A countertop convection oven comes in handy when you need extra oven space for side dishes for holidays, for times when you want to cook two things in the oven at different temperatures, or when you want to cook something small and you don’t want to use your full-size oven.
They’re also great for vacation cabins or dorms, or in spaces where it would be handy to heat foods outside the kitchen, like the garage, man-cave, or bar. The smaller ones are easily portable, so you can set them up wherever... you have an electrical outlet, so you could toast hamburger buns on your deck while your burgers are on the grill.
Convection heating works by using a fan to blow hot air over the food, which means it cooks faster. It also creates better browning while your roast or chicken stays juicy. The hot air also makes baking more even, so all the cookies on a cookie sheet will brown at the same time, without needing to rotate the pans during cooking.
Some convection ovens are fancy oversized toasters that are best for snacks, frozen foods, and reheating lunch, while others are genuine ovens that can roast a chicken to perfection or bake dozens of cookies. Read on for our best picks of 2017.
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This oven combines capacity, features, and a reasonable price tag into one oven that will fit your kitchen and your wallet. It’s large enough to fit two 16-inch pizzas and has digital controls for easy operation and simple cleaning since there are no knobs that collect grease and dirt. It has options for broiling, baking, defrosting, and for making toast or pizza. If you’re using this for toast, it can hold 14 slices.
This has a 90-minute timer with auto shut-off and a stainless steel exterior... and easy-clean interior. The temperature is adjustable from 200 to 450 degrees for versatile cooking.
This includes an integrated broiler rack, two oven racks, and a baking pan, but it’s large enough to hold most of your standard pans as well. The manufacturer recommends that you don’t use aluminum foil in the oven as it could cause the oven to overheat.
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If you’re happy making larger meals in your oven, but you’d like a small oven that won’t break the bank while you make snacks, this convenient little oven will fit your counter and your wallet. It’s large enough to cook a 12-inch pizza or toast 6 slices of bread at once. A standard 9x11 baking pan will fit, for making casseroles, brownies, or dinner rolls.
The roll-top door makes access to the oven easier and doesn’t require space on the side of the oven, and you can put food on the counter right... in front of the oven, or leave your fork or spatula in that space since the door won’t get in the way.
The oven has settings for baking, broiling, and making toast, and it has a 30-minute timer with an option for the oven to stay on rather than turning off automatically.
The temperature ranges from 150 to 450 degrees, so this is great for keeping food warm while you’re waiting for other items to finish cooking. The removable crumb tray makes cleaning easier.
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If you can’t quite justify buying a small oven just for the times you need the extra cooking space, this oven also includes a rotisserie that makes it even more versatile.
The oven can hold two 12-inch pizzas, two 9x13 inch baking pans, or two standard cake pans at one time. The rotisserie can hold a 5-pound chicken or a similar-sized roast.
This has settings for baking or broiling and a two-hour timer. While the temperature dial goes up to 450 degrees, some users have reported that the actual... temperature is slightly lower. While it can be used as a toaster, it does not have a dedicated toast function.
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If you’re looking for a countertop convection oven that is built for professional cooking, this fully-featured convection oven will turn out bread, cookies, roast chicken, and other foods just like your standard oven.
The temperature is adjustable from 100 to 450 degrees, so you can use this for keeping food warm or proofing bread dough on the low end, or for making pizza on the high end. It has a two-hour timer.
The fan operates at high speed for complete and even heat distribution, and the oven... is well insulated, so the exterior doesn’t get as hot as many of the countertop ovens meant for home kitchens.
The exterior is stainless steel. The door is removable and the racks slide out for easy cleaning. While the stainless steel exterior would look good in any kitchen, this is built more for function than fashion, so it has an industrial look.
This includes three 13 1/2 x 10 inch custom aluminum baking trays. It does not have a broiler.Continue to 5 of 6 below.
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If space is a consideration, this oven has a compact footprint, but can still cook a 12-inch pizza. It has two reversible racks, so you have more height adjustments to accommodate tall foods or double racks of cookies. Because the interior is small, it preheat fast, so you’ll be cooking in no time.
The four-hour stay-on function lets you slow-roast foods for a longer time than many countertop ovens, and it automatically shuts off when the time is up. For easy cleaning, it has a nonstick interior.... This has bake, broil, warm, and toast settings. The toast setting allows you to choose the darkness desired for the toast. The temperature is adjustable from warm to 450 degrees.
This includes a broiler pan with a grill rack, a removable metal drip and crumb tray for easy cleaning, and two racks.
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If you make a lot of pizza, this oven has you covered. It has a dedicated pizza drawer that is designed specifically for making pizza and can hold a pizza up to 12 inches in diameter. The tray is also ideal for making bruschetta, quesadillas, or similar foods.
When you’re not making pizza, this has settings for baking, broiling, toasting, and keeping food warm. It has a 60 minute timer with auto shut-off, as well as a stay-on function if you need to cook something for longer than an hour. The... temperature is adjustable from warm to 450 degrees, and the broiler can be used at any temperature, so you can use it when you need gentle heat from the top, or when you want to broil at high heat.
This included a baking pan, and it has an integrated broiling rack. The pizza drawer and the upper oven cannot be used at the same time.
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