The Best Convection Toaster Ovens

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Convection ovens, unlike traditional models, come equipped with both a fan and exhaust system. The fan helps blow hot air all around your food to give remarkably consistent results then the exhaust blows it back out again.

What does this mean for you, though?

Well, this type of cooking leads to far more consistent results with very little chance of burning but no chance either your food will remain undercooked. Convection ovens cook quickly not just evenly. This type of oven is also remarkably energy-efficient and works brilliantly for browning, too.

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Today, we’ll look at a range of countertop models meaning you won’t need to burn as much electricity as firing up the main oven while you can still enjoy many of the same benefits.

The ovens we tested also have a focus on toasting so you’ll be able to get multiple appliances in one compact unit. Many of these cookers are capable of more than 10 different types of cooking from baking and boiling through to toasting and firing up pizzas, bagels and toast.

We’ll jump straight in with our reviews of 12 of the very strongest convection toaster ovens we tested then, as usual, we’ll round out with some handy hints to make your life even easier.


I. Top 12 Best Convection Toaster Ovens

1. Our Pick for the Best Convection Toaster Oven: Breville Smart Oven Pro

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This powerful 1800-watt convection oven is our overall pick for a combination unit including a toaster.

You’ll get all the options you’d expect from a regular countertop convection oven including the ability to roast and broil, slow cook and warm your food through. On top of this you can also rack up pizza and cookie along with toast and bagels so you’ve got all bases covered.

The interior is completely non-stick putting paid to any messy clean-up.

Along with convection power, there’s an onboard fan that speeds up cooking times while removing the cold air that accumulates around your food. An interior light lets you keep your eye on proceedings without opening the door.

The Element IQ system optimizes heat transferal over 5 quartz elements giving you fantastic consistency every time regardless of application.

The brushed stainless steel finish means the Breville makes a real statement on the kitchen counter and, measuring up at just 15 ¾ x 18 ½ x 11 inches, you won’t need too much room to accommodate it either.

For a multitasking workhorse from an industry legend, the Breville Smart Oven Pro is a must.
Things We Like

  • Great choice of 10 presets for your convenience
  • Integrated fan increases consistency while speeding up cooking
  • Non-stick coating takes the sting out of cleaning

Things We Dislike

  • Thermal fuse is prone to failure

See Also: The Best Air Fryer + Toaster Oven Combo


2. Best Convection Toaster Oven + Air Fryer Combo: Breville Convection and Air Fry Smart Oven

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Next up we’ve got another Breville, this time bringing together air fryer functionality with a convection oven for a robust and capable appliance.

Patented Element IQ technology onboard gives you 6 independent heating elements so heat is directed optimally according to the application.

You’ll benefit from a class-leading 13 cooking functions meaning you can invest in a single appliance catering for a broad spread of recipes. While the Breville is not particularly cheap, considering the versatility, it still represents superb overall value.

1 cubic feet of cooking capacity allows you to dehydrate up to 4 trays of food and cook a full spread for the whole family or a large gathering.

Navigation is simplified thanks to the LCD display and dials meaning you’ll get smart functionality without needing a PhD to operate this appliance.

A 2-year limited warranty completes a winning package and removes any reason not to purchase.
Things We Like

  • Dual-speed convection fan for enhanced control
  • Element IQ with 6 quartz heating elements for consistent precision
  • Large capacity with a full 1 cubic foot of cooking space

Things We Dislike

  • Eye-wateringly expensive

See Also: Top 7 Best Air Fryers for Family of 4


3. Best Convection Toaster Oven for Pizza: Cuisinart Chef’s Convection Toaster Oven

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If you’re a pizza fiend, Cuisinart’s specialist toaster oven has space to accommodate a 13-incher along with a 9 x 13 inch pan.

Temperature and shade control allow you to dial in that crust so you enjoy consistent results every time and the finest pizza you’ll get outside an Italian restaurant.

That’s not all this powerful little unit can do, though. As well as pizza, you can benefit from 15 functions in total giving you the flexibility to whip up just about anything in the kitchen.

You’ll also be able to cook 2 separate dishes at different temperatures given you even greater versatility.

You might think all that functionality would require a supersized unit but you’d be wrong. Although you’ll get a spacious 0.95 cubic foot interior, overall dimensions are 20 ¾ x 17 x 11 ½ inches so the Cuisinart works well even in smaller kitchens.

Finished in stainless steel, all plastic components are free of BPA so you’ve got no health concerns. Except, of course, from stopping yourself cooking up a pizza every day and piling on the pounds!
Things We Like

  • Huge choice of 15 cooking applications
  • Speed convection and dual-speed to get more done in less time
  • Intuitive digital controls a pleasure to use

Things We Dislike

  • Door seal could be improved

See Also: Top 10 Best Large Capacity Air Fryers


4. Best Digital Stainless Steel Convection Toaster Oven: DeLonghi Livenza Digital Countertop Convection Oven

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Constructed in a striking, angular fashion, the DeLonghi Livenza is our favorite digital countertop oven but what makes it so good?

A patented heat lock system along with impeccable insulation helps speed up cooking. With a super-swift preheating thrown in, you’ll get an energy-efficient appliance that can save you money when the electricity bills drop.

With multi-level cooking, you can move the rack provided through 4 positions giving you outstanding freedom.

Despite a great deal of technology baked in, operating this convection oven is straightforward. With a backlit display and 3 simple dials, you can choose from the 8 presets or tweak settings accordingly.

This oven has been designed to maximize cooking space while keeping the overall footprint to a minimum. You’ll get 0.8 cubic feet inside while dimensions come out to just 19 x 17 ½ x 12 inches.

A sleek stainless steel finish means the DeLonghi makes a real statement without looking over the top.
Things We Like

  • Robust insulation and double-layered glass door keeps the heat inside where it should be
  • Cook across multiple tiers so ideal for more complex recipes
  • 8 presets give you push-button convenience

Things We Dislike

  • Extremely loud beep when toast is done so be prepared

See Also: Top 9 Best Small Toaster Ovens


5. Best Large Capacity Convection Toaster Oven: Oster Extra-Large Convection Oven

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If you’re looking for something more substantial for a larger family, the Oster convection oven is a real beast.

Measuring up at 24 x 21 ½ x 16 ¾ inches, you can fit more than enough food for a large family or a sprawling dinner party. Pop in a pair of pizzas for movie night or enough toast to get the kids out the door to school on a full stomach with room to spare.

Countertop ovens are a great way to cut down on your electricity costs and you can expect to use 50% less energy than firing up the regular oven.

Temperature range spans from 200 through 450 degrees Fahrenheit and there’s a handy 90-minute timer complete with auto shut-off to streamline proceedings. A batch of digital settings allow you to bake, broil and toast as well as defrosting any food in a hurry.

If you’re looking for a jumbo convection oven that still qualifies as a countertop model, the Oster is a no-brainer.
Things We Like

  • Sizeable enough for 2 large pizzas or an entire loaf of bread
  • Dual shelves give you more latitude when you’re cooking
  • Pair of racks, pan and rack thrown in

Things We Dislike

  • No return policy is a disappointment

See Also: Top 20+ Best Air Fryers


6. Breville BOV800XL Smart Oven 1800-Watt Convection Toaster Oven

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Another slick model from Breville’s Element IQ range, this smart oven is small enough for cramped kitchen but powerful enough to make a great ally for all your cooking needs.

As with all the best convection ovens, you’ll be spoiled for choice with presets catering for everything from toasting and baking through to broiling and racking up some cookies.

The 5 quartz elements and IQ tech ensure heat is blown exactly where it’s needed however you’re cooking. Broiling, for example, needs high heat blasted down from above. With toast, you’ll need a more even heat to prevent burning. The Breville takes care of all this automatically.

While presets are designed to make your life easier, you can also customize settings to get precisely what you want, ideal if you’re a more experienced cook.

Housed in a brushed stainless steel, a few users have complained about build quality which we mention below. In our opinion, though, this is a solid convection oven unlikely to let you down and well worth a place on your shortlist.
Things We Like

  • Benefit from 9 presets to speed up operation
  • Multiple quartz heating elements for powerful and consistent results every time
  • Intelligent heat distribution optimized for all applications

Things We Dislike

  • Some niggles about build quality

7. KitchenAid Convection Oven

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If you’re looking for a cost-effective alternative to firing up the main oven, this KitchenAid countertop model is priced keenly without compromising performance.

Compact at just 12 inches, this oven nevertheless gives you the room to fire up a couple pizzas so you’ll have all you need for movie night in a single sitting.

A simple but effective dial makes navigating the 9 presets a cinch even if you’re not a tech lover. The Asado roast function is a nice touch and imparts a delicious seared effect with no effort on your part.

The insides are coated with CeramaShield taking all the sting out of clean-up thanks to the highly effective non-stick properties.

You’ll get a pair of racks, a grill pan and crumb tray bundled so you’ve got everything you need to start instantly cooking up a storm.

The KitchenAid warranty is robust with a full 1-year replacement deal allowing you to buy with complete confidence. If you’re looking for a slimline and pocket-friendly convection toaster oven, this model is well worth your further investigation.
Things We Like

  • Even and consistent results however you’re cooking
  • 9 presets covering all main bases
  • Generous bundle of accessories included

Things We Dislike

  • Some reported issues with the timer malfunctioning

8. Wolf Gourmet Countertop Convection Oven

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If you’re looking for a budget countertop convection cooker, scroll straight down to the next model on our list. The Wolf Gourmet is extremely expensive so it’s absolutely not for everyone but if you appreciate the finer things in life and you’ve got a more fluid budget, it’s a rock-solid option.

While other ovens give you more by the way of presets, the half dozen in place cater for most recipes.

The proprietary perimeter convection cooking ensures whatever you pop in this oven is cooked evenly while you’ll get none of those annoying hot or cold spots. Keep tabs on proceedings with the integrated probe to be double-sure.

Oversized buttons and a simple but effective interface make this oven a real pleasure to use. The rack slides in and out like a dream too with everything intelligently and precisely engineered.

Only you can decide if the stiff price tag is within your reach but, if you can afford it, the Wolf slays most of the competition.
Things We Like

  • Tech-driven fan promotes absolutely even heat circulation
  • Onboard probe helps you check the temperature of your meat without breaking your stride
  • 6 presets covering everything from roasting to toasting and warming to proofing

Things We Dislike

  • Savagely expensive

9. Cuisinart Rotisserie Countertop Convection Oven

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Another Cuisinart up next in the form of this rotisserie convection oven giving you a great deal of scope for rendering chicken just the way you like it.

While marketed as a rotisserie oven and performing that role admirably thanks to the spit and ability to accommodate a 5-pound duck or 4-pound chicken, there’s much more to this convection oven than roasting…

Toasting is simplified thanks to smart shade control so kiss goodbye to those spoiled blackened hunks when you’re rushing around in the morning.

Beyond this, the Cuisinart delivers across 12 varied cooking functions from boiling and baking to pizza and bagels. You can even heat up leftovers making this a multi-tasking workhorse and wise addition to any kitchen.

Rated at 1850 watts and coming with a series of quartz heating elements, you’ll get outstanding build quality at a very reasonable price-point. What’s not to love?
Things We Like

  • Cook meat perfectly on the rotisserie spit
  • Heat sensors for precise control
  • Shade control ensures your toast always come out perfectly even

Things We Dislike

  • Be careful of using harsh products to clean inside to avoid stripping the coating

10. Toshiba Digital Oven with Convection and Toaster

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Better known for their TV and audio equipment, Toshiba are also hard-hitters in the kitchen. This convection oven and toaster combo is built to last and priced to sell but what makes it so good?

Firstly, this is an extremely compact unit. Measuring up at just 19 x 11 x 15 ½ inches, you’ll have space to house this oven if you’ve got a cramped kitchen or live in a small studio.

You won’t get stiffed on the performance front, though. The non-stick interior lets you cook freely without worrying about a horrific clean-up job while the interior light allows you to see clearly what’s unfolding.

The display is backlit with white text on blue making it easy to read even if your sight is ailing.

If you fancy amping things up with the chicken, take advantage of the bundled rotisserie kit to really crisp it up without over drying or burning the bird.

For a versatile and powerful performer with a compact footprint, the Toshiba is a wise bet.
Things We Like

  • Fit in a half-dozen slices of toast or a whole pizza
  • Baking pan and rotisserie kit thrown in
  • 10 presets give you push-button simplicity

Things We Dislike

  • A few issues with faults developing over time but we noticed no problems at all during our testing

11. Hamilton Beach Toaster Convection Oven

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Hamilton Beach has a hard-won reputation for producing highly effective kitchen appliances priced firmly in budget territory. This toaster convection oven continues that fine tradition.

The key selling point here is the easy-access roll-top door. That might seem negligible but it makes a real difference when you’re rushing about getting ready for work and need to grab your toast in a hurry.

Measuring just 9 ½ x 18 ¾ x 15 1/4 inches, you’ll get a small unit capable of punching significantly above it slimline weight.

The fan might be loud but helps with even and accurate heat distribution.

Settings are kept to a minimum but you can bake, broil and toast.

The timer counts down from 30 minutes and sounds a sharp well when you’re done. You can override this at the push of a button for your complete convenience.

If you’re hunting for a user-friendly yet adaptable countertop toaster/convection combo, give Hamilton Beach a shot.
Things We Like

  • Ability to hit stay-on button to override 30-minute timer
  • Pile in 6 slices of toast or a whole pizza despite compact footprint
  • Roll-top door promotes easy access

Things We Dislike

  • Convection fan kicks out a fair amount of noise

12. Oster Convection Oven with Pizza Drawer

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Last up in the collection of convection toaster ovens we tested is another Oster in the form of this pizza-enabled model.

Differentiating itself from the competition, this Oster comes with a separate pizza drawer allowing you to rack up your favorite treat along with quesadillas or specialized bread like bruschetta.

With the top oven, you’ll get regular convection oven technology for even cooking throughout while the dedicated drawer offers cooking tailored to bringing out the best in your pizza and bread.

You should note that you won’t be able to use these cooking areas at the same time which is a disappointment.

If you’ve been looking for a convection oven that gives you all the benefits of a free-standing full-sized model without drawing down as much electricity, the Oster is a sterling choice.
Things We Like

  • Separate drawer for pizza and specialty bread
  • Pair of crumb trays reduce time needed cleaning up
  • Generous capacity despite not eating up too much countertop real estate

Things We Dislike

  • A few users have complained the Oster delivers inconsistent toast

With our reviews wrapped, it’s time to give you some simple pointers so you can determine if this type of cooker makes sense for your needs…


II. How to Use the Convection Setting on Toaster Oven

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You might be asking yourself when you should use the convection setting on an oven and when you should stick with regular cooking.

You could also be wondering why, if this method is so great, you’d ever want or need to revert to non-convection cookery.

Here are 5 scenarios when the convection setting works particularly well…

  1. Roasting: Any meat and veg you fancy roasting responds especially well to convection cooking. You’ll get even results combined with impressive pace. You’ll be able to crisp up the skin without drying out the food and you’ll also enjoy that classic browned finish
  2. Baking: Do you enjoy baking pies and pastries? If so, using the convection setting will make them even tastier than ever. The heat generated using this method not only strips away fat but also helps to build up steam more rapidly. The result is superior lift in your baked goods so give it a try!
  3. Toasting or Dehydrating: The primary goal of toasting or dehydrating is to get rid of moisture as quickly and efficiently as possible. Using the convection setting will speed things up a treat
  4. Making Cookies: If your baking repertoire extends to cookies, you’ll be able to rack up several trays simultaneously without needing to flip them over midway through
  5. Cooking Covered Food: For food cooked when covered, the primary benefit of rolling with the convection setting is speed. For faster results with your casserole, take full advantage of this setting and you’ll be amazed with the outcome

Having glanced at what works well in convection ovens, how about what doesn’t respond so well to this method?

Any delicate foods should be cooked as normal. The way the air is vigorously blown around a convection oven can spoil your custards, flans and soufflés. Cakes and quickbreads are best avoided, too.

Bread in a convection oven polarizes opinion. For some, the browning effects and crust are commendable while others complain about the inside of the bread tasting dry. The only way to be sure here is to experiment. There’s no right or wrong answer, simply a case of how you prefer your bread.

Using the convection setting on these portable countertop units is as simple as twisting a dial or pushing a button. Functionality varies from model to model so play close attention to the instructions.

Be sure to consider the above guidance to determine which type of cookery you’re undertaking would benefit from activating the convection setting and when you’re better off using a more conventional non-fan-assisted method.


III. Things You Should Know Before Buying a Convection Toaster Oven

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Buying a countertop convection toaster oven is reasonably straightforward but there are nevertheless a few simple pointers to bear in mind if you want to get the right model for your needs.

Size

One of the first things you should think about is the dimensions relative to the space you have in your kitchen.

It’s pointless angling for a huge and bulky model if you live in a cramped apartment. Equally, if you’ve got a sprawling kitchen, you can afford to focus less on a compact unit.

Most of the models we reviewed here today are suitable for fairly small kitchens and we’ve drawn attention to any that are especially large or small.

Focus, too, on the interior dimensions, usually measured in cubic feet. We’d consider 1 cubic feet of cooking space to be more than enough for a larger family and cooking for guests.

Multiple Cooking Levels

Many countertop convection ovens give you the option of cooking several different things independently.

Think about the intricacy of your cooking. If you seldom bother to cook more than one thing at a time, it’s senseless prioritizing this function. If, on the other hand, you frequently rack up elaborate roast dinners and want to save yourself some time and effort, look for customizable cookers where you can get more done in less time.

Heating Options

As standard, a basic model will offer you 3 cooking options:

  • Baking
  • Broiling
  • Toasting

It might be that those main areas are all you’ll actually need in which case there’s no sense worrying about unnecessary functionality.

Most of the more advanced models give you a great deal of extra choice, though. From dehydrating to toasting bagels, making pizza to cookies, look out for a spread of heating options that meshes with your cooking needs.

Some of these convection ovens are expressly designed to make outstanding pizza so keep your eyes peeled for those if you’re an Italian fanatic.

The best overall advice you should bear in mind when looking at heating options is this…

Seek out a cooker that gives you everything you need but nothing you don’t. This will lead to a far more appropriate purchase than simply obsessing over which model has the most presets even if you won’t use them.

Extras and Attachments

Accessories vary substantially from brand to brand.

Some convection ovens come with nothing but the cooker itself while others offer an array of pans, trays and racks to make your life easier.

Again, it’s entirely pointless looking at these extras as some kind of competition. Few of these bundles attachments are strictly necessary except a crumb tray. Even if one of these doesn’t come included, you could just as easily use a regular baking pan instead.

Technology vs User-Friendliness

Buying a tech-driven convection oven is all well and good but you should make sure that the model you’re looking at will be easy for you to use.

Think about your intended usage and decide whether elements like an easy-access door and oversized displays make sense.

If the oven you’re looking at comes laden with presets, are they simple to find and activate?

You should aim to strike a balance between a convection oven delivering all the functionality you need while still an ergonomic pleasure to use.

Warranty

Generally, the length and strength of a guarantee shows the degree of faith the manufacturer places in their product.

The vast bulk of convection ovens come with 1-year warranties.

Keep your eye out as well for any complaints about unresponsive or unhelpful customer care.


IV. Convection Toaster Oven FAQs

1) Do you need special pans and trays to get the most from convection cooking?

No, you don’t. That said, some cookware does give better results. Bright aluminum and paler colored pans are a smart move. If you use anodized cookware, it can lead to excessive browning verging on burning. Since glass and earthenware pots don’t direct heat as effectively, these are also best sidestepped.

2) What’s the key benefit of roasting meat using a convection oven?

When you position your meat on a roasting rack, the convection process brings about immediate searing. This means all the juices will be locked in while the meat continues to cook. You’ll be able to eliminate the separate stovetop browning step that some roast meat calls for since the convection-induced searing accomplishes this is one shot.

3) I’ve gone for a dedicated pizza oven but is it possible to use my baking stone in a convection oven?

No problem at all. With these stones, you’ll get a perfectly done crust on the bottom of your pizza. They also work well with bread. Pop the stone on the lower rack as close as you can get it to the heating element. You should put the stone in during pre-heating.

4) How much quicker does food really cook in a convection oven?

As a general guideline, you’ll likely get your food ready anywhere from 20 to 30% quicker using the convection method. Since meats in particular cook more rapidly with that impeccable sear we mentioned above, you’ll get a succulent and moist joint with the added bonus it will be ready in less time. With baked goods, however, you won’t notice any difference in cooking times. Since you’ll need to lower the temperature, this means any gains in efficiency are counteracted by cooking with less heat. The end result will be worth the wait, though!

5) Is it essential to preheat a convection oven?

Yes, it is. Start with a hot pan or tray for best results and always adhere to manufacturer’s recommendations regarding preheating. Once the cycle is done, you’ll be alerted and you can start cooking up a storm under optimum conditions.

6) I got some broiler pans with my oven and I’m wondering if I really need to use them?

It’s a good idea, yes. These pans are designed to allow the fat to drain out so reducing the chance of this catching fire or smoking excessively. If you don’t have one of these pans, a regular sheet baking tray can work well instead.

7) Is there any need to baste my roast?

No. That immediate searing delivered by a convection cooker does this for you. If you do insist on using a marinade, it’s advisable to wait until the final hour before applying this.

8) What is a European convection cooker?

If you see a model described as a European convection cooker or true convection cooker, this references an additional element housed at the back.

9) Do you need to adjust the temperature with a convection oven?

With the average recipe, you should dial things back by roughly 25 degree Fahrenheit. You should see this information in the recipe itself so adjust accordingly.

10) Why do you need to leave your meat to rest for 10 minutes after cooking?

Food continues to cook when it’s removed from the oven. By allowing it to sit before tucking in, those juices will be perfectly locked in and your meat at its very best.


V. Conclusion

We very much hope you’ve found plenty of useful guidance in our exploration of convection ovens.

As you can see, if you want to embrace this technology in a compact, countertop unit, you’re truly spoiled for choice. We’ve provided you with a full dozen models across a range of price-points, all catering for slightly differing needs.

These ovens all have one thing in common, though…

You’ll get quick and even cooking with no scorching or burning and you won’t use anywhere near as much electricity as with a free-standing oven either.

For an energy-efficient and highly effective method of roasting, baking, broiling and toasting, treat yourself to one of these countertop units and start widening your repertoire in the kitchen!

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