Toasters, Toaster Convection Ovens & Stainless Steel Broilers

toastersToasters. They’re one of the most common kitchen appliances, invented long before the microwave. We can credit the first electric toaster creation to Maddy Kennedy back in 1872. Since that time, innovations in materials and technology have kept toaster products moving at the same speed as the rest of our technology. It’s not just about two little slices of toast anymore. Modern-day toasters can also perform as convection ovens, microwaves, broilers, and rotisseries with finely tuned digital precision and finesse.

Traditional Toasters Vs. Toaster Ovens

When shopping for a toaster, you’ll notice that the majority of toaster product variations fall into two general categories: regular toasters (y’know, the ones where bread pops up once it’s done) or toaster ovens (those miniature ovens on the countertop with flat trays instead of vertical).

A traditional toaster is the most cost-effective option, while a toaster oven will provide you with more versatility in the kitchen. The best way to determine which one would suit your needs best is to think about what you’d use a toaster for. Chances are, if you’re a fan of toast, bagels, and English muffins every day for breakfast, you’ll gravitate more towards a traditional toaster. It’s easier to adjust the browning settings to get the perfect slice of toast every time. But if you’re an occasional toast eater with a greater desire to cook small portions in the oven frequently (toasting pine nuts, melting cheese, or reheating leftovers), a good quality toaster oven will be more your style.

What To Look For

Adjustable settings are a must, whether it be a Light to Dark dial or a temperature control knob. Automatic settings can only take you so far, since you may find that you prefer something different than what’s automatically programmed.

Bagel settings are great for toasting just one side of the pastry so that the finished product is chewy on the bottom and crisp on top, just like you’d order it from your favorite deli.

A “lift” feature is also nice, since piping-hot pieces of small toast can be hard to grab out of the toaster slots — and for safety reasons, you don’t want to stick your fingers in the machine or pry the bread out with metal tongs. Toasters that lift will raise the bread high enough so that you don’t have to do any of the aforementioned electrocution-friendly tasks.

Digital toasters and toaster ovens are preferable since they’re more precise, not to mention most are programmable with timed settings and a “keep warm” function.

Size matters. Know where you want to store your toaster, and shop for a size that’ll make the best use of the space you’re given. Also, keep in mind the kinds of food you’d like to cook. For example, you might be craving a frozen personal pizza or a grilled panini on long bread, but a small toaster oven might not accommodate them.

Products

For a basic, no-fuss traditional toaster, see the Cuisinart Cool Touch 4-Slice CPT-140. This toaster’s namesake stems from its surface, cool to the touch so you (or your kids) don’t have to worry about accidentally getting burnt hands on the sides of the appliance.

A different look for the traditional toaster is the “tandem” design, as seen with the Cuisinart Stainless Steel Tandem Toaster. It’s a 4-slice model as well, but it’ll accommodate longer items like Texas toast and thin hoagie rolls.

For toasters that function on an industrial, mass-production level, take a look at the DeLonghi Extra Long Toaster. This fully automatic toaster can hold up to 12 slices at a time, keeping them warm after they pop up in case the kitchen’s too busy for you to remove the slices immediately.

If your preference is a toaster oven, why not look for one that can do as much as possible? A great example is the George Foreman 8-in-1 Toaster. In addition to a toaster oven, this machine is a rotisserie, broiler, bun warmer, griddle, and convection oven capable of baking and roasting. Another great option for tech-savvy cooks is the Sharp Convection Toaster, a sleek and modern toaster oven that’s also a convection oven, grill, and microwave.

Minimal counter space may lead you to the Sanyo Automatic Toaster Oven, a small appliance that only needs one square foot of space to function. It won’t hold as much as the others, but its double-decker design fits more than you’d think at first glance.

Read all of our Toaster & Toaster Oven reviews below:


Black & Decker Toaster Oven, 4 Slice

Toast-R-Oven Energy Efficient, Chrome TRO480BS

Black & Decker Toaster Oven, 4 Slice | Toast-R-Oven Energy Efficient, Chrome TRO480BS

This Black & Decker 4-slice Toast-R-Oven is a frequent best-seller due to its relatively low retail price -- and the fact that it's pretty easy to find on sale. If you look around long enough, you should be able to find this toaster oven for under 30 ...





Chefscape Egg Toaster, Automatic 4 Slice

English Muffin Breakfast Bagel w/ Defrost, High Lift

Chefscape Egg Toaster, Automatic 4 Slice | English Muffin Breakfast Bagel w/ Defrost, High Lift

"You get what you pay for" is a saying I've often used to reinforce any purchase that I didn't happen to find on a clearance shelf. If something's dirt cheap and it breaks, I don't feel so bad about any poor investment skills -- it's all about the bargain shopping ...





West Bend Egg & Muffin Toaster

Breakfast Sandwich Maker, Brushed Stainless Steel 78822

West Bend Egg & Muffin Toaster | Breakfast Sandwich Maker, Brushed Stainless Steel 78822

One way to get a healthy, filling breakfast each morning is to get up early and cook all your proteins and breads from scratch. But while that may be the best-tasting way to go about your morning, chances are it's not the most feasible thing to do day ...





Back to Basics 4 Slice Toaster & Automatic Egg Cooker

Includes Breakfast Meat Warming Tray w/ Hard Boiler

Back to Basics 4 Slice Toaster & Automatic Egg Cooker | Includes Breakfast Meat Warming Tray w/ Hard Boiler

If you're like me, you crave every extra minute that you get to sleep in. Snooze alarms are used multiple times in the morning. Everything you need for your day is set out the night before, so when that dreaded 10th snooze alarm goes off, the only thing ...





Sharp Convection Microwave Toaster Oven w/ Grill

Silver R-820JS

Sharp Convection Microwave Toaster Oven w/ Grill | Silver R-820JS

Sharp has really raised the bar with this full-featured oven. If you are searching for a true all-in-one solution to countertop cooking, then this may be just the thing to meet your needs.

The Sharp R-820JS looks to be a sophisticated microwave oven at first glance. The controls are ...





KitchenAid 2 Slice Metal Toaster

KMTT200SS | Brushed Stainless Steel Appliances

KitchenAid 2 Slice Metal Toaster | KMTT200SS | Brushed Stainless Steel Appliances

Until someone comes up with a radical new technology for toasting bread, we will be choosing our favorite device from small slotted boxes with spring plungers, little changed in a lifetime. All the while cursing the heavens for burnt or underdone toast. Into the fray comes this ...





Krups Quartz Convection Toaster Oven

Digital Black Programmable

Krups Quartz Convection Toaster Oven | Digital Black Programmable

This convection toaster oven from Krups offers sophisticated electronic controls along with innovative quartz heating. All meant to elevate the experience beyond what you would expect from a countertop appliance.

The oven has an interior capacity of .59 cubic feet, which is roomier than most toaster ovens in this category according ...





Sanyo Automatic Toaster Oven

Kitchen Countertop Space Saving | SK-7S

Sanyo Automatic Toaster Oven | Kitchen Countertop Space Saving | SK-7S

For the many small jobs a pop-up toaster can't handle -- like open-faced sandwiches with cheese -- a full-sized oven does not make good economic sense, wasting watts on a snack-sized item that could as easily be spent on a turkey. The Sanyo Space Saving Toaster Oven fits neatly in that ...





Oster Stainless Steel 6 Slice Convection Toaster Oven & Broiler #6297

Oster Stainless Steel 6 Slice Convection Toaster Oven & Broiler #6297

The Oster 6297 Convection Toaster Oven offers a wide temperature range, thoughtful design, and timed cooking up to 60 minutes. Pick an oven recipe that fits its range and you'll get good results; for a countertop oven, it's very capable.

One of the nice perks of the Oster Toaster is the ...





Oster Convection Toaster Oven

Retro Red 6 Slice 6295

Oster Convection Toaster Oven | Retro Red 6 Slice 6295

The Oster Toaster oven is available in a fire-engine red color and features a convection cooking system and uncomplicated controls meant to provide versatility and space-saving convenience on the kitchen counter.

This model has a decidedly retro appearance with rotary dials, and an industrial-style metal casing with venting slots on the sides. ...





Black & Decker Toast-R-Oven

Stainless Convection 6 Slice CTO6301

Black & Decker Toast-R-Oven | Stainless Convection 6 Slice CTO6301

My first toaster oven was a hot mess. There was no good way to clean it, so the stains accumulated until it became unsightly. Black & Decker has attempted to ensure that I will never again have to be ashamed to leave my oven out on the counter, thanks to the ...





Cuisinart Pizza Stone Brick Oven Deluxe

Stainless Steel Toaster BRK-200

Cuisinart Pizza Stone Brick Oven Deluxe | Stainless Steel Toaster BRK-200

I have never been able to get bread or pizza crust to come out as lovely, brown and chewy, crisp and crunchy, as when I use a baking stone. I never thought about using one before visiting one of those fantastic Chicago pizza places and tasting their creations baked on stone ...





Cuisinart Cool Touch Toaster

Black LED 4 Slice CPT-140BK

Cuisinart Cool Touch Toaster | Black LED 4 Slice CPT-140BK

Cuisinart, the company that began with the food processor, now has quite an extensive line of toasters. Their offerings range from high-end stainless steel to the colorful Cool Touch models.

This toaster is meant to be used where counter space is at a premium, and is very compact for a 4-slice model. ...





George Foreman Toaster Oven

Black Rotisserie 8 In 1 GRV660

George Foreman Toaster Oven | Black Rotisserie 8 In 1 GRV660

For the price of one appliance, you can have this eight-in-one oven, capable of baking, broiling, roasting, grilling, toasting and designed for use as a griddle, bun warmer and rotisserie oven. It is like a smaller version of your regular oven, plus it can do many things your oven can't. As ...





George Foreman 8 In 1 Rotisserie Toaster

Black Convection Oven GRV660

George Foreman 8 In 1 Rotisserie Toaster | Black Convection Oven GRV660

For the price of one appliance, you can have this eight in one oven, capable of baking, broiling, roasting, grilling, toasting and designed for use as a griddle, bun warmer and rotisserie oven. It is like a smaller version of your regular oven, plus it can do many things your ...





Sunbeam Heritage Series Toaster

Stainless Steel 2 Slice 3916

Sunbeam Heritage Series Toaster | Stainless Steel 2 Slice 3916

The Sunbeam Heritage Series toaster combines an old look with new functions. The toaster has a cool touch exterior. It holds two slices and the slots are extra wide and extra deep to fit thicker breads. The unit not only toasts, it reheats and warms for heating without drying. Selection buttons ...





Cuisinart Brick Oven Deluxe Stainless Steel BRK-200

Cuisinart Brick Oven Deluxe Stainless Steel BRK-200

Cuisinart has designed a neat way to get brick oven results from a countertop appliance. Genuine brick inserts are built into the oven sides and a removable baking stone is included to surround your food with the special quality of heat that stone can produce. The oven may take a bit ...





KitchenAid Easy Lift Toaster

Stainless Steel 2 Slice w/ Bagel Setting

KitchenAid Easy Lift Toaster | Stainless Steel 2 Slice w/ Bagel Setting

Several important design improvements built into this classic KitchenAid 2-Slice Toaster help to ensure even toasting every time. Cheaper toasters have wire heating elements that change position as they heat and cool, making the toast color control a real gamble. In this toaster, the heavy heating elements are held ...





Calphalon Convection Toaster Oven

Nonstick 6 Slice 1400 Watt HE650CO

Calphalon Convection Toaster Oven | Nonstick 6 Slice 1400 Watt HE650CO

Calphalon, well known as a manufacturer of anodized aluminum cookware, continues to expand their offerings to include this convection toaster oven for the kitchen counter.

Wrapped in a brushed stainless steel shell and featuring a nonstick interior, this compact oven features convection cooking via an internal fan that circulates the heat to ...





Proctor Silex Toaster Oven

Black Broiler 4 Slice 31955

Proctor Silex Toaster Oven | Black Broiler 4 Slice 31955

What makes the Proctor-Silex 4-Slice Toaster Oven/Broiler different from all the other toaster ovens out there? Several things--some of which may be seen as bonuses, others of which may be seen as shortcomings. It all depends on your perspective.

The Proctor-Silex 4-Slice Toaster Oven/Broiler is just that: a toaster oven/broiler. ...





Black & Decker Spacemaker Toaster Oven

Stainless Steel Digital TROS1000

Black & Decker Spacemaker Toaster Oven | Stainless Steel Digital TROS1000

Black & Decker have revamped their popular Spacemaker line of under-cabinet kitchen appliances in a black color scheme with stainless steel accents. This toaster oven promises to free up counter space by its innovative mounting option.

This toaster oven, part of the Spacemaker quartet of appliances, is a compact unit ...





KitchenAid Metal Toaster

Stainless Steel 4 Slice KMTT400SS

KitchenAid Metal Toaster | Stainless Steel 4 Slice KMTT400SS

The truth is I don't believe in toasters. In fact, I don't believe in any kitchen appliance that takes up so much space and only serves one function. I just don't have enough room in my kitchen for a one-trick pony.

No, I believe in toaster ovens. They're not much bigger ...





Hamilton Beach Counter Top Rotisserie Oven

Convection Toaster 31199R

Hamilton Beach Counter Top Rotisserie Oven | Convection Toaster 31199R

With the Hamilton Beach Counter Top Rotisserie Oven, you can bake or broil, enjoy convection and rotisserie functions. The interior is a roomy 1.1 cubic feet, large enough for a five pound chicken or two twelve inch pizzas. The oven includes two racks, two baking pans, a broiling rack, rotisserie skewer and ...





Cuisinart Convection Toaster Oven

Automatic Brushed Chrome 195 TOB-175BC

Cuisinart Convection Toaster Oven | Automatic Brushed Chrome 195 TOB-175BC

I love versatility. Especially in a kitchen appliance. And Cuisinart's new Convection Toaster Oven has versatility written all over it. You can use it to bake, broil, toast, defrost, reheat; it does it all. And it looks good, too.

The unit measures 17 1/2 x 13 1/2 x ...





Cuisinart Classic Toaster Oven

Brushed Stainless Steel 6 Slice TOB-50BC

Cuisinart Classic Toaster Oven | Brushed Stainless Steel 6 Slice TOB-50BC

If you're looking for versatility and affordability, look no further than Cuisinart's Classic 6-Slice Toaster Oven. The Toaster Oven offers 1/2 cubic foot cooking capacity which means you can use it to bake a chicken, broil meat for the whole family, or toast 6 slices of bread (or 6 thick ...





Breville Ikon Toaster

Digital Stainless 2 Slice CT70XL

Breville Ikon Toaster | Digital Stainless 2 Slice CT70XL

Toasters are so yesterday. I mean all they do is toast and take up counter space. Breville's CT70XL is 8 inches high, 5 inches long, and has a depth of 11 inches. That's a fair amount of counter space for an appliance that only does one thing.

To be fair, ...





DeLonghi Digital Control Toaster Oven

4 Slice DO400 1400 Watt

DeLonghi Digital Control Toaster Oven | 4 Slice DO400 1400 Watt

The DeLonghi model DO400 Toaster Oven is a slick looking thing, very modern in its lines, in black with chrome accents. The one third cubic foot capacity offers fourteen hundred watts of power to bake, broil, toast or warm food items. The controls are digital and very user friendly, with ...





Krups Toaster Convection Oven

Kitchen 6 Slice Digital FBC2

Krups Toaster Convection Oven | Kitchen 6 Slice Digital FBC2

The Krups Toaster Oven has a clean, professional look and uses quartz convection technology (two sets of three quartz heating elements) to produce its even heat. With one half cubic foot of capacity and sixteen hundred watts of power, it can do everything from toast to bake or broil. Every part ...





Sanyo Toaster Convection Oven

Kitchen Stainless Steel Digital SK-VF7S

Sanyo Toaster Convection Oven | Kitchen Stainless Steel Digital SK-VF7S

In the Sanyo Convection Oven, two quartz heaters run the full width of the oven, top and bottom. This pair of twin convection inlets provide fast and even heating. Harnessing the power of 1350 watts, the oven will cook, reheat, bake and toast up to four slices of bread or items ...





DeLonghi Digital Toaster Oven

Kitchen 4 Slice 1400 Watt DO400

DeLonghi Digital Toaster Oven | Kitchen 4 Slice 1400 Watt DO400

This is a very smart little oven for your kitchen counter from DeLonghi in Italy. It has a very quick heat up time and simple digital controls, with a large easy to read display.

I really don't know why manufacturers still refer to these as toaster ovens. I don't know anyone who ...





Nordic Ware Bakeware Set

Compact 3 Piece Toaster Oven Pan

Nordic Ware Bakeware Set | Compact 3 Piece Toaster Oven Pan

Get ready to test the culinary limits of your toaster oven! This set is the perfect size for toaster ovens. So it's perfect for dorm-room chefs, RV and boat gourmands, and other space-challenged cooks. We could use one at my office come to think of it.

These three bakeware items are very ...





DeLonghi Extra Long Toaster

Kitchen Automatic Stainless w/ Warming

DeLonghi Extra Long Toaster | Kitchen Automatic Stainless w/ Warming

This is a fully automatic toaster from DeLonghi. That means you just set the bread into the slots and the toaster activates, lowers the bread and toasts it to the preset darkness, and raises it back up with a beep to alert you that its ready.

Believe it or not, the fully ...





DeLonghi Esclusivo Pro Metal Toaster

Kitchen Stainless 2 Slice CTH2003

DeLonghi Esclusivo Pro Metal Toaster | Kitchen Stainless 2 Slice CTH2003

Something about the DeLonghi design lends itself to imitation. There are a few brands on the market now that share the look of this model. In the case of this Esclusivo Toaster, the look is so distinctive as to be more suited to a laboratory than a kitchen. My first ...





DeLonghi Stainless Steel Esclusivo Toaster, 4 Slice

Pro Metal CTH4003

DeLonghi Stainless Steel Esclusivo Toaster, 4 Slice | Pro Metal CTH4003

Let's face it: One of the benefits of life in the twenty first century has got to be the astounding selection of high-tech devices all designed to make a slice of bread hot and crunchy. Ah, the future.

This model, the Esclusivo Pro-Metal 4-slice Toaster, certainly satisfies the desire of those ...





Cuisinart Cool Touch Toaster

Kitchen Multi Function 2 Slice CPT-120

Cuisinart Cool Touch Toaster | Kitchen Multi Function 2 Slice CPT-120

The CPT-120 comes with an astonishing nine browning levels in addition to the touchpad controls for reheat, defrost, bagel, and cancel settings. It works with both fresh and frozen toastable items. Inch and a half wide slots are roomy enough for larger items such as bagels and muffins.

LED indicator lights denote ...





Cuisinart Tandem Toaster

Kitchen Stainless Steel TAN 4

Cuisinart Tandem Toaster | Kitchen Stainless Steel TAN 4

The Cuisinart TAN 4 is a two slot toaster which can hold up to four regular slices or two longer items for toasting. Each slot is an inch and a half wide to accommodate thick breadgoods and an extra lift carriage lever helps you to remove smaller pieces after toasting. Settings ...





Retro Stainless Steel Toaster by Cuisinart Classic

Black & Chrome 2 Slice CPT-160 BCH

Retro Stainless Steel Toaster by Cuisinart Classic | Black & Chrome 2 Slice CPT-160 BCH

This two slice version Cuisinart has inch and a half wide slots for ease in placing and retrieving even larger, thicker toastable items. At nine hundred watts, the CPT-160 Classic's functions include defrost and bagel buttons with LED indicators, reheat, and a six setting browning dial. The toaster shuts off automatically at ...





Cuisinart Classic Stainless Toaster

Kitchen 4 Slice CPT-180 BCH

Cuisinart Classic Stainless Toaster | Kitchen 4 Slice CPT-180 BCH

The Cuisinart CPT-180 BCH Classic is a four slice toaster made with slots an inch and a half in width to suit the thickest of breads. An extra lift lever allows you to raise toasted items to a higher level to retrieve them or you can choose to leave them deeper ...





Cuisinart Countdown Toaster

Brushed Stainless Digital CPT-170

Cuisinart Countdown Toaster | Brushed Stainless Digital CPT-170

The Cuisinart Countdown toaster offers two slots, each an inch and a half wide, which are made to fit even bagels and muffins. Choose from six browning levels and specific bagel, reheat, and defrost options. Make a mistake? A cancel button will stop the process.

The functions have LED indicators and an LCD ...





Cuisinart Toaster Oven, Stainless Steel Convection

Modern Kitchen Appliance, Digital TOB-195

Cuisinart Toaster Oven, Stainless Steel Convection | Modern Kitchen Appliance, Digital TOB-195

The lowly Toaster Oven has really matured over the years. I remember mine in college, a lowly metal box, good only for melting cheese on toast and the formica counter beneath it. Today's models can replace your standard oven quite practically, for all but the largest baking and roasting needs.

Case in point, ...





Cuisinart Toaster Oven

Stainless Steel #TOB-155

Cuisinart Toaster Oven | Stainless Steel #TOB-155

Cuisinart has made a more versatile and functional update to the old toaster ovens we used to know. This one can double as a second oven. Skip heating your larger oven as you bake an entire chicken, broil fish, even cook a twelve inch pizza on your countertop. The large capacity Cuisinart ...





Back to Basics Toaster w/ Egg Poacher

TEM500 Black 2-Slice

Back to Basics Toaster w/ Egg Poacher | TEM500 Black 2-Slice

The modern lifestyle is a busy one: You're up early, there's never enough time. Fast food is not a pleasant option, but what choice do you have? The Back to Basics Toaster/Poacher serves up a hot meal in minutes in one appliance. No pans to face when ...





Krups Toaster

FEM2B 2-Slice Stainless Steel Kitchen Appliance

Krups Toaster | FEM2B 2-Slice Stainless Steel Kitchen Appliance

Even a toaster isn't just a toaster anymore. The Krups FEM2B will also defrost and act as a warmer, has a special function for bagels and eight levels of browning. Consumer Reports has a few ideas about what makes a good toaster. The Krups model has several of ...





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