My oven stopped working recently which resulted in my need for a new “toaster oven.” I know there are differences between toaster ovens and convection ovens but let’s face 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!

Toaster ovens without Teflon coating

Last year I did a bit of research on this topic only to find one oven that met these criteria. In January 2016, this search was taken to a whole new level!

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.

In this blog, you will learn why going teflon free is important, how it is hurting your pets health and a few teflon free oven options.

Hidden dangers of PFAS chemicals in your Toaster ovens
Convection oven without non-stick coating

Countertop convection oven without non-stick coating

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.

Update June 4, 2019: 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 and this Teflon Free Cookware.

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 who 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 which 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.

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 not in the budget at this time.

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.

Finally, a customer brought to my attention a 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.

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 if 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.

Teflon free Toaster Oven

Back of Non-stick free Toaster Oven

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.

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.

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 Ceramic Toaster Oven Set for making pizza, muffins, and brownies.

Update: My oven is still going strong 3 years later and its is used regularly. When I upgrade my oven, it’s a toss-up between one of the bigger ovens above.

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Other articles that may interest you: lead-free pet bowls, chemical free pet beds, pet-friendly non-toxic cleaning with a steam mop

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14 Responses to “Toaster ovens withOUT a non-stick coating are safer for pets”

  1. Pli says:

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

  2. D. Smith says:

    I just purchased this high-end counter top oven . They are bpa, PFOA and PTFE free. I called the company to confirm this.

    • Happy Trails & Wag'n Tails says:

      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.

  3. K. Ruth says:

    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.

    • Happy Trails & Wag'n Tails says:

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

  4. Name (required) says:


    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

  5. Tiffany says:

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

  6. Valerie says:

    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. 🙂

    • Happy Trails & Wag'n Tails says:

      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 🙂

    • Jane says:

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

  7. James McRitchie says:

    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.

  8. J Anderson says:

    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! 🙂

    • Happy Trails & Wag'n Tails says:

      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.

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