When is the last time you looked at a countertop oven, or more commonly known as a toaster oven?
If you’re like me, it always seemed to be faster and easier to use the microwave. But I really wanted a good countertop oven!
I’ve had toaster ovens in the past, but they were usually too small for a lot of foods I wanted to cook in them, so I didn’t use them.
But, if we’re being honest here, I also didn’t like the fact that they looked cheap on my counter.
Then I found exactly what I had been wanting–the Oster French Door Countertop Oven. Let me tell you about the oven in their line that I think you’ll love.
Features Of A Great French Door Countertop Oven
A great countertop oven has all the features you need to be worth taking up precious space in your kitchen. So here’s what I was looking for:
~ French Door Design–I absolutely fell in love with the look of a french door oven when I found the perfect GE Cafe French Door Wall Oven! Not only is it beautiful, I love the way it functions. So a french door design in my countertop oven was big on my list.
~ Size–I want my oven to be large enough to cook a pizza or make a meal for my husband and I. But, it’s going to be sitting on my kitchen counter, so I want it to be designed well to not take up any more of the prime real estate on my counter than it has to.
~ Wattage–The wattage of an oven determines how fast it will heat up. I want one that will heat up fairly quickly, but not have a large energy consumption.
~ Clear Oven Controls–I don’t want complicated controls. If I have to use the manual to learn how to use the controls, that’s fine. But it shouldn’t have to be taped to the wall next to the oven for reference every time I cook with it!
~ Cooking Functions–The oven should have all the basic cooking modes like bake, broil, and keep warm. Any other cooking functions are a bonus, especially if they give more options for 1-touch cooking.
~ Convection Baking–If you love to bake like I do, you’ll appreciate having an oven with a convection baking feature. A fan will distribute the air through the oven and decrease baking times. For me, it’s a must-have!
~ Double Racks–Having an oven that is high enough to have 2 well-spaced cooking racks is important. For things like pizza, being able to cook 2 at a time can mean the difference between using my countertop oven or having to heat up my large oven.
~ Automatic Shut Off–This is essential for me! If I’m in the garden or running our 2 dogs in the yard, I want to know that the oven will shut off automatically.
Once I had my list of what I needed for my countertop oven and looked at several models on the market, I knew the Oster French Door Countertop Oven was the one for me!
Why Oster? They have it all!
The Oster line of french door countertop ovens are just beautiful and add a classic, modern touch to any kitchen. The stainless steel Oster digital model complements any countertop and decor.
But it’s not just the looks that convinced me this was my #1 choice–any great oven performs as wonderful as it looks or it’s not for me! It was the features and quality that put it over the top.
Here are the features you’re going to find if you purchase an Oster french door countertop oven:
~ The Size–The exterior dimensions of this oven are 22″W 19.5″D 13″H with the back of the oven rounded out. This means I can cook 2 16″ pizzas–my husband will be very happy!
In reading the reviews, I learned that it’s best to leave a little room on both sides of the oven for the doors to swing open all the way.
They’re spring-loaded for 1 hand operation, but you need to open them fully to be sure they’ll stay open while you are taking food in and out.
Even with the extra space, this Oster oven fits nicely on a countertop without taking up too much room.
~ Wattage–The average wattage for a countertop oven is 1200 to 1600, and this unit comes in at 1500 watts. That’s more than enough to provide the heat required to get to even the hottest temperatures without tripping the breaker if you want to use other kitchen appliances at the same time!
~ Easy To Use Oven Controls–The oven controls and display of this oven are clear and designed to be easy to use. The touch controls took a little bit more pressure than I would’ve expected at first, but that’s just a matter of getting used to it.
For me, it’s like getting used to my cell phone after putting a tempered glass shield on top. (I’m famous in my family for cracking the glass on my cell phone!) It takes a day or so to get in the habit of touching it just a little harder than before.
~ Multiple Cooking Functions–I wanted bake, broil, and keep warm, and Oster gives you those plus a lot more! You can, of course, toast, but there’s also 1-touch buttons for Pizza, Defrost, Dehydrate, and Convection.
The multi-functional cooking options truly make this oven an appliance that you’ll use more than you thought you would. I had no idea that I could use it as a dehydrator–anything I can buy that does many things in the kitchen goes right to the top of my list!
~ Turbo Convection Baking–I’ve been hooked on convection baking since we bought our current home 8 years ago. There was an old convection/microwave model that I used the heck out of! But it was really big and noisy and needed to be replaced.
Once I saw that this beautiful oven actually had a great quality convection cooking mode, I knew I’d found the replacement I needed! The fan distributes the air evenly through the oven and is quieter than I thought it would be.
I can definitely recommend this Oster oven if you’re looking to do convenient convection baking.
~ Double Racks–Double racks mean double the baking capacity for foods like pizza or cookies, and it was on my must have list. This oven provides them!
~ Automatic Shut Off–While other models I’ve seen have a 60-minute automatic shut off, this model will let you set it up to 90 minutes, which works really well for many of the things I cook.
If you need a longer cooking time than 90 minutes, you can just adjust for more time before the timer shuts it off–super convenient!
If you look at all the features that Oster has put into their french door countertop DDG model, you’ll see that it’s definitely a quality oven you need to look at!
Ratings and Reviews
The average rating on Oster and on Amazon for the Oster XL Digital French Door Oven model is 4.1 out of 5. People who’ve purchased this oven just love it!
Here are what some of the Oster customers have said after using their oven:
“Purchased this oven about a month ago to replace my 25+ year old Farberware extra large oven. Oster, If I had been the one who designed this French Door Oven I’d be shouting it from the rooftops! This is genius! The French Doors are a boon to those of us who are of short stature and are tired of burning our arms reaching across a hot oven door to retrieve our baked items to serve. This oven is easy to use, easy to clean and easy on the eyes.”
“Love, love, love this oven!!
“I absolutely can’t say enough about this oven! I have had this oven for several weeks and it has become my go-to appliance!”
“Beautiful, Compact AND so efficient!”
“This oven is amazing, I’ve used it to make all sort of dishes and everything came out perfectly.”
I looked into the reviews that have given this oven a negative rating and want to address them.
Some of them deal with the fact that you need to be sure and open the doors all the way to prevent them accidentally closing as you take pans in and out. Many others have stated that there is no problem with this if you have adequate space around the oven and open the doors fully.
Others don’t like the fact that the oven was designed to have a very small gap between the doors for venting. But all ovens are designed to vent, and it appears that most of the complaints revolve around perceived heat loss. This is unavoidable for any oven you purchase.
Overall, the Oster French Door Oven is a quality, beautiful appliance that I can wholeheartedly recommend!
You’ll Love Your Oster French Door Countertop Oven!
So if you’re looking for a countertop oven that will perform multiple cooking functions in your kitchen and look absolutely fantastic doing it, check out this Oster French Door Oven. It makes a perfect gift, and I think you’ll love it as much as I do!
Do you use a countertop oven? What are your favorite things to cook or bake in it? I’d love to hear about them in the comments below!
Updated October 17, 2020
Wow! I absolutely love this oven! It had me at the first picture! The two pizzas in the oven are great!
First of all, I love the French door design. That’s just outstanding!I live in Florida and anything not to turn the electric oven would be awesome!
I love the features and the functions look easy as pie to use. I’m going to spread the word about this oven! Where can I get one of these and how much does it cost?
Being able to cook 2 pizzas at once was a big plus for me as well!
The cheapest place I’ve found to purchase this oven right now is Amazon for $157.25. If you click on one of the images for the oven or one of the links above, it will take you right to it.
Thank you for stopping by!
Thanks for this very comprehensive and timely review of the Oster French Door Countertop Oven. The oven in my son’s apartment is old and unreliable.He’s been frustrated because he enjoys cooking and baking. I’ve been racking my brain for a special gift for Christmas and I think this might be perfect. The price on this oven is exceptionally good for all the features. Toaster ovens sure have come a long way 🙂 Thanks again for the info!
You’re welcome! This would be a great Christmas present for your son, and I’m sure he’d love it–thank you for stopping by!
I could go for something like this. The specs you presented make it appealing. I trashed my last countertop oven with regret. It was an old model and it worked for fifteen years.
Yet, having the double racks this one offers is a great improvement. Amazingly, it doesn’t take up too much space.
Convection too! That’s a huge selling point.
This would fit into the not-so-big-kitchen which is a big plus too.
If you liked using your older countertop oven, I have no doubt you would love this Oster french door countertop oven. The turbo convection works great, the double racks are really convenient, and it will look beautiful in your kitchen–thank you for stopping by!
I have wanted a counter top oven for a very long time but have always been turned down by my wife because of the ugliness and because of the real estate it takes up. This does seem to answer those issues somewhat. I am going to show her this but honestly Im not going to hold my breath. Thank you for this great review and some possibility of hope.
I hope she’ll fall in love with this oven just like I did–crossing my fingers for you!
So I moved into a studio apartment that had a teeny tiny kitchen with NO OVEN. I had to make this sacrifice for the fact that rent here in the Bay Area, California is way to expensive, so I can’t afford to get a place that has a kitchen with a regular oven. I was doing a search on google for what is the best countertop oven because that is what I am actually looking for.
I really like this french door countertop oven because you can make pizzas in it and I love making pizza from scratch for me and my son. I really love baking and making casseroles also! How can one live without an oven for crying out loud? I also really appreciate the fact that it burns at 1500 watts and not higher. I can deal with that.
But most of all I like how the Oster French Door Countertop Oven -looks- it doesn’t look like a big clanky old countertop oven. It’s sleek and modern looking. Did you say that it has tempered glass right? It’s important to me because I also am very clumsy with my oven, I do not want it to explode especially since I have a small toddler.
I would have a hard time living without an oven, so I feel for you! I think you’ll find this french door oven has everything you’re looking for for a small apartment.
I double checked with the manufacturer, and yes, the glass is tempered glass for safety. My 6 year old grandson likes to help me in the kitchen, so I understand your concerns. Thank you for stopping by!
Thank you for a wonderful article!
As a male living on my own, you really covered all the things I would look for in a product review.
Ease-of-use is really high on my agenda, as are easy-to-understand instructions and enough features to cover all my needs…without there being so many that I get confused…therefore put off!
I was wondering if you have any views whether Oster has models that are especially popular with men?
I checked through the reviews on Amazon, and it appears that there are a lot of men who are fans of the french door oven as well. There priority was more function than looks, but the Oster french door oven delivers on both!
HI! Thank you so much for this review. My wife and I are currently in the process of furnishing our home. This is lovely I must say. I agree it looks great. The functions are awesome. Very useful to make great food.
Convection oven!!! SUPER!!! Oster is a great name and these countertop ovens can really change your life and make eating easier and just plain better.
I will be putting this on my list to purchase. Thanks again
I love a convection oven as well! Between the looks and the function of the Oster countertop oven, it’s definitely one I can recommend for your list–thanks for stopping by!
Wow I love this counter top oven! I do have a toaster oven that is so slow! I thought I would love using it, but for instance, toast takes about 10 times as long to toast. Not useful at all. So all it does is sit on my counter collecting dust. I am going to look into purchasing this. I am excited, in hopes it will be so much better than the toaster oven I have now. Glad I found this review!
I’m glad you found it helpful, this is a quality oven, and I think you’ll love it!
Your article just came at the right time.
My husband and I decided to get us a new Toaster Oven since it is just us and we like to cook a bit smaller as we used to.
Reading your review on the French Door Oven got me also excited and I like it what I see and read, also do appreciate the video.
It is the right one for our little household.
Thank you so much for sharing 🙂
You’re welcome! This oven looks wonderful and has great functionality–I think you will be very pleased with your purchase!
Thanks for sharing such a valuable product review. I’m certainly passing this on to my wife so that she decides to give it a try. It looks like a good product and the details that you provide make me say YES to this product. She is always looking for different ways to cook fast and new things!
the Oster French Door Countertop Oven seems to be the real deal 🙂 I appreciate your article and the info.
It’s a fantastic oven, and if your wife decides to get one, I think she’ll love it!
One thing that microwaves can’t ever seem to do well is pizza! It looks like the Oster French Door Countertop Oven is just the right size for making pizza from the picture on your article, but my real question is… does the crust come out good with a Countertop Oven?
Being able to cook 2 16 inch pizzas is also a great feature because… we always cook more than one! If you use a microwave you are stuck with one that’s cold, so you have to know who wants which first (usually the cheese pizza for the kids in our house).
Thanks for the heads up and by the way… It is 0 off on the link you provided 🙂
The crust comes out great in this countertop oven! My husband does not like to cook at all, but he will put a couple pizzas in the oven for us and loves the way they come out. No more microwave pizza, lol!
Waooo!!! this is genius to be frank.Kudos to oster for this amazing French door oven. The amazing part of this oven is the counter top feature compares to others.This is not like the norms. Come to think of the great features of the oven and the size.This is highly admirable if I may say.I love it and am very sure this superb oven will be welcomed by most restaurants and high class individual . I want to believe this amazing oven will creates its market very fast. I will get this fast to have a change of my old fashioned oven.. Lol
I think you will love it, and I know it will look beautiful in your kitchen–thanks for stopping by!
Hello Janelle, I think Oster is a good brand and good company to buy products from, but your article on the Oster French door Counter top oven gives me options for replacing my old microwave oven and try a more conventional, efficient appliance to handle bigger meals I crave.
My Favorite meals are Lasagna, Pizza, Beef Stew, and Meatloaf.
My question to you is, How is the clean up process works for this oven, and do you have a drip pan to catch all of the excess from cooking? Is the oven affordable to buy on a budget?
Your article is a good read and I will recommend it to my mom for future cooking practices.
Clean up is very easy with the removable drip tray at the bottom, so cooking your favorite meals is no problem!
The best price I’ve found was on Amazon, and as of this writing, it was $157. If you click on the links or images of the oven, they will take you right to the Amazon product listing.
I really love the French door countertop oven, my first thought was that it must be really expensive, but when I checked out the price, to my surprise it’s actually in a very good price range. I love to roast whole chickens to make sandwiches, but it takes so long in the oven, and who has time to wait. I am glad I read your article, because I been wanting a countertop over for a while now and this one surely peaked my interest.
You’re welcome! Between the functionality and good looks, I haven’t found one that can beat it in my book. Thank you for taking the time to stop by!
Thank you for reviewing this counter top oven. As much as I like a microwave, they just to not to a good job of browning or baking food – like pizza. Recently, I have been thinking an oven would be a nice addition to the kitchenette in my shop. I was trying to budget a regular stove/oven combo. However, at the $157.25 price that you mentioned in the comment below, I think this french door counter top oven wins. Thanks!
You are welcome, and I don’t think you will be disappointed!
Well, I’ve always had a thing for counter top ovens. This one really looks beautiful to me. The pizza looks great and I think this will be a good buy because it is big and has an auto switching feature. The oven at home is getting a bit old and shopping this one to replace that one will be a very good deal. Thank you!
The Oster French Door Countertop Oven is definitely beautiful on the counter, and with all the functionality it features, I have no doubt that you’ll love it!
As a homemaker, we want appliances, equipment and furniture that doesn’t only look good but highly functional as well. Oster French Door Countertop Oven has a lot of great features but what I like best is the multiple cooking function. It means I can cook different dishes with this. Honestly, baking and grilling is my favorite cooking method because it’s healthier than frying. I also don’t have a microwave oven for heating because of the negative effects it does for health. Another feature that caught my attention is that it can be used as a dehydrator. I am excited to chopped apples and vegetables to be dehydrated so I can have a healthy and tasty snack. It’s always better to do it yourself rather than buying. Thanks for sharing info about this really beautiful product. I’m dying to have this!
The style and looks of this countertop oven are what made me take a second look. But when I saw all the great features, I knew it was a quality appliance that I’d get a lot of use out of. If you choose this oven, I think you’ll be very happy with it!
I like these type of French door countertop oven. They look really very impressive. Since they are from Oster brand so there shouldn’t be any doubts to the performance.
I agree! Oster makes a great product, and these french door ovens have a much better look on the counter than the typical pull down doors.
I purchased the Oster French door counter-top oven a couple of years ago and want to take advantage of all its features.
I didn’t get the recipe book now available with today’s oven and want to buy one. Are they available? Searched Osters site and couldn’t
find one. Also unsure of which French-door model I have, regular or x-large. Downloaded PDFs of and am still unsure.I looked again and I believe
I have the normal sized oven
Hi Bill! There is a quick start cookbook called Cooking With The Oster Countertop Oven that has a lot of great information and recipes. I hope this is what you’re looking for!
I have used Oster before, and I like the brand, it’s good and reliable. I absolutely love the double doors! It looks beautiful and it is also very practical. Like one reviewer commented, it will prevent you from getting burnt when retrieving food from the oven. The size also looks great, I don’t think that it will take up too much space on the kitchen counter.
I love making pizza and I absolutely love to bake dishes such as enchiladas or gratin, so that oven will come in very handy, especially if it uses low wattage.
You will find so many uses for a great countertop oven, and not having to heat up your regular oven for a lot of dishes is economical as well!
Hello there, this is one good looking counter top oven, and I am very impressed with the properties and the benefits. But what I love the most is how good it would look on my kitchen counter! I’ve been looking for a great appliance like this for a long time and will be checking into it more 🙂
Great product that looks good in a kitchen–I think you’ll really love it!
Hi again Janelle! I really love coming across your website because I get informations I need on ovens. I’m big on baked foods so I really appreciate your time and effort. This particular oven is really nice I must say and it’s just the perfect size for me. It also looks like a good product and seems like the real deal. I’ll definitely give this a try, thank you very much
Hi again, I’m so glad that you’re finding my reviews helpful! These Oster countertop ovens are great for so many foods. And finally there’s a brand that will look good in your kitchen!
I completely agree with you: I don’t want complicated controls either. And another feature I always look for is that it should have at least the basic cooking modes like bake, broil, and keep warm. When I started searching for a good countertop oven, I came across good reviews about Oster XL Digital French Door Oven. I decided to continue researching, but I continue to be directed back at it. So I think this is the one for me.
This Oster countertop oven is a great appliance, and I have no doubt you’re going to love it!