Though often confused, commercial toaster ovens are actually quite different from salamander broilers, finishing ovens and cheesemelters. For starters, they are primarily intended for toasting cold products like frozen products or sandwiches rather than last minute finishing of products that have already been heated or cooked. Additionally, toaster ovens will all have one or two shelves with heating elements above and below each shelf. This allows the units to be used not only to toast bread, but to actually bake small food items as well. Many also come with pull-out shelves that make it easy to quickly load and unload product into the oven. When shopping for a toaster oven, first consider the overall size and electrical specifications to make sure that you have enough space for the oven and that you have an outlet nearby that meets the toaster oven’s electrical requirements.
Most commercial toaster ovens are able to plug into a standard wall outlet. However, some of the larger models may require a higher voltage, like 208 or 230, in order to operate. They may also require their own dedicated circuit to prevent tripping the fuse, so be sure you have enough room in your breaker box as well. The exterior dimensions of the oven are also important to consider. Typically, the width of the oven is the most important as it gives you an idea of the oven’s footprint and how much countertop space it will take up. However, the depth of a toaster oven is also important to keep in mind as you will also need enough space in front of the unit to add and remove product from the oven. Be sure to leave a little clearance around the machine as well to allow the oven to breathe properly and prevent your walls from heating up.