A toaster or toaster oven is a fairly common household appliance great for toasting that morning bagel or English Muffin for your daily egg sandwich. But a toaster oven becomes indispensable for your college student who is trapped studying for tomorrow’s exam and the Dining Hall is closing in five minutes across campus. A toaster is perfect for baking personal pizzas, sandwiches, pop-tarts, nachos and for re-heating leftovers. Concerned about storage space in that shared 12’x19’ dorm room? Never fear, toaster ovens are multi-functional, compact devices that can be easily stored and ready for use.
How To Choose
With so many toaster options out there, how do I choose one? Hopefully this article can help. Consumer Reports have found that toasters consistently toast better and more efficiently than toaster ovens and that convection ovens are not worth the extra cost. At the same time, a toaster oven is versatile and in college or in any small living space, multi-functional appliances get a 5-star rating. Be sure to check your college’s restrictions on appliances’ power limit before you buy. Listed below is the Top 10 toaster and toaster ovens on the Amazon Market:
10. Hamilton Beach Easy Reach Toaster Oven, Metallic
This toaster oven comes in red or grey variety, which is always fun for decoration. In practical function, this product has a 1200 Watts, 4-slice capacity that according to users toasts well and is an easy clean. Sitting 9 1/8” wide and 10 7/8” deep this product is small enough to fit nicely into any space. With a 52% 5-star rating, customers have praised this product as well as complained of the constant ticking noise when in use, as well as its ability to only cook small items under 30 minutes. This product has a 1-year warranty.
9. Cuisinart TOB-40 Custom Classic Toaster Oven Broiler
This stainless steel toaster oven has 1800 Watts and dimensions of 16.29” x 14.63” x 8.86”. With a 42% 5-star rating this simple toaster oven has a 3-year warranty.
8. Hamilton Beach 22708 Toastation 2-Slice Toaster and Mini Oven, Black
This 2-in-1 compact toaster and mini oven comes in two options, black or red, and sits at 15” x 7 ½” x 8”. The 2-slice toaster can fit anything with a width of 1 ½” and the oven can toast up to two 16-inch pizza slices. With a 49% 5-star rating this toaster oven has a removable crumb tray for easy clean.
7. Oster Large Capacity Countertop 6-Slice Digital Convection Toaster Oven
This 6-slice toaster comes in black or polished stainless steel. Sitting at 19.76” x 11.38” x 15.37” it can hold a 13” x 9” pan. At 1300 Watts, this toaster oven has a 62% 5-star rating and a 1-year warranty.
6. Breville BOV450XL Mini Smart Oven with Element IQ
This stainless steel toaster oven has a 1800 Watts, 4-slice capacity. Sitting at 14” x 8.75” x 15.5”, this appliance has a 73% 5-star rating and a 1-year warranty.
5. Breville BOV800XL Smart Oven 1800-Watt Convection Toaster Oven with Element IQ
This stainless steel convection toaster oven is backlit when in use and functions at 1800W. With a 75% 5-star rating, this toaster oven has a 1-year warranty.
4. Panasonic NB-110P Flash Express Toaster Oven, Silver
This 1300 Watt toaster oven comes in silver or white and sits cozily at 10” x 9.5” x 4”. With a nonstick interior and a removable front tray this toaster oven is an easy clean. With a 70% 5-star rating this product has a 1-year warranty for parts & labor.
3. Black + Decker CT06335S Stainless Steel Countertop Convection Oven, Silver
This silver convection oven comes sits at 19” x 11” x 13.5” and functions at 1500 Watts. With a 61% 5-star rating this product has a 2-year warranty.
2. Breville BOV640XL the Compact Smart Oven Stainless Steel
This 1800 Watts stainless steel toaster oven is backlit when in use and sits at 16 ½” x 14 ¼” x 10”. With a 66% 5-star approval rating this product has a 1-year warranty.
1. Black + Decker TO1303SB 4-Slice Toaster Oven, Stainless Steel/Black
This toaster oven comes in steel or black. Its compactable size of 15.5” x 9.8” x 8.8” functions at 1150 Watts and can toast up to four slices of bread. With 5-% 5- star approval ratings, this product has a 2-year warranty.
While all of these products have a good consumer rating, about half of those on the list can be eliminated if being sent off to college. There is no need to spend over $50 on a dorm-room appliance, except for the mini-fridge. The Black + Decker TO1303SB 4-Slice Toaster Oven and the Hamilton Beach 22708 Toastation 2-Slice Toaster and Mini Oven are a college consumer’s best options. The only questions that remain at this point is whether you want both a toaster and an oven and what Wattage does your college allow? Happy toasting!