When it comes to ovens, being “extra” isn’t necessarily a bad thing.
When you’ve got a large family to feed or are in the habit of throwing big parties, cooking for lots of people can be very stressful. More so, if you’re using a standard sized kitchen oven.
In a professional kitchen, that’s not a problem because most of them rely on extra-large convection ovens to cook a large volume of food quickly and easily. These ovens cook the food evenly by generating and circulating hot air over the food surface in less time than a conventional oven.
These days though, convection type ovens are now increasingly found in home kitchens because of their versatility. And they’re far from big and bulky like their restaurant counterparts. Convection countertops have become a standard design in today’s oven market.
These ovens offer the same high performance found in commercial cooking appliances but in a smaller form factor. This allows the user to maximize productivity while also saving precious kitchen space.
When homeowners purchase a countertop convection oven, it's usually to supplement their standard oven – until they realize sooner that it’s more practical to use it daily than their old oven.
That’s because a convection oven uses less energy than a conventional oven. Since it uses hot air and circulates it throughout the cooking space, food is cooked at lower temperatures and 25% faster than it would be in a standard oven.
Food also becomes flavorful when cooked this way. For instance, when cooking meat through convection, it browns evenly without becoming dry. When roasting veggies, the sugars caramelize, creating crisp edges and moist interiors. You can just imagine how cooking fries in a convection oven would taste like (you could try an air fryer too).
So if the food is going to turn out this good, then it’s not a bad idea to go extra when buying a convection oven. Especially since these extra-large models are fitted with “extra” functions and settings that will allow you to multi-task in your kitchen.
Things like multi-tiered cooking and baking 13-inch pizzas while toasting 9 slices of toast are possible in an extra-large convection oven.
But how extra is extra? The extra-large size ranges around 18 to 22 inches wide and 14 to 18 inches long. Some expensive brands even have bigger sizes. This means that you need to plan out where to put the oven first before buying one. This type of oven can get very hot on the exterior that's why it needs to have sufficient breathing space, otherwise the hot moisture will warp any kitchen cabinet nearby.
Still, if it makes your cooking life easier, it’s a convenient tradeoff. I’ve checked out the available extra-large ones in the market and I’ve narrowed down the best into this top five list.
Best Extra Large Convection Ovens
- Oster French Convection Countertop and Toaster Oven
- BLACK+DECKER 8-Slice Extra Wide Convection Countertop Toaster Oven
- F.BLUMLEIN Steam Convection Oven Countertop
- DeLonghi Livenza Stainless Steel Digital Convection Oven
- Breville BOV900BSS Convection and Air Fry Smart Oven Air
1. Oster French Convection Countertop and Toaster Oven
This oven is so extra that it can accommodate two 16-inch pizzas. It can also roast a family-sized chicken, bake casserole or toast 14 slices of bread.
Its turbo convection baking technology cooks dishes faster and browns them more evenly. It has digital controls that enable you to select the precise cooking time and temperature settings so you don’t have to worry about your food being over or undercooked. If you want to make dried fruits and vegetables, there is also a dehydrate setting for that.
You can also use this oven for slow-cooking. You can cook your food at a preset temperature of 150F for an adjustable time of up to 6 hours.
Safety settings include a pre-heat feature that alerts you when the oven has reached your desired cooking temperature. It also has a 90-minute timer that can be used to shut the oven off automatically. For your convenience, the double doors can be pulled with just one hand.
The oven comes with two racks, a durable baking pan which doubles as a broiling pan and a removable crumb tray.
- Its French doors have a tiny gap that lets steam escape so that the oven won’t overheat
- Has an interior light that stays on even when the oven is in use
- Potential hazard for elderly users; oven tends to get hot on the outer surfaces during the cooking process
- Power cord is short; some customers found an issue with “mushy” touch sensor buttons
2. BLACK+DECKER 8-Slice Extra Wide Convection Countertop Toaster Oven
The oven’s extra-wide interior was designed to fit a standard 9”x13” oven pan with handles. You can also cook a 12-inch pizza or toast 8 slices of bread.
It has four cooking functions: the convection heating will allow you to bake, broil, toast, or keep your food warm. It also has a dedicated toast timer for those who like their breakfast toast perfect. For those who need longer baking time, it also has a 60-minute precision timer so that you can control the length of time.
Accessories include a broiler pan, a removable crumb tray, and a toasting rack. Its rack can be positioned in three ways to allow more flexibility for cooking.
- Zinc coated interior for better heat and energy distribution
- Heating elements are made of quartz which is better than aluminum
- It carries the Proposition 65 warning
- No interior light
3. F.BLUMLEIN Steam Convection Oven Countertop
You can cook an 18-pound turkey or just a 12-inch pizza and still have room to spare for some fries. The 1.1 cu. ft cooking space is extra large enough to cook a full-course meal in a matter of hours.
This is a 10-in-1 appliance combo. It can be used for hi-temp steam cooking, grilling, convection cooking, or a combination of all the three. It also has a preheat and defrost mode. You can also use this for fermentation and sterilization.
It’s easy to operate. It has a One-Touch Display Panel that recognizes your touch even if your finger is wet. It also comes preprogrammed with 25 recipes so cooking becomes easy and convenient.
Its front-cooling air exhaust system recirculates inside the oven while cool air is exhausted above the oven door. This protects nearby kitchen cabinets from being warped because of the intense heat.
Accessories include a grill rack, three trays for steaming, baking and dripping, a pair of insulated gloves, and a cleaning sponge.
- Air Plus Technology that vents cool air through the front so that you won’t be scalded by the hot moisture
- The convection mode can be used to air-fry food
- The menu screen is not intuitive
- Door design; some reviews noted the difficulty of opening the door with one hand. You need to use the other hand to steady the oven when opening
4. DeLonghi Livenza Stainless Steel Digital Convection Oven
This can cook a 12-inch pizza or roast a chicken. The rack can be positioned in four different ways so that you can maximize space and cook more meals in just one go. At 24L, its capacity is large enough for family meals.
It preheats up to 60% faster and cooks 40% faster than full-sized convection ovens. It has a heat lock system which maintains the interior temperature while reducing 50% heat emission through the glass door. It comes with eight preset programs so you can cook just as easily and conveniently.
- Easy to operate, very quiet
- With internal light
- Temperature settings are in increments of 10, instead of the usual 5
- Some concern with the dial knobs; you need to turn them twice in order to hit the correct settings
5. Breville Convection and Air Fry Smart Oven Air
Its 1 cubic ft interior cooking space can accommodate a 14-lb turkey, toast 9 slices of bread, slow cook like a 5-quart Dutch oven, and even bake 12 muffins.
It has a 2-speed convection fan that provides a greater volume of hot air to cook dishes quickly and evenly. It’s backed with quartz heating elements that bring the heat above and below the food more efficiently.
It comes with 13 cooking presets. You can also air-fry and dehydrate a variety of food in bulk using this oven. It can dehydrate up to four trays of ingredients.
It comes with an LCD display for easy operation. It has an integrated oven light that automatically turns on the end of the cooking cycle.
Accessories include a pizza pan, two racks, an air fryer rack, and a crumb pan.
- Nonstick interior walls
- Cooling fan inside the control panel to keep the sensitive electronics safe from overheating
- Convection fans are very loud
- Takes 20 minutes to reach 400F
Buyers Guide to Choosing Extra Large Convection Ovens
The extra-large segment of the convection oven market is all about the bells and whistles. You already know that its extra-large size will allow you to cook two or more dishes. What matters most is the kind of features it has in order to make you cook in the most efficient and optimal manner while still producing flavorful meals.
Still, it’s best not to overlook these basic points.
Consider the amount of cooking space that you need with how much counter space that you have. The ideal size is one that has enough capacity to simultaneously cook the dishes that you love preparing but not big enough to swallow up space in your kitchen.
Plan out its space in your kitchen. Measure the access and end position of the product to ensure that it fits into space. Take note that this will include a breathing room around the oven. Also, check if opening its door won’t hit anything else.
Convection ovens are powered by electric, natural gas, or propane. The most practical to use would be an electric oven since they don’t require too much set-up. They also tend to be more reliable at keeping the same temperature levels. It also takes less time to cook food in it than a gas-fed oven.
Choose the oven that’s capable of maintaining the temperatures you need to cook your dishes. The range varies; some heat up to 110-degrees Fahrenheit, others can reach 550-degrees Fahrenheit.
Check out if it has some nice features that will allow you to do more than just your usual go-to dishes. Some ovens have more than one convection fans which allow heat to be more evenly circulated. Some allow you to turn off the convection fan or use it with just one cooking function.
The best ones have safety features that protect you from being scalded from the hot air. Others have built-in features that protect internal controls from heat. Some can even function as a dehydrator or an air fryer. Pick the best combination of features that you can use.
Because these types of appliances aren’t portable, cleaning them like you would a blender would be difficult. Check if they have removable parts that can be cleaned by dishwasher or by hand. Or check if the oven has an easy-to-clean interior. The best ones are those you can just wipe clean.