Three Things to Consider Before Buying a Convection Toaster Oven

Toaster ovens do more now than they ever have. Here’s what to look for.

Instant Pot toaster oven
Toaster ovens aren’t just for small cooking chores anymore.Instant Pot

Toaster ovens we’re looking at today are miniature convection ovens, meaning they have a fan to circulate the air, which speeds and evens-out the cooking. These have a wide range of features, making them capable of cooking an incredible array of foods, and cooking them well. They may even save you counter space by combining the features of several devices. Here are three things to keep your eye out for.

Versatility

Cuisinart TOA-60 Convection Toaster Air Fryer, 15.5"(L) x 16.0"(W) x 14.0"(H), Silver
With seven different cook modes and 1,800-watts of power this can handle just about anything.Cuisinart

These aren’t just great for toasting bread. You want to find a convection toaster oven that has many different modes for maximum versatility. These should always include things like bake, convection bake, broil, reheat, and toast. Some even have food dehydrator modes (for making jerky), rotisseries, and air fryers (see below for more on that).

Capacity

Breville BOV900BSS Convection and Air Fry Smart Oven Air, Brushed Stainless Steel
This convection toaster and air fryer features one cubic foot of capacity, making it capable of roasting a 14-pound turkey.Breville

Think of the foods you really want to cook in this thing, and ask yourself, realistically, how much space to you need? Of course, everybody wants to keep it as small as possible to maximize counter space, but if you’re wanting to use it for roasting medium-sized chicken or turkey, you might want to size up.

Air Frying

Instant Vortex Plus 7-in-1 Air Fryer, Toaster Oven, and Rotisserie Oven, 10 Quart, 7 Programs, Air Fry, Rotisserie, Roast, Broil, Bake, Reheat, and Dehydrate
This 7-in-1 toaster oven and air fryer features a rotisserie basket as well as food dehydrator settings.Instant Pot

If you haven’t tried air-frying, you’re in for a treat. You get that beautiful crispiness of deep frying, but it uses just a fraction of the oil. That means your food is healthier, lighter, and more economical.

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