The Best Small Toaster Ovens

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A small toaster oven means different things to different people so we’ve kept things simple today…

To qualify as a compact model, we insisted on a length of 20 inches or less and a depth no more than 15 inches. All the appliances we tested fall well within these parameters.

When you’ve got a small kitchen or crowded countertops, a mini toaster oven is a wonderful way to enjoy a tiny and multipurpose appliance that’s still capable of feeding a family of 4 to 5.

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We tested a wide range of these small ovens and we’ve got 9 of the strongest options in a crowded market for you today.

Before we get down to business, here’s a sneak preview of our top 5 ovens by category as a teaser…

Our #1 Pick: Breville Mini Smart Oven with Element IQ (16 x 14.25 x 8.5 in)

Our overall winner based across all categories is the compact but powerful Breville Mini Smart Oven. With intelligent functionality, a broad spread of cooking applications and a surprisingly strong internal capacity, this mini toaster oven punches significantly above its weight.


Runner-Up: Cuisinart Exact Heat Toaster Oven Broiler (18.5 x 16.93 x 10.04 in)

Coming in a close second, the Cuisinart multi-purpose toaster oven gives you the freedom to do everything from baking and broiling to using convection cooking to brown your meat and veg to a turn. Ultra-compact, you’ll nevertheless get ample room inside to cook for a regular-sized family in a single sitting.


The Best Compact Toaster Oven: Breville Countertop Toaster Electric Oven (15 x 17 x 10 in)

Slightly larger than the Mini Smart oven but still blissfully compact the countertop model from Breville comes with a class-leading capacity for a compact unit. You’ll get the same 8 cooking functions affording you huge freedom in the kitchen. To ice the cake, the Breville looks great and is an absolute pleasure to use.


The Best Small Stainless Steel Toaster Oven: KitchenAid 12-Inch Convection Countertop Oven (18 x 15 x 13.88 in)

If you’re hunting for a small but solid stainless steel toaster oven, the KitchenAid is pricey but worth every red cent. You’ll get superb capacity, a broad spread of functions and plenty of accessories thrown in. For powerful and consistent results in a compact form factor, this 12-inch oven gets our strong backing.


Upgrade Pick: Breville Smart Oven Pro (15.75 x 18.5 x 11 in)

For anyone with a more fluid budget, the powerful Smart Oven Pro from Breville is a must. You’ll be spoiled for choice with cooking functions and operation couldn’t be much easier. Clean-up is just as simple thanks to a slick non-stick coating and you’ll get the rock-solid build quality you’d fully expect from Breville. What’s not to love?

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Now you’ve got a teaser of the type of toaster ovens we’ll be outlining in more depth today, why should you choose one of these smaller appliances in the first place?


I. Why You Should Choose a Small Toaster Oven

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Buying small appliances nowadays is no longer only for people living in a small house or with very limited space in the kitchen.

For some people, less is more regardless of countertop real estate and a small appliance that performs just as strongly as a larger alternative is often a selling point in and of itself.

With most contemporary countertop toaster ovens, you can get hard-hitting functionality with an extremely small footprint so we’ll highlight 4 strong reasons to consider buying a scaled-down toaster oven right now.

1) Prepare Tasty and Nutritious Meals Quickly and Easily

Alongside the hot air it generates while cooking, small toaster ovens also have onboard fans and an exhaust system that circulates inside. This enables a steady but high temperature inside the toaster and completely even results every time.

Cooking time is just as swift as if you’re using a larger oven toaster and efficiency is greater than you’ll find in a conventional oven toaster as the heat gets into every part of the food being cooked. The warm air circulating inside this type of toaster also prevents food from becoming moist and soggy. These small oven toasters will give you a satisfying crispy outside finish to your food while it’s both soft and chewy to the bite.

These small oven toasters come with a push button or an automatic fan. With the automatic style, the fan starts to operate when the toaster is turned on and stops when it’s turned off. The push button design works only when activated. There’s no right or wrong choice here so think about which would work best for you.

Always remember to reduce the heating temperature by 25 degrees Celsius less than you’ll see in recipes of whatever you want to cook in your small toaster.

Another reminder is to avoid covering your food with foil so the hot air can flow directly onto it. Also, since the foil is made from aluminum, parts can get too hot and burn potentially causing damage to the oven toaster itself.

Your repertoire will be wide and deep with a small toaster oven. You can bake bread, muffins, pies, brownies, cookies or even cupcakes in these dinky appliances. You can also roast meat fillets, ham, sausages and vegetables. Toasting, broiling and reheating food is also a breeze.

The only real drawback is that the amount food you can rustle up is of course limited due to the oven’s small size. That said, you should still find most of the models in this market segment give you enough scope to cook for the whole family.

See Also: Top 12 Best Convection Toaster Ovens

2) An Ideal Fit For Smaller Kitchens

A small oven toaster is tailor-made for small kitchens.

The small frame can fit even on a cramped countertop or you could keep it just above your refrigerator. It can also free up more space even if used in a bigger kitchen.

Cleaning small oven toasters is simple and requires relatively little effort. Remember to let the oven cool down before you start touching it. Wipe the inside with a clean, soft, damp cloth. You can use a bit of soap to wipe it down. Avoid scrubbing or brushing when you’re cleaning the oven tray as this can ruin the tray material. Let the oven toaster dry thoroughly before using it again.

So, whether you live in a small apartment or you have a kitchen already overflowing with appliances, the compact footprint of this diminutive toaster ovens is a complete winner without stiffing you on the performance front.

3) Budget-Friendly Option

When you’re looking to kit out your kitchen, price always plays a part in any buying decision.

It makes sense that smaller appliances cost less than full-size alternatives and small toaster ovens are no exception. Although you can save money, you won’t need to compromise cooking power or build quality to achieve a bargain.

As with any purchase you make, it’s worth looking beyond the bottom line and considering overall value. After all, since all these toaster ovens are reasonably cheap, it doesn’t make sense to cheat yourself of features you might genuinely need simply to shave a few bucks off an inexpensive product.

4) Save Power with Lower Wattage Appliances

All the convection toaster ovens we look at cook remarkably rapidly.

A combination of quick cooking times and extreme efficiency means you can save money when your utility bills hit the mat by embracing these lower-wattage appliances.

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With those reasons laid bare, it’s time for us to report our experience with the top 9 mini toaster ovens we tested out this week…

See Also: The Best Air Fryer + Toaster Oven Combo


II. Top 9 Best Small Toaster Ovens

1. Our Pick: Breville Mini Smart Oven with Element IQ (16 x 14.25 x 8.5 in)

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Our overall pick based on a range of factors is this mini smart oven from industry powerhouse Breville. You’ll get intelligent operation across the board without a complicated interface for the double win.

Breville’s proprietary Element IQ system sees 4 quartz heating elements in place. This allows for swift and consistent heat distribution. Backed by a powerful 1800-watt preheat function, you’ll have your meals plated up in no time without drawing down too much electricity.

An impressive 8 cooking functions allow you to do everything from toasting and baking to broiling or racking up a pizza.

Despite a slimline profile and compact dimensions, you’ll fit a surprising amount of food inside this small toaster oven. You could slip in a whole 11-inch pizza or 4 slices of toast so you won’t be limited in pursuit of a small appliance.
Things We Like

  • Intelligent heating with multiple quartz heating elements for consistency and speed
  • Generous capacity despite scaled-down footprint
  • 8 cooking functions giving you a great deal of choice beyond toasting

Things We Dislike

  • Rack design could be improved since it slides out with no stop in place

See Also: Top 9 Best Small Toaster Ovens


2. Runner-Up: Cuisinart Exact Heat Toaster Oven Broiler (18.5 x 16.93 x 10.04 in)

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If you’re looking for a substantial small toaster oven with a deceptively large interior, the Cuisinart stole second place in our ratings with just cause.

Although you’ll get a tech-driven appliance, operating this oven is super-simple. Controls are easy to use and you can flick between baking, toasting, broiling and convection mode at the push of a button.

The interior is remarkably easy to keep clean so you won’t squander too much time once you’re done cooking up a storm.

The only real niggle is that the build is not stainless steel but a metal painted to resemble this. The handle, however, is fashioned from stainless steel.

For consistent and even cooking results from a brand you can rely on, the Cuisinart is not exactly cheap but you get a great deal of bang for your buck.
Things We Like

  • Large 0.6 cubic feet capacity for a small toaster oven
  • Shade control helps you regulate temperature precisely
  • Intuitive touch controls to complement hard-hitting performance

Things We Dislike

  • Not stainless steel as represented but painted metal

See Also: Top 10 Best Large Capacity Air Fryers


3. Best Compact Toaster Oven: Breville Countertop Toaster Electric Oven (15 x 17 x 10 in)

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Broadly similar to the first Breville we looked at above, this countertop toaster oven packs a serious punch for such a small appliance.

As with all Breville toaster ovens, you’ll benefit from the patented Smart Element IQ with a series of quartz heating elements promoting rapid and even heat distribution.

If you thought all small toaster ovens had miserly capacities, think again. You’ll be able to roast a whole chicken to a crisp, brown delight or slide in a 12-inch pizza with room to spare.

With a non-stick coating preventing anything getting stuck to the sides, the whole cooking experience is rendered an absolute pleasure.

If you consider overall value rather than focusing on the bottom line, you’ll enjoy multiple cooking applications in one streamlined appliance saving you space and time even if you need to dig a little deeper at the point of purchase.
Things We Like

  • Non-stick coating keeps clean-up to a bare minimum
  • Crisp, clear LCD display shows you all you need at a glance
  • Cook 8 different ways in this multitasking workhorse

Things We Dislike

  • Reasonably pricey so not one for bargain hunters

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


4. Best Small Stainless Steel Toaster Oven: KitchenAid 12-Inch Convection Countertop Oven (18 x 15 x 13.88 in)

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This countertop model from KitchenAid pushes the boundaries of a small toaster oven but in return you’ll get sufficient space to rack up a pair of pizzas in one go.

With a full 9 pre-programmed applications, you have a wide scope of options including the impressive Asado roast.

A 2-hour timer gives you the latitude for most recipes and you’ll get an audible alert when your food is done.

A pan, tray and a couple of racks come bundled so you’ve got everything you need to crack on straight out the box.

With rugged stainless steel build, this oven should stand the test of time if you look after it properly.
Things We Like

  • Choose from 9 presets for your convenience
  • Asado roast feature for perfectly seared meat
  • Spacious enough to accommodate 2 whole pizzas

Things We Dislike

  • Some reported issues with build quality

5. Upgrade pick: Best Small Convection Toaster Oven: Breville Smart Oven Pro (15.75 x 18.5 x 11 in)

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If you’ve got deeper pockets and discerning taste, the Smart Oven Pro, again from legendary Breville, delivers in fine style across the board.

With a full 10 pre-programmed functions to choose from, you’ll be able to roast, broil and bake, toast bread or bagels, make your favorite cookies and much, much more.

Convection powered with an integrated fan, cooking time is swift with efficiency uppermost.

With the usual safe, non-stick coating, you can plate up and enjoy your food without dreading cleaning up the oven afterward.

For a tech-led appliance that’s straightforward to use and built to last, the Smart Oven Pro is a flat-out winner.
Things We Like

  • 10 presets for maximum variety in the kitchen
  • Pop in 6 slices of toast for breakfast or a large pizza for dinner
  • Onboard fan to wick away cool air and speed up cooking time

Things We Dislike

  • Ruthlessly expensive so not an oven for everyone

6. Panasonic Toaster Oven (12 x 13 x 10.25 in)

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Panasonic brings technology to the fore with this double infrared toaster oven harnessing both quartz and ceramic elements to serve up incredibly quick cooking times with top-notch consistency.

The transparent door means you won’t need to mess with the oven to keep a close eye on proceedings.

From toasting and baking through to heating pizza or browning meat, the heating elements make sure everything is done to a turn regardless of application.

Although you can only fit in 4 slices of bread or a small 9-inch pizza, in return for sacrificing a little capacity, you’ll get a tiny unit suitable for small kitchens from an industry heavyweight.

If you don’t mind that reduced interior size and you’re looking for a cost-effective yet highly efficient toaster oven, the Panasonic is a wise bet.
Things We Like

  • Exceptional price/performance ratio
  • Quart and ceramic infrared heating elements for robust efficiency
  • Squared-off tray perfect for pizza

Things We Dislike

  • A few customers have complained about timer malfunctioning

7. Hamilton Beach Easy Reach Toaster Oven (11.93 x 16.12 x 8.97 in)

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Hamilton Beach produce serviceable kitchen appliances at pocket-friendly prices and this compact toaster oven continues that fine tradition.

You’ll be limited to just 4 slices of bread or a mini 9-inch pizza but you’ll also need very little space to house this compact appliance.

Settings are stripped down to baking and broiling alongside toasting but you’ve got all main bases covered there.

Finished in a fire hydrant red, this mini oven will brighten up your kitchen while lightening your load and the price is super-low.
Things We Like

  • Striking red chassis makes a statement in the kitchen
  • Simple settings of bake, toast and broil
  • 30-minute timer comes with auto shut-off for your peace of mind and convenience

Things We Dislike

  • Some concerns about lifespan but you need to be realistic at this price-point

8. Hamilton Beach Toastation Oven (8.88 x 16.38 x 8.13 in)

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If you’re looking for a fun addition to the kitchen that will make a real conversation piece, this nifty combined appliance from Hamilton Beach is a must.

The upper half looks and performs like a standard toaster. From bread to bagels, you can pop in your preferred option and enjoy rapid results with a handy auto shut-off feature baked in.

Down below, you’ll get a mini oven which also delivers quick and impressive cooking times. You’ll even be able to cook from frozen which is a wonderful touch for a budget oven.

When you’re buying any appliance in this price band, it always pays to keep your expectations of lifespan pegged. As long as you don’t expect the earth, we’re sure you’ll be pleasantly surprised with the Toastation. We certainly were during the course of our testing.
Things We Like

  • 2-in-1 functionality combining a traditional toaster with an oven
  • Kiss goodbye to blackened toast thanks to auto shut-off
  • Cook from frozen saving you time and effort

Things We Dislike

  • As with all Hamilton Beach appliances, don’t expect this to last for decades

9. Oster Toaster Oven (15.75 x 8.75 x 8.25 in)

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If you live in a small apartment or countertop space in your kitchen is at an absolute premium, the Oster toaster oven is an essential and quite reasonably priced.

You’ll be able to fine-tune the rack positioning according to what you’re cooking up and a baking tray comes bundled along with a crumb tray that minimizes the mess inside.

Temperature range is broad spanning 150 through 450 degrees Fahrenheit so you’ll be able to cook up pretty much anything you fancy to a high standard.

A simple pair of dials allow to you flit between toasting, broiling or baking giving you everything you need and nothing you don’t.
Things We Like

  • A tiny toaster oven that kicks like a mule
  • Tweak position of rack according to your cooking
  • Removable crumb pan and baking tray thrown in

Things We Dislike

  • Capacity is somewhat limited but that’s the price to pay for such a miniature appliance

So…

With our reviews wrapped, we’ll tail off with a quick collection of the most frequently asked questions concerning small toaster ovens.


III. Small Toaster Oven FAQs

1) What’s the key difference between a convection toaster oven and a non-convection model?

Convection models make use of an integrated fan so that heat better circulates in the chamber. Not only is cooking quicker, it’s more even, too. You’ll also eliminate any hot or cold spots.

2) Is it possible to use silicone cookware in a small toaster oven?

Absolutely. This type of tray will present no problem at all.

3) Is a non-stick interior essential?

We wouldn’t say it’s vital but it will certainly make your job a lot easier when it comes to cleaning up. Whether you’re roasting or toasting, food tends to get stuck on and removing this from an oven without non-stick capability can be tiresome.

4) Is it a good idea to use aluminum foil to minimize clean-up?
Not really. It is possible but not advisable and if you do use aluminum foil, be sure to keep it well away from the burners.

5) Are cooking times the same with a small toaster oven as with a regular oven?

No, you’ll generally need to cook your food for less time. Not only does a small toaster oven heat up more rapidly, it will also maintain the temperature better. It’s worth either reducing the temperature by 25 degrees Fahrenheit or adjusting cooking time stated in recipes to reflect this.


IV. Conclusion

We very much hope you’ve found a small toaster oven to fit your needs. We’ve tried to include something across all price points and at a variety of sizes so there’s something here for everyone.

As with any buying decision, think carefully about what you need before rushing in. It’s senseless looking for an oven with multiple functions if you plan to do nothing but toast bread and roast a chicken. Equally, if you get more creative in the kitchen, don’t sell yourself short and go for an oven with wider-reaching functionality.

Bookmark our site here at The Prince LA as your go-to resource for everything home and garden related. We’re just testing the next batch of products for you and we’ll have something for you by the end of the week so come back soon!

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