Do you need to know which is the best countertop oven, countertop convection oven or even the best toaster oven now in 2021?
Also, do you want to know which countertop convection oven or toaster oven is the best fit for you? Do you want to avoid making a bad decision? So, what is the best countertop oven?
This review will cover ten of the newest, best countertop oven (or toaster ovens), even the best countertop convection ovens on the market. The best countertop oven and best countertop convection oven in 2020 is revealed here at the end of the post, use the table of contents below if you want to go straight to it.
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Here’s a summary table of the premium countertop convection ovens and direct links to Amazon or other sites to see them in the store. Just click on the pictures or text boxes in the table:
And here are the next group of less expensive high-quality countertop convection ovens with links to Amazon in the pictures and text boxes:
Finally, this last group gives you the least expensive, quality countertop ovens or toaster ovens with direct links to Amazon:
Toaster ovens have come back in a big way since they were first introduced.
They are now more accurately described as countertop convection ovens, except maybe for the two non-convection countertop ovens included in this review. Those two countertop ovens more closely match the traditional view of a toaster oven, although with a whole new set of technologies and improvements.
The other seven countertop ovens reviewed here have convection cooking systems. That makes each of these eight ovens a small, portable convection oven. Most people are happy to just leave their ovens on the countertop, but know that they are in fact portable if you need to take it out of your kitchen.
Note that none of these ovens reviewed here have any microwave functions, if you want to see our review of best microwave ovens, you can see it here.
Either way, this countertop oven review (or toaster oven review) is one of the most comprehensive that you’re likely to find.
If you’d like to skip to any specific oven, use the table of contents right below, or just read through all of them.
A convection oven is an oven with a fan inside of it. The fan is designed to blow hot oven air (or non-heated air to use in dehydrating functions) more evenly around your oven than without it. With convection cooking, you are much less likely to have “cold spots” in your oven that are colder than whatever temperature you have set.
Some full-sized ovens have dual convection, that is two fans inside for even better circulation. Some of these, in turn, are “true convection”, which means that the fan has an oven heating element built into the oven fan. With “true convection”, the heat and the air from the fan start in the same place. True convection fans are built into both single and dual convection full-sized ovens.
None of the eight convection ovens reviewed here are dual convection. One, however, the DeLonghi (see below or use the Table of Contents), is a true convection oven.
Some of these countertop ovens are in many ways smaller versions of the ovens installed in your wall or as part of your range. They can do anything that your full-sized ovens can do except cook a turkey. Most of these countertops are convection ovens, just like most full-sized ovens.
They range in size from almost 1 cubic foot of usable oven space when you deduct space taken up by oven racks and cooking elements to less than 0.5 cubic feet.
When considering which of these countertop ovens to purchase, you can think of them in two ways.
One way is to give you extra oven capacity when you’re cooking multiple dishes.
The other way to think of them is for smaller cooking jobs, like cooking for one or two people.
For these jobs, you won’t have to fire up a larger oven. You will use less heat and energy with these countertops, leaving you with a lower electricity bill and less heat in your kitchen.
So, you can think of a countertop oven as a trade-off between buying a larger oven, like a 48-inch range. or just buying a countertop to add extra capacity.
All of these countertop ovens or even toaster ovens have multiple cooking modes and built-in technology with features like auto-shut-off, timers, programmable cooking cycles and even a temperature probe (see the Wolf Gourmet below).
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The premium countertop ovens are typically larger in internal oven space, more solidly built (which will last longer) than the non-premium toaster/countertop ovens.
Of the high-end premium countertop ovens, one of the newest is from Wolf.
See it on Amazon here.
You have a choice of three knob colors (subject to availability), the classic Wolf Red, Stainless Steel or Black. (If your favorite knob color is unavailable, just order anyway and Wolf will send you the color you want when you register, or just call them).
Wolf is one of the most iconic brands in the kitchen and well known around the world for its very high-quality ovens, ranges and stovetops.
Wolf’s new Wolf Gourmet line was brought to the market in 2014. Other notable Wolf Gourmet appliances include Wolf Gourmet’s High-Performance Blender (see it reviewed here with another Wolf blender or here among other top-rated blenders).
The Wolf Gourmet Elite was introduced in 2018 and is a replacement of the original Wolf Gourmet Countertop Oven. The Elite upgraded the original model by adding three new features, (1) an interior oven light, (2) a new Bagel mode, and (3) a full removable two-rack oven rack system, instead of just one rack in the original model.
The Wolf Gourmet Elite Countertop has three oven knob color options. These colors are Wolf’s signature red, black, or stainless. The Elite model numbers are WGCO150S for red knobs, WGCO160S for black knobs, and WGCO170S for stainless knobs.
These powerful countertops are basically small Wolf ovens. The oven has a maximum temperature of 550 degrees Fahrenheit, just like the full-sized Wolf ovens. This maximum temperature is higher than any other countertop oven reviewed here.
The Wolf Countertop Elite also has a temperature probe, just like full-sized Wolf ovens. None of the other ovens reviewed here has one, only the Wolf Gourmet.
The Wolf Gourmet countertop oven has about 1.1 cubic feet of interior oven space (before subtracting for racks and cooking elements). This less than half of the roughly 2.8 cubic feet of interior space in a Wolf 30 inch electric oven, or 1.5 cubic feet in an 18-inch electric oven. The ovens in the full-sized Wolf dual fuel 48-inch ranges have both the 30 and 18-inch ovens.
Wolf has long had a deserved reputation for high-quality products. The Wolf Gourmet product line extends that reputation to small appliances. Wolf Gourmet teamed with experienced small appliance manufacturer Hamilton Beach to design their countertop oven.
Wolf’s full-sized oven ranges, for instance, are heavy-duty, solidly constructed stainless steel kitchen mainstays designed to last for decades.
The Wolf Countertop is also heavy-duty in the countertop category. It outweighs all of the ovens reviewed here substantially. You can tell that these ovens are solidly built when you open and shut the oven door, just like the full-sized Wolf ovens, there are no rattles.
This oven, like all of the countertop ovens reviewed here, is built in China, but with standards that must meet those associated with the Wolf brand.
And if that’s not enough, the Wolf Countertop Elite oven comes with a 5-year limited warranty, much longer than any other oven reviewed here.
The Wolf Countertop Elite oven features convection cooking with six standard cooking modes. It includes an interactive display and timer and the only countertop oven reviewed here with a temperature probe.
The temperature probe allows you to target precise temperatures by setting a “goal” temperature and inserting the probe into the thickest part of whatever food you are cooking. The oven will then let you know with a “beep” when your temperature is reached.
There are seven cooking modes: Proof, Warm, Roast, Bake, Broil, Bagel and Toast.
A default temperature of 80 degrees Fahrenheit is set (you can adjust it) as an optimal one for “proofing” or raising yeast-infused bread. The countertop oven is a nice place to let this happen, safe and out of the way.
This mode allows you to set a temperature range between 140 to 170 degrees Fahrenheit to keep food warm after cooking. It is also a safe way top prevent the growth of harmful bacteria in your food given the bacteria-safe temperature ranges recommended by the FDA.
This oven can do much more than just keep food warm, but it’s nice to know that you can use it as a separate warming oven if you need to or even use the low-temperature settings for slow cooking.
Roast is designed to cook thicker cuts of meat like a prime rib roast, whole chicken, rack of lamb or pork loin. The heating system is designed to cook the interior through while it also adds a nice crisp to the exterior. The temperature range for Roast is between 170 and 450 degrees Fahrenheit, with a default temperature of 350 degrees.
You will use Bake mode for the widest range of food types. Bake mode cooks everything from cookies, pies, cakes, and souffles as you might guess, but is also ideal for casseroles, quiche and vegetables. The temperature range for Bake mode is between 170 and 450 degrees Fahrenheit with a default temperature of 350 degrees.
Because Wolf has such precise temperature control, as many reviewers of Wolf Countertop ovens have confirmed (see below), these ovens are probably the best countertop ovens for baking.
Broil mode activates the top heating elements for the highest oven temperature searing. Broil has a “HI” and “LO” setting.
The default setting is “HI”, at 550 degrees Fahrenheit. This is higher than any other convection countertop oven reviewed here and is the same broil temperature produced in Wolf’s full-sized signature ovens. This searing temperature is great for adding “carmelization” or a crisp texture to thin cuts of meat, poultry, or fish.
If you’re working with thicker cuts of meat, chicken or fish, use the “LO” broiler setting. For the “LO” broiler setting, turn the main temperature control knob to the left. The “LO” setting is 450 degrees Fahrenheit.
This mode will fire up the top and bottom oven elements to evenly toast the top and bottom of up to 6 slices of toast. You can choose the number of slices to cook, the default is 4 and then choose the full range of toast “darkness” by varying the main control knob.
This mode uses the top heating elements on higher power than the ones on the bottom so that the top half of your bagel or other bread is toasted and the bottom half just warmed. You can choose the number just as you can in Toast mode up to 6 (the default is 4) and rotate the main control knob to the left or right to choose how dark you want your bagel or other bread,
The Wolf Gourmet Countertop oven comes with a dishwasher-safe crumb/drip tray, and a baking pan with a broil rack that fits on top of it.
The temperature settings in the control panel can be alternatively set to Celsius from Fahrenheit.
The interior space of the oven “box” is 1.1 cubic feet and is good to know when comparing to other ovens, but doesn’t reflect the space taken up by racks and heating elements.
When measured from the bottom rack to the top heating elements, there are about 7 inches of clearance if only one rack is inserted. The interior width, deducting for the rack mounts is about 14.75 inches and the depth is about 12 inches. So, deducting for racks and heating elements, the interior is about 0.72 cubic feet.
Wolf Gourmet Countertop Interior, Credit: newkitchenlfe.com
Most of the customer reviews for this oven remark on the quality of construction and performance. It does what you want it to do with very precise temperature control as many reviewers have remarked. Others have remarked that they like that the Wolf Countertop Elite is larger than toaster ovens or other countertops they owned.
Many have also said that this oven is really just a small version of their Wolf oven or other wall oven or range, without the additional heat and time needed to preheat full-sized ovens.
The one negative for some may be that it is the most expensive countertop oven reviewed here.
But, the most important thing to remember about this countertop compared with the others here is that it will probably outlast them all given Wolf’s obsession with quality. If for some reason it doesn’t, it comes with a 5-year warranty.
Most of the other ovens reviewed here (except Cuisinart, 3-years, and Breville Smart Oven Air, 2-years) are 1-year warranties. Some of the warranties in these products are more comprehensive than others, but no other oven warranty reviewed here approaches Wolf Gourmet’s warranty. That tells you all you need to know about Wolf’s confidence in the quality of this oven.
The Wolf Gourmet Countertop Oven is the most expensive oven reviewed here. It is also by almost all indications, the most likely to last the longest.
In that sense, just like Wolf’s full-sized ovens, this smaller oven is an investment that will give you the same performance and prestige in your kitchen that the Wolf brand gives to all of their ovens and is well worth the price in our opinion.
See the link below for best pricing, terms, and even financing options, or if you want to read more about the Wolf Gourmet Elite Countertop oven, read this more detailed review.
If you want to check current pricing and availability, you can see it on Amazon if it is available with any discounts and latest pricing here, along with each available knob color option (Red, Stainless Steel, and Black).
(Note: these Wolf Gourmet Countertop ovens are almost entirely sold out in the United States until early 2021 according to Wolf, but you can still order it now)
Knob color – if your favorite knob color is unavailable, just order anyway and Wolf will send you the color you want at no charge when you register, or just call them.
This Breville Smart Oven Air BOV900BSS countertop belongs in the premium categories for its many cooking features and solid performance coupled with its large size when compared with Breville’s other oven featured here among the lower-priced countertop ovens.
The Breville Smart Air is available here on Breville.com with current pricing and free shipping options.
Like the Wolf Gourmet oven, the Smart Oven Air was also introduced to the market recently, more recently than the original Wolf Gourmet but before the new Wolf Gourmet Elite.
The Smart Air Oven features thirteen preset cooking functions: Toast, Bagel, Broil, Bake, Roast, Warm, Pizza, Proof, Air Fry, Reheat, Cookies, Slow Cook and Dehydrate. These functions work with the six quartz heating elements inside the top and bottom of the oven and with the Element IQ™ countertop operating system to optimize each element for each function.
Additional features include two convection modes, one with the convection fan at regular speed. The other mode uses convection at high speed, Super Convection, that basically cooks even faster than standard speed convection.
When using convection modes with non-convection recipes, the general rule with convection cooking is to reduce the temperature of a non-convection recipe by 25 degrees Fahrenheit or reduce cooking time by 25%.
Compared with the Breville Smart Oven Pro BOV845BSS (reviewed here below among the lower-priced countertops), the Smart Oven Air is much larger. The Smart Oven Air interior measures 1 cubic feet before deducting space taken up by racks and heating elements.
After adjusting for oven racks and heating elements, the Smart Oven Air measures 0.78 cubic feet. The same measurement in the Smart Oven Pro, the “usable” oven space, is only 0.45 cubic feet.
Also notable, the Breville Smart Oven Air weighs almost 39 pounds. This is almost twice as heavy as the Breville BOV845, which weighs 22 pounds.
More weight doesn’t necessarily mean higher quality, but as a rough indicator, is at least an indication of how much stainless steel is in your countertop. Most of the premium ovens have more stainless steel and sometimes, more elements and other additions.
This oven does include a 2-year warranty while Breville’s smaller oven only has a 1-year warranty. However, you should note that Wolf Gourmet has a 5-year warranty.
Also notable, the maximum oven temperature produced by the Breville Smart Oven Air is 480 degrees Fahrenheit, or 250 degrees Celsius.
The Smart Oven Air has a lot of the other features found in Breville’s very popular but smaller Smart Oven Pro, like Element IQ™, and will likely compete well against the other premium ovens reviewed here.
As mentioned above, the Breville Smart Oven Air has 13 cooking preset cooking functions, each with a preset temperature and each uses the six quartz heating elements differently and controlled through Breville’s Element IQ™ system.
Toast is designed to use the heating elements to crisp the surface of your bread but keep the inside soft and moist. It’s not just for toasting sliced bread but also should be used for English muffins and even for frozen waffles.
You should use the 4th oven rack position for this function. This function allows you to toast up to 9 slices of conventionally sized bread with the number set by rotating the “Time” dial. Darkness ranges from 1 to 7 on Breville’s scale and is controlled with the “Temperature” dial. This function is preset to toast 4 slices of bread at level 4 darkness.
This mode is designed the crisp the inside of a sliced bagel but only lightly toast the outside. It also works well for crumpets and for specialty sliced thick bread.
This mode also recommends using oven rack position 4 and is very similar to the Toast function in use, but you may select up to 10 conventionally sized bagel slices instead of up to 9 slices of toast.
The number of slices is set by rotating the “Time” dial and darkness by rotating the top “Temperature” dial. This mode comes preset for 4 bagel slices with a darkness level of 4.
Broil is designed to use the top heating elements at their highest power to crisp open-faced sandwiches, thinly sliced meat, fish, sausages, and vegetables. It can even be used to crisp the top layer of a casserole, a pie, or anything else you’d like to leave a browned texture.
This function should be used in rack positions 1 or 2 and usually with the broil wire rack and roasting pan (both are included) to allow air to circulate underneath your food and catch food residue underneath.
The Broil function has three power levels: HIGH, MED and LOW. Time for each power level can be set for up to 20 minutes. Power and time settings can be changed, or even stopped at any point in the cooking cycle.
Baking mode uses the top and bottom heating elements to evenly cook your food. It is designed for baking cakes, muffins, pastries, and brownies as well as for cooking frozen foods like pot pies or lasagna.
This mode is designed to use with one of the included wire racks in position 6, or in position 5 for foods like pastries or brownies. When started, this mode presets by default to 325 degrees Fahrenheit and 30 minutes cooking time, with the Convection fan defaulted to “on”.
These default positions may all be changed, for up to 480 degrees Fahrenheit (250 degrees Celsius) and up to 72 hours a low bake temperature (210 degrees Fahrenheit). You can also just turn off the Convection fan if, for example, you may be baking a delicate soufflé.
Once you’ve made your settings and started the Bake cycle, the oven will start preheating the oven to your set temperature. Once that temperature is reached, the oven will alert you to place your food into the oven and the timer will start a countdown from whatever time has been entered.
This mode is designed to thoroughly cook various cuts of meat and poultry, while leaving their insides moist and tender. This function should be used with a wire rack in position 6. You may choose to set the Roast temperature anywhere from 120 to 480 degrees Fahrenheit (50 to 250 degrees Celsius) and the time for up to 72 hours at a temperature of 210 degrees Fahrenheit (100 degrees Celsius).
These settings can be changed at any time during the cooking cycle and the default temperature is 400 degrees Fahrenheit and 1 hour cooking time, with the Convection fan enabled.
Once you’ve started the Roast function, the oven will preheat to whichever temperature that you’ve chosen. The oven will then alert you when that temperature is reached to put your food in the oven. The timer will then start for the Roasting time that you’ve chosen.
The Warm function maintains your food at the proper temperature to prevent the growth of bacteria, which is anywhere above about 140 degrees Fahrenheit (70 degrees Celsius).
You may choose to set your Warm temperature anywhere from 120 to 480 degrees Fahrenheit (50 to 250 degrees Celsius) and your Warm time can be set for up to 72 hours at temperatures up to 210 degrees Fahrenheit (100 degrees Celsius).
Like most of the other modes, you can change the time and temperature settings whenever you want during the Warm cycle. The default temperature and time is 160 degrees Fahrenheit and 1-hour Warm time, with the Convection fan set to “on”.
This mode is designed to melt cheese and brown toppings on the surface of a pizza while crisping the crust on the bottom. You can use the 13-inch non-stick pizza pan (you should place it in the oven during preheating) included with this oven. Pizza mode is designed to place your pizza in rack position 7.
The preset temperature in this mode is 375 degrees Fahrenheit and 20 minutes cooking time, and the Convection fan and Frozen functions are both turned on by default. Temperature can be set from 120 degrees Fahrenheit (50 degrees Celsius) and up to the oven’s maximum temperature of 480 degrees Fahrenheit (250 degrees Celsius). The cooking time can be set for up to 1 hour.
Once Pizza cooking settings are made, press start and the oven will preheat to the target temperature. Once that temperature is reached, the oven will alert you to put your pizza in the oven and the cooking time will begin to count down.
This function is used to proof or raise yeast-based bread, rolls, pizza or other dough in a constant, precisely controlled temperature. You may choose a Proof temperature between 80 and 100 degrees Fahrenheit (27 to 38 degrees Celsius) and up to 2 hours of Proof time.
The proof mode is designed to use the wire rack in rack position 8. The default temperature is 85 degrees Fahrenheit, a 1-hour time setting, and Convection turn “on” by default. Time and temperature can be changed within the preset limits for Proof mode at any time during the cycle and Convection may be turned off.
This mode is designed to crisp your food similar to traditional frying methods, but without using oil. Air Fry uses the included air fry/dehydrate basket with high heat and super convection to make your food crispy without needing hot, greasy cooking oil.
The preset default settings for Air Fry are for 400 degrees Fahrenheit, 18 minutes Air Fry time. Super Convection fan and Frozen are also turned “on” by default in this mode.
Instead of using the default settings, you can select a range of temperatures for Air Fry between 120 degrees Fahrenheit to 480 degrees (50 to 250 degrees Celsius) and cooking time of up to 1 hour.
Like many other modes, the oven will first preheat to whatever temperature is targeted and alert you when that temperature is reached. You can then put whatever food you’re Air Frying into your oven and the cooking time that you’ve set will count down until it expires.
This function is designed to reheat your food without drying it out or crisping the exterior. The preset temperature for this mode is 325 degrees Fahrenheit and the default Reheat time is 15 minutes, and also by default, the Convection fan will be turned “on”.
These settings may easily be changed or even turned off at any time. Instead of using the default settings, you can select any temperature you want between 120 degrees and 480 degrees Fahrenheit (50 to 250 degrees Celsius) and you can set the timer in the Reheat mode for up to 2 hours.
Cookies mode is designed for baking homemade cookies, cooking commercially prepared cookies or for cooking other baked goods. This mode is designed to use rack position 6 with the included wire racks.
You can select temperatures between 120 and 480 degrees Fahrenheit (50 to 250 degrees Celsius) for up to one hour. Once your targeted temperature is reached, the oven will alert you to insert your cookies and the timer will start to count down based on the time that you’ve set.
The default temperature for the Cookies mode 325 degrees Fahrenheit and 11 minutes cooking time, with the Convection setting “on”.
This mode is designed to cook at low temperatures for long cooking times. You should use oven rack position 8 in Slow Cook mode.
This mode only gives you two temperatures settings to choose from, “HIGH” or “LOW”, but you may Slow Cook for up to 72 hours on “LOW” or up to 12 hours on “HIGH”.
After you make your settings, the oven will preheat, and once the “HIGH” or “LOW” temperature is reached, the oven will alert you to put your food inside. Slow cooking with then begin for as long as you’ve set for your cooking time. After your set time has expired, the oven will automatically switch to the Warm mode for another 2 hours.
The default settings for Slow Cook are “HIGH”, for 4 hours and with Convection “on”.
Use this mode to remove water from vegetables, fruits, and other foods with a lot of moisture so you can preserve them for much longer than with the moisture left in. Dehydrate uses low heat and Super Convection to draw moisture out of your food. This mode works with the Air Fry/Dehydrate basket and is best used in oven rack position 3.
This mode defaults to a temperature of 125 degrees Fahrenheit and 12 hours cooking time, with Super Convection “on”.
The Dehydrate mode has a range of temperatures for you to choose from, between 86 degrees and 176 degrees Fahrenheit or between 30 and 80 degrees Celsius. You may choose to set the Dehydrate mode to run for up to 72 hours.
The Phase Cook button on the front of the oven allows you to combine 2 functions to, for instance, Broil for 10 minutes and then Bake for 1 hour. However, Phase Cook only works for the Broil, Bake, Roast, Warm, and Pizza functions.
The Rotate Remind feature works with the Bake, Roast, Warm, Proof, Pizza, Air Fry, Reheat, Cookies, and Dehydrate functions to alert you when you’re cooking on multiple racks to switch rack positions for even cooking.
The Magnetic Auto-Eject Rack feature works when your wire rack is inserted in rack positions 3 or 4. When you open the oven door, racks in these positions will automatically eject halfway out of the oven for you to more easily and safely remove your food.
The Frozen Foods button can only be used with Toast, Bagel, Pizza, Air Fry, Reheat, and Cookies functions. It should be engaged when heating frozen foods so that the oven’s heating elements are used to heat your frozen foods properly and evenly.
Additional buttons include and oven light on-off button and a Fahrenheit-Celsius temperature conversion button.
Breville Smart Oven Air Interior, Credit: newkitchenlife.com
The internal oven space is about 1 cubic foot before deducting for the oven racks and heating elements. When deducting for those, the “usable” space is about 12 inches deep, 16 inches wide, and 7 inches high or about 0.78 cubic feet of total “usable” interior oven space.
This “usable” space in the Breville Smart Oven Air oven is slightly larger than Wolf Gourmet’s “usable” interior space of about 0.72 cubic feet, even though the oven “box” is slightly smaller than the Wolf Gourmet’s 1.1 cubic foot “box”.
The difference comes from the design of each countertop’s cooking racks. The Smart Oven Air racks fit much closer to the heating elements than the racks in the Wolf Gourmet. The Wolf Gourmet oven racks are designed to provide more distance from the oven’s heating elements, but as a result, provide slightly less “usable” oven space than the Smart Oven Air.
In addition to the oven itself, the Breville includes a lot of accessories with the Smart Oven Air.
These are: a 13-inch pizza pan, 2 wire racks, a 9 x 13 broiling rack, a 9 x 13 enamel roasting pan, and an Air Fry/Dehydrate basket. Also, note that a crumb tray is part of the oven and slides out underneath it for cleaning.
The bottom line on this premium Breville countertop oven is that it really has a lot of useful functions, but is larger than any other Breville countertop. If you’d like to see our separate review of the Smart Oven Air, you can see it here.
The Breville Smart Oven Air compares about equally with the Wolf Gourmet Countertop in size. The “box” of the interior oven of the Wolf Gourmet is slightly larger than the Breville Smart Oven Air (1.1 cubic feet versus 1.0 cubic feet). But when you deduct for space taken up by racks and heating elements, the Breville Smart Oven Air oven is slightly larger in interior “usable” oven space with 0.78 cubic feet of interior space, while Wolf Gourmet’s “usable interior space is about 0.72 cubic feet.
Many of those who have purchased the Smart Oven Air and commented on it love all of the functions that the Smart Oven Air provides. Some have used smaller Breville ovens before, like the Smart Oven Pro and like the larger size of the Smart Oven Air.
Others have commented that they are happy that all of these functions work as expected and like the specialty functions like Air Fry and Dehydrate. The convection functions also work well for them and many have used the Smart Oven Air in place of their standard-sized ranges.
Breville makes great countertop ovens and the Breville Smart Oven Air oven matches those products. If you like Breville and all of the functions that Breville ovens have, you’ll find them in the Smart Oven Air. The Smart Oven air also includes specialty cooking modes like Air Fry and a long Slow Cook function. If you like all of these features, and all at the lower end of the Premium oven price range, then you should go with the Breville Smart Air oven.
Consider an extended protection plan since the warranty is only for 2 years.
The Breville Smart Oven Air countertop oven, with extended protection, latest pricing and shipping terms is available on Amazon here.
The third premium oven reviewed here (CSO-300N1, see it on Amazon here) is made by one of the best known small appliance manufacturers in the world, Cuisinart.
This oven is very unique since it uses steam cooking (you can also cook without steam). Steam cooking is typically much faster than conventional cooking and, when paired with convection, provides some very powerful cooking modes.
These modes include poaching and excellent bread proofing. This is the only convection countertop reviewed here with steam cooking and for that reason alone, deserves a spot in the premium cooktop oven category. Steam cooking is usually only found in the newest premium full-sized ovens.
Steam cooking can also be used to steam clean the inside of your oven without chemicals, just hot water and you may not even have to scrub if you clean your oven regularly. This oven may be worth buying for this feature alone!
This Cuisinart CSO-300N1 Steam and Convection replaces the previous model, the Cuisinart CSO-300N.
The CSO-300N1 is 1800W and capable of producing up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit of oven heat.
The interior “box” measures about .625 cubic feet and the usable space given the cooking elements is about .45 cubic feet, so take note that this oven has much less cooking space than the other premium ovens reviewed here.
The exterior measurements are 15.5 x 18 x 10.8 inches and it weighs about 23 ½ pounds, with an empty water reservoir. You can also remove the water reservoir if you prefer when cooking without the steam cooking modes.
The nine cooking modes are: Toast, Convection Bake, Bake Steam, Broil, Broil Steam, Steam, Super Steam, Bread, and Warm.
Additional controls include Toast Shade, which provides seven different toast “shades” or level or “done-ness” to choose from.
Toast: The oven uses a fixed temperature to cook longer for the 1 through 7 “shades” of toast that you choose.
Convection Bake: Uses the oven’s convection fan to move heated oven air evenly around the oven, the default temperature is 350 degrees Fahrenheit, you can choose anywhere from 125 to 450 degrees.
Bake Steam: This mode uses steam cooking to bake up to 40% faster than conventional baking, with a temperature range of 225 to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.
Broil: Maximizes the oven’s thermostat for searing or other high-temperature cooking, ranging from 300 to 500 degrees Fahrenheit.
Broil Steam: The same temperature range as for Broil, but with steam assist, this is the most powerful cooking mode, with 500 degrees Fahrenheit of oven heat. When you use this with steam, it will cook up to 40% faster than conventional broiling.
Steam: This mode just uses steam between 100 and 210 degrees Fahrenheit to cook vegetables or even delicate fish, proof bread and to steam clean the oven.
Super Steam: This mode uses steam plus the lower heating element to steam at higher temperatures. The range is between 125 to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. This function works well for cooking rice or vegetables.
Bread: The Bread mode starts with steam then convection baking for ideal bread or even doughnut baking with a nice crispy crust.
Warm: Use this mode for warming and remember that you can use this oven as an extra capacity warming oven with your conventional appliances.
This oven is relatively small, as noted above, with 0.45 cubic feet of usable space, a trade-off to allow this oven to have a water reservoir for steam cooking built into the oven.
When deducting for interior elements and racks, the width inside is about 12 inches, the depth is 12 inches and the height, or clearance is about 5.45 inches.
Included with this countertop are: a wire rack, baking pan, broiling rack, removable crumb tray, and a drip tray.
Also, this product is BPA free and has four rack positions.
Reviewers really like the steam cooking that this oven provides, They are very enthusiastic about it. Many reviewers said that steam cooking is more moist and flavorful than conventional cooking, even reheated food and the bread made partially with steam in the Bread mode tastes better to these reviewers than without steam.
The really negative reviews came from those few whose ovens malfunctioned and the difficulties associated with that.
Note that this oven comes with a 3-year limited warranty.
This is less than the 5-year warranty provided by Wolf Gourmet but much more than all of the other countertop ovens reviewed here. For extra comfort, you may want to buy an extended warranty, the longest would extend the 3-year Cuisinart warranty to 4 years.
The best premium oven by almost any measure is the Wolf Gourmet Countertop oven. It outscores the others because of its quality and performance.
Compared to the others, the Wolf Gourmet Countertop is more expensive. The Breville Smart Oven Air is slightly larger inside and has more functions. The Wolf Countertop doesn’t have steam cooking either like the Cuisinart Steam. Finally, it doesn’t have a light inside.
What the Wolf Gourmet does have is quality construction that is backed up by a 5-year warranty, and supported 24/7 via phone in the United States by Wolf.
None of the other countertop ovens reviewed here have anything close to a 5-year warranty. This 5-year warranty period is easy for Wolf to provide because of the quality that Wolf knows it has designed into the Wolf Gourmet countertop oven.
The Wolf Gourmet operates in many ways like the full-sized Wolf ovens do, producing the same high 550 Fahrenheit temperature. It also has a temperature probe like Wolf full-sized ovens do, and is built with the same solid construction for which Wolf ovens are known.
The full-sized Wolf ovens and ranges are designed to last for a long time. The Wolf Gourmet Countertop ovens, in our opinion, are likely to last longer than any of the other ovens reviewed here. The performance in each of the major cooking functions meets or exceeds any other oven reviewed here.
So, the quality and likely long life of Wolf Countertop ovens give Wolf the top rating. The other ovens reviewed here have shorter warranty periods and are not likely to last as long as Wolf.
Should you prefer more functions than Wolf Gourmet provides, like steam cooking or even an oven light, and want to be protected, make sure you look at an extended warranty with any of the other countertop ovens reviewed here.
You don’t need an extended warranty with Wolf.
If your favorite knob color is unavailable, just order anyway and Wolf will send you the color you want when you regist, or just call them.
To see this Wolf Gourmet Countertop on Amazon, with the latest pricing and any discounts, (choice of red, black, or stainless steel knobs if available).
The next four countertop ovens reviewed here are less expensive than the premium ovens but very capable. Each of them has convection cooking modes and special features. These lower-priced countertops range in price from low-$200 to $300.
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One of the most innovative countertop manufacturers is Breville of Australia. Breville has repeatedly introduced quality countertop ovens and toaster ovens for many years. One of their newest standouts, reviewed here, is the Breville BOV845BSS. (To see it now on Amazon click here).
This quality oven has a lot of the same elements as the premium ovens do. It is 1,800 watts (like the Wolf Gourmet Countertop), stainless steel, tops out at 500 degrees Fahrenheit and has its own proprietary Element IQ™ smart technology system for setting modes, temperatures and times.
This oven also has an auto-eject feature that pulls out the middle rack when you open the oven and even has an oven light.
It is also smaller than the premium ovens.
The interior measures about 0.80 cubic feet if you measure just the oven “box”, but more like 0.45 cubic feet when you deduct for the oven racks and heating elements.
The Breville BOV845BSS has ten cooking modes, including specialty cooking modes like Pizza, Bagel, Cookies, Toast, Slow Cook and Reheat. Bake, Broil, Roast, and Warm are also included.
Each mode uses the Element IQ™ system to optimize the five cooking elements in the oven for each mode. For instance, Pizza mode uses each element at full blast to make a crispy pizza. Slow Cook uses just a few of the elements at a low heat setting for slow cooking.
There is also a separate Frozen Foods button that adjusts cooking time and temperatures for frozen foods, so you don’t have to worry about making your own cooking time calculations. Note that this button can only be used with the Toast, Bagel, Pizza and Cookies functions.
Each oven mode has default temperatures and cooking times that are easily changed to whatever time and temperatures you prefer. The temperature is displayed by default in Fahrenheit but can be switched to Celsius.
To change temperatures and times, all you have to do is rotate each of the two dials on the front of the oven, the temperature dial above or the time button below. The oven will remember the last times and temperatures that you used if you want to keep the same settings. At the end of every cooking cycle, the oven will alert you when your set cooking time is reached.
Toast: This mode is designed for toasting bread, English muffins and even frozen waffles. This mode will crisp both sides of your bread or other food. Instead of temperature or time, this mode uses levels of darkness and the number of slices to automatically set cooking temperature and time.
The preset level of darkness is 4 and the preset number of slices is 4. These levels can be changed to whatever level of darkness you prefer up to 7 and up to 6 slices of toast! Once you make your settings and press Start, the cooking time will automatically be calculated. You can easily change the time or darkness levels after you’ve started cooking, if you want, by turning the Temperature and Time dials to whatever you prefer.
Bagel: This mode is designed to crisp one side of a bagel or other food more than the other. A bagel slice, or other bread, is placed in the oven and the side facing up will be toasted while the bottom side will just be warmed.
If you want your bagel or other food to be crisp on both sides, use the Toast function.
This mode uses levels of darkness instead of temperature and the Temperature dial is used to set the range that you want from “Light” to “Dark”. The default setting is 4.
This mode also allows you to set the number of “Slices” of bagel halves or whatever you are cooking with the Time dial. The range of slices is from 1 to 6 and the default number is 4.
Once your darkness and slices are set, the oven will automatically set the cooking time when you press Start. You can adjust the cooking time, the darkness level or the number of slices if you want to after the cooking has started.
Bake: This function is used for all forms of baking and automatically defaults to 325 degrees Fahrenheit and 30 minutes of cooking time.
The Convection mode is also preset with this mode if you don’t want to bake with the convection fan, just turn it off.
Cooking times can be set for up to 10 hours as long as temperatures are set below 300 degrees and up to 2 hours above 300 degrees. Maximum temperature is 450 degrees. This mode will preheat and alert you when the temperature that you set is reached before the cooking time starts.
Roast: Roast is designed for cooking foods that are dense, like cuts of meat or chicken. The preset temperature is 350 degrees and 1 hour of cooking time, it also defaults to include Convection cooking. Turn it off if you don’t want to use the convection fan.
This mode may also be set to cook for up to 10 hours for temperatures below 300 degrees and 2 hours above 300 degrees, with a maximum possible temperature of 450 degrees.
Preheating will also occur in this mode before cooking time starts, and an alert will sound when the target temperature is reached.
Broil: This mode is used to put a sear on a cut of meat or add a crisp to a crust or anything else that needs searing. The preset temperature is 500 degrees and 10 minutes of cooking time.
In this mode, there are only three possible temperature settings, 500, 400, or 300 degrees. Cooking times can be set for up to 20 minutes.
Pizza: This mode, specially designed to cook pizza, also allows for the size of the pizza that you are cooking up to 13 inches in diameter (the minimum is 6 inches).
The size is selected with the Time dial, the cooking time will be automatically be set once you choose temperature and size. The preset temperature is 450 degrees and the oven also defaults to Convection cooking mode and Frozen pizza. You can turn both of these off if you want to.
Once preheating is done, an alert will sound, and cooking time will start. If you are using a pizza stone, allow it to heat up first before putting the pizza in the oven.
Cookies: This mode is designed for cooking cookies, biscuits, cinnamon rolls, and similar food. The default setting is 350 degrees and 11 minutes cooking time, with Convection cooking mode switched on.
The maximum temperature in this mode is 450 degrees and 1 hour of cooking time. An alert will also sound when preheating is done.
Reheat: This mode is designed to heat food that you might have in your refrigerator. The default mode is 325 degrees, 15 minutes of cooking time, and uses Convection mode.
After the oven preheats, it will alert you when the target temperature is reached and cooking time will start. Temperatures can be set for up to 450 degrees in this mode and up to two hours of cooking time.
Warm: This mode keeps your cooked food warm, with a preset temperature of 160 degrees and 1 hour of warming time. You may adjust the temperature up to 450 degrees and set a cook time for up to 2 hours.
Slow Cook: This mode is great for cooking “low and slow” that are featured in many recipes. There are two slow cooking temperatures, “HI” and “LO”. The default setting is “HI”, with 4 hours cooking time and Convection cooking mode on.
The “HI” temperature setting can be set from 2 to 8 hours of cooking time.
The “LO” setting can be set for between 4 and 10 hours of cooking time.
After the oven is preheated, it will alert you that it is ready. This mode will also switch to Warm, for up to 2 hours, when preset cooking time is reached.
The new features included in the BOV845BSS compared with the BOV800XL previous model is the oven light (the original Wolf Gourmet doesn’t have one) and a slow cooking function that allows you to cook for up to ten hours. Otherwise, it is basically the same oven as the BOV800XL.
The interior usable space, what you can actually fit inside, as noted above, is 0.45 cubic feet. It is 13.25 inches wide, 11.25 inches deep (it curves in the back a little bit more for a pizza pan), and 5.25 inches high.
Breville Smart Oven Pro Interior, Credit: NewKitchenLife.com
The optional bamboo cutting board is a nice feature that fits on top of the oven and a really smart use of space.
Included with the Breville oven is a 12-inch baking pan, measuring 12” by 12”, a broiling pan that inserts into the baking pan, a wire rack, a crumb tray, and a 13” pizza pan.
Customers like all of the cooking modes and other features, like long (up to 10 hours) Slow Cook time, that this oven provides. They really like the addition of an oven light in this model from the prior model. The negatives for many reviewers are the small internal space provided and the reliability. Most of the negative reviews cited malfunctions that occurred in months rather than years. (For our detailed review of the Smart Oven Pro, see it here).
Like almost all of the countertop ovens, the Breville ovens come with a one year warranty. Given the possible failure of this oven in the first or second year, you should definitely buy an extended warranty, details below.
You should take a lot of comfort in the fact that this oven is a top seller and most people really, really like it for all that it offers for the price. Just protect yourself with an extended warranty when you buy it.
Cuisinart is another solid countertop oven manufacturer. The TOB-260N1 Chef’s Convection Oven (see it here on Amazon) is one of Cuisinart’s latest models and replaces the TOB-260N Silver model.
This stainless steel convection oven has a pretty large interior compared to the other countertops in this category. It has almost 1 cubic foot of interior space before deducting for oven racks and heating elements. The usable space if you deduct for those elements is about 0.67 cubic feet. A 13-inch pizza or 9 slices of toast are designed to fit inside this oven.
The exterior dimensions are 22.6 x 18.5 x 13 inches.The usable interior dimensions are about 14.5 inches wide, 13.25 inches deep, and 6 inches high between the heating elements and lowest oven rack.
It also weighs about 32 pounds.
The 1800W of power in this oven can also hit some pretty high temperatures, up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit of heat, powered by five cooking elements.
Also note that this oven has a light inside if that’s important to you.
The TOB-260N1 has 15 cooking modes and a lot of different functions and cooking options, including a fast pre-heat cycle and two speeds of convection cooking. Speed convection cooking uses the convection fan to spin faster than the regular convection cooking mode and is great for quickly cooking frozen foods.
The 15 cooking modes are: Bake, Broil, Roast, Toast, Bagel, Waffle, Keep Warm, Pizza, Leftovers, Sandwich, Dual Cook, +30s, Convection Cooking (2 Modes), and Defrost.
These modes are preset with temperatures and times that may easily be adjusted as needed or desired. The default temperature settings are in Fahrenheit, but you may alternatively select Celsius settings.
Bake: This mode is designed for all your baking and includes your choice of using Convection or Speed Convection as desired.
Speed Convection requires no preheating, but Bake and Convection Bake will preheat to your set temperature, and alert you when it’s reached. The default temperature is 350 degrees, but you may choose between 150 degrees and 450 degrees. The default cooking time is 30 minutes and can also be easily changed.
Broil: Designed for searing, this mode has a fixed temperature of 500 degrees. Broil will add a nice crisp to a steak or to a casserole. You may also choose to use Convection or Speed Convection with this mode. The default cooking time is 10 minutes.
Roast: This mode is designed for cooking thicker cuts of meat or other dense food.
You may also use Convection or Speed Convection with this mode, Speed Convection will significantly reduce cooking times compared with conventional roasting.
Roast and Convection in this mode will preheat to whatever temperature you set and alert you when it is reached. Super Convection doesn’t require preheating. The default temperature is 400 degrees and the default time is 30 minutes.
Pizza: With this mode, you can use the pizza stone included with the oven to add an authentic crisp to the crust.
The pizza stone needs to be heated first during preheating and will alert you when the temperature that you select is reached. The default temperature is 450 degrees.
If your pizza is frozen, select the “snowflake”, or frozen option. This will extend cooking time to allow for defrosting in addition to cooking. The default cooking time is 15 minutes. You may also use Convection and Speed Convection with this mode.
Sandwich: This mode is designed to crisp the bottom of your sandwich bread but uses less power on the top elements to melt cheese, for example, on an open-faced sandwich. The preset temperature for this mode is 400 degrees with a preset time of 15 minutes.
This mode can also be used with Convection and Super Convection. You may choose a range of temperatures from 150 degrees to 450 degrees.
Keep Warm: This mode will keep your food warm after it’s cooked. The preset temperature is 175 degrees. The default time is 30 minutes, but you can also choose a longer period.
You can also choose a temperature between 150 degrees to 300 degrees. The timer will count down, alert you when it reaches zero, and shut itself off. This mode can also be used with Speed Convection or Convection.
Leftover: Use this mode to heat refrigerator leftovers, for example.
The default temperature is 325 degrees and the default time is 20 minutes. You can set the temperature in this mode anywhere from 150 degrees to 450 degrees. Speed Convection and Convection can be used in this mode too.
Toast: In this mode, you choose the shade of toasting you want, from light to dark, instead of temperature, the range is from 1 to 7. You can also choose anywhere between 1 and 9 slices of toast.
The cooking time will adjust to your settings, the default setting is shade level 4 and 3-4 slices. You may also select the “snowflake” or frozen symbol, if your bread is frozen, to extend the cooking time.
Bagel: This mode is similar to Toast in settings, but uses half the cooking power on the bottom oven elements to toast the top of bagels or anything else you want to toast on top, while lightly toasting the bottom.
You can also select the “snowflake” frozen symbol if your food is frozen so that cooking time will be extended. Shading levels may also be selected between 1 and 7, and the default setting is 4. The default number of slices is 3-4, and you may choose between 1 and 9 slices.
Waffle: Like Toast and Bagel modes, Waffle mode allows you to select shades between 1 and 7 with a default level of 4.
This mode also defaults to the frozen, “snowflake” mode to extend the cooking time for frozen waffles, you can “de-select” the frozen function if your waffles aren’t frozen. You may also choose up to 6 “slices” or waffles, the default is 3-4.
Convection: This mode uses a fan inside the oven to move oven air evenly around the oven. This speeds cooking time and promotes evenly cooked food. Just press the “Conv” button to activate the fan, you can turn it off at any time. Convection is used with all of the cooking modes, Bake, Broil, Roast, Pizza, Sandwich, Leftover, Keep Warm, and Leftover.
Speed Convection: If Convection is fast, this mode is even faster. Speed Convection also eliminates the need for preheating. By using the convection fan at a higher speed, food is cooked even faster than standard Convection.
This mode is selected by pressing the “Speed Conv” button. This mode is great for quickly defrosting and for using with the Roast mode. Speed Convection also works with Bake, Broil, Roast, Pizza, Sandwich, Leftover, Keep Warm, and Leftover.
Dual Cook: This mode lets you combine two cooking functions for a recipe that requires you to cook in two different ways.
For example, you can choose to Bake for a certain time and then Broil for another. Or, as another example, you may choose to Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes and 250 degrees for 1 hour.
Defrost: This mode extends cooking times to defrost frozen food and is selected by choosing the “snowflake” symbol on the control panel.
+30: This mode extends cooking time for 30 seconds by pressing the “+30s” button. You may just want to keep cooking beyond the time that you’ve set and this mode gives you an easy way to do that.
There are four rack positions and, with Dual Cook mode, you can cook different food simultaneously on two racks.
The TOB-260N1 comes with 2 wire racks, a broiling pan, a baking/drip pan, and even a pizza stone, a pretty good set of accessories.
All of the components are also BPA free.
Reviewers often compare this oven to the Breville, some like this better and some don’t. What they really like are all of the accessories that come with this oven, even a pizza stone, that other ovens don’t provide and the oven light in this oven.
Different reviewers also liked the different cooking modes and because there are so many, there are many favorites among them.
Quality of construction and durability was an issue for some of the reviewers, those whose ovens failed.
The ovens in this price range are all at risk of failing, even in the first one or two years. The good thing about this Cuisinart though, is that it has a 3-year warranty instead of the 1-year warranty that all the other ovens in this price range have.
You can buy an extended warranty that will cover you for one year more, 4 years total if you’d prefer.
The extended warranty may be worthwhile for another year of protection and for convenience, but you don’t absolutely need one like you do when buying ovens with one-year warranties.
The KitchenAid KCO275, is the latest Kitchen Aid convection countertop oven (you can see it on Amazon here).
This 1800W oven gives you a choice of seven colors (front only) should you need to color match with your kitchen or other appliances, or even just want a little more color in your kitchen.
This oven also has an integrated “cool-down” rack on the top of the oven. The rack is insulated and allows you to take your hot rack out of the oven with your food or cookware and let it cool in its own specially designed place.
Another nice design feature, built-in handles on the bottom sides of the oven allow you to easily move it to another place in your kitchen.
The cooking modes are Bake, Broil, Asado Roast, Pizza, Toast, Cookie, Bagel, Keep Warm and Reheat. There is also a “Frozen” button on the control panel that, when pressed, in Pizza, Toast, Cookie, Bagel modes will add extra cooking times that vary according to whichever of these modes is selected.
The “Convection” cooking button, also uses the convection cooking fan in all modes except “Toast” to generally cook about 25% faster than without the fan by circulating hot oven air around your food and oven. In Cookie mode, the EasyConvect system automatically adjusts cooking temperature downward if a specific time is set, since convection cooking is faster.
The cooking modes feature preset cooking times as part of KitchenAid’s “Even-Heat” system. Even-Heat uses the oven’s heating elements, to turn them off or on for best results for the mode you choose. Pizza mode, for instance, automatically broils for 30 seconds at the end of the cooking cycle for crisping pizza.
Each of these modes has a preset time and temperature (default is Fahrenheit, but you may also choose Celsius) that you can easily adjust. The oven will remember whatever settings you last used and will keep them until you make another change in the settings.
Bake: All of your baking is done in this mode and you may choose to turn the convection cooking fan on or off.
This mode uses two of the three heating elements on the top of the oven and the two below at a preset 350 degrees and 30 minutes of cooking time. You can also choose to use the Frozen button in this mode if your food is frozen. This will extend the cooking time, depending on your selected temperature, for defrosting.
Asado Roast: This mode uses two stages of cooking that are designed to first crisp, then thoroughly cook thicker cuts of meat or other food.
This mode also uses two of the three top elements and the bottom two elements. The first stage uses the convection fan by default, but you can turn it off. The cooking temperature is set to 450 degrees and the time set to 10 minutes. The second stage defaults to 325 degrees, but you may choose between 150 and 450 degrees. The default cooking time in the second stage is 45 minutes.
Broil: This uses the top three heating elements to sear meat or crisp bread, and has two temperatures to choose from, 450 degrees or 350 degrees.
The default setting is 450 degrees and 8 minutes, you can choose longer times but watch your food to make sure it doesn’t burn! You may also choose to use the convection cooking fan with this mode.
Keep Warm: This mode is designed to keep your food warm after cooking, so your food should already be at its ideal temperature when this mode is used. It uses two of the three top elements and the bottom two elements for warming. The default temperature is 170 degrees but you may choose between 150 and 200 degrees. The default time is 60 minutes.
Reheat: This mode is designed to work with two of the three top heating elements, the two bottom elements and the convection fan to heat food that may be stored in your refrigerator. The default temperature is 300 degrees, but you may choose anywhere from 150 to 450 degrees. The preset time is 15 minutes.
Cookie: Designed for baking cookies or similar foods, this mode uses two of the three top elements and the bottom two elements with or without convection. If convection is used, then the temperature is automatically reduced by 25 degrees in this mode, since convection cooking is faster.
The default temperature in this mode is 375 degrees, but you may choose between 150 degrees and 450 degrees. The default cooking time is 10 minutes. This mode also works with the Frozen button, if your cookies or other food is frozen.
The cooking time will be extended whenever the Frozen button is pressed, to first defrost, then cook frozen cookies or other food. The extra cooking time will be automatically determined based on the temperature you’ve chosen.
Pizza: This mode is designed to cook pizza with a crispy exterior. It starts cooking by using the two outer top heating elements and the bottom two heating elements then switches to Broil mode in the last 30 seconds of cooking time to crisp the top of the pizza.
Pizza mode uses convection cooking by default and also uses the Frozen mode by default. The Frozen button, when activated, extends the cooking time to allow for the extra time required to cook frozen food.
If your pizza (or anything else you are cooking) isn’t frozen, just press the Frozen button to deactivate this mode. The default cooking temperature is 400 degrees, you can choose anywhere between 150 degrees and 450 degrees. The default cooking time is 17 minutes.
Toast: This mode is designed to use the outer top two elements and the bottom two elements to toast bread, pastries or frozen waffles.
For frozen items, activate the Frozen button to extend the cooking time. You can select the level of shade that you prefer, from light to dark, on your toast or other food from level 1 to level 8. The default is level 4. You can also select the number of slices you want to cook, from 1 to 6 with a default number of 2.
Bagel: This mode is designed to use two of the three top heating elements and the two bottom heating elements to toast the top side of a bagel slice. You can also use it for anything else you want to toast on one side, while only lightly toasting the bottom.
This mode also works with the Frozen button to extend cooking time if your bagels or other food is frozen. You may also choose between 1 and 8 levels of shade, from light to dark, for your bagel or other food. The default level is 4. The number of bagel or other slices that you may choose is from 1 to 6 and the default number is 2.
The KitchenAid KCO275 is among the smallest countertop ovens reviewed here. The internal measure is about 0.43 cubic feet when you deduct the space taken up by oven racks and heating elements. The internal measurements are about 12.5 inches wide, about 6 inches high and about 12 inches deep. The exterior dimensions are 18 inches wide, 12.1 inches high, and 16.1 inches deep.
Included with the oven are one 12″ non-stick multipurpose pan, a 12″ broiling rack, a cooling rack, and a non-stick drip tray. A removable crumb tray is also included that slides out for easy disposal of food crumbs or residue.
There are three rack positions for different cooking techniques and foods and it weighs almost 20 pounds. The oven settings can alternatively be set for Fahrenheit or Celsius temperatures.
The temperature maxes out at 450 degrees Fahrenheit, the minimum is 150 degrees, and note that this oven does not have an interior light.
Consider the user reviews. A lot of reviewers commented that they really like the color options and that this oven reached temperature pretty quickly.
The negative reviews noted that the colors for this oven only have colors on the front of the oven, not the rest of it.
Also, oven failures. Like a lot of the ovens in this price range, the most negative reviews come from those whose ovens completely quit on them in the first or second year of ownership.
The KitchenAid warranty is only 1-year, like most of the ovens reviewed here. So, to protect yourself against possible failures, buy an extended warranty (see below for options).
To see the latest pricing for this oven and for any discounts in the Amazon store, click the links below, one for each color. Pick your color: Stainless Steel; Aqua Sky; Majestic Yellow; White; Cobalt Blue; Onyx Black; and Gloss Cinnamon.
One of the newest countertop ovens is the DeLonghi America EO241250M Livenza Digital (see it on Amazon here). DeLonghi is an Italian appliance manufacturer that introduced this oven into the US market in 2016.
This 1800W stainless steel oven includes an oven light. The oven temperatures maxes out at 450 degrees Fahrenheit.
The oven heating elements are located in the top and bottom of the oven, but also surround the convection fan on the right side of the oven. A heating element surrounding the convection fan defines “true convection”, which this oven has and many others reviewed here do not. The heat from the heating element is directly circulated by the convection fan into the oven to better spread the hot oven air around the oven.
The EO24150M has multiple cooking modes, there are: Bake, Convection Bake, Broil/Grill, Defrost, Pizza, Cookies, and Toast.
Default temperatures vary for each of these modes and are expressed by default in Fahrenheit. You may alternatively choose Celsius settings.
Toast: This mode allows you to set the level of toast color or level of “doneness” by rotating the oven’s Toast Color/Time dial. You can choose the number of slices to toast from 2 to 6 by rotating the temperature dial.
Press the start button and the oven will start cooking for as long as necessary to match the toast color you’ve chosen and the number of slices. The oven will alert you when time is up.
Bake: For all of your baking, choose this mode, the default temperature is 350 degrees.
The range of temperatures available in this mode is 170 degrees to 450 degrees, just rotate the temperature dial to set temperature.
For setting the cooking time, rotate the time dial.
The default time for this setting is 1 hour and you can set it for up to 2 hours. Once your settings are made, start the oven and preheating begins. When the temperature that you’ve set is reached, you will be alerted by a beeping sound and the same sound will alert you then the cooking time you’ve set is up.
Convection: This mode uses the oven fan to better circulate hot oven air around the oven, producing more evenly cooked food faster than without convection. Convection cooking time generally reduces cooking time by about 25%. The range of temperatures that you may choose in this mode is 170 degrees to 450 degrees with a default temperature of 350 degrees.
Just rotate the temperature dial to your desired temperature. For changing the cooking time, rotate the time dial to set up to 2 hours of convection cooking time.
The default cooking time is 1 hour. Once you start this mode, preheating begins just like in Bake mode and “beeps” to alert you when the temperature is reached. When the cooking time is up, you will also be alerted with a “beep”.
Broil/Grill: This mode doesn’t use heating, but uses the top heating elements in the oven at high temperature to put a sear on meat, fish or vegetables and a crisp on things that can be “crisped”. The temperature is automatically set by the oven, but you may choose cooking times up to 2 hours.
Defrost: This mode automatically sets the oven temperature based on the time you choose to defrost your frozen food. You may choose to defrost up to 2 hours, then just start the Defrost mode. The oven will also alert you when the time you set is reached.
Pizza: This mode is designed to cook either frozen or fresh pizza. The mode automatically defaults to frozen, but you can turn it off by pressing the “snowflake” frozen button.
In this mode, select the size of the pizza with the temperature dial, from 6 inch wide pizzas to 13 inches. Then use the time dial to select the level of “crispness” that you prefer.
Once these settings are made, start the oven and the cooking time will be automatically calculated. When you are not using the frozen, or “snowflake” option, that is, when you are cooking fresh pizza, the oven will alert you when it’s time to add your cheese topping for optimal melting.
When time is up, the alert also sounds. You can also add extra time at the end of the cycle if you want your pizza cooked longer.
This oven is also designed to cook two pizzas at the same time by using the maximum crispness setting.
Cookies: This mode is designed to cook up to two trays of cookies, one on top of the other, by rotating the temperature dial for either one or two racks of cookies.
Temperature in Cookies mode is automatically selected by the oven. The time is also automatically determined by the oven, but you can change the time if you’d prefer.
You can also add extra cooking time at the end of the cooking cycle.
Keep Warm: In addition to keeping food warm at a low temperature, the great thing about this mode is that you can use it as a slow cooker since it stays on for up to 6 hours.
The DeLonghi oven has about 0.85 cubic feet of internal space before deducting for the racks and the heating elements. When you do that, the internal usable space is about 0.67 cubic feet, still among the largest ovens reviewed in this category.
The usable dimensions are about 13 inches wide, 12 inches deep, and 7.5 inches high.
The external measurements are 19 inches wide, 17.5 inches deep, and 12 inches high.
Included with the oven are a bake pan, a pizza pan, 2 wire racks, and a crumb tray.
The oven has four rack positions for flexible rack placement, higher or lower depending on what you are cooking and whether you are cooking with two racks.
The user reviews are positive. The pizza function seems to work pretty smoothly and most like the interior size of this oven.
Like all of the ovens in this price range except Cuisinart, this oven comes with a 1-year warranty. Since it’s been recently introduced into the market durability is still unknown, but we still would recommend buying an extended warranty.
The ovens in this price range might not last as long as you might expect them to, so better to protect yourself and look at the extended warranty options below.
The best of these lower-priced high-quality countertop ovens is Breville’s Smart Oven Pro BOV845BSS. Our decision is based on our own objective analysis of the features, design, and price of the Smart Oven Pro. We also look at the overwhelming 5-star customer reviews of this countertop. Compared to others in the $200 to $300 price category, Breville offers the best quality and functions for the price.
Each of the ovens reviewed in this category has something going for them.
For instance, the Cuisinart TOB260 has even more cooking modes than Breville’s and a 3-year warranty. The KitchenAid has different colors and nice design features. The DeLonghi has a fairly large interior and a robust pizza function.
Breville though is an expert manufacturer of countertop ovens. These ovens are among the best selling because people love how well they work and the functions they provide for the price.
The next two countertop ovens are the lowest priced in this review. Neither of them is a convection oven. These lower-priced countertops range in price from about $150 to $200.
The Breville BOV650XL Compact Smart Oven is another quality Breville product. It is larger than the BOV450XL (see below) and smaller than the Breville Smart Oven Pro (see above). If want you to skip straight to the Amazon store to buy this oven click here. You can also see our detailed review of the Breville BOV650XL Compact Smart Oven here.
This oven has 8 cooking modes and 1,800 watts of power.
Like all of the other Breville ovens reviewed here, the BOV650XL includes the Element IQ system.
This system is designed to work with each of the oven’s four quartz cooking elements for best results based on the cooking mode, time, and temperatures that you set for your oven.
This stainless steel oven with a non-stick interior can even accommodate a 12-inch diameter pizza.
Note that this oven is not a convection oven, it does not have a convection fan.
The Breville Compact Smart Oven features two optional buttons that each work in select cooking modes.
The first is the temperature conversion button, indicated by “PRESS TEMP.” text, then “F/C” inside the button. Press this button to switch from Fahrenheit (the default setting) to Celsius, and back.
This button is also useful in converting temperatures from one standard to the other. Just enter the temperature in either Fahrenheit or Celsius. Then press the button to switch to Celsius or Fahrenheit, and the LCD will display the converted temperature.
You can tell which mode you are in by looking at the LCD display which indicates either “F” for Fahrenheit or “C” for Celsius.
The temperature conversion button works in Bake, Roast, Broil, Reheat, Pizza and Cookie modes.
The other optional button on the front of the oven is the frozen foods button, indicated by the “PRESS FROZEN” text and a snowflake icon on the button.
The frozen foods button adds additional cooking time to account for frozen food. It adds time appropriate for the cooking mode that it is operating in. It works in Toast, Bagel, Bake, Cookie, and Pizza modes.
In Pizza mode note that it is the default setting, but can be deselected by pressing the frozen foods button. You would likely want to deselect the frozen foods button when cooking fresh pizza.
Bake mode generally works best for food placed in the center rack position, but you may need to choose the lower or upper positions based on the size of the food.
The default temperature for Bake mode is 325 Fahrenheit. You may choose any temperature you want by pressing the Temp/Time button until the preset temperature of 325 F is displayed on the LCD screen and then rotating the dial. You may choose between 120 degrees and 450 degrees Fahrenheit, or between 50 and 230 degrees Celsius.
The default Bake time is 30 minutes. To change it, press the Temp/Time button until “30 MINS” is displayed on the LCD screen. Then just rotate the dial to choose Bake times between 1 minute and 120 minutes.
This mode is designed for cooking dense foods like thick cuts of meat. It is designed to use all four heating elements to thoroughly cook the interior of the food while crisping the exterior.
The recommended rack position in Roast mode is the bottom position.
The default temperature is 350 degrees Fahrenheit and the default cooking time is 1 hour. To change these settings, just press the Temp/Time button until your choice of the default temperature or default time appears on the LCD display. Then simply turn the dial to the right to increase time or temperature, or to the left to decrease either.
The range of temperatures available for you to set is between 120 and 450 degrees Fahrenheit or between 50 and 230 degrees Celsius. The options for cooking time in Roast range from 1 minute to 2 hours.
Once you’ve made your temperature and time setting, press Start. The oven will then preheat, indicated by the flashing “PREHEATING” display on the LCD. When the temperature set by default or by you is reached, the audible alert will sound to alert you to place your food in the oven. The timer will then start for whatever time is set.
Once the cooking cycle has finished, the audible alert will sound three times, indicating that cooking time has expired.
You can stop the Roast cooking cycle or any cycle at any time.
This function is designed to deliver high heat from the top two heating elements to sear your food with a lot of cooking power and low power on the lower heating elements. You can broil all kinds of meat, fish, open-faced sandwiches, even vegetables easily with this oven.
The included enamel broiling rack should be used in Broil mode and it is suggested that you use the top rack position in Broil mode.
There are only two temperature settings in Broil mode, “HI” and “LO”, the default setting is “HI”.
To change between “HI” and “LO”, press the Temp/Time button until the default “HI” setting is displayed on the LCD screen, then turn the dial to change the setting to “LO” or leave it at “HI”.
The default time setting is 10 minutes. To change it, press the Temp/Time button until the “10 MINS” are displayed on the LCD screen. Then turn the dial left for less time down to 1 minute or to the right for more time up to 20 minutes.
NOTE: Turn your food over half-way through the Broil cycle if you want to crisp both sides of your food, or to more evenly cook it.
This mode is designed to use each of the four quartz heating elements to heat refrigerated food without crisping or searing it. It is meant for heating up leftovers.
The default temperature in Reheat mode is 325 Fahrenheit and the default time is 15 minutes.
To change the temperature or time, press the Temp/Time button until the default temperature or time is displayed in the LCD screen. Rotate the dial left or right for decreasing or increasing time or temperature.
You may choose a temperature from 120 to 450 degrees Fahrenheit or from 50 to 230 degrees Celsius. Cooking times may be adjusted from 1 minute to a maximum of 1 hour.
This mode is designed to use all four elements to brown sliced bread on both sides equally in the center rack position while at the same time leave the center of the slice warm but soft.
In this mode, you choose the “Darkness” or browning level that you want for your toast in place of a temperature setting and also choose the number of slices in place of cooking time.
The Element IQ system will automatically adjust cooking time once you choose the “Darkness” and number of slices. The “Darkness” levels are 1 (lightest) to 7 (darkest) and slices from 1 to 4.
You should probably experiment with these settings since sliced bread comes in so many varieties and sizes. Once you’ve found the right settings, the oven will remember them so they can be used without having to change them each time.
The default setting in Toast mode is “Darkness” level 4 and 2 slices.
To switch between “Darkness” and the number of slices, use the Temp/Time button, pressing it until either “DARKNESS” or “SLICES” is flashing on the LCD screen. To change these settings from the default settings, just turn the dial left or right to decrease or increase darkness or slices.
Once you’ve entered your settings, press the “START/CANCEL” button. The LCD will then display the cooking time calculated by the Element IQ system to match your settings. Element IQ also adjusts for the internal temperature of the oven, whether the oven is warm or cold, the system will shorten or extend the cooking time. It’s fun to guess to see if you can accurately predict the answer provided by Element IQ.
This mode is designed to toast the top of bagels, thick bread slices, or even artisan bread. It is designed to only toast the top side of any type of bread.
It is best to use the center rack position and provide high heat to the top elements and low heat to the bottom elements.
If you prefer your bagel or other bread toasted on both sides, then use the Toast function.
Like the Toast function, the Bagel function uses “Darkness” and the number of slices instead of temperature and time settings.
You may choose “Darkness” levels from 1 to 7 and slices from 1 to 4. The default setting is Darkness level 4 and slices 2.
Use the Temp/Time button to change the default settings. When you press the Temp/Time button in Bagel mode, the LCD indicator for either “DARKNESS” or “SLICES” will begin blinking, indicating which of the two settings you can change. If you need to switch to the other setting, press the Temp/Time button again.
Once you’ve selected which setting you want to change, just rotate the dial to the right to increase “Darkness” or slices. Turn it to the left to decrease “Darkness” or slices.
Once you’ve made your settings, press the “START/CANCEL” button, and the Element IQ system will automatically display the needed cooking time on the LCD display. The Element IQ system takes your “Darkness” level and number of slices together with the internal temperature of the oven and determines how much cooking time is needed.
This mode uses all four elements to cook frozen or fresh pizza while crisping the top layer.
The middle rack position is recommended for Pizza mode, but you may need to adjust based on the thickness of the pizza and other components.
The default temperature and time in Pizza mode is 425 degrees Fahrenheit and 15 minutes. The frozen foods button, indicated by the snowflake icon inside the button is also selected by default.
To change the temperature or time, press the Temp/Time button until either the default temperature or time is displayed on the LCD screen. Then rotate the dial left or right to decrease or increase the temperature or time.
You may choose temperatures between 120 and 450 Fahrenheit or 50 and 230 Celsius. Time can be adjusted from 1 minute to two hours in Pizza mode.
Note: If you are cooking fresh pizza, deselect the frozen foods button by pressing the button with the snowflake icon inside of it, the snowflake icon will also disappear from the LCD display if you deselect it.
Once your settings are made, press the “START/CANCEL” button and the oven will preheat to the temperature that you’ve set. When the temperature is reached, an alert will sound for you to put the pizza in the oven. If you are using a pizza stone, put the pizza stone in the oven during preheating since it needs to warm up before you put the pizza on it.
Once the cooking time has been reached an alarm will sound.
This mode is designed to cook fresh or frozen, homemade or commercially prepared cookies, crescent rolls, cinnamon rolls, strudel, biscuits, and similar foods.
It is suggested that you use the middle rack position in Cookie mode.
When you select Cookie mode, the default temperature is 350 degrees Fahrenheit and the default cooking time is 11 minutes.
To change these settings, just press the Temp/Time button until the temperature or time is displayed on the LCD screen.
Turn the dial left to decrease the cooking time or temperature and turn it right to increase the cooking time or temperature.
You may choose a cooking time anywhere from 1 minute to 1 hour.
Cooking temperatures between 120 degrees and 450 degrees Fahrenheit, or 50 degrees and 230 degrees Celsius can be made in Cookie mode.
To start cooking in Cookie mode, press the “START/CANCEL” button on the front of the oven. The oven will then begin preheating to the temperature that you’ve set. Once that temperature is reached, an alert will sound, telling you it’s time to put your cookies or other food into the oven.
Once the time you set has expired, the alert will sound again.
The Compact Smart Oven comes with a 10 inch by 10-inch enamel broil rack and a 10 inch by 10-inch baking pan.
Also note that this BOV650XL includes a crumb tray located underneath the oven door. With the oven door shut, just pull the tray out to remove any crumbs that may have accumulated during cooking.
The top of the oven has a ribbed surface that is designed to act as a warming tray, so be careful since it gets hot! You should only use ceramic plates or the optional Bamboo Cutting Board on the warming tray.
The Compact Smart Oven interior 12 inches wide, 12 inches deep and about 5 1/2 inches high, or about 0.46 cubic feet total. When you deduct the interior space for racks and heating elements, then the height is about 4.25 inches or about 0.35 cubic feet.
The exterior measures 17 wide, 15 inches deep, and 10 inches high.
The Breville Compact Smart Oven BOV650XL weights 15 pounds.
This size is great for the countertop to compliment your full-sized range or oven. You may even be happy with the Breville Mini Smart Oven with all of it’s cooking versatility in place of a full-sized oven.
If you’d like to see this oven in the store, take a look at it on Amazon here. We recommend buying an extended warranty for this oven, Amazon has some reasonable options too.
The standard Breville warranty is only for 1 year, so an extended warranty is recommended to protect you if this oven stops working after that 1 year.
The Breville Mini Smart Oven, also known as the BOV450XL, is a compact powerhouse. Like all of the Breville countertop ovens reviewed here, it has Breville’s Element IQ cooking technology to power the oven’s four quartz heating elements. To skip straight to Amazon click here.
Depending on the cooking mode selected, the Element IQ technology will adjust the power to optimize the heating elements to match the mode selected.
It even has an “A BIT MORE” function that adds extra cooking time to each cycle if you’d like to cook a little bit longer. The extra cooking time for this button varies from cooking mode to cooking mode.
Other built-in functions that you can use in all modes are the Frozen Foods and Temperature Conversion buttons. The Frozen Foods button will add extra cooking time for each mode to account for foods that are frozen when put in the oven. It works in the Bake, Bagel, Toast, Cookies, and Pizza cooking modes.
The Temperature Conversion button converts recipes in Fahrenheit to Celsius and vice versa. Simply enter the Fahrenheit or Celsius temperature (you can tell which mode your oven is in by the “F” or “C” symbol on the display). Then press the Temperature Conversion button and the correct Celsius or Fahrenheit temperature will be displayed.
This smallest Breville smart oven reviewed here has a lot of features. It has 8 cooking modes and a built-in warming tray on top of the oven. It also has 1,800 watts of power and an interior light.
The Mini Smart Oven also has a pull-out crumb tray, located under the oven door, for easy cleaning. It will also automatically shut itself off if you forget!
Included with the oven is a 10 inch by 10-inch baking pan. It also has three rack positions and will even fit an 11-inch diameter pizza.
Like every other oven reviewed here, the Breville BOV450XL is made of stainless steel construction. It also has a non-stick interior like all of the Breville ovens reviewed here.
One thing to note, however, is that this oven does not have an interior fan for convection cooking. The interior “box” measures 0.45 cubic feet.
This mode uses all 4 heating elements to bake cakes or savory items like frozen lasagna or pot pies.
The default temperature setting is 325 degrees F and the default time is 30 minutes. You may choose to set any temperature in Bake mode from 120 to 450 degrees Fahrenheit or 50 to 230 degrees Celsius.
Once you’ve made your settings, the oven will preheat to your desired temperature and alert you when it’s ready. The cook time that you’ve set will then begin.
You can interrupt the cooking cycle at any time. You can also use the “A BIT MORE” button to extend the cooking time by 5-minute increments in this mode.
The total cooking time allowed in Bake mode, whether it is set at the beginning or extended by the “A BIT MORE” button, is 90 minutes.
This mode uses all of the heating elements to cook thick pieces of meat thoroughly while crisping the exterior, and also works for cooking denser vegetables or other foods.
The temperature is set by default in this mode to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and cooking time is set for 1 hour.
You may select a range of temperatures in this mode, just like in Bake mode, from 120 degrees Fahrenheit to 450 degrees, 50 degrees Celsius to 120 degrees.
The “A BIT MORE” button in Roast will extend the cooking time in 10-minute increments.
Like the Bake mode, the Roast mode will only allow you to cook for up to 90 minutes, whether set at the beginning or extended with the “A BIT MORE” button.
Most of the power in this mode is mostly directed by the Element IQ system to the top two elements. Broil is designed to sear or crisp anything you put in the top rack position (the recommended rack setting) or middle rack for larger food.
This mode is great for putting a sear on meat, crisping open-faced sandwiches, or even adding a crisp exterior to bread or muffins.
There are only two temperature settings is Broil mode, “HI” and “LO”. The default setting is HI and the default Broil time is 15 minutes. You may set the Broil time to a maximum of 20 minutes given the high temperatures produced. The A BIT MORE button will extend Broil time an additional 2 minutes, up to 20 minutes total, at which point it will shut off.
This mode is designed to reheat food that you’ve already cooked by warming each element on the top and bottom of the oven.
The default temperature for Reheat mode is 325 degrees Fahrenheit, but you may choose any temperature from 120 degrees to 375 degrees Fahrenheit or from 50 to 190 degrees Celsius.
The “A BIT MORE” button extends cooking time in 5-minute increments up to 2 hours.
The default Reheat time is 15 minutes, but you may choose to Reheat for up to 2 hours. This maximum time of 2 hours includes any additional time you may have chosen with the “A BIT MORE” button.
This mode uses all four heating elements with the Element IQ system to toast up to 4 slices of bread. Each side of the bread will be toasted to whatever level of “browning” you select. While each side of your bread is toasted, Toast mode is designed to leave the inside of the bread soft.
Element IQ will even adjust cooking time for the heating elements based on the internal temperature of the oven. If the oven is already warm, for instance, the system will adjust for that by using less power than if it is at room temperature.
The middle rack is recommended for Toast Mode.
In this mode, you may choose the “Darkness” levels for your toast and how many slices you want to toast.
For “Darkness” levels, or levels of “browning”, you may choose levels from 1 to 7. 1 is the lightest level and 7 the darkest. Just press the TEMP/DARKNESS button until “DARKNESS” is displayed on the LCD screen. The choose your preferred level by using the up and down arrow button immediately to the right of the TEMP/DARKNESS button.
To choose the number of slices you want to toast, select the TIME/SLICES button until “SLICES” is displayed on the LCD screen. Then use the up and down arrows to the left of the TIME/SLICES button to select from 1 to 4 slices.
These selections, combined with the internal temperature of the oven, will automatically adjust the cooking time with the Element IQ system.
Should you prefer to toast longer, the “A BIT MORE” button in this mode will extend the cooking time for 30 seconds. You may repeatedly use the “A BIT MORE” button in this mode up to a total of 10 minutes Toast time.
This function is designed to use all of the heating elements to brown the top of bagels or other thick slices of bread while lightly warming the bottom.
If you prefer your bagel crisped equally on both sides, then just use the Toast mode.
It is recommended that you use the middle rack position for Bagel mode.
This mode is similar to Toast mode, you choose the level of preferred “Darkness” for the top of your bagel, from 1 to 7 and the number of bagels you want, from 1 to 4.
For “Darkness” or the number of slices, just press the TEMP/DARKNESS button until “DARKNESS” is displayed on the LCD screen, or the TIME/SLICES button until “SLICES” is displayed.
Use the up and down arrow buttons between the TEMP/DARKNESS and TIME/SLICES buttons to adjust darkness levels or the number of slices.
Once you’ve made your darkness selection and chosen your number of slices, the Element IQ system will determine cooking time. The default darkness level is 4 and the default slices is 2.
Should you want to extend cooking time in Bagel mode, the “A BIT MORE” button will extend cooking time for 30 seconds each time you press it.
The maximum cooking time in Bagel mode, however, is 10 minutes. This includes cooking time extended with the “A BIT MORE” button.
This mode is designed to use all the heating elements to cook pizza. The Element IQ system will direct more power to the top elements when in this mode to crisp the top.
The middle rack position is suggested for this mode. But you may need to use other rack positions for specific types of pizza.
In Pizza mode the “Frozen” button is automatically selected, indicated by the snowflake icon in the LCD display. You may press the button with the same snowflake icon to deselect it if you want to turn it off. You might want to do this if you are cooking fresh pizza.
The default temperature in Pizza mode is 425 degrees Fahrenheit. You may set it anywhere from 120 degrees Fahrenheit to 450 degrees (50 to 230 degrees Celsius) in Pizza mode.
Cooking time in Pizza mode is 18 minutes by default. You may choose a cooking time anywhere from 1 minute to 55 minutes. The “A BIT MORE” button in Pizza mode will extend cooking time in increments of 5 minutes. The maximum total cooking time is 55 minutes in this mode.
You may want to rotate your pizza halfway through the cooking cycle for more even cooking in this oven.
NOTE: If you are using a pizza stone, make sure you heat the pizza stone by itself first, during the preheating cycle. Do this before you put the pizza on the pizza stone.
This mode is designed to bake homemade cookies or commercial cookies. It also works for biscuits, crescent rolls, strudel, and even cinnamon rolls.
Cookie mode uses all of the oven’s heating elements.
The middle rack position is recommended for Cookie mode.
The default temperature in Cookie mode is 350 degrees Fahrenheit, or 175 Celsius. You may, however, choose any temperature between 120 and 450 degrees Fahrenheit. The equivalent Celsius range is between 50 and 230 degrees.
Cooking time in Cookie mode is 10 minutes by default. You can change the time from 1 minute to 55 minutes of total cooking time if you want.
Your cooking time starts once the preheating cycles finishes. The alert will sound to let you know that the oven is at your set temperature.
Using the “A BIT MORE” button in this mode extends the cooking time by 2 minutes each time you press it. Use it when you want to cook longer. The maximum cooking time in Cookie mode is 55 minutes. This maximum applies whether set initially or extended with the “A BIT MORE” button.
The top of the oven is designed to be used as a warming tray, but only with ceramic plates. Be careful not to place anything else on top of the oven that is not ceramic. The top of this oven will get really hot.
Besides the 10-inch by 10-inch baking tray included with the Breville BOV450XL, other standard sized cookware that should fit inside include:
(1) a 9 inch by 9-inch baking pan, (2) a 7.5 inch by 11-inch baking pan, (3) a standard-sized 6-cup muffin tin, and (4) a 9-inch loaf pan.
The Breville Mini Smart Oven BOV450XL weighs 15.2 pounds, and the exterior measures 15.5 x 14 x 8.8 inches. The interior measures 11 x 11 x 6 inches, or about 0.45 cubic feet. When deducting for racks and other items, the height is 4.25 inches, providing a usable interior space of about 0.30 cubic feet.
The one downside to Breville ovens is their short warranties. This oven only has a 1-year warranty, so we recommend buying an extended warranty when you buy the oven.
To see this oven on Amazon, including extended warranty options, click here.
The Best Countertop Oven on the market today is the Wolf Gourmet Elite Countertop Oven (the replacement of the original Wolf Gourmet Countertop Oven).
It is hard to compare all of these ovens. They each have a wide range of functions, price, warranty, and quality.
The Wolf Gourmet is the most expensive countertop reviewed here. But, it is likely to last the longest because of its quality.
So, in that sense, “you get what you pay for”. And if you don’t, Wolf has a 5-year warranty, none of the other ovens reviewed here come even close! (see it here on Amazon)
One of the less expensive countertop ovens, the Breville Smart Oven Pro, also has some of the most features. People love their Breville ovens, even if they have only a 1-year warranty.
The Wolf Gourmet is the best premium countertop and the Breville is the best lower-priced countertop. Of these two, the Wolf Gourmet is the ultimate winner.
Divide the price of each oven reviewed here by the number of years each oven will probably last (the cost per year). That number will be lowest by almost any scenario for the Wolf Countertop.
Even if it’s the most expensive, it’s still the best value if you don’t plan to throw your oven away after 2 or 3 years! The Wolf Gourmet’s quality, in our opinion, is worth the price, and the 5-year warranty confirms it!
You don’t need an extended warranty with Wolf Gourmet. That’s not the case with other countertops since their warranties are shorter and they won’t last as long. For almost every other countertop oven reviewed here, you should buy an extended warranty that will add to the total cost.
To see the latest pricing and any discounts on Amazon, the models with red knobs, black knobs, and stainless steel knobs, subject to availability (you can always swap out knob colors later). Don’t worry about the knob colors though, Wolf will replace them if you want a different color. Just give them a call after you register your oven.