Consumer Report: Best Toaster Ovens

They're called toaster ovens, but they promise to do a lot more than just make toast. Their packaging shows pictures of turkey, chicken, and pizza.

The Hamilton Beach Set & Forget 31230 comes with something new: a built-in temperature probe. It promises to deliver "perfectly cooked, juicy meat."

Consumer Reports tested that Hamilton Beach, along with 22 other toaster ovens ranging in price from $40 to $250. Testers found the Hamilton Beach could cook a seven-pound roast. The outside was crusty. But the temperature probe wasn't all that accurate. The meat was supposed to be medium-rare but came out noticeably rarer.

As for pizzas, most of the toaster ovens did well, but with the $200 DeLonghi EOP2046, the back of the pizza was almost raw.

Many toaster ovens tout convection cooking. That means a fan is used to circulate the air and speed up cooking, but toaster ovens are so small that Consumer Reports says air circulation probably doesn't make a difference.

As for toast, many toaster ovens can fit six slices. But not all can toast evenly. However, Consumer Reports did find several good toaster ovens. It named the Oster TSSTTVMNDG, $80, a Best Buy. It does a very good job making toast and cooking pizzas.

If all you need is a toaster, Consumer Reports named the $35 Hamilton Beach 22502 a Best Buy.


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