Apartment hunting season has crept up once again, making many of us face the decisions we’ve pretended weren’t happening for the past few months: Do I care about a dishwasher or laundry in unit? Is the fridge in this kitchen even full-size?
If you’ve found the perfect, affordable place but can’t shake the idea that the kitchen looks like one that kids would play house in, the simple purchase of a toaster oven is a smart compromise. A microwave can’t do everything, and that precious block of counter space could be put to better use with an appliance that can air fry, toast breakfast sandwiches, roast meat, or bake pizza and small casserole dishes.
If you’re looking for a toaster oven that replaces as many appliances as possible, the Ninja Foodi toaster oven and air fryer is a good bet. This 8-in-1 rectangular Foodi combines the crisping of the classic Foodi and a regular convection oven to offer baking, roasting, air frying, and more without storing multiple appliances. Air fry up to four pounds of fries, bake a 13-inch pizza, or roast six chicken breasts at once.
This one dehydrates, but buying the SP100 model at Walmart (sans dehydration feature) shaves off an extra $20.
Have you ever baked with an unnecessarily-complicated oven and thought “Damn, I really miss my Easy Bake Oven right now,”? Dash’s cube-shaped toaster oven is basically a 2020 Easy Bake, complete with the nostalgic retro colors like pastel blue, pink, and yellow. Great for one-person meals and limited space (like a dorm room), this precious li’l oven can tackle toast, bagels, pizza, paninis, and obviously cookies. All it takes is a simple turn of the dial.
There’s something to be said for simplicity. This Black+Decker toaster oven is a reliable, no-frills convection oven that can bake, broil, and toast without a screen or figuring out smart programs. For $40, it’s a no-brainer.