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Best Air Fryer Toaster Ovens of 2021, According to Kitchen Appliance Pros

More people have cooking at home this past year, and according to appliance brand Hamilton Beach, almost all new oven developments have included an air fryer setting. So what’s the difference between air frying and convection cooking? Air fryers and convection ovens both cook food faster than traditional ovens by relying on a fan to circulate hot air, but air fryers make food more crispy and work even quicker than convection ovens, thanks to the placement and size of their fans, allowing you to make chicken wings in about 20 minutes and “doughnuts” in less than ten!

1 TOA-65 Digital Convection Toaster Oven Air Fryer

TOA-65 Digital Convection Toaster Oven Air Fryer

This air fryer toaster oven air fries the quickest with no additional preheat time. It made chicken wings super crispy in 20 minutes, as well as fries in even less time. Its power is impressive and is comparable to the best free-standing air fryers.
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2 CO130-AO 12-in-1 Air Fryer Toaster Oven Combo

CO130-AO 12-in-1 Air Fryer Toaster Oven Combo

All of the tests we conducted in the Cosori Air Fryer Toaster Oven Combo, from air fry to bake, received top scores. It produced crispy wings and fries, toasted bread well and evenly and made a very good cake that was evenly browned and level.
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3 Smart Oven Air

Smart Oven Air

The Breville Smart Oven Air is equipped to air fry and dehydrate on four different racks at once (additional racks sold separately). It can comes with two racks (most come with one), and can fit a 14-pound turkey.
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4 Digital 6-Slice Air Fryer Toaster Oven

Digital 6-Slice Air Fryer Toaster Oven

Apartment dwellers will appreciate this air fryer toaster oven that is small but can still fit a four-pound chicken. It has a sleek design with modern accents, like a rose gold trim around the handle and smooth buttons. It has an LCD screen that's easy to program. In our tests, it air fried very well and quickly.
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5 Foodi Digital Air Fry Oven

Foodi Digital Air Fry Oven

A large  13-inch by 13-inch air fryer rack means more air frying at once without having to toss ingredients a lot during cooking. It also usually means that the appliance is large and bulky, but this one flips up for storage. Yes, when not in use, this air fryer toaster oven can be stored upright, perfect for the smallest kitchens.
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In the Good Housekeeping Institute Kitchen Appliances Lab, we tested 15 different air fryer toaster ovens for their ability to air fry, bake, broil, and, of course, toast. That means we air fried more than 15 pounds of wings and frozen fries to see how well they crisped up, as well as how quickly and evenly. We, of course, didn’t stop there. In each one, we baked a cake, roasted a chicken, broiled a steak, and toasted more than 12 slices of bread (that’s more than 180 slices in total!) to make sure it would live up to all of your toaster oven needs.

A few things to consider before shopping:

Size: Most toaster ovens can fit a whole, four-pound chicken, but if you’re tight on space, you might not need the extra height. If you mostly plan on using your toaster oven for bread and heating foods, a compact model is sufficient. If you’re looking to cook in it, or use it as a second oven, consider a larger one; some can fit a whole turkey.

Dials: Toaster ovens can have digital or mechanical controls. We recommend digital for more precise cooking control when it comes to setting the temperature and timer. If you don’t mind guessing, or keeping an additional timer close by, mechanical dials will save you money.

Accessories: At minimum, all toaster ovens should come with at least one rack and one baking/broiling pan. Air fryer toaster ovens usually include an additional basket or rack for air frying. The baskets usually sit on the baking/broiling pan and provide safe cooking at high temperatures as well as easy maneuverability and cleanup. If the basket cannot fit on the pan, a pan can usually be placed in the position below the air frying rack; this style makes it tricky to remove the air frying rack from the toaster oven to check on food or remove without dripping grease everywhere. Some air fryer toaster ovens offer the option to purchase more air fryer racks (that can also be used for dehydrating in most cases) to use at the same time, and some include a rotisserie attachment.

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