For many, Cuisinart has long been the producer of the crème de la crème of kitchen appliances. While this is a debatable opinion, the fact remains that Cuisinart produces some of the most highly-rated appliances for household usage. Here, we’re going to take a look at several models it offers for a specific appliance: the toaster oven.
This Cuisinart toaster oven review includes several of the brand’s better-known offerings in this category. Whether or not they deserve that popularity is one of the things we’ll flesh out below.
The TOB-40 has 5 functions: warm, toast, broil, bagel, and bake. Classified by the brand as a full-size toaster oven, it can hold an 11-inch pizza inside. The same space can fit about 6 slices of bread, or a 3lb chicken. It can go from 200 to 500 degrees F and has a nonstick interior for easy maintenance.
The rack inside the oven also moves out automatically when opening the oven door. The front is finished in stainless steel for a modern appearance while rubberized dials offer control.
- Auto-out oven rack makes it easier to get your food from the appliance without burning fingers
- Slick, stylish appearance
- Faster at toasting bread than most other toaster ovens
- Dial/control labels are much too small
- No timer function
This is a superb full-size toaster oven from Cuisinart with a lot of great features and just one big problem. It’s rich in functions, is easy to operate, even easier to clean, and good-looking enough to sit on your counter without ever becoming an eyesore.
It may not have convection, but it’s amazingly fast, and will actually cook most of the stuff you put in it faster than you might expect. This 6-slice toaster oven has a grave issue, though: it has no integrated timer.
As such, you’ll have to turn it off yourself when you want it to stop cooking already. This might not be a big deal to some—particularly those who like to watch over appliances when cooking something in them—but it will be to others.
The TOB-260 is a behemoth of a toaster oven, with a capacity of 0.95 cubic feet. It has 15 cooking functions, convection cooking, and an auto-slide-out rack. A door sensor can activate the oven automatically and the control panel is dominated by digital controls and LED buttons.
The oven also has an adjustable 2-hour timer combined with automatic shutoff features. The cooking functions on this oven are programmable, as are the pizza size selections. There is a separate button for the convection feature, which means you can turn it on or off at will.
The interior is nonstick and can be lit up with a dedicated light. It also has a dual cook feature that lets you run two separate cooking processes or functions one after the other.
- Enormous capacity
- Dual cook feature
- Superb quality manufacture
- Priciest item in this list
- Bottom rack can be a little tough to extract if you don’t have a mitt protecting your fingers
This is billed as a chef’s convection oven by Cuisinart, and it sure does feel like it lives up to it. It has features and functions galore and—more importantly—actually delivers on them.
It’s very consistent; hardly ever missing a mark even when you put it through its paces by doing several different functions at different settings in rapid succession, and feels sturdy enough to last a long time.
In short, it’s fantastic. It’s a little bit pricy, in exchange, but if you can afford it, it’s definitely worth what it costs and possibly even more.
Cuisinart’s TOB-135 has a stainless steel finish and the shape of a classic toaster oven. It combines those with digital controls, though, for an intriguing juxtaposition. This oven also has a broiler function and is classified as a large one, having a 0.6-cubic-foot capacity or the ability to hold and toast 6 slices of bread at once.
A 9-function oven, it can offer such staple cooking methods as baking and bagel toasting while also offering convection-enhanced ones like convection baking and convection broiling. The interiors are nonstick for easy maintenance, it has automated shutoff, the crumb tray is slide-out, and an integrated sensor helps it keep track of the exact temperature in the oven.
- Convection fan is smooth and quiet
- Great quality
- Powerful and reliable
- Convection can be turned on or off
- A little bit on the pricy side
This is a bit pricy, not least because of its size, but that takes nothing away from the fact that it’s a superb kitchen appliance. Cuisinart packed this model with just about every function a toaster oven can take on.
It’s easily among the most versatile ovens we’ve ever tested as a result. Even more importantly, though, it’s unbelievably reliable. It warms up fast, gets to and holds temperature, and doesn’t keep you guessing about how the toast will turn out every time.
The controls are easy to learn and it also looks good. There’s really barely anything to complain about here, so most people probably won’t even mind the price any more. After all, they’ll know they’ll be getting their money’s worth with this one.
The best buy here is the TOB-260, but at more than thrice the price of the mid-price ovens on the market, it’s not for everyone. If you can afford it and make space for it, it’s one of the best appliances you can own, though. It’s sturdy, easy to work with, and ultimately very effective at what it does, which is what counts the most.
However, if you really can’t swallow its price tag, you can go with the TOB-135 instead, which still offers great value for the price.
The TOB-40 is hard to recommend because of the lack of a timer, but if you want something cheaper that’s still a quality Cuisinart even if it lacks a timer, it might be an option for you.