We've tested and reviewed 11 small benchtop ovens, also called toaster or compact ovens or glass convection ovens. Need advice on what to look for when you're shopping for a new toaster oven, or how to get the best out of the one you have? Read our toaster oven buying guide. Plus, find out how we test ovens.
Through our testing, we reveal which toaster ovens:
Our interactive comparison tool helps you find out which models perform best in different cooking modes and which ones could pose a safety risk.
We have significant concerns about the safety of some toaster ovens, especially for people who have small children around the kitchen. As they're not well insulated, the outer areas can get very hot with temperatures between 75°C and 100°C.
Another concern is how readily compact ovens can tip forward when you open the door and pull out a rack to remove food.
We recommend benchtop ovens that score at least 70% overall. None of the tested models achieved this score but some are worth considering – check their scores for each cooking test to see which ones might suit you.
List of brands we tested in this review.
Recommended retail, as of August 2015.
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We recommend benchtop ovens that score at least 70% overall. None of the tested models achieved this score but some are worth considering - check their scores for each cooking test to see which ones might suit you.
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Rounded to the nearest litre. We measure the internal volume from the lowest shelf of the oven or baking tray to the grill element, side-wall to side-wall, and the rear wall to the door. For the glass convection ovens, we measured from the floor to the rim and the top and bottom radius.
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Based on running the oven for one hour, three times a week for 10 years.
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The overall score is made up of cooking performance (60%) and ease of use (40%).
For ease of use we looked at how easy it was to clean, how easy it was to understand and use the controls, how well the shelves moved and how stable they were and the number and type of shelves and trays.
To check cooking performance we toasted bread to see how even the grill was, roasted a chicken to see how well and evenly it could roast and baked a fresh supermarket pizza to see whether it could give a crisp crust and moist topping.
We roast a 1.8kg whole chicken.
We toasted bread to see how even the grill was.
There is a fan behind the element to force the circulation of hot air.
A spit for turning the food.
A Similar model is identical in most aspects except for a few. This means that a majority of its test results are identical so you can reasonably expect to get the same results from the model we tested, but for those aspects which aren't identical, we'll note these as "Not Tested" in the Compare tables.
A Tested model refers to a model that is still current and available in the Australian market. You should be able to order this model through your local retailer, or find it online.
These models can't be found in retailers or online or are no longer manufactured. You may still find these models on second hand websites, or in second hand dealers. Test methods may change over time, so criteria which can't be directly compared will contain an N/A.
An Identical model is exactly that. Performance characteristics will be identical and the only difference will be something trivial such as colour, which won't have an impact on performance.
These are models we haven't yet tested but that are available.