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My oven stopped working so I spent more than 20 hours searching for a non-toxic oven such as a Teflon free toaster oven or countertop oven. I went to various websites to read customer reviews, complaint boards, and calling companies. Even reading statements about Teflon in our appliances killing pets or making them very ill.
In late 2021, I updated this blog with new research to reflect options for a Non Toxic Toaster Oven.
Toaster ovens without Teflon nonstick coating
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 countertop oven options.
I know there are differences between toaster ovens and countertop 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.
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 that 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 cook food and bake things like my homemade preservative-free cat and dog treats. When I need to cook something in a pot, I use this Teflon Free Cookware to avoid toxic non-stick chemicals.
I know many people buy fresh dog food but for people who prefer to cook food for their pets, I think a teflon-free countertop oven is essential.
Negative health 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 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 chemicals. 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.
Toaster ovens without Prop 65 warnings
Prop 65 covers over 900 chemicals and is only required in California. If you do see this warning it could be something like lead in a cord, a chemical found in the oven “feet” or it could be something else.
If any of these countertop ovens without Teflon have a Prop 65 warning, I confirmed it is isolated to the cord or feet. To reduce your risk, put it somewhere it does not need to be moved or unplugged often.
5 Teflon free toaster oven options for 2023
One contender for my new oven was this steam convection oven with stainless steel interior. 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 not in the budget at the time.
Another option is this PFOA and PTFE free toaster oven. It comes in several color options to match your other appliances or add a punch of color.
** This specific model of the oven features a ceramic interior! Note 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 countertop oven.
In late 2021 I confirmed several of their newer ovens contain a ceramic nonstick coating that is PTFE/PFOA free. Many say it is safer than Teflon. From what I read Ceramic should not pose any risks as the coating would have to reach 900 degrees, which this oven only goes to 450 degrees.
Non toxic toaster ovens with Ceramic interior
Ceramic non-stick coating can be an alternative option to Teflon nonstick coatings. Several of my trusted resources choose ceramic as their nonstick coating of choice.
1) Non toxic Air fryer oven can also Convection bake, has 12 settings including proof and dehydrate, has an interior light, thermometer, and a 360-minute timer
3) Stainless Steel interior toaster oven (no air fry option) comes with accessories like 2 racks, a pizza stone, and a 3-year warranty
PFOA Free and PTFE free Countertop oven
A customer brought to my attention this high-end PFOA and PTFE free Convection oven. If you own other high-end appliances and like the quality, now you can own a compact version!
It has 6 cooking modes, an inside light, fits 9 x 13 dishes, comes in 3 colors, has 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.
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 and Toaster oven 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 grease. With the broiler pan, the grease drips through the grate into the below pan.
I plan to get this 3 Piece Toaster Oven Baking Pan 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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