Sure you can look at all the toaster ovens ratings and reviews, but do you know what you are looking for to begin with? Perhaps you found the best toaster oven for your kitchen only to realize that it may not fit your kitchen counter space.
Check out buyer guides first so you can figure out the features you want for your kitchen. Then when you look at toaster oven reviews you know which positive and negatives to pay attention to and which positives and negatives you can discount.
We are in the midst of putting our own guide together. While we do that, we wanted to refer you to one that we refer to often. We forward this one to our readers (often enough that this is why we plan to write our own soon)
How To Buy A Toaster Oven from CNET
Here are their main points (in bold) followed by our own opinion and summary
Interior size: does it fit what you want to toast and cook?
Exterior size: will it fit on your counter and in your kitchen?
Easy To Use Controls
If you are impatient and want to use it out of the box, or want others to use it out of the box, this is important. If you don’t mind taking time to understand a more complicated control scheme, this isn’t important.
Audible Alarms When Done
For some people they don’t mind the audible alarms. For other absent-minded or easily-distracted types, yes you will want this
Easy To Handle
Does the rack eject easily? Or do you have to fish for it? Do the handles get hot?
Most normal ovens do not have this, and we have lived with it for so long. Then again toaster ovens sit on your counter, a bit more risky. Better to go with auto shut off if you can
There are a few more tips and details on the original web article. We highly suggest you check it out!