Commercial Toaster Oven
A commercial toaster oven provides a compact solution for light cooking, warming, retherming, and defrosting. Typically with far less power than other countertop cooking equipment, these units still work well for small portions. These commercial versions will likely bring considerably more power than their residential kin, though their designs are similar. That means the can be used as a mobile unit, but won't be constructed of heavy-duty materials that stand up well to high demand. More
This type of oven is best-suited for low-volume operations, like small kitchens, concession stands, and catering operations. With relatively low power, they're good for heating things like tarts, danishes, breads, and items that don't do well in a microwave. They're also frequently used to finish hot dishes – browning surfaces, adding crusts, and melting cheese. A commercial-grade toaster oven will typically come without a fan in the cabinet, which means heating may not be entirely even, so they're not typically recommended for cooking raw products.
Since many local codes allow for a commercial toaster oven to not be under a hood, they can be installed virtually anywhere there is counter space available. They can also be unplugged and relocated relatively easily. They're typically more economical than heavy-duty cooking equipment, so they can be a cost-saving alternative to larger food-finishing equipment if your business demands don't justify such a large purchase.
These units typically have a cabinet–style design, with a hinged door that opens horizontally or with a removable insert attached to a handle – much like a peel that's used to move pizza into and out of an oven. Like larger equipment, cooking is done on racks, which are adjustable to accommodate a variety of dishes. These provide a versatile, all-around solution for everything from heating frozen pizzas to melting cheese on sandwiches.