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!

Products That Will Solve Minor Kitchen Problems

You have the mixer, you have the sheets, you have the cookie scoops. All of these make your life easier! But there are some issues that are just… well, annoying. I’m constantly looking for products that will make my kitchen life easier, so I did a search, and I found products and upgrades that will change the way you bake. Read on for my favorite picks!

Magnetic Knife Holder

Don’t place your metal baking utensils in a drawer or high in a cabinet. This magnetic strip will hold all of your metal baking tools, including knives and icing spatulas, so you no longer have to dig through cupboards to find the right attachments for your mixer.

Floating Wall Shelf

If you love a rustic feel within your home, this shelf fits right into the aesthetic. It comes with eight S-hooks for any utensils, pots, or pans, and it doubles as a paper towel holder should you remove the hooks. The shelf is a fashionable bonus.

Bakeware Storemore Adjustable Rack

I am so tired of digging through pots, pans, racks, and muffin tins to find my favorite cookie sheet. That’s why I’m obsessed with this adjustable rack. I can place all of my baking items here and see and grab them easily, rather than rifling through a pile of metal.

X-Chef Kitchen Rail with 15 S Hooks

The floating shelf is nice, but sometimes you need more. Each rack has 15 S-hooks, and it comes in a pack of two – yep, I just said that $28 will give you 30 S-hooks. If that’s too many, feel free to remove as many as you want, but we have a feeling your space-saving self will be using them all.

Over The Sink Multipurpose Roll-Up Dish Drying Rack

I hate things that take up precious kitchen space. So much. When I didn’t have a dishwasher, I had to use a dish rack that sat permanently next to the sink, and it seriously cramped my style. This roll-up dish drying rack is there when you need it, and gone when you don’t. Where was this when I needed one?

Adjustable Expandable 4 Tier Steel Spice Rack 

My spice drawer is a mess – just being honest – so this spice rack is serious eye candy to me. It’s expandable, from 13 ¼ inches to 26 ½ inches, meaning it can fit in your drawer no matter how narrow it is. The bottom four tiers have 4 ½ inches of space, and the top has about 2 inches, but the slant stops them from blocking your drawers.

What kitchen items have made your life easier? Tell us below!