Turn Early Morning Grumps to Toast!

Toaster ovens. Admittedly, it’s not something that a lot of people put a great deal of thought into – but maybe they should. We certainly didn’t, when we first set out to produce the best toaster oven reviews around; we thought that it would be the equivalent of pulling teeth to find anything already well-established in the area. How wrong we were! As with every other type of kitchen appliance, however seemingly casual or obscure, the Web is flush with review sites, blogs, and even consumer advocacy pages – all of them promising a list of the five, ten, or fifty-seven best toaster ovens available on the market today (alright… we made that last number up) as well as discussing the absolute worst options out there.

We decided to take things for a positive spin, and to boil down the numbers into the most essential reviews available. Below, we have provided you with a list of the three best toaster ovens on the market today – or so we feel, after giving a few options a try, and scouring the Web for the most authoritative existing blogs that we could find! It’s amazing how intensely some people feel about their toaster ovens… and their neighbors’ toaster ovens… and what those toaster ovens might be doing behind closed doors. Fortunately, we’re here to clear up any confusion, and to set your mind at ease with the following succinct, to the point, and easy-to-understand reviews.

Cuisinart Exact-Heat Toaster Oven 826329

Cuisinart has spent decades at the top of the list of reputable providers of home-based kitchen appliances. They are so widely known, and have been for so long, that the brand name “Cuisinart” has become a byword for all such appliances of their respective types – much like Kleenex, or Tylenol. That level of relevance continues into the twenty-first century, as Cuisinart rolls out a multi-functional countertop oven fitted to our busy modern lifestyles. Hopefully, they didn’t roll it too many times, or it might’ve been damaged… Anyhow! State of the art electronic controls and stainless steel handles make this particular model easy to handle, easy to use, and stylish. Its exterior construction can simply be wiped clean with a damp cloth, and its stainless steel composition makes it resistant to lingering smudges and smears. This Cuisinart model offers extra-large capacity for a toaster oven, and four different cooking modes; it’s perfect as a second oven for side dishes and desserts, while your main course is simmering and baking away in your standard convection oven. It also makes exceptionally fine, warm, golden-brown toast.

Black & Decker 4-Slice Toaster Oven

As the name would suggest, this economically priced toaster oven can fit four slices of bread at once, offering double the capacity of the average toaster – as well as the full range of functionality inherent to most toaster ovens. It doesn’t stop there, though! With a brand name like Black & Decker, you have a right to expect a certain range of functionality. The rugged yet aesthetically complementary design of this top-quality toaster oven features multiple built-in settings, including a timer for up to sixty minutes and a four-hundred and fifty degree maximum temperature. You can set the oven to toast your toast to the desired color and crispiness automatically… or, use it to bake, broil, reheat or toast all of your favorite foods (as long as they’ll fit; we suggest an alternative means of preparation for a twenty-pound turkey, for instance). This thing will handle anything up to and including cookies, cakes, pies, and pizza – or, how about a healthy batch of blueberry breakfast muffins? The oven features a wide clear glass view of its interior, simple and easy to use dials, and a wipe-clean stainless steel exterior. You can find it online, or at just about any department store or outlet, right on down to Target or Wal-Mart.

KitchenAid KCO222OB Countertop Toaster Oven

If you’ve got a big family, or you come from a home of dedicated breakfast and brunch enthusiasts (hey… who doesn’t have a black sheep in the family, right?) you want a real workhorse of a toaster oven – something that can handle the burdens of a big-time breakfast, while covering for your needs in terms of snacks, sudden meal ideas, or multiple side dishes. Enter the KCO222OB, the heavy-duty marvel from KitchenAid which left those of us at the office scratching our heads and asking, “where, exactly, do they get these serial numbers from anyway?” All jokes aside, however, this model was prominently featured on four of the best toaster oven review websites we could find after a full day’s time spent Web browsing. With all of the utility you would expect from a name like KitchenAid, this amazing toaster oven comes with a broiling pan, a drip tray, and two stainless steel racks. It packs much more of the functionality of a conventional convection oven into a countertop toaster oven than we’re honestly accustomed to seeing. Its easy-to-use controls and stainless steel exterior are stain-resistant, and easy to wipe clean… and that’s saying nothing about capacity. You can fit a roast chicken, a pie, or a whole pizza in this thing, and watch it cook to perfection! It’s great for helping with dinner, as a result, and for all that it tends to come moderately priced.