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Reviewing The Best Convection Ovens in 2021

A convection oven lets you cook your meals 25% faster than a conventional oven. Heck, even better – a convection oven will reduce the odds of any ‘undercooked’ meals by tenfold! And if you have been at the receiving end of accidentally serving an undercooked meal, or maybe a cake that’s unevenly baked, you’ll realize the last-minute drudgery that follows. So, whether you’re just planning to start baking more often or you’re a guy having his share of the bachelor life, a convection oven will save you time and enable you to take a flawless shot at some of the yummiest recipes out there! Lucky for you, we went ahead and narrowed down a couple of options for you to look at – the idea was to come up with a list of the best convection ovens in 2021. Also, we did go an extra mile and put together a complete buying guide to make your oven shopping even breezier! So, without any further ado, let’s begin.

Our Picks for the Best Convection Oven

Calphalon Performance Cool Touch Countertop Convection Oven

Calphalon is an industry titan when it comes to cookware, and the company definitely knows how to produce an excellent convection oven. This countertop oven utilizes Calphalon's proprietary Quartz Heat Technology, which they claim produces 40% more heat and does so more evenly than competing ovens. Even with the added heating (and preheating) capabilities, it's insulated well enough to remain fairly cool to the touch while in use. The oven comes with 12 different preset cooking functions that encompass standard baking, reheating, defrosting, broiling, and everything in between, and some of the more quirky and/or versatile functions include a dedicated setting for cookies and another one for pizza. There's also a "Step Cook" function that allows users to program the oven to execute two cooking functions in one go, saving time when used during back-to-back cooking sessions. There's a generous array of accessories included with the oven: two baking trays (one for general use and one for pizza), a wire rack that can be placed in one of two positions, a dehydrating basket, and a pull-out crumb tray that greatly simplifies clean-up. The exterior appearance is a departure from the stodgy looks associated with countertop ovens, thanks to a bright display and touchscreen controls along with a pair of dials to adjust the temperature, cooking time, and function. While it’s an excellent convection oven overall, we've seen users report some uneven heat distribution in the perimeter area. Given how that's a minor drawback, however, it’s a winner in our books!

  • As compared to the general 25% rule, it delivers up to 40% more even heat
  • Comes with a wide array of cooking pans
  • The interior is non-stick so the cleaning process is a breeze
  • The extreme-perimeter side receives a slightly uneven heat throw

Parrot Uncle Air Fryer Convection Oven

Parrot Uncle isn't quite a household name, but we’re head over heels in love with this air fryer oven. It has the potential to be our go-to workhorse thanks to its versatility, and lets us prepare our favorite meals in a healthier way compared to a microwave oven. Beyond being an excellent convection oven, it can serve as an air fryer or toaster just as well. The various settings also make it suitable for cooking pizzas, toasting bagels, slow cooking meals, or dehydrating foods. It's large enough to accommodate an entire chicken with the rack placed in its lowest position; alternatively, the baking pan will fit enough bread in one go to feed an entire family (6 slices with careful arrangement). To say that it’s the upcoming powerhouse in the world of convection ovens would be an understatement - honestly, we believe it already is! While it’s not as famous yet, we're impressed by its cooking performance and air circulation capabilities.

  • It comes with a crumb tray, grill tray, rack, and a cooking basket
  • Covered by a 2-year warranty
  • Easy controls with seamless access to various modes
  • The toaster function can be a little overzealous

KitchenAid KCO255BM Dual Convection Oven

Are you a foodie who orders take-out all the time? How about investing in a quality convection oven in order to substantially improve what you can cook at home? This KitchenAid countertop oven packs enough cooking power in a relatively compact size to tackle just about any receipe from a wide range of meat entrees to the sweetest cookies for dessert. Despite its comparatively smaller footprint, the oven compartment is large enough to fit a pair of medium-sized whole chickens at once. The controls are minimalistic yet well-labeled, and this oven comes with 12 cooking presets to cover roasting chickens, proofing dough, baking pizzas, and anything else you'd care to use an oven for. KitchenAid also includes a temperature probe that can be plugged in to the unit while in operation, making it that much easier to check the internal temperatures of your food without having to open the door repeatedly. The whole interior is non-stick, making clean-up and maintenance simple and straight forward. The exterior features a smooth, matte black finish, with the control panel residing below the door. That door, however, gets hot, and you could burn yourself up if you aren’t careful. At this price, it's easily one of our favorite convection ovens.

  • The built-in temperature probe helps you get those perfect medium rare steaks
  • It comes with a large 9” x 13” baking pan
  • Dual convection system allows cooking two chickens at a time
  • The door isn’t insulated and gets hot

Cuisinart TOA-60 Silver Airfryer Convection Oven

As Cuisinart themselves would say, this Air Fryer Toaster Oven goes a long way to helping you "Savor The Good Life!" The combination of an air fryer and toaster oven means it works equally as well with cookies and cakes as it does pizza or meat - all with the added benefit of making healthier meals compared to deep frying. It's down on the number of functions compared to similar ovens (7 as opposed to the more common 12), but this Cuisinart model gives up nothing to its competitors in terms of real-world cooking performance. The oven compartment is designed to fit an entire chicken for roasting, and it'll easily swallow a medium pizza on the rack. This is somewhat of a surprise given its more compact proportions - it measures about 16 inches wide and deep and stands at 14 inches tall. The controls are placed above the door, with a no-nonsense array of knobs that control the timer, temperature, cooking mode, and toast shade. Overall, it’s a good convection oven, but the smaller size may limit its appeal with larger families.

  • Available in multiple colors; navy blue, cream, and silver
  • It has a 0.6 cubic foot non-stick interior that features a light as well
  • Decent temperature control
  • The heating rods are not removable, hence cleaning can be a hassle

COSORI CO130-AO Air Fryer Convection Oven

This 12-in-1 convection oven by COSORI offers you the freedom to explore a wide range of food recipes, from the most familiar comfort foods to the most daring ones that require a special touch. It starts with an intuitive design, with a clear glass door flanked by the control panel just to the right. This layout allows ample capacity for even bulky foods, including fitting an entire chicken or pizza. The 12 cooking modes cover baking, roasting, broiling, and air frying, and COSORI even includes a rotisserie set if you prefer to cook using that method. Beyond the expected baking pans and crumb trays, there's a recipe book that encourages experimentation with flavors. Honestly, everything about this oven is spot-on, making it worth consideration if you're looking for a new way to cook.

  • Includes a dedicated rotisserie fork set
  • 1-year warranty and lifetime customer support
  • It has an excellent size (XL) for accommodating large families
  • It can be hard to clean due to the various nooks and crannies
  • The air fryer function isn’t as strong as the others on this list

Toshiba AC25CEW-BS Digital Convection Oven

Though Toshiba is better-known for its electronics expertise, this company also has a fair bit of experience in the cookware field as well. This Digital Convection Oven is about as budget-friendly as it gets, yet it sacrifices next to nothing in terms of performance as a convection oven. There are 10 cooking presets (despite the description claiming 9) - the expected convection bake, toast, broil, reheat, and defrost are all present, as is a keep-warm mode. Despite the economical price tag, this convection oven also comes with a rotisserie cooking kit. The rest of the accessories are standard fare - there's a baking pan and a baking rack, both of which can be positioned in accordance with cooking modes by using the convenient labels. The non-stick interior and removable crumb tray make cleaning easier, and the rest of the controls offer highly intuitive operation in conjunction with the bright display. Essentially, this oven comes with everything you need to make sure you have a convenient and even baking experience without breaking the bank.

  • Very economical choice for a convection oven
  • The interior is very easy to clean; just remove the crumb tray and wipe with a damp cloth
  • Well insulated; the interior walls or door resist retaining heat, making it less likely to cause burns
  • It makes a high pitched beep which can get annoying

Calphalon Quartz Heat Convection Oven

Closing with the winning brand, this one’s more of a budget solution. Like the other Calphalon entry, this convection oven also comes equipped with the same Quartz Heat Technology that allows this oven to put out a claimed 40% more heat, all while maintaining even heat distribution. It's got the same extra-large capacity that will fit the standard whole chicken or medium pizza, depending on where the racks are placed. There are 11 cooking presets found on this model; it loses the Bread Proof function compared to the model we selected as our Top Pick, but were you really going to use that function anyway? Likewise, it loses the touch-sensitive controls compared to the other Calphalon oven, but some will argue that physical buttons actually present an advantage when it comes to ergonomics. Calphalon includes a solid baking tray and a wire baking tray, along with a dehydrator rack and a pan designed specifically for pizzas. If you don't mind forgoing a few convenience features like a Bread Proof mode or an aesthetically-pleasing control panel, this one will work just as well for a lot less money.

  • Quartz Heat Technology allows this oven to put out more heat
  • Preheats faster than competitors
  • Simple, sturdy design
  • Oven door is prone to rusting in long-term

Buyer's Guide

As you’ve now touched base with the top convection ovens in the market, you’re almost ready to go about your purchase. But before you do, we’d like you to stay informed on a few more things.

Which One is Better: A Convection Oven and a Regular Oven?

As we’ve already mentioned, a convection oven offers 25% faster cooking than its conventional counterparts. Plus, it aids in heating the food evenly throughout the oven. Basically, a convection oven features fans that circulate the hot air inside the oven, distributing the temperature evenly across your food. As a result, your cake, chicken, or toasts end up becoming crispier and juicier, all thanks to the well-maintained throw of heat inside the oven.

On the contrary, when it comes to a regular oven, the dish that’s closest to the heating element receives all the heat and cooks the fastest. As a result, you’re left with separate hot and cool spots at the end of your food reheating session.

What to Look for When Shopping for a Convection Oven?

Before finalizing your purchase, remember to look out for these things in a convection oven:

Size

If you’ve got a large family, you’ll need a relatively larger convection oven. While a smaller one can do the job just fine as well, it’ll make you slow and you’ll have to take rounds of baking, air frying, or toasting slices. For instance, an oven with ample space will let you toast up to 7 pieces of bread at a time, easily feeding the family of four.

Design

Your oven has to look aesthetically appealing because let’s be honest, in addition to its utility, it’ll also be an instant attention seeker in your kitchen. Moreover, the design is also important for things like exterior heat conduction and door handle, etc. The right design will save you from accidental burns and will have a cool-enough exterior.

Rack Positions

The largest convection ovens come with three rack positions. Ideally, the uppermost rack should be used for broiling, the middle one for toasting bread and baking, and the bottom one is for roasts/pizzas. Your oven may also come with a rotisserie chicken rod, allowing you to roast your chicken in the oven – the trays/racks have to be removable in this case.

Included Accessories

In addition to a rotisserie chicken kit, most convection ovens come with 3-5 accessories. These may include a baking/broiling pan, pizza pan, crumb tray, oil tray, etc. Ideally, you need a convection oven that’s versatile and brings forth all these accessories and options. However, most of them should be removable and non-stick so the cleaning process doesn’t stress you out!

Warranty

Before you pin your decision, check for the oven’s warranty. More often than not, your oven will have a 1-2 years manufacturer’s warranty, particularly useful in case you require any repairs or if your product gets damaged during shipping.

Are Convection Ovens Safe to Use?

If your convection oven comes with a rulebook or safety guidelines, make sure you follow them to ensure maximum safety. Moreover, here are a couple of tips you should always follow to begin with:

-Always try to remove the crumb/oil tray and try to clean it periodically to avoid flare ups and buildups
-When you’re not using your oven, keep it unplugged to save the digital controls from getting damaged through any electrical surges
-Try to use oven mitts while your appliance is on – even if all you’re going to do is just open the oven
-When your convection oven is in use, always keep an eye on it. Try to not leave it on for more than 10 minutes if you won’t be around
-Do not rest any objects or pieces of cloth on the top of your oven, as becomes the norm in a few households these days
-Once your oven arrives, carefully unpack it and remove any unwanted cards or papers from the oven

What is the Pricing Range of Convection Ovens?

The high-end convection ovens that deliver an excellent value can cost anywhere between $250 and $400. While the amount may still go up for some brands and models, you can easily get a great oven within that budget. However, if you’re a little low on the money, you will still be able to get a convection oven within the $80 - $200 range.

More often than not, a high-priced oven will have better features as well. But, instead of building the basis of your purchase on the price, always try to finalize your purchase after going through a few customer reviews – and this approach is true for all the products out there.

Convection Oven FAQ

Q: When should you use a convection oven?

A: When you’re baking pies and pastries, a convection oven helps in melting the fat faster – this leads to creating steam and hence more lift in your pie dough, pastries, and croissants. Also, a convection oven does wonders when you’re roasting meat. The hot air is circulated well, yielding a meal that’s juicier and healthier.

Q: Can I use aluminum foil in a convection oven?

A: Yes, aluminum foil can be used in a convection oven. And more often than not, it’ll help you come up with better results in terms of cooking, granted that you’re taking extra care and preventive measures while utilizing the foil.

Q: What are the cons of using a convection oven?

A: If the cooking time is not properly adjusted, the food is susceptible to burning – this is perhaps the most significant disadvantage of using a convection oven. Also, sometimes the fans end up circulating the air around the parchment paper or foil, interfering with the evenly heating of your food.

Q: Does a convection oven make food juicier and crispy?

A: Since the heat spreads around evenly in such an oven, all the nutrients in your food receive just the right amount of heat. Plus, the results become even better if you’re doing it at lower temperatures – allowing you to cook your meals with a consistent and fuller heat source. This leads to generation of a drier environment inside the oven, helping in the production of crispier, juicier, and caramelized meals.

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