Would you like to bake pizza at home, grill kebabs, or toast some bread for breakfast without the hassle of heating up and cleaning a large oven? Then toaster ovens are your best choice.
Toaster ovens are like mini ovens that are specialized in making quick, small meals.
Toaster ovens don’t cost much money either. Most cost around $100. If you want a larger toaster oven, you can pay up to $300.
But if you want a compact and energy efficient toaster oven, a budget of $100 is very sufficient. Scroll below for our list of best toaster ovens under 100:
5 Best Toaster Ovens Under $100 – 2017
This is a neat little toaster oven that not only makes toasts, but also bakes cookies, breads, and even pizza without a hassle. This is very much a miniature oven that is more energy efficient than a regular oven, but is more versatile than a toaster.
This toaster oven uses convection heating, warm air will be circulated throughout the oven with the help of a fan. The advantage is that it bakes real fast. But there’s a drawback: this toaster oven can get quite heated, so make sure not to place any plastics or melt-y items anywhere near this appliance. You will have to follow this rule with any toaster oven.
The oven has very convenient two rack positions. It’s easy to cook breakfast or dinner for a large family in less than an hour. Also, you can bake a pizza on the top rack and broil kebabs in the lower one with ease. At one time, it can cook a 12-inch pizza and 6 slices of bread. This oven comes with easy and modern digital controlling and a 120 minute timer. The text that accompanies the buttons is very small and can fade quickly if you are not careful. We really liked the crumb tray on the bottom that can be removed for cleaning.
- Two racks
- Removable crumb tray
- Fast cooking by convectional heating
- Digital display text is tiny and is prone to fading
- Oven gets heated enough to melt nearby plastics
This is a conventional oven that is quite similar to the Black+Decker mentioned above. But it’s smaller and has only one rack. What we immediately liked above this toaster oven is how good looking it is. This toaster oven has a sleek, curved display that goes really well with modern kitchen design.
It can toast 6 bread slices at a time. The toaster comes with an easy-to-read LCD time display and backlit digital controls. This toaster oven is really versatile can can cook cookies, frozen meals, pizzas, and casseroles.
This toaster oven works impressively fast. It can bake at 350 degrees in just 30 minutes. Pizza can be baked at 400 degrees in just 20 minutes. It includes a defrost setting too to conveniently get poultry ready for baking. We found this toaster oven to work quietly as well, because the fans in some convection ovens can get quite loud.
This oven only has a single wall on the back, which is on par with the price range. The only disappointment is that the interior is rather compact so it can only fit a 9×13 pan without handles max. There was also not crumb tray included.
- Works fast
- Quiet operation
- Backlit digital controls
- Small interior
This is a unique toaster oven. Actually, we would call it a toaster with a mini oven part at the bottom. The top toaster can toast 2 slices of bread or bagel at a time. Then bottom part is a mini oven that can cook meats and pizza in small portions. We managed to bake 2 medium sized pizza slices at once.
Overall, this unit is really small and compact. So if you live in a dorm or an apartment with limited kitchen space, then this toaster oven would be ideal. It’s not as large and accommodating as most toaster ovens. However, it can offer a lot more than a toaster for smaller kitchens.
This toaster oven is completely electric, so it works quietly without a fan. It has automatic shut off and a slide function lever. It wonderfully comes with a crumb tray at the bottom for easy cleaning. Though small, it can still bake cookies, small cuts of meat, kebabs, and the like. Overall, this is an excellent product for the budget price.
- Compact and saves counter space
- Oven included in addition to regular toaster
- Completely electric
- Small so can’t fit medium or large sized dishes, like a full size pizza
This is definitely one of the best toaster ovens under 100. Cuisinart is known for pricier models, but this little toaster oven can last 5 years or more, according to some. On the exterior, this model is rather compact. But it still has a rather spacious interior of 0.6 cubic feet.
It can toast 6 bread slices or a pizza sized 12 inches at a time. This is a great bargain for those who want a space saving appliance that can still handle larger portions. This is a convectional toaster oven. The fan works well, but can be a bit noisy. Though not too noisy.
We were surprised by how quickly this oven worked. It can toast all 6 slices of bread to a light brown shade in less than a minute. The baking function has an auto off timer, which is super convenient. The interior of the oven is nonstick and is easy to clean. The oven comes with a baking tray and a broiler rack. These parts are easy to clean too. Also, the oven has physician buttons easy to push. But the letters can fade when cleaning so be careful.
- Can be cleaned easily
- Not too big
- Bakes fast
- Can be a bit noisy
- Button letters can fade with cleaning
This is a considerable toaster oven that comes with three dials. If you want a heavy-duty toaster oven, this then 1,800W appliance is probably it. It can bake, toast, broil, and defrost. The overall toaster oven is a bit small. Its space saving, but the interior is small too. Still, it can hold an 11-inch pizza and 6 slices of toast.
The front of the oven is stainless steel. The interior is completely nonstick and very easy to clean. This toaster oven is rather ergonomically designed too. The dials have rubberized exteriors that makes gripping easy.
The LCD displays on the toaster oven have shade control, so you can view the display even in bright daylight. The toaster oven came with a number of accessories too, including a drip band, a crumb tray, and a wire rack.
This oven is efficient, but it does take some time to get heated up. So it’s not as fast as the toaster ovens we mention above. Other than that, this is a really great product.
- Has three rubberized dials
- Easy to clean
- Includes crumb tray
- Nonstick interior
- Takes time to heat up
- Cannot fit large meals
How to Buy a Toaster Oven with a $100 Budget
A $100 is a great budget to buy a really good quality toaster oven that will last in your kitchen for years. When buying, do be aware of the following things however:
Always mind the size of the interior. If you plan on baking large pizzas, make sure the interior can accommodate it. Toaster ovens of this budget range can at most fit a 12-inch pizza.
Decide between a convectional toaster oven and a completely electrical one. Convectional toaster ovens have fans inside to distribute heat. These ovens bake faster in general, but can be a bit noisy too. Electrical toaster ovens are less energy efficient, but are completely noise free.
If you want an easy to clean toaster oven, look for a product with a nonstick interior. Some toaster ovens have crumb trays included, so little foot items don’t gather at the bottom. You can easily slide out the crumb tray and cleaning without sticking your hand in the oven.
Buy a toaster oven with auto shut off. It will prevent your food from overcooking, and also will reduce the risk for fire hazards. The toaster ovens mentioned above have auto shutoff features.
Do pay attention to the controls. They should be intuitive and easy to use even for someone who is not at all tech savvy.