thorough test and review, including pictures and comparisons to other tested ovens, and is given an up-to-5-star score.
Amazon has hundreds of toaster ovens in all models and price ranges. It is an excellent source for real world reviews of toaster ovens over the long-term and to see how they hold up over time. It's also a great way to judge performance and ease-of-use from actual home cooks. The top-rated toaster ovens get hundreds, some thousands, of customer reviews.
Toaster ovens are well-represented at Walmart, which is a particularly good resource for evaluating reviews of more affordable toaster ovens, such as Hamilton Beach and Black & Decker. Many of these appliances get hundreds of reviews, and tend to be higher-rated than the same item at other sites.
Toaster ovens at Best Buy don't get quite as many reviews as at Amazon or Walmart, but some get several hundred. They also carry a very good selection, with quite a few having overall averages of more than 4 stars. Reviewers can also say if they would recommend the product to others.
Bed Bath & Beyond again has fewer toaster ovens overall and they have fewer reviews, but it's still a good resource for some of the most popular products. Reviews are also broken down by both value and quality, and reviewers have the opportunity to indicate whether or not they would recommend the product to a friend.
Macy's carries a relatively scant number of some higher-end toaster ovens, although some have a decent number of reviews. Cuisinart, Breville and KitchenAid are the top-rated products here. Reviewers not only can recommend the product, they also often provide demographic information, like their level of cooking skill.