Are Countertop Ovens Worth the Splurge?

I’ve run into this problem multiple times: I’m trying to make dinner and dessert at the same time, but the baking temperatures are so drastically different that I’ll either burn or undercook one of them. So, I decided to look into countertop ovens. I was weary at first: how can you beat the standard? I was especially skeptical because I’ve owned toaster ovens, and they’re good at…toasting, and not much else. (Even reheating food can be a miss.)

But through my research, I’ve found some that are just as good as your usual.

Wolf Gourmet Countertop Oven Elite

We love double-decker ovens, but they can be hard to find when you need a smaller one. Wolf Gourmet’s oven is, just as the name says, elite. It has seven cooking modes, including bake, and it promises to reduce cooking time by 25%, and with its powerful fan and high-volume airflow vents, your food will bake evenly.

Breville Mini Smart Oven

This oven is on the more affordable side, but you won’t be sacrificing quality. The cool thing about this oven: it has eight settings, and one is specifically for cookies! It’s on the smaller side, but it can still fit 11-inch pizzas and four slices of bread – meaning you’ll have no issues fitting your cookies in there!

Anova Precision Oven

“From baking to sous vide, this smart steam oven is your new kitchen BFF.” That’s what The Wall Street Journal has to say about Anova’s combi-precision oven, so you know it’s gotta be good. Your standard ovens can reach 60° higher than you’d like; this oven makes sure the temperature is consistent throughout the cycle.

Oster Stainless Steel Convection Oven with Pizza Drawer

This oven is perfect if you’re trying to cook dinner for the fam, then bake cookies while eating dinner all in one oven. With its drawer for food like pizza, quesadillas, or bruschetta, say goodbye to ordering out. While the oven and pizza drawer can’t be used simultaneously, it’s perfect for small spaces or trips – think to the cabin in the woods or a tiny home.

Luby Large Toaster Oven Countertop

This is sold as a toaster oven, so I wasn’t sure about including this… but let me tell you, it does it all. Like, you can fit a 20-pound turkey OR bake a 24-cup muffin tray. It has two racks, and the coolest part is that you can choose separate cooking temps for each rack at the exact same time. Plus, the French door design doesn’t take up extra counter space, making it ultra-efficient.

KitchenAid – Convection Toaster/Pizza Oven

Another convection toaster and pizza oven? I promise I’m not leading you astray. This oven has 13 functions, including bake and convection bake, as well as its own option for cookies. (It also has options like pizza, roast, and reheat.) It’s so baker-friendly that it even comes with a bake pan, meaning one less product to find that actually fits into a small countertop oven.

We hope these ovens work for you! Do you own a countertop oven? Let us know in the comments!

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