The Best Rotisserie and Roaster Ovens
One of the most used appliances in the kitchen from popping in a bagel to making a full-on meal for 6 is the convenient toaster oven & rotisserie combo. It’s a staple on wedding registries for a reason: the countertop cooker saves space and can cook a heck of a meal in minutes, without turning your kitchen into a disaster site and using every dish in the house. Today, many of them boast so many more features than their names would suggest. It’s almost to the point where it’s getting out of hand, being able to grill burgers or air-fry homemade crab rangoon in the same rectangular box in which you make your morning bagel.
The sheer number of accessories that can come with a toaster oven these days is impressive, and even more so once you learn what they’re all for. Don’t get too intimated, though. Most of these selections are incredibly user friendly, and those that aren’t are designed for the advanced cook who will likely geek out at the concept of having one. If you’ve ever had one before, you get the hype, so if an old toaster oven has broken recently you’re about to find out why you’re actually in luck.
Here’s a roundup of the most raved about rotisserie toaster ovens and why.
Why it’s a hit: It’s affordable, user-friendly and doesn’t take up a ton of space.
This sleek, stainless-steel appliance is user-friendly with easy to navigate presets that make cook time and settings clear. Don’t be fooled by the affordable price tag: this rotisserie oven defies the “you get what you pay for” rule set by most other appliances by setting an example of what a great combo oven should be. Each of the four knobs boasts an adjustable setting like temperature, done-ness, or timer if you prefer to just go by the minute.
Perhaps the most coveted features, however, are the option to bounce between warm, bake, broil, or toast and adjustable slide racks to make room for whatever meal you have in mind without the need to hover over a stove.
Users have praised this handy little appliance for its ability to make a wide range of meals without trying to be something it’s not, and doesn’t tend to overcook as long as you pay close attention to the settings. On top of the removable racks, the oven also comes with one that is rotisserie-specific, includes a baking pan, and an easy to clean slide-out crumb tray.
Just be sure to remember to remove & clean said crumb tray between cooking, otherwise buildup can grow quickly, those small bits will heat up quick and before you know it you’ll be trying to sniff out where that burning smell is coming from.
Why it’s a hit: It can cook almost anything and has a much wider temp range than most.
Ah, the air fryer trend. It’s showing no signs of slowing down as a healthier alternative to traditional deep-frying, and this Cuisinart model is an impressive one. With 7 settings including air fry, convection bake, convection broil, bake, broil, warm, and toast, there are few things you can’t cook in this industrial mini-oven (and really, it would only be because they wouldn’t fit). Don’t take that to mean it can’t do each of these things well, though: it’s been praised by reviewers for its ability to have such a wide variety of uses for only taking up one small piece of real estate on the counter.
With a temp range from 80-450˚ and a built-in timer, it pretty much replaces your actual oven (or serves as a great second one on holidays where there literally isn’t room for one more pan) where you can just tell it what you want it to do, and walk away. There’s even a specific timer for toast shade, and an interior light for those who like to keep an eye on their cooking.
Cuisinart gives you all the accessories you’ll need to cook most things, including an oven rack, baking pan and air fryer rack & basket, all of which are adjustable. From biscuits to french fries, pizzas to frittata, reviewers rave about this mini-oven with just one piece of advice: keep an eye on what you’re cooking, as if the knob is just ever-so-slightly above where it should be, you can find your food slightly overdone.
Why it’s a hit: The “smart” factor.
Known as one of the finer rotisserie & toaster ovens on the market, the Breville Smart Oven Pro boasts subtle features that majorly up the convenience factor. From a magnetic auto-eject rack to temperature conversion from Fahrenheit to Celsius and a digital smart display, it does the traditional job as a toaster oven with the added bonus of also having something called “Element IQ”.
This feature “automatically adjusts power of heating elements for faster, more even cooking” – which basically translates to making sure your pizza is evenly cooked and not half dough, half burned without you standing over it.
Designed in Australia, the cooking range is a bit more limited than other models offering temps from 120-450˚. That doesn’t mean it can’t do a wide range of options, though: the temp, time and functionality settings can all still be adjusted and conveniently displayed on a screen in the top-right corner with 10 preset options from reheat to roast (and even one for cookies).
You can also opt to slow cook or, to speed things up, turn on the convection fan to make the process go 30% faster. As for accessories, the Breville comes with adjustable baking & broiler trays and a 13” nonstick pizza pan. While the light bulbs are easily replaceable, the downside to this one is if that screen breaks, you’re in trouble, so it’s best to take them up on that warrantee offer.
Why it’s a hit: It’s the gold standard for a toaster oven, rotisserie, and air fryer all-in-one.
The name is a mouthful, but it doesn’t lie: it’s got everything you could possibly look for in a rotisserie oven, toaster, and air fryer all in one place. It’s a dream come true for the advanced cook: you can air fry, air roast, bake, broil, and even dehydrate on a smart-cook system with a built in thermometer that automatically cooks your food to the selected temperature.
Crafted with durable stainless steel to frame the smart screen while taking up only 20 inches of counter space, the adjustable shelves mean that just like the picture, you can cook your side and rotisserie chicken all at once without even touching a stovetop. Like most other conventional toasters, the shade selector feature is a hit with reviewers who then branched out to cook everything from shrimp tempura to mozzarella sticks, and even bake a cake.
On a health kick? Opt for the air fryer feature, that can drop your fat content by a whopping 75% (yes, even when you’re making onion rings). It’s also a time saver that’s fast to pre-heat and comes with way more accessories than most including two adjustable racks, two baking pans, a stand, griddle, and if you opt-in for it, a thermometer.
It’s a bit on the pricier side, but for the extra investment you’re buying an appliance that can do more than your stove..and probably, faster. The only potential downside could be if a button gets stuck or if one of the screens malfunctions, but depending on where you get it from this can come with a warranty that covers these kinds of misfortunes for the first year.
Why it’s a hit: The affordable price point & user-friendly factor.
While a popular pick that’s had some pretty good reviews, this toaster oven & rotisserie basically hits the industry standard mark and doesn’t venture too far past it. It has the same features as most: revolving rotisserie, convection feature, bake & broil settings, temp & timer settings. While the racks are removable and dishwasher safe, it comes with less accessories and you can count on this machine to stick mostly to what it does best. With the appliance, you’ll receive just one bake pan that doubles as a drip tray, a rotisserie skewer & lifter – so don’t expect anything really fancy out of it. There’s no light and no thermometer, which is a turn-off for some.
Reviewers will tell you they’ve used this mostly as a portable oven for an RV/camping trip, that it’s versatile enough to cook small pot pies and the controls are really user-friendly. Many people swear by the Hamilton Beach brand for this reason alone, as they’re known for putting thought into making their products easy to use.
Overall if you’re looking for something inexpensive to do the job or if the idea of trying to cook so many different things in one machine overwhelms you, it’s a popular choice that can still help you chef up a wide range of meals quickly. It’s a good starter option if you want to get your feet wet without breaking the bank, or are looking for a great gift for the first time cook!
Why it’s a hit: The grilling component will catch your eye, but the ability to cook so many different styles of food in one place changes the whole game.
Don’t let the name fool you: the Power XL Air Fryer Grill does so much more than it lets on, and if you’re an advanced cook you’re probably about to geek out over this one. The griller in you will rejoice at the ability to grill burgers – char marks and all- on the bottom rack while up top, fries are in the oven. The sheer number of accessories alone are proof that you can really go wild with this one: a nonstick grill plate, crisper tray, griddle plate rotisserie spit set, baking pan, drip tray, oven/pizza rack, egg/muffin tray and it even comes with its own cookbook.
It’s the type of machine that will almost make using it to toast your bagel feel like a waste of its time, with everything else you can accomplish. From full roasts to barbecue, air frying wings & fries to baking up some homemade mac and cheese, it boasts the ability to knock off half the appliances in your cabinet.
As we’ve mentioned before, having that air fryer component also makes for a healthier alternative and gives you the ability to get back that original crisp-ness of french fries you ordered but couldn’t finish last night (while also taking out some of the fat). The side panel settings are surprisingly user friendly given all that it can accomplish, with a temp knob at the top followed by cook setting in the middle and timer/toast done-ness setting knob on the bottom.
With all adjustable & removable dishwasher safe racks, even the cleanup is easy. It’s hard to think of any downsides for it, other than maybe having an obnoxious amount of leftovers once you become hooked on it.