Versatile toaster ovens that'll make pre-heating obsolete

Small, fast and convenient alternatives to your traditional oven.

toast with coffee and poached egg
Eat the toast of the town.Sarah Wardlaw via Unsplash

Toaster ovens are worth precious countertop placement even in a small kitchen. It functions like a traditional oven but won't heat up your whole house or take 20 minutes to pre-heat. Convection heating means toaster ovens can cook faster and more evenly, while saving energy. It’s a no-brainer for small batches of cookies, pizza for one, or reheating leftovers. It also makes beautifully browned toast.

Black+Decker Countertop Convection Toaster Oven

Black+Decker Countertop Convection Toaster Oven
A powerful countertop oven.Amazon

Convection ovens are awesome; they use a heating fan to evenly distribute hot air across the oven, which means food cooks faster and more evenly. It's also more energy-efficient than a regular oven. This one fits on your countertop, with two rack positions, 1500 watts of power, and a 120-minute timer that automatically turns off when the timer dings. It’s got plenty of pre-set options for reheating frozen snacks or baking. It’s big enough to fit a 12-inch pizza or six slices of bread, and you can remove crumb tray for easy cleaning.

Hamilton Beach 2-in-1 Countertop Oven and Long Slot Toaster

Hamilton Beach 2-in-1 Countertop Oven and Long Slot Toaster
An oven and traditional toaster.Amazon

Get the satisfaction of seeing your toast popping out of the toaster and an oven that can bake cookies and reheat your pizza. The dedicated toaster can make toast 40 percent faster than the oven (also, it's extra wide, which means it fits bagels and fancy breads). Meanwhile, the oven portion fits a nine-inch pizza and small dishes to cook or reheat.

Breville BOV800XL Smart Oven

Breville BOV800XL Smart Oven
Luxurious, high-capacity oven for serious cooking.Amazon

The Breville isn’t a “smart oven” in the sense that you can connect it to your phone, but it does offer self-adjusting heating elements and an LCD display that lets you select from 10 cooking functions. The oven also includes a slow cooker mode that lets you cook for up to 10 hours. It’s convection-powered, but with the option to switch out of convection mode for tasks like broiling or toasting. While it’s certainly a pricier option, it’s an effective multi-tasker, and large enough to fit a 13-inch pizza or a whole chicken.