KitchenAid Countertop Oven

Last updated date: July 9, 2019

DWYM Score
8.9

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Overall Take

A roomy model with convection heating, the KitchenAid Counter Oven can accommodate pizzas as large as 12 inches. It excels at defrosting and has multiple dedicated modes, including an Asado Roast for two-stage cooking. Despite all the bells and whistles, it's also easy to use for casual snack heating. In our analysis of 55 expert reviews, the KitchenAid KitchenAid Countertop Oven placed 1st when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note August 5, 2019:
Checkout The Best Toaster Oven for a detailed review of all the top toaster ovens.

Expert Summarized Score
9.1
4 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.5
451 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
The convection, in this case, is a great added bonus. You won’t need a ton of space to pull off a fabulously cooked roast dinner!
- Make Bread At Home
January 10, 2019 | Full review
The frozen mode adds an additional time frame to allow thawing of food ideal for frozen foods. You can directly cook frozen foods in the KitchenAid KCO275SS Convection counter top oven no need to wait for thawing your favorite food items any more.
- Browngoods Talk
Something else that I love about this unit is the fact that it is quite a bit easier to use than some of the other units that I have looked at before. This makes it easier for me to get the food prepared and cooked.
- News to Review
February 8, 2019 | Full review
What experts didn't like
A major issue that testers experienced with this KitchenAid Convection Oven was the lack of interior lighting.
- Make Bread At Home
January 10, 2019 | Full review
The one thing that I really did not care for here is the way you have to clean it out. Yes, it looks like it would be easy to clean out, but it is actually a challenge. So I have to admit the way that it is cleaned up is quite a bit harder than what I imagined it would be.
- News to Review
February 8, 2019 | Full review

From The Manufacturer

Enjoy full-size oven performance on your kitchen counter with the KitchenAid 12" digital 1800 watt convection countertop oven. Nine memory settings for exceptional cooking results, including Asado roast that adjusts temperature for superior roasting performance and pizza to deliver optimal crisping of crust.

Overall Product Rankings

1. KitchenAid Countertop Oven
Overall Score: 8.9
Expert Reviews: 4
2. Hamilton Beach Easy Reach Toaster Oven
Overall Score: 8.8
Expert Reviews: 4
3. Panasonic Flash Xpress Toaster Oven
Overall Score: 8.6
Expert Reviews: 8
4. Breville Smart Toaster Oven Pro
Overall Score: 8.5
Expert Reviews: 4
5. Breville Smart Toaster Oven
Overall Score: 8.4
Expert Reviews: 9
6. Cuisinart Exact Heat Toaster Oven
Overall Score: 8.0
Expert Reviews: 3
7. DeLonghi Countertop Convection Oven
Overall Score: 7.8
Expert Reviews: 4
8. Black + Decker 4-Slice Toaster Oven
Overall Score: 7.2
Expert Reviews: 4
9. KRUPS Deluxe Oven
Overall Score: 7.0
Expert Reviews: 5
10. Cuisinart Deluxe Convection Oven
Overall Score: 6.0
Expert Reviews: 6

An Overview On Toaster Ovens

If you’ve never used a toaster oven, the first thing you need to know is that it’s not a toaster. Mind you, you can make toast with it, but that’s hardly its only use or even the primary one. Depending on the household, it can fill a surprisingly wide gap between the microwave and a traditional oven. Need your snacks warmed up quickly, but hate that microwave sogginess? Need your potatoes, pies or side dishes baked while your main course is taking up the oven? The toaster oven is a perfect solution, and it does all that while using less power.

Depending on the size of the toaster oven, it can even be used to cook those main dishes. Many models (such as the Breville Smart Toaster Oven) have one-touch modes tailored to pizza, for instance. The same goes for baked goods like cookies, cupcakes and bread, which toaster ovens are particularly good at in small batches. And finally, they’re a life-saver when foods need thawing out quickly.

How does it do all this? The heating methods vary depending on the model. Like traditional ovens, many toaster ovens use convection heating or at least offer it as an option for baking. That essentially means there’s a fan inside the oven to circulate the heat, and while it’s not as crucial in a small area as it is with a full-size oven, convection does generally mean things will cook more evenly. Other models make up for the lack of convection with multiple heating elements placed around the oven, like the Panasonic Flash Xpress and its “double infrared heating.”

As you might imagine, an appliance that heats all these foods is going to get dirty. Luckily, most models are as easy to clean out as a traditional toaster, if not easier. There’s generally a tray at the bottom that catches crumbs, melted cheese or other debris. Pull it out and wipe it down, and most of your cleaning is done.

DYWM Fun Fact

Toasters and toaster ovens may be a relatively modern appliance, but humans have been making toast for nearly as long as they’ve been grinding grain to make bread. We know that the ancient Romans toasted their bread not so much to enjoy it with jam and butter, but to preserve it.

Once other options were presented, it didn’t take long for people to get tired of charring their bread over an open flame. Just 14 years after Thomas Edison’s first light bulb, Scotsman Alan MacMasters gave the world the first electric toaster in 1893. It took another couple decades for the pop-up toaster to appear on the scene, courtesy of Charles Strife in 1919.

The Toaster Oven Buying Guide

  • The primary thing you’ll want to consider when buying a toaster oven is size. Bigger is not necessarily better, especially if you’ve got limited counter space and you’re primarily using it to heat up snacks. If you’re making the occasional meal with it, scan the “quick-select” settings for a general idea of what a particular model can handle, but also check the measurements. Just because there’s a “pizza” setting doesn’t necessarily mean you can fit a large pizza inside. Many larger toaster ovens also include multiple racks, which is a plus for baking cookies or making toast for large groups.
  • Another quick way to gauge what meals a toaster oven can handle is to take a quick look at the maximum setting on the timer. If it only goes up to 20 minutes or so, that means it’s not exactly built for roasting a turkey.
  • Convection heating is a big plus, but may not be a total necessity if you’re just warming up bagels. The wattage can tell you a lot about how powerful the heating element is, with 1500 being a good median. Of course, that high wattage setting will also mean it’s using more power, which can defeat the purpose if you’re using it to save energy on side dishes and reheats.
  • Just like regular ovens, most toaster ovens will need time to reheat, though it generally won’t take nearly as long as their larger counterparts. Check reviews to see how long that tends to be. Some models with alternative heating elements, like the Panasonic Flash Xpress, power on with almost no preheat at all, which can be a big plus for those on the go.
  • Finally, consider the cleanup. Most models do have a crumb tray to catch all the cooking debris, but some can be easier to remove than others. As for the rest of the interior, non-stick stainless steel or similar materials are a plus. Something that gets this much use is going to see its share of stains.