7 Best Toaster Ovens Under $50

By   

Support Cheapism: Do your shopping with our retail partners.

View as:

Photo credit: JHK2303/shutterstock

DAILY BREAD -- AND MORE

A toaster oven is a kitchen workhorse that serves two purposes in the form of one countertop appliance. Aside from filling the essential function of a toaster, it serves as an extra oven for anyone needing additional food-prep options or seeking a small alternative to a full-size oven. Cheapism.com researched and reviewed models costing $50 or less to find these top picks. They do a decent job producing crisp toast and turn in above-average performance when reheating leftovers, baking the likes of pizza or brownies, or broiling fish or open-face sandwiches. As a bonus, two toaster ovens on our list also offer convection-fan technology, which bakes and browns foods faster than a regular oven.

Related: Best Coffee Makers Under $50

Photo credit: Courtesy of amazon.com

SMALL SIZE AND SIMPLE SETTINGS: OSTER TSSTTVVG01

Consumers drawn to the retro look of this basic, no-frills toaster oven are also satisfied with its performance, according to online reviews. The Oster TSSTTVVG01 bakes and toasts as well as expected given the price (starting at $25), although it seems smaller than its stated four-slice capacity. The rack can be positioned at two heights.
Photo credit: Courtesy of amazon.com

COMPACT AND COMPETENT: PROCTOR SILEX 31116R/31118R

Compact, cheap, and fuss-free, the Proctor Silex 31116R/31118R (starting at $24) does what it's meant to. Users say the advertised four-slice capacity is a stretch, but it wins over a majority for its toasting and baking abilities. The 15-minute timer is somewhat limiting, but a "stay on" function keeps the contents warm.
Photo credit: Courtesy of amazon.com

BEST FOR PIZZA: HAMILTON BEACH 31330

With a curved back and glass door, the six-slice Hamilton Beach 31330 (starting at $40) can hold a 12-inch pizza. It shines on the pizza-baking front, according to reviews, and toast generally is considered okay. The rack can be raised for broiling and slides out from the lowest level when the door is opened. The timer runs for 30 minutes.
Photo credit: Courtesy of amazon.com

BEST ALL AROUND: BLACK & DECKER TO1322SBD

A toaster oven with a long history, the Black & Decker TO1322SBD (starting at $31) claims legions of fans. Unlike other budget toaster ovens, this four-slice model earns its stripes as a toaster as much as an oven. The rounded rear wall ensures space for a 9-inch pizza and the two-year warranty provides a measure of comfort, just in case.
Photo credit: Courtesy of amazon.com

TOASTER/COUNTERTOP OVEN HYBRID: HAMILTON BEACH 22703H/22708H

The Hamilton Beach Toastation 22703H/27708H (starting at $38) features a 1.5-inch pop-up toast slot along with a mini-oven that holds two slices of bread or two personal pizzas. Users say it excels at toasting but has only limited use as an oven: Whatever goes in must be relatively flat. A drop-down crumb tray can be pulled out for washing.
Photo credit: Courtesy of oster.com

BEST CONVECTION TOASTER OVEN: OSTER TSSTTVDFL2

This six-slice toaster oven sits in the budget zone but looks like a million dollars and even boasts convection baking. The Oster TSSTTVDFL2 (starting at $40) definitely holds its own on the baking front and sports three rack heights for optimal positioning, yet some users say it turns in disappointing results as a toaster. It comes with a five-year satisfaction guarantee.
Photo credit: Courtesy of amazon.com

ON THE WAY OUT: HAMILTON BEACH 31806

Another bargain convection oven, the six-slice Hamilton Beach 31806 (starting at $35) heats up and stays true to temperature. Toasting commands less respect from scores of otherwise satisfied users, and hard-to-read panel markings raise some gripes. Note: Those drawn to this candy-apple-red cost-cutter should seal the deal soon, as Hamilton Beach recently stopped manufacturing the model.