Toaster ovens without teflon non-stick coating are safer for pets

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My oven stopped working recently which resulted in my need for a new “toaster oven.” Last year I did a bit of research on finding toaster ovens without Teflon only to find one oven that met these criteria.

Early 2016, I spent more than 20 hours searching the internet to see if any other convection ovens met my needs. I went to various websites to read customer reviews, complaint boards, calling companies and reached out to a few friends, one of which is familiar with cookware.

Toaster ovens without Teflon coating

Convection oven without non-stick coating
Toaster ovens without Teflon coating

I know there are differences between toaster ovens and convection ovens but let’s face the facts, many people still refer to it as a toaster oven. I know I call it a toaster oven. Sometimes once you get used to calling something by a particular name it just sticks. Ba-dum ching!

In this blog, you will learn why going Teflon free is important, how it is hurting your pet’s health, and a few Teflon free oven options.

Hidden dangers of PFAS chemicals in your Toaster ovens

As I was looking at ovens with the best ratings or all the bells & whistles, I quickly realized most had a non-stick interior which contained Teflon, PFOA, or PTFE (all are in a class of chemicals called PFAS, Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances ) and how it was having negative health effects on pets and people.

On June 4, 2019 the FDA confirms that the nonstick chemicals in items such as our cookware are contaminating our food and water. These chemicals can cause cancer, thyroid disease, liver damage and more. I use this oven to bake things like my homemade preservative free cat & dog treats. When I need to cook something in a pot, I use this Teflon Free Cookware to avoid toxic non-stick chemicals.

Effects of Teflon nonstick coating on birds and other pets

I found many comments on various websites stating birds have become ill or passed away from the use of non-stick ovens.

Additionally, people have experienced flu-like symptoms. I found this information on multiple websites such as on the website of the company that makes the Teflon coating and EWG (Environmental Working Group).

If this is what it’s doing to birds and people, I was NOT going to take a chance with my dog! To top it off, I’m sensitive to smells. Yeah, that’s not going to work. I’ll take ways to say no for $1000 Alex!

Identifying various forms of non-stick coating in ovens

Teflon is a trademark name and therefore it may be used in another form that you may not easily recognize. This stuff is everywhere folks. For example, it very well may be on the warming plate of your coffee maker.

One company uses Durastone II which contains Teflon particles. Another “well known” company was very cryptic about what is in their non-stick coating. I understand wanting to protect your proprietary product or formulation but it’s that same lack of transparency that will make you lose customers wanting to know this information for health reasons.

PTFE free and PFOA free Convection Toaster oven

My other oven broke down at the worst time, Christmas when expenses are already higher. I was hoping to find a Teflon free oven for $100-$125 and this Convection Oven “fit the bill.” When pulling it out of the box, it was bigger than I expected but for me, that was a good thing. It features 3 different rack positions, 1 rack, 1 “baking” pan, and a crumb tray. The crumb tray slides out for easy cleaning. That is a winner! Why? My last toaster oven forced me to pick up the oven, pop the bottom open and wipe it down while holding it or laying it on its side. I was not a fan but I made it work. You can turn off the beeping sound the buttons make. Keep in mind if you want a reminder that the cooking cycle has finished, you will have to set a timer on another device. The back “bubbles out” which may be to better accommodate a pizza. Yum pizza! The description I read said it fits “most” large pizzas. I can tell you I have purchased two pizzas and they both fit inside.

Update: The above-featured oven has been sold out for a few months. In late 202, I found out this company no longer makes ovens for residential use. To give you more options you can try one of the suggestions below.

A customer brought to my attention this high-end PFOA free countertop oven. If you own other high-end appliances and like the quality, now you can own a compact version! It has 6 cooking modes, inside light, fits 9 x 13 dishes, comes in 3 colors, a temperature probe, and has a 5-year warranty. I read a lot of reviews and many customers seem to love it as their main oven and even used it as their secondary oven when cooking holiday dinners.

3 Teflon Free Countertop Convection Ovens

One contender was Steam Convection Oven. As far as I could tell there was no non-stick interior, it had a lot of great reviews and a 5-year warranty. I was really interested in it because steam is a healthy way to cook. I only decided against it because it was almost $250 and that was not in the budget at the time.

PFOA Free oven
PFOA Free oven Teflon Free Toaster Oven

Another option is this PFOA free oven. According to the company website, this specific model of the oven is PFOA & PTFE free! It comes in several color options to match your other appliances or add a punch of color. I specify this model because there is another one that looks exactly the same but it has a teflon interior. Also, they seem to have used the same ad verbiage for the Teflon free oven BUT if you scroll down the ad it does confirm it is a Teflon free oven.

In a response from the companies customer service, this convection toaster oven has a ceramic coating on the interior. Additionally, another website that I trust for non-toxic research has listed this oven as well.

Toxic-free ways to clean your oven

I cut up some lime and squeezed it into my water. Looking at the end piece, I thought this will make a perfect little scrubber. I put some baking soda on the lime to clean the glass door. After letting it sit for approximately 30 minutes, it came off with ease.

Teflon free Toaster oven Broiler pan set & Muffin pan

My only dislike is the pan that comes with the oven. After a month or so of use, the pan should not get bent/warped. Luckily I heard it make the pop noise and was able to bend it back into shape (using an oven mitt so I didn’t burn myself). Also, it quickly had some rust spots on it although it was cleaned and dried immediately after use. I contacted the company and they offered to send me a new pan.

Finally, I would have liked a Stainless Steel Broil and Roast Set. Why? If I want to cook something like burgers and fries, I don’t want the burger or fries cooking in the grease. With the broiler pan, the fat/grease drips through the grate into the below pan.

I plan to get this 3 Piece Toaster Oven Set with ceramic coating to make cookies, bread, and muffins. Having a non-toxic loaf pan and muffin pan was essential for me to make Gluten-Free banana bread and muffins. These toaster oven pans are PTFE free, PFOA free, PFOS free, and Lead-free.

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  1. stella

    Can you tell me the name of the high end toaster oven you suggested in your article? Or include a link? The Amazon link it takes you to is for a mixer.
    I have spent so much time lookinng for a toxic free toaster/convection oven and have not had any luck. I did see the $399 oven but thats a bit out of my price range and all but one color is sold out. Thank you, I appreciate your information and research.

    1. Hi. The high end oven links to 2 products, which is more expensive than the $399 teflon free countertop oven. Unfortunately, it seems all the prices have gone up on the ovens, all of which is out of my control.

  2. Nancy

    I looked up the pfoa free one you have recommended and it clearly states that the interior is nonstick.

    1. My blog and the AD, clearly state this *version* is PFOA/PTFE free not non-stick free. The coating is NOT Teflon.

  3. B

    Thanks for the information, but, when clicking on your second link called “PFOA Free Oven” it pecifically says this in its description:

    “the oven cavity also features a non-stick coating for easy cleaning”

    1. Happy Trails & Wag'n Tails

      If you look just below the cavity comment it says this specific version (275) is a PFOA free & PTFE free oven.

      It appears that when they posted the ad that they used the same exact verbiage and pictures as another model (273) that does have a teflon non- stick coating.

  4. Pli

    Your post is really amazing. You have discussed the matter details. Thanks for the sharing your helpful blog.

    1. Happy Trails & Wag'n Tails

      Thank you for letting me know! I’ve been searching for other options since one of the ovens seems to be sold out on Amazon. This one seems to be the “Cadillac” of ovens. Foodies will be able to bring out their inner chef using this oven. For those with other high-end appliance in their kitchen, this will fit in nicely aesthetically and give them the quality that they are used to.

      1. Connie

        The convection oven has a galvanized interior. Isnt zinc dangerous? I had that oven picked out until I read that. I have birds.

        1. Happy Trails & Wag'n Tails

          Hi Connie. I was lead to believe it was stainless steel. As it turns out, others commented the also thought it was ss. Thank you for bringing this to my attention, I will be removing that oven immediately. I have several other ovens listed, I hope one of the toaster ovens work for your birds!!

        2. Happy Trails & Wag'n Tails

          It looks like the other ovens are sold out except the PFOA free toaster oven. **please only get the Exact version I linked to as this one does NOT have the teflon interior. I mention this b/c there is another version that looks exactly the same but it HAS a Teflon coated interior.

        3. Mara

          which convection oven has the galvanized interior (zinc)? Thank you.

  5. K. Ruth

    Hello—the links aren’t working. Can’t you please just include the name of your recommended oven ??? My son & husband have cancer, I really don’t want to jeopardize their health any more. Thanks.

    1. Happy Trails & Wag'n Tails

      I checked the links and they are working! Perhaps you can try a different browser or computer if you are experiencing issues.

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    I have a question about Gourmia S200 oven. It says it has interior stainless steel for easy cleaning. So steel only for easy cleaning purposes not for health reasons? Would you please shed some light on this oven. Is it really worth buying such expensive oven? It is really stainless steel? I would appreciate it. Thanks

  7. Tiffany

    It is always good to consider out pets one in a while.

  8. Valerie

    The links are working now! 🙂
    Thanks so much – have been going crazy trying to find a counter top oven without a non-stick interior!
    Literally web searching over 4 hours before I came across your site – you have saved my sanity. 🙂

    1. Happy Trails & Wag'n Tails

      Valerie, I’m so happy I could help! I tried to cover as much as possible hoping people likes us wouldn’t have to search for hours for an answer. Could you tell me, were you going to websites directly looking at ovens or doing a “Google search”? I’d love the feedback so I could “tweak” my blog if necessary to help the next person. Thank you for your input 🙂

    2. Jane

      Ditto to everything Valerie said. And another BIG thank you!

      1. Happy Trails & Wag'n Tails

        I’m glad your search is over. Which oven did you choose?

  9. James McRitchie

    Says you bought a budget convection oven for now but although it appears to be linked, the link didn’t work for me and it certainly isn’t named.

  10. J Anderson

    Saw your comment on the Breville toaster oven on Amazon and couldn’t believe I hadn’t thought about the non-stick interior problem. So I came here to your blog and appreciate the info, but am confused — I don’t see where you name which oven you bought in the blog entry above? Help solve the mystery! 🙂

    1. Happy Trails & Wag'n Tails

      Thank you for the comment as I had no idea my links where not working. The blog is now fixed, please come back to read about the few ovens I suggested.