If you do not like the taste of microwaved food but you are also not fond of all of the hassle involved with using your full sized range, then getting a toaster oven can be a perfect solution. For years they have gotten a bad name and have usually just had a reputation for making toast or heating up frozen dinners. However, the modern toaster oven has evolved into a high tech machine that you can use to truly create some of the best tasting meals that may just surprise you and your family.
Gone are the days of hot spots and burnt toast. Today they come with features like convection heating to produce an evenly cooked result that is both juicy and tender. From side dishes to the main course, there are literally loads of recipes suited for a toaster oven. With that mind we are going to focus on some of the best performers that are geared towards those that need a full sized oven replacement. If you love to prepare home cooked meals then these are the models that you should be considering.
For the best of the best you cannot go wrong with a Breville. They have a stellar reputation for their modern small appliances and their entire line of small ovens are superb. The BOV800XL has been the best rated oven for a number of years but it has recently gotten an update. Breville has made some minor improvements and additions and have introduced the BOV845BSS. This is perhaps the top rated oven out there and it has many premium features that owners have fallen in love with in their kitchen.
Besides its sharp and sleek looks, this oven has some high-end cooking features that set it apart. Convection cooking, quartz heating elements, an easy to learn and use LCD display, 10 preset functions, and a front accessible crumb tray are just some of the aspects of the BOV845BSS that we love. We actually have one of these in our own kitchen and can attest to its prowess. Everything comes out remarkably perfect without little interaction from the user. From ribs to roasts, this oven does an excellent job when it comes to cooking meat as well.
It is pricey, but oh so worth it. This is probably going to be the most expensive option, but it is truly a top performing oven that we highly recommend. It gets fantastic user ratings as well, so we are not the only one singing its praises.
A Cuisinart Option
Cuisinart is another brand name that carries with it an excellent reputation. While they have a sturdy line of ovens that vary across different price points, their TOB-260 is their best effort to compete with Breville ovens. This is most apparent when looking at both of them side by side. They both have stainless steel housings and LCD displays, but Cuisinart tries to add a little more for a little less.
The TOB-260N has not one, but two different convection features to ensure that your food comes out delicious and evenly cooked. One of the great things about this feature is that it will also end up reducing your cooking times. This added convenience is one of the main reasons why convection cooking is starting to catch on.
It also has a host of preset cooking functions as well as Cuisinart’s Exact Heat system to ensure that your food is done right. No hot or cold spots. This oven is a little cheaper than the top Breville offering, but it is still not going to be cheap. With a huge interior for a countertop oven, this model is an excellent option for those with a lot of mouths to feed. We really like this toaster oven and the review of the TOB-260N1 shows just how well it has been received in kitchens across the world.
Honestly, the two models above are going to be your best top-end options. These are for serious chefs that love to spend a ton of time in the kitchen cooking for the family. There are some worthy ovens from KitchenAid and Oster that will let you save a little money, but they also have their drawbacks that keep them from measuring up with Cuisinart and Breville. If you have the money to spend, then they are your best choices for countertop convection workhorses. While you cannot go wrong with either one, we give a slight edge to the Breville BOV845BSS for its feature set, durability, and performance.