Because of their small size, toaster ovens are a great choice for individuals as well as families looking for a quick way to cook, heat or toast small quantities of food.

Choosing a Product

Like most electrical appliances, it’s important to check if a toaster or toaster oven has been reviewed for compliance with independent standards for safety and sanitation. One way to do this is to look for toasters and toaster ovens that are certified to NSF Protocol P405: Toasters & Toaster Ovens for Home Use. This independent certification ensures that the toaster or toaster oven meets strict public health standards for product design, construction, materials, durability and cleanability. As part of its Home Product Certification Program, NSF also verifies any marketing or label claims made by the manufacturer.

Toasters and toaster ovens come in a range of sizes and styles to meet the needs of a wide array of households. Some models have digital controls similar to microwave ovens, while others may have dial controls similar to those used to operate many conventional ovens. Most toasters and toaster ovens also have built-in timers that will allow the unit to shut off automatically when finished cooking.

Cleaning Tips

Check your owner’s manual for recommended cleaning instructions. Be sure to let the toaster/toaster oven cool before attempting to clean, and always unplug electrical appliances before cleaning. Do not immerse the oven in water; instead, use a damp cloth to wipe down the exterior of the unit after each use and dry thoroughly before using again. Remove the crumb tray regularly to avoid accumulations. If dishwasher safe, place the crumb tray and wire racks in top rack of dishwasher to clean or wipe down with a clean damp cloth between uses.

Cooking With Toaster Ovens

When cooking with a toaster oven, it’s important to read and follow the instructions in the owner’s manual. Choose an appropriate location on which to set the unit, such as a flat countertop at least six inches away from the wall as well as any combustible materials such as curtains. Keep toasters and toaster ovens away from other hot surfaces such as electric/gas burners and ovens. Don’t let small children operate toasters or toaster ovens.

Most manufacturers recommend unplugging the appliance when not in use and storing it in a dry location.