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.

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.


Four Color Choices

With seven different cook modes and 1,800-watts of power this can handle just about anything. Cuisinart

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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).


You Won’t Find A Nice Option

This model features one cubic foot of capacity, making it capable of roasting a 14-pound turkey. Breville

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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

Quick Cooker

This versatile model features a spit for cooking a whole chicken. Instant Pot

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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.