Commercial toaster ovens are popular pieces of equipment in the professional kitchen because they heat up so quickly and combine the convenience and design of both a toaster and an oven. Since they are so versatile, they are often used in the place of a regular oven for a lot of tasks. In particular, toaster ovens are great for keeping food hot, or heating it up. In the pro kitchen, its common to find up to 2000-watt commercial stainless steel ovens. Since cleanliness is a major concern, many of these have a brushed stainless steel finish for easy cleaning.
For the home, possibly the best convection ovens are the top quality Cuisinart TOB-175BC. This oven has excellent performance due to convection heating (which excels at baking and browning food) and has two large racks. Toaster ovens for the home come in a range of styles and colours, including red, black, white and steel.
For commercial grade toaster ovens, we need to look elsewhere. Here are a selection..
Waring WCO250 Commercial Convection Toaster Oven
Waring have been making products for commercial kitchens for more than 60 years, so they should be a name you can trust. They manufacturer a range of household & commercial grade toaster ovens.
One possible candidate is the Waring WCO250. This oven is a quarter sized, heavy duty convection oven which gives you the options of convection baking, roasting, baking, broiling & using a rotisserie. Its an excellent oven for cooking foods like roasts, pizzas & breads. Cooking chicken is a snap by using the rotisserie. You’ll also get a stainless steel drip pan which can double as a baking sheet, and two baking racks. It’s brushed stainless steel heavy duty finish with stainless steel interior, make this a popular choice.
The WCO250 has a big brother, namely the WCO500, which is a half size commercial toaster oven. With its 1.5 cubic feet interior, stainless steel finish and clear-view tempered glass window, its another option, albeit a little larger. You get the convection bake, roast, bake, broil & rotisserie, plus stainless steel baking tray and 1700 watts power.
Waring also make the Waring Pro CO1500B Professional 1.5-Cubic-Foot Convection Oven with a 1.5 cubic foot interior, 4 rack positions, temperature control know and 2 hour rotary timer. The Waring PRO CO1500B Professional is a 1700-watt oven that can oven bake, convection bake, broil, roast and cook on a rotisserie.
Cuisinart 6-Slice Toaster Oven
The Cuisinart 6-slice toaster oven is designed for the busy lifestyles of its owners. This classy toaster oven will allow you to bake, broil and toast all within one compact device. Its compact enough for most kitchens, yet it can cook a 12 inch pizza. This oven is finished in stainless steel on the front with a brushed chrome commercial style handle. The controls of the 6-slice toaster oven consist of a touchpad and the oven itself has heat sensors to ensure it maintains internal temperatures accurately. There is even a button to switch between 6-slice and 4-slice toasting. You’ve got a reheat & defrost button plus automatic shut off. While this toaster oven may not be heavy duty enough for a commercial kitchen, its certainly one that households should consider.
Cadco POV-013 Commercial Half-Size Convection Oven
Another quarter sized commercial convection oven that comes in heavy duty stainless steel. The interior occupies 0.83 cubic feet, and has three shelves separated by 2.5 inches each. Cadco POV-013 can accommodate three quarter sized commercial sheet pans. The heat control can be set from 175F up to 500F, with a 60 minute timer if required. This model has an innovative heavy duty squirrel-cage fan for better circulation of the air in the oven. The safety door features “cool touch” and has a double thermal glass window. This oven is 1450 watts convection.
Sirman Commercial Stainless Steel Toaster Oven
This model is designed for bars, coffee shops and small restaurants, and is ideal for toasting, heating food and melting cheese. It has top & bottom infra-red heating elements and is finished in stainless steel. Made in Italy, the Sirman oven uses 2000 Watts power.
Kalorik PRO-OT-19735 Prostar Commercial Style Italian Toaster Oven
The Kalorik PRO has a double shelf, and can fit 12 slices of bread at a time. You can also cook pizza, broil, reheat food and more. It’s made with brushed stainless steel. The 15 minute timer and 1650-watt top and quartz top & bottom heating elements (which you can control separately) give this toaster oven a lot of flexibility.
Equipex 25″ Toaster Oven (RST 227)
This one has a compact footprint, 15 minute timer and a double shelf. With stainless steel interior and exterior, it certainly looks the part. You have separate control over the top and bottom heating elements, allowing you maximum flexibility.
This oven is ideal for melting stuff like cheese, warning food and toasting. You get a crumb tray for easy cleaning, and open style models have heat resistant rack handles.
Equipex also have a range of other toaster ovens – BAR-100, BAR-200, BAR-106/1, BAR-206/1 and the RST-127
Looking to make a lot of toast?
Maybe the Commercial Pro 14″ countertop conveyor toasters are what you are looking for. It’s has continuous delivery of toasted bread and bagels with 300+ slices being delivered per hour. It consumes 2600 watts, and weighs in at 40 lb. It’s manufactured by Commercial Pro International.
On this site we’ll look at some of the more popular convection ovens and offer user ratings where possible.