What Are The Best Toaster Ovens Under $100? (Answered)

Posted in Kitchen on November 20, 2017

If you are searching for good value for your money, then you should know about the Hamilton Beach 31126 Easy Reach Oven with Convection. It fits 6 bread slices or a 12” pizza. The Convection allows you to toast, bake and broil. This model has a roll top door, which increases access to the oven. It can also be removed for easy and fast clean up. This model is affordable, easy to use and easy to clean.
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Model & VerdictProsConsCapacityPrice
Best toaster oven
Hamilton Beach 31126 Easy Reach with Convection
☑ roll top door for easy oven access
☑ removable door for easy clean up
⃠ noisy fan6 bread slices or 12” pizza capacityClick here to see today's price
Best cheap toaster oven
Black and Decker TRO420
☑ swing down crumb tray under the oven for easy clean up
☑ covers all the basics
☑ lowest price of all the recommended units
⃠ the cheap knobs can be harder to use if you have arthritis4 bread slicesClick here to see today's price
Best toaster oven and toaster combo
Hamilton Beach 22720 Toastation
☑ space saver appliance offering the best of both worlds: toaster oven and a wide toaster slot
☑ extra-wide top bread slot fits two slices of bread or bagels
⃠ it makes annoying beeps during operation2 bread slices, 2 bagels, or 2 English muffin halves on the extra-wide top
2 large pizza slices (NY style)
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Best premium toaster oven
Panasonic PAN-NB-G110PW Flash Xpress
☑ infrared oven toaster (40% faster than normal toaster ovens)
☑ 9-inch pizza capacity
☑ 6 preset menus
☑ instant preheat option
⃠ most expensive of all recommended units4 bread slices
9-inch pizza
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If you want the best toaster oven and toaster combo, then you need to check out the Hamilton Beach Toastation. Its extra-wide top bread slot fits two slices of bread or bagels. The convection function is excellent for toasting and baking. Plus you can save space by having one appliance with two functions.
You can buy it in black (model 22720) or in red (model 22722).

The article below was written by my mother. As soon as she heard I was writing a website, she felt compelled to write about her experience with toaster ovens. I hope you find it as useful as I did. -Diogo

I like to eat tasty meals. It is obvious and it may seem simple, and it is: good, few and healthy ingredients, and the little effort possible to make them enjoyable - the visual and smell counts as well.

Toaster oven: one versatile solution for many meals

So, having a perfect warm golden toast at breakfast improves my good mood at the beginning of my day. And I like to see it jumping out of the toaster, which means for me the forethought of my little pleasure. It is a nice start for a busy day, but thinking to have it flawless is a little bit stressful.

And remembering another great breakfast - the #1 on my personal ranking: you must try the crunchy, tastiest bacon ever for your pancake and preparing it in your toaster oven.

And thinking about comfort food, I remember how delightful is when I can have the finest pizza: crunchy and golden edges and all the warm, melted, tasty cheese topping.

And at the end of my little list, but not less important, I can’t resist that juicy piece of chicken, finished at the grill, so it has a crispy and golden skin.

And how I can have one simple solution for all this kind of food preparation?

By having a toaster oven. Certainly, you have already seen one of these: most of them you can place a slice of bread in the oven and toast it. Some newer, more modern models also offer a bread slot that allows you to put one or two slices of bread in it for a more traditional toaster experience.

Why should you own a toaster oven?

A good toaster oven:

  • Saves energy - and you save money.
  • Has many different preset cooking programs - and you save time.
  • Is easy to clean - and you save effort.

If you only want a basic 4-Slice Toaster Oven, then what you want is the Black and Decker TRO420. The convection function can bake, broil, toast, and keep warm. The swing-down crumb tray under the oven helps you clean the oven easy and in no time. This B&D covers all the basics at a very friendly price.
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A good toaster oven saves energy - and you save money

Smaller than a traditional oven, a toaster oven is faster to reach the temperature you need, so you won’t hesitate to turn it on to warm up only a couple of pretzels or a slice of pizza.

On the other hand, when you will actually cook something, once you pick all the ingredients, you can choose what is fresh at the supermarket - in other words, vegetables and fruits of the season. They are also often cheaper and healthier.

Also, if you are a single person who lives alone, cooking in a traditional oven is more appropriate for a family size meal. And if you cook for your family, it can be advantageous, once you can do a smaller batch of cookies - for example when everyone wants chocolate chip cookies and your little daughter wants peanut butter cookies.

So, whether you only want to warm something for a quick snack or cook a full meal, doing it in a toaster oven is a frugal choice and it will be a convenient countertop appliance.

A good toaster oven has many different preset cooking programs - and you save time

The #1 is toasting. Besides the obvious goal of toasting a slice of bread, a bagel, or whatever else you want, this feature can help you maintain your dish warm (without further cooking) while you finish preparing whatever other dishes.

Eating warm food feels very good (other than being actually nutritious) and it can be a challenge if you are cooking for your family. Enters the Black and Decker 4-Slice Toaster Oven TRO420 with a specific Keep Warm function.

The #2 important function is broiling. Beyond grilling meat or chicken, I suggest you to use it for:

  • browning Meringues,
  • finishing a pie,
  • baking potatoes.

For everything you need to give a final touch in the oven and "crisp it up", you can use your broiling function.

It can even help your diet because it drains the excess fat away from what you are about to eat, reducing your calorie intake and instantly improving your diet without any food changes whatsoever.

Important: when you use the broil function, do not leave the toaster oven unattended because the food can quickly burn and maybe catch fire.

The #3 is convection. It is a fancy way to say that the manufacturer put a fan inside the oven, so the hot air circulates evenly, which means your batch of cookies will be evenly cooked.

(By the way, creating a balanced environment convection ovens shortens the cooking period up to 30%, saving you time and obviously money.)

My advice to you, based on my experience: always, and I mean always, preheat your convection oven. Remember that golden crunchy piece of bacon that I mentioned previously? Well, it will be more than perfect if you preheat your toaster oven at the maximum temperature for about 5 minutes and then place the bacon strips into the baking pan previously lined with a baking paper. The heat and the time will depend on how thick your bacon is. Try it for yourself and come back here to tell me.

#4 are infrared ovens. They work based on an electrical energy that is transformed into a light energy - a spectrum that we can’t see. This infrared light energy is directly transmitted into the food you are cooking.

Infrared ovens are 30% to 40% more energy efficient than traditional ones, once they don’t lose the energy heating the air inside the oven and, because of that, you will have a juicer meal.

Not only they are more efficient in terms of energy, they are also up to 40% faster. The Panasonic PAN-NB-G110PW Flash Xpress Toaster Oven is a very good example of this energy-saving issue. It also has the Instant Heat function, which eliminates the need for preheating and allows for quick cooking.

Please notice that you can only use metal pans in infrared ovens.

Speaking of cooking functions: the Panasonic PAN-NB-G110PW Flash Xpress Toaster Oven has 6 preset, illustrated menu buttons for an easy setup. It also automatically calculates the cooking time for bread, frozen foods, and reheating. In other words, this Panasonic infrared oven toaster makes your cooking experience much more simple and enjoyable.
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A good toaster oven is easy to clean - and you save effort

Good toaster ovens must have drip trays, which helps to preserve your toaster oven clean from crumbs or spills. Some models offer non-stick, removable trays - which help you to take them out for a good cleaning.

Some models, like the Black and Decker 4-Slice Toaster Oven TRO420, have a swing-down crumb tray that is under the oven, which prevents crumbs from burning inside the oven.

My last piece of advice: wear protection for cooking, especially with a toaster oven. I am used to both pot holders and oven mitts. My recommendation today is this pair of red silicone oven mitts with quilted liner, because they are made of silicone, which is more appropriate once you will be more protected from the heat in comparison with the kilted cotton pot holder, and secondly, because they are 14.7 inches long (some 37 cm if you like to keep things simple), which will also protect your forearm.
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I hope you enjoyed our little journey. The first of some I hope.