Toaster ovens have always allowed a view of the food but some have such drawbacks as leaving stripes on one side of the bread and taking longer to toast. On the plus side, some can bake and broil a wide range of foods.
Two Brevilles in our tests?the Smart Oven BOV800XL and the BOV650XL?were equally adept at toasting, baking and broiling and both fit a four-pound chicken. The top-rated Breville Smart Oven also offers convection but our tests have found that convection isn’t as important in toaster ovens because improving airflow makes less of a difference in a smaller cavity. Five of our six recommended toaster ovens were very good at toasting but one was only middling. So if you’re finicky about your toast, you’re better off sticking with a toaster.