How to Preheat Toaster Oven

Updated on March 6, 2023

This question “How to preheat the toaster oven” depends on which type of toaster oven you have. If you have a toaster oven with buttons then the method would be a little different from the temperature dial toaster oven. But both of them are pretty easy and understandable and I will explain about both of them. You just have to spare 5 minutes and read out the article till the end as there are some tips mentioned at the end that will make your foods even better.

How to Preheat Toaster Oven

Working with Temperature Dial

If you have a temperature dial toaster oven then follow the steps given below.

  1. First of all turn on the switch.
  2. Now find the temperature dial over it.
  3. Once you find the temperature dial over which various temperatures are given, rotate the dial from left to right to the temperature you want.
  4. Now below it or over this dial will be the time dial. Rotate that dial from left to right and set the time.
  5. Just after the time dial hits the last second, your toaster oven will make a beep sound to alert you that your oven is preheated.

Working with Buttons or Touch Screen

If you have a toaster oven with buttons or a touch screen then follow the preheating steps given below.

  • First of all turn on the toaster oven.
  • Now look for the buttons that are titled with preheat degrees, then set the temperature by tapping these buttons.
  • Now select the time by pressing the button indicating the time setting.
  • When your oven will be preheated, it will make a beep sound to alert you.

Toaster Oven and Its Conditions

On average the oven temperature gets heated in 5 to 10 minutes at 180 degrees but this also depends on the condition of the toaster oven. If your toaster oven is old or has some mechanical issue, it might take a little longer say 15 to 20 minutes, to preheat your oven. So before setting the temperature and time figure out the condition of your toaster oven. Moreover, if you are still confused about whether the toaster oven is preheated or not then you can check it with the oven thermometer.

Necessary or Not

It is not necessary to preheat the oven because whether you do it or not it won’t affect the bread. But at a higher level, let’s say cafes and other food chains use the preheating step. This is because it makes their work easier and they don’t have to turn on the oven for every customer and likewise customers don’t have to wait too long.

But there is another condition in which preheating is necessary. This condition is necessary when you are seeking something else other than toasting. If you are thinking of baking items in the toaster oven then make sure that you preheat this machine properly. This is because a little imbalance in temperature can damage the baking process. Baking items demand preheating otherwise your cakes and pastries will remain flat despite the fact that you have added the raising agents.

Maintenance of Toaster Oven

The toaster oven can last longer than its average life if you maintain it. This will also help it work efficiently and the temperatures and timing dials won’t be affected at all. To clean the toaster oven follow the steps below.

  • First of all, unplug the toaster oven and before you start make sure the oven is not heated at all.
  • Now take out the trays and racks and wash them with the dishwasher. Place them on the side and let them dry.
  • Now take a small brush and scrub away all the remnants of baking items from the surface.
  • Now take a mild wet cloth and clean the door of the toaster oven.
  • Put back the racks and tray back into the toaster oven and plugin.
  • Your toaster oven is all clean and tidy to be used again.


I hope you found this article simple, understandable, and informative. Just see the condition of your toaster oven first and set the time and temperature according to only. The steps mentioned above can differ depending on your toaster oven as there are plenty of ovens now on the market.

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