A mini oven can be a life saver if you have a small kitchen and want to make the most of space. I’ve also found that they are great for if you want to do small amounts of baking too though. If I have a small batch of cupcakes (often a good idea with my love of them!) then I might not want to turn a huge oven on in order to cook them. I find that being so small the cook really well and evenly which is just what I need! So if you’re considering one read on for my guide on choosing the best mini oven along with some of the best models available in the UK at the moment.
What to look for in a mini electric oven
The first thing that you need to think about when buying a mini oven (also known as toaster ovens) is whether it will serve your needs well. Have a good think about the following:
- how many people do you have in your house
- what kinds of things will you use it for
- do you have space for it – they are generally small and compact but they need space as they heat up lots obviously.
- Do you need it to just be an oven or would you like hobs on top too (they generally don’t work at the same time though)
- what your budget is – generally mini ovens are fairly inexpensive but really cheap mini ovens often means small. Bear that in mind!
Once you’ve thought about your requirements you can then think about the specifications you’ll need when looking for your ideal oven.
Size is the main consideration that should be thought about first really. You can get mini cookers in many different sizes from as small as about 9l in volume up to about 42l. As you can see, it’s quite a difference and will dictate what you can cook inside. A tiny one won’t be able to cook a joint of meat for example, yet a bigger one should accommodate it with no worries. If you’re planning on baking bread you’ll want to know it has room to rise and not hit the top too!
Mini ovens are great for single people or couples or just if you cook very small items. Even the smallest will cook some chips easily or a small pizza, or even some lovely cupcakes!
The power of the oven should also be thought of. Bear in mind the wattage of the product and how much power it will take to use it.
You’ll need to consider the space it needs and where you’ll situate it. Often they are fine on work surfaces and countertops, but be aware that it’s ideal for them to have some space around them as they heat up – you don’t want them in a cluttered area.
You can also get mini grill ovens that are multi functional – most of them will have a grill option but often others will have hobs on the top as well which can be a lifesaver in small areas such as caravans, boats or bedsits. They are perfect for first homes or students as they can be an inexpensive way to furnish your kitchen with a good oven! Do be aware that often they won’t work simultaneously and you can only use one aspect at a time.
* Updated for 2020 – as time goes on some of the products I’ve reviewed here go out of production and are no longer available. Hopefully to make way for newer and better models though right? I’ve updated the post fully in June 2020 so you can be sure that the items are available for you to get if you need to and left in some of the older reviews in case they are helpful at the bottom of this post. *
Best mini oven reviews
Ok, so now we know what to look for, let’s have a look at some mini oven reviews and check out the best rated products available in the UK right now.
Russell Hobbs 22780 Mini Kitchen Multi-Cooker with hotplates
One of the most popular mini ovens in 2020 is this one from Russell Hobbs – a good, well known brand name. I do like to go with well known names if I can if only for customer service or getting parts in future and this one does come with a 2 year warranty too.
This one is quite a large oven at 30 L so it can fit a decent amount in there and it comes with a grill tray and rack too which means you can do more than just one thing at a time. It’s fan assisted and has a range from 60- 230 degrees C.
The hobs are a good feature too especially if you’re tight on space. Be aware that you might want to have plenty of height above the oven though to be able to use them and remember that you’ll only be able to use the hobs if the oven isn’t on.
It looks a smart option too and would look great in any kitchen.
Dimensions: 39 x 46 x 36.5 cm
Dualit 89200 Mini Oven 18L
Another good British brand is Dualit and they are one of the more high end brands out there. If you’re looking for a temporary mini oven this could be a good option as with such a popular brand name I imagine you’d be able to sell on and get a decent amount of your money back after.
It has the classic Dualit styling which is a little bit retro and it would look awesome in any modern or classic kitchen. The chrome finish really sets it off and gives it a high end look.
The oven is one of the smaller ones at 18L but as it has a curved back it can get a lot in there and it comes with a grill pan and oven tray too. As it’s so small you won’t be able to use more than one at once though as it might affect the heat circulating.
The oven goes up to 230 degrees C but my only gripe is that the dial isn’t too clear for precise temperatures. This may not be too much of an issue depending on what you’re planning to cook though.
Dimensions: 42 x 36 x 25 cm
Severin 2058 Toast Oven with Convection
This is the largest of the mini ovens that I’m looking at here at 42L. If an oven is for more than temporary use then going for bigger might mean that you’re not missing a regular oven too much.
This one can not only fit in more than one thing but there are 4 shelf positions which means you can have greater control over how things cook. It comes with a grill rack, baking tray, pizza stone and a rotisserie spit too so there’s plenty that can be done in it.
The dials are easy to use and have enough markings on them that you can be precise with your cooking and it goes from 60 to 230 degrees C.
Dimensions: 42.0 x 51.5 x 36.5 cm
Sage SOV860BSS4GUK1 Smart Oven Air Fryer
If you want something that is more of a permanent oven whether that is because you often need an extra space or you just want a oven that works well enough for long term then I suggest you might look at the Sage ovens. They are top end and so a bit more money than some of the others on this page, but for the features you get it will be worth the investment
What I quite like about this one is that it looks unobtrusive. It looks just like a microwave oven!
Another big plus for me with this one is that it is a digital control for the temperature. This means that it’s really easy to control how hot you want it. If you’re wanting something that can be used daily then being able to use it precisely is a big plus point.
As well as being a mini oven, you can also use this as an air fryer so if you are looking to eat healthier this one can help you there too. As well as air frying the oven has many different set functions you can use too so it makes it easy for cooking different types of food.
Dimensions: 27.79 x 40.29 x 47.99 cm
Below here are some of the older reviews I’ve done – many of these are old models now and not available but you might find them still from independent sellers or even on the second hand market on Ebay.
VonShef 19l Mini Oven and Grill
Best budget mini oven
The smallest of the mini ovens I’m looking at today is this one from VonShef. It’s a 19L oven which can take many foods from a frozen pizza to even cooking a small chicken.
One of the great things about this oven is that it heats up really quickly and also cools down really quickly so quite safe in that regard.
There are 3 dials to control the oven – one controls the time that it’s on with a timer to alert you when it’s done, one controls the temperature and the other to control which heating elements you need (oven or grill). It also comes with a small shelf and baking tray.
You also get a 2 year warranty with the product which considering the price I think is excellent value.
Width: 45.6cm, Height: 26.2cm, Depth: 35.3cm
Inner oven size: 32.2cm x 20.7cm x 27.4cm
Andrew James 33 Litre Mini Oven, Grill and Hot Plates
Best mini oven with hob
This mini oven from Andrew James is all you need for a small kitchen all in one product because not only does it have the oven and grill functionality but it’s also got 2 hotplates as well. This makes it perfect for small spaces, first homes or even offices and definitely gets it the best mini oven with hob title. It would even suffice as a temporary oven for families too if you needed one, it’s big enough and can certainly cope!
You’ll need to bear in mind the space for this kind of mini oven as having the hobs on top means you need plenty of height for it.
The oven works really well even though it has so many options. It is large enough for a roast dinner but not too big that it’s going to overpower the kitchen. As I said before it’s plenty big enough for a family although after a while you might find it restrictive. If you’re a small household it would be perfect.
The temperature goes up to 230 degrees C. You get a grill rack for inside plus a non stick baking tray as well.
The hot plates are two different temperatures – 700W and 1000W. The lower hob is perfect for just warming food while the larger one is good for frying.
Dimensions – 32cm x 32cm x 51cm
Tower T14014 Stainless Steel Mini Oven
Best family sized mini oven
This is the biggest of the mini ovens being reviewed here and is 42L. The size makes it perfect for families, holiday homes or caravans – you can do lots in it and it’s really versatile. Like the Andrew James mini oven it has 2 hot plates on the top of the oven so can be useful in cooking a variety of items.
It’s a lovely black design with chrome effect accents and it looks really good on the work surface.
You get a wire rack and baking tray designed to fit inside perfectly.
It’s one of the more expensive models but Tower is a well respected brand and it’s a really robust item. I’d definitely think that it will last a long time! You also get a 3 year guarantee with this item.
Dimensions – 61 x 46 x 42 cm
Sage by Heston Blumenthal BOV820BSS Smart Oven Pro
Best premium mini oven
A real premium product is this mini oven by Sage (which is backed by the Chef Heston Blumenthal – it’s quite a spectacular range of premium kitchen products!) and it is definitely superior in many ways. This oven would be great if you were planning to use it day in, day out and needed something that would be up to the job. The size is 21 L so not the biggest of the lot, however it is definitely worth considering if you’re looking for a classy mini oven.
It looks fantastic, in line with many of the other Sage products, and would look amazing in any kitchen with the silver outer, large digital display and easy to turn knobs.
It has an Element IQ technology which is 5 different heating elements in the oven to enable you to bake, grill or cook whatever you like with control. Some things need even heat, some need more at the top and this let’s you control that. It’s really rather clever and probably the best mini oven for baking as you can control so much.
I’m currently researching and testing some more ovens to make this a much more in depth mini oven review guide – check back soon for more ideas!