Best Toaster Oven under $50
Hi I need a new one, don't need anything 'upscale' just something inexpensive and reliable.
any suggestions? and thanks
I don't have any particular brand that I can suggest for under $50, but have you considered visiting some thrift shops for toaster ovens? You can often find top of the line toaster ovens at a fraction of the price. This might give you more bang for your buck. I always see toaster ovens at thrift stores from Black and Decker, Cuisinart, Breville etc. You'd just have to test it and put in a little elbow grease to clean it up.
The other day, I saw a Breville Mini (the same kind I have that I love) priced at $15 at a thrift store. They retail for over $150. I'm not sure why it was donated as it still looked pretty shiny and new. I was seriously contemplating purchasing it for a relative, but elected not to as she'd just think it was more "clutter".
Most toasters don't work well. This is just speculation, but could this be because most toasters are designed and manufactured in a country and culture that doesn't consume that much toast? China.
I've been researching this for a couple weeks - my daughter needed one.
my best answer: looks like anything cheap is just that - cheap.
I lucked out and got an $80 Oster toaster oven for only $39 once at Walmart because they had the wrong price on it.
It worked really well, but was impossible to get it clean once I had it for a while. I tried using oven cleaner on it, and it marred the inside surface making it look even worse.
Cook's Country Magazine for Jun/Jul 2013 lists this model as a Best Buy and recommends it with reservations:
KitchenAid 2 Slice Manual High-Lift Lever Toaster with LCD Display, Model KMT222OB list $89. Amazon has it for $59. They mentioned it had spotty, uneven toasting at first, but this improved with use. Even after that the toaster occasionally didn't toast or burnt a slice.