Since convection cooking technology uses a fan to keep the temperature even in your oven, you don’t have to reach inside and turn that pie or casserole to avoid cold spots or burnt edges.
However, it was pointed out to me that all ovens have a fan, and that’s true. However, convection is different because it forces the air to circulate properly, making the food heat up more quickly. That’s why I think it’s such a good idea.
So, for this page I have decided to give you a brief insight into some of the best convection ovens I’ve come across that I think you might be interested in.
#1 – Breville BOV845BSS Smart Oven Pro
An Intelligent Convection Oven
I feel like I really need to begin this discussion by talking about the Element IQ feature built into this oven.
“What is Element IQ?”
I’m glad you asked. It is a special feature which allows the oven to alter its heating according to which parts of your food require the heat the most. If any one part of your food starts to overcook (we’ve all seen edges burn in our time) the system will log that information and adjust the heating elements to send more heat in the direction of cold spots and less heat toward the areas which are beginning to overcook. With this kind of technology, cooking becomes one of the simplest parts of your daily life.
Ten different pre-set cooking options allow you to select the right one for your task. You can choose among cookies, bagel, slow cook, toast, bake, roast, broil, pizza, preheat, and warm. Most of those options are rather common among these types of countertop ovens. What does set this oven apart from the rest, though, is its slow cook function. Very few of these ovens allow you to put your food in and leave it in there, safely, all day so that it is ready when you need it. As someone who works all day and is quite rushed to prepare a meal when I get in from work, this option means the world to me.
This large oven, with its ability to bake a 13-inch pizza, comes with an enamel baking pan, an enamel broiling pan and a non-stick pizza pan. One stainless steel, wire-style cooking rack is also included; it can be placed in one of two places (near the bottom or near the top) depending on your cooking goals.
#2. Cuisinart TOB-260N1 Chef’s Convection
Make Your Meal in No Time!
You may be looking for a countertop convection oven that speeds up your cooking process almost as much as a microwave while still creating the succulent masterpieces convection cooking is known for. The speed convection cooking option superheats the interior of the oven so that preheating isn’t required. I’m not sure about you, but I certainly find that preheating takes up a good chunk of my total cook time. As someone who is often in a hurry, this feature sounds quite alluring to me.
Fifteen different cooking options allow you to create your culinary masterpieces in such a large variety of ways that you are sure to never get bored again. Among these options are specific settings pre-programmed to help you achieve the best cooking results for toast, waffles, pizza, leftovers, roasted meat, sandwiches, and frozen food. When toasting, you can choose among a variety of browning options to get just the right crust every time.
Easy to use buttons and a very straightforward LCD control panel screen make using this oven a simple task. You can adjust the inner racks according to your cooking requirements by adding and subtracting pieces. This oven comes with one of the best selections of accessories I have ever seen. It includes two wire-style cooking racks, a round pizza stone, a broiling pan, a baking pan/drip tray, and a removable crumb tray. You can adjust the inner racks, as well, according to whether you need them close to the top, middle, or bottom of the unit.
#3. KitchenAid KCO273SS Bake Oven
Convenient Timer and Nine Pre-Programmed Settings
I like the simplicity of this oven. Though it actually has a great deal of interesting abilities and is quite comparable to all the others on this list in terms of its features, it is much easier to use. There are no complicated menu systems to navigate, there aren’t multiple knobs with multiple functions, there aren’t a ton of tiny buttons – there are two simple knobs, three simple buttons, and one easy-to-read LCD display.
One of the knobs allows you to choose among nine different cooking functions. Some of these functions are specifically programmed for certain types of food (such as pizza or cookies), while others are much more adjustable and simply alter which heating elements will be used (such as bake and broil). The other knob allows you to adjust the temperature and the built-in timer. You can set the timer up to 120 minutes to alert you when it is time to check on your food.
Ease and simplicity go one step further in this oven with its non-stick interior. Cleaning out the inside of this unit after a messy meal will be just as easy as cleaning out your microwave and will not require the harmful fumes of typical oven cleaners. The 12-inch pan and drip tray included with this oven are also non-stick. This unit also comes with a roasting pan and a cooling rack for your convenience.
#4. Waring Pro TCO650 Convection Toaster
A Handy Helper in the Kitchen
My first review on this page is on the Waring Pro TCO650 Digital Convection Oven, which, in my humble opinion, is a great idea if you live alone and don’t really like cooking, or you just want something that will allow you to cook without resorting to the main oven.
This handy little “helper” has a capacity of 0.6 cu ft and a power output of 1500 watts. It’s not huge so will fit on most countertops without much trouble. The controls are easy to follow and are a touch-button type. You benefit from one-touch settings like toast, bagel, convection bake, pizza and broil so there isn’t much you couldn’t prepare in this convection oven.
There is a large LCD display at the top which tells you the temperature setting and times, plus you have a dial for making adjustments where necessary. It will hold up to 6 slices of bread (for those hungry kids in the morning) and a 12 inch pizza (perfect for movie night)!
The only slight niggles I have come across is this convection oven gets hot! But there aren’t many models on the market that don’t. I’ve also heard complaints about how loud the beep is but this CAN be turned off. Personally, I think you get everything you need in one little package and that includes an oven rack, crumb tray and baking pan. The price won’t make you fall of your chair either!
#5. Cuisinart TOB-200 Rotisserie Toaster
Now You Can Make Rotisserie Chicken at Home
I have to admit that I did not expect to find an oven quite like this one when I began searching around for things to include on this page. I had no idea that you could create a rotisserie chicken at home without a special rotisserie-only oven or without using your barbecue. Needless to say, discovering this countertop convection oven that is capable of creating all sorts of food, rotisserie chicken included, was enough to nearly knock my socks off.
To use the rotisserie option, simply remove any regular cooking racks from inside the oven and attach the rotisserie spit. This oven can safely accommodate up to a 4-pound chicken or a 5-pound duck without issue. Select the type of poultry in the cooking menu to ensure it cooks at just the right temperature. A built-in timer allows you to track your progress and keep yourself on alert so you never forget about your food.
Since you’re likely to use your oven for much more than chicken or duck, I want to take a quick moment to tell you about this one’s other abilities. The large amount of space inside this unit allows you accommodate an assortment of food types. You can go with a simple toast or bagel option. Contrarily, you could choose to pop some fresh veggies, potatoes, and a flank of meat inside for a beautiful roasted dinner. One cooking rack, a drip tray, a broiling rack and a crumb tray all come with this oven, making it easy for you to perform almost any cooking task.
#6. Black & Decker CTO6335S
An Alternative to your Regular Oven
When I first came across this convection oven, I was surprised because I thought this manufacturer was more about DIY tools than anything else. However, they have managed (in my opinion) to bring a convection oven to the market that’s a great alternative to your regular oven.
On first sight, it does look very nice but all the buttons on the right appear a little complicated however, once you’ve read the manual this oven is really easy to use. Of course, convection technology is what this oven is all about so you can bake, broil and toast much quicker. You can even just keep your food warm.
It comes with a removable crumb tray for easy cleaning and a baking pan but do bear in mind it’s not large enough to cook a turkey. That said, you can cook your turkey in a regular oven and this one will do everything-else for you. This convection oven is equipped with an easy to read LED display and has a 120 minute timer which will automatically shut-off (very handy for those of us with poor memories)!
Of course, it will sit on your countertop but please do bear in mind you will have to make sure there is plenty of space around and above it because (as with most appliances like this), it can get hot. Overall, it’s not expensive, will make cooking faster without compromising on results and will look nice in your kitchen with its stainless steel design.
#7. Oster TSSTTVRB04 6-Slice Convection Oven
Practical Elegance in Your Kitchen
If you’re looking for a reasonably priced convection oven that adds a touch of class to your kitchen, I think you might be interested in the Oster TSSTTVRB04 Toaster Oven. It comes in brushed stainless steel, has a transparent door (we all love to watch our food cook) and has three handy dials to the right of the door.
Aside from looks you can expect to be able to toast (obviously), broil, bake and roast in this convection oven. The overall size is 18 x 14 x 10 ½ inches so it will easily fit on most countertops. However, it is worth nothing the interior space is only about 11 inches.
You can use temperatures up to 450 Fahrenheit and there is a 60 minute timer which will automatically shut-off however, you can set the timer to stay on if you need more cooking time. On the inside, you get a crumb tray which is removable, and the rack can be placed in one of two positions which help if you want to watch those cakes rise! Oh, and the manufacturer has kindly included a baking tray as well.
Overall, if you don’t want to spend a lot of money but you’re looking for high quality, even cooking fast I think this convection oven is well worth closer inspection.
#8. Nuwave 20322 Pro
Cooking Without the Need to Reheat or Defrost
Imagine this? You have a second oven that sits on your countertop and you can prepare all manner of meals without having to wait for it to reheat, and even better there is no defrosting involved. Well, you can with this digital-controlled tabletop oven!
The manufacturer uses three forms of technology. Conduction is used so heat goes straight to the food, convection is used to circulate the heat and Far Infrared radiant heat cooks from the inside out so you’re left with moist food that still contains all the goodness and flavor you want.
Due to the technology used, you can cook food up to 50% faster than in a conventional oven and best of all it saves up to 85% on energy! You can cook just about anything you like from roasts (this beast can handle a 16lb turkey) to your favorite vegetables and fish.
It comes with a 2 inch rack, 3 inch extender ring and 10 inch baking pan. Oh, and along with the manual, you’ll also get a recipe book as well. Plus, all the parts are dishwasher safe for easy cleaning. Personally, I think this is a great 2nd oven for the home, on vacation or anywhere else you can plug it in!
#9. Hamilton Beach 31103A Countertop Oven
Roast, Bake and Broil
If you’re looking for an alternative for cooking in the kitchen (at home or in the office), I think the Hamilton Beach will do the trick. What I like most about this oven isn’t just the fact that it uses convection technology (for all round even cooking), but that it’s versatile as well.
From the outside, it’s very good looking with a stainless steel finish and wide glass door so you can see what’s going on inside although, there isn’t an interior light which is a slight niggle for some people. The controls are easy to use because they’re a dial style and the door handle is at the top for easy access.
The capacity of this convection oven is 0.96 cu ft however space has been utilized very cleverly because you get two racks (perfect for baking a couple of pizzas)! You can also fit two 9 x 13 inch casserole dishes inside so you can quickly cook up a delicious meal for the whole family.
My favorite feature with this convection oven is the rotisserie accessories and the oven will accommodate a 5lb chicken. Not only do you get the benefit of convection cooking but meats will be crisped on all sides. Other features I think you should know are the two hour timer and you get two baking pans (large and small) and a broil rack. Oh, and an easy to clean non-stick interior!
#10. Breville BOV800XL Smart Convection Oven
Let Your Oven Do the Thinking
Yes, I know, this model has been replaced with my #1 pick. However, if you don’t mind having an older model (and as long as Breville keeps it on the market), you can save a few dollars with the Breville BOV800XL and have a convection oven that’s just as great as the new version.
Just like the BOV845BSS, this oven is capable of baking, roasting, broiling, toasting, reheating and warming (to name but a few). In fact, whatever you need to do in the kitchen when cooking, this little beast will accommodate you.
It has a digital display that’s highlighted in blue when the unit isn’t in use and turns orange when it’s pre-heating. There are 9 easy to “get at” preset functions and a total of three dials that allow you to select the function you want.
Now, for the IQ Element technology. This is where this convection oven will do the thinking for you. What the manufacturer has done is use five quartz heating elements that work independently. Think of it like using a dimmer switch on a light.
If you need to toast, heat will be sent from below and above. If you need to broil heat will be sent from above down and if you need to bake, that’s where convection comes in. This means you get evenly cooked food every-time and best of all, it saves energy!
Aside from (what I think) is wondrous technology you also get an auto eject wire rack, pizza and baking pan, a broil rack and crumb tray. The overall look is something to behold as well!