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Cuisinart TOA-60 Convection Toaster Oven Air Fryer Hands-On Review

The Cuisinart TOA-60 is one of the most popular toaster ovens around today. When I found this out I simply couldn’t resist getting one for myself to test. Honestly, I wasn’t expecting much but wow, was I wrong!

In my detailed review of the Cuisinart TOA-60 convection toaster oven & air fryer I’ll explain what you need to know before buying. You’ll also find out what it’s like to own one and why if you don’t have one, you’re missing out.

Keeping reading to find out how what happened when I cooked several popular foods – and the surprising things I learned. I’ll also address some common complaints I’ve found from other owners.

You can also jump to the review score and pros/cons list now if you like.

Contents

Getting to know the Cuisinart TOA-60

Cuisinart toaster oven family image with TOA-60

Cuisinart is one of the largest manufacturers of toaster ovens and other home appliances today. The TOA-60 (circled above) is a specialty model with more features than many lower-priced competitors sold. Cuisinart is known for some excellent-performing, affordable ovens many buyers love.

The Cuisinart TOA-60 is one of the many toaster ovens you’ll find on the market, and one of many different types the company manufacturers. Additionally, the company produces a number of other appliances for the kitchen too.

However, while it is indeed primarily a toaster oven, the styling and oven features are where the similarities end.

For around $200 or so, you’ll get a number of cooking features:

  • Oven cooking: warm, toasting, broiling, and baking
  • Convection oven operation for more even crisping and baking
  • Air fryer function for a healthy alternative to traditional frying
  • 2 oven rack positions for cooking larger meats like whole chickens
  • Cooking timer (0-60 minutes) with self-off
  • Interior light
  • 3-level toast darkness timer
  • 12″ x 12″ oven internal cooking space
  • 6-element heating with 1,800W of cooking power

The TOA-60 is designed in a nice stainless steel body. One more thing that sets it apart (and that I really became fond of) is the top-mounted controls. Whereas most toaster ovens have them on the side, the TOA-60’s controls are located on the top front.

This means it takes up less horizontal counter top space.

Unboxing and what’s included

Cuisinart TOA-60 unboxing and packaging

I picked up my Cuisinart oven which was well-packaged and easy to carry. Convenient carry handles (one on each side) come with plastic inserts which make them easy on the hands. Inside is eco-friendly recycled cardboard packaging. 2 of the 3 included cooking trays (along with the manuals) stored on top. The third tray can be found in the bottom.

You can tell a lot from unboxing a product, I’ve learned. It speaks a lot for what kind of quality and thought that has (or hasn’t) been put into a brand’s manufacturing.

Picking up the TOA-60 was a breeze! While it is a bit bulky (after all, it’s one of the larger toaster ovens out there) it was actually easier to carry to my car than expected.

Located on each side is a handy carrying handle with a plastic insert for ease of use. It makes picking up the box without tearing so simple and is nice little touch.

Opening it up

I was excited to get started testing my Cuisinart right away.

Inside was well-designed recycled cardboard packaging that not only keeps the oven secure in shipping but also holds the included cooking trays and owner’s booklets.

Cuisinart TOA-60 included cooking trays image

Inside you’ll find 3 cooking accessories:

  1. A wire mesh air fryer basket
  2. Standard oven rack
  3. A tray for baking, drip catching (when air frying), and catching crumbs

They’re well-made and fit well into the oven, with the air fryer basket having 4 feet which allows it to rest on top of the baking tray to serve as a drip catcher.

Included are 3 booklets: 1) A quick-start cooking guide for the oven, 2) the owner’s manual & recipe booklet, and 3) and easy-warranty registration insert.

Included are 3 great-looking types of documentation: A quick-start guide, a more thorough owner’s manual, and a cool little insert which allows you to register you oven’s serial number online by using a phone picture.

That’s a really nice little feature I haven’t seen before.

Additionally, I noticed the owner’s manual includes lots of great recipes of all kinds to get the most enjoyment out of your new oven. Very nice!

I have to say I was impressed – especially with the quick start guide which helped me get the oven set up quickly and ready for cooking right away.

Build quality

So far, so good. But what about the build quality? I’m not one to skimp giving products I review the “once over”, as it’s important to look for build defects, manufacturing problems, and other potential issues.

Cuisinart TOA-60 closeup build quality image 2

Build quality, fit and finish, and assembly are great! I’m very pleased to say it’s well put-together, and I found no quality issues whatsoever.

The controls are tight, turn well, and are clearly marked with black printed labels, with a power-on indicator located to the left of them.

During manufacturing a static-cling display label is placed on the oven door window, so you’ll need to peel it off before use, of course.

Cuisinart TOA-60 closeup build quality image 1

The TOA-60 has a great stainless steel body I really like. While the unit sells for only around $200 or so, it looks quite nice and professional – much like it was much more expensive! High-temperature black plastic finger holds are located on the base (both sides) for easy moving. There’s also a power cord wrap feature, too.

What I love about the TOA-60 is not just how great looks but how well great the stainless steel construction is. Cleanup of the outside is easy (using a damp cloth or gentle scrubber to avoid abrasives) when needed.

Cuisinart TOA-60 carry handle closeup image

Located on the bottom of each side is a recessed area under which your fingers can be placed for easy carrying. Additionally, there’s a cable wrap for the power cord on the rear as well.

Checking out the oven, I have to say I found the build quality to be great.

Note also that non-scratch feet are located underneath, so it’s safe for expensive counter tops too.

Checking out the oven interior

Cuisinart TOA-60 toaster oven interior measurements

The TOA-60’s oven interior features a pretty roomy size with lots of room for cooking most personal meals including a whole chicken. I measured the interior oven size at about 12 x 12.” On the left-hand side the oven features a “halfway catch” which allows pulling the oven rack or baking tray out 1/2 way and leave it there hands-free. It also serves to help keep you from accidentally sliding and dropping the rack.

The oven’s interior is actually pretty generous in size for a toaster oven. At about 12 x 12″ in size, there’s plenty of room for cooking many types of food:

  • Personal pizzas up to about 12″ in size
  • Whole chickens up to 4 lbs
  • Boneless chicken breasts and beef
  • Large containers of chicken nuggets or fish sticks
  • Whole bag of french fries, chicken wings, and more

The left-hand side of the oven features a catch which prevents the oven rack or baking tray sliding out accidentally. It’s also useful for holding the baking tray or oven rack halfway out when loading or unloading food.

While it is a scaled-down version of a traditional larger oven, it features the same convection oven cooking as ovens sold for $600 and above…just with less space inside.

Personally, it’s a nice little touch I think. In order to use remove or install cooking trays I had to lean them in at about a 45 degree angle to slide underneath the catch.

The oven also features 6 300W heating elements for a total of 1,800W of power. There are 2 on the bottom while the remaining 4 are at the top.

Note: It’s critical to use the baking pan when cooking or place it on the lower slot when toasting to protect the heating elements from dripping juices or falling crumbs.

Specifications

Cuisinart TOA-60 Specifications
  • 1800 Watts power
  • Stainless steel body
  • Power indicator lamp
  • 7 Functions: Air Fry, Convection Bake, Convection Broil, Bake, Broil, Warm, Toast
  • 0.6 Cubic ft. interior with light
  • 2-position oven rack design
  • Capacity: Air fry to 3lbs, toast 6 slices of bread, bake 4lb chicken, 12″ pizza
  • Adjustable thermostat
  • 60 Minute timer/auto shutoff
  • 1/2 oven rack catch
  • Baking serves as drip or crumb catcher
  • Powerful, fast cooking
  • Open door safety switch
  • Toast 3-shade selector-timer
  • Nonstick easy-clean interior
  • Includes: oven rack, baking pan, air fryer basket
  • Whisper quiet operation
  • Manuals: Quick-start guide, owner’s guide/recipe booklet
  • Carrying handles
  • Rear power cord wrap
  • 3 year warranty

What really surprised is just how despite using one half the electricity of a standard oven, it cooked food twice as fast. It also pre-heats at least twice as fast, too!

I’ll go into more detail about those advantages below.

What to know before use

Set up

In order to use the oven properly you’ll need to read the included quick start guide and owner’s manual.

Following the instructions included (using the convenient diagrams that make it very simple) I moved the oven racks as needed depending upon the features in use.

To use the toaster oven, you’ll need to set up the cooking trays (included) in the correct position as recommended. For nearly all cases I used position #2 (the top slot). The Cuisinart TOA-60 is unique in that it includes an extra second bottom slot (#1) which allows cooking large items like a whole chicken. I think it’s a smart design.

Oven controls

Cuisinart TOA-60 oven controls illustrated diagram

The power light is on while the oven is in use (cooking). A push button light switch turns the interior light on or off. 4 dials make up the controls for operation: 1) Cooking timer, 2) Temperature dial, 3) Cooking mode, and 4) a 3-level toast darkness selector (which is a timer, too).

The oven features 4 main dials which I found very easy to use and of high quality as well. All dials had a good “feel” to them during testing.

I should also add that unlike some other toaster ovens, you can switch the oven timer off if food is done before your set time. Some ovens, for some reason, won’t allow turn the timer of Off and you have to let the timer run out in that case.

Cooking operation

The 4 controls are as follows:

  1. 0-60 minute cooking timer with auto-off and “done” bell
  2. Warm/ 0-450°F adjustable temperature
  3. Cooking function: Warm, Bake, Broil, Toast, and Air Fry
  4. Toast darkness selector/timer: Light, Medium, and Dark

There are actually 7 functions to select in total as Broil and Bake offer convection cooking modes, indicated by a small fan symbol on the dial label.

Toast mode is a bit different. To toast items, set the function to Toast, then choose a darkness level.

Turning the toast darkness dial engages a timer which will automatically turn off the oven when done, just like the 0-60 minute timer, but with a preset time used for convenience and perfect toasting every time.

The Warm function is a bit different as well: setting the oven to Warm mode and then temperature dial to the

Warm mode puts uses fixed temperature which I measured as about 161 degrees, perfect for warming up leftovers or keeping your meal fresh and hot.

Cuisinart TOA-60 vs a regular oven

I really wanted to see how much of an advantage (or disadvantage) the TOA-60 had to offer over my traditional large home oven.

In order to do so, I measured pre-heat times to 450 degrees using a precise digital high-heat thermometer and stopwatch app on my phone.

The results were really surprising!

Test setup

Conventional oven preheat time measurement setup

Measuring the warm-up (pre-heat) times for a large conventional oven to compare to the Cuisinart toaster oven. In both cases I used an accurate K-type thermocouple high-temperature probe with a digital thermometer, then recorder times to 450°F and recorded what I found.

I set up my an accurate, high-heat temperature probe and digital thermometer to measure the time it took to pre-heat the ovens to 450 degree Fahrenheit. This is the time you’d typically have to wait before beginning to cook your food.

Cuisinart TOA-60 preheat time measurement test setup

Carefully setting up the temperature probe for measuring how long it takes the Cuisinart to warm up to “ready to cook” temperature. I used 450 degrees as the measurement, as it’s a typical setting for many cooking tasks.

For those of us who hate to wait to eat, that’s a big deal. Both Cuisinart and other oven manufacturers recommend pre-heating your oven for ideal results and cooking preparation.

First I measured my conventional (large-capacity, high power) oven and then the Cuisinart TOS-60, recording the data and measurements.

Preheating test results

Cuisinart TOA-60 vs conventional oven preheat times comparison diagram

As you can see, the Cuisinart took less than half the time it takes a full-size oven – less than 7 mins vs over 14 minutes.

I have to say, despite being smaller and much less expensive than my full-sized oven, I’m definitely impressed.

Energy use comparison

Cuisinart toaster oven vs regular oven power use comparison graph

Once again, the Cuisinart wins here for many people, as you’ll use about 1/2 or even less power than a traditional oven. Many regular-sized conventional ovens use about 3,500W watts, if not more!

When using a larger oven, a lot of energy you’re paying for is simply wasted. If you’re only cooking small meals and not larger than normal amounts of food, it’s unnecessary.

Not only that, but don’t forget that it takes longer for a big oven (as I proved earlier) to warm up. So it’s not just money you’re wasting with a bigger traditional oven, but time also.

Comparing the Cuisinart to a conventional oven really made me begin to appreciate just how much of a great value it is.

Not only that, but it simply improves my quality of life by wasting less time and money, too.

Regarding a buyer complaint

One of the buyer complaints I’ve seen is that the actual temperature may be different from what the oven is set to. In order to find out more I measured the oven temperatures when set to 450° to check how it actually behaved.

I measured a minimum of about 390 and a maximum of about 470 degrees. While that may sound like a bad range, in fact in practice it’s both normal and acceptable.

The reason is that the Cuisinart, like most toaster ovens in its price range, uses electro-mechanical controls to maintain the cooking temperature. This means you won’t get more precise oven temps as they’re not able to behave the same way as more expensive, and complicated, products.

In my testing experience the temperature range was about right and worked fine. I don’t believe its any cause for concern and isn’t really an issue.

Toaster oven test results

Toasting time measurements

When using the toaster oven, you’ll get 3 settings by using the simple 3-selection toast timer control (the right-most dial) along with setting the cooking function selection knob to “Toast.”

The 3 toast darkness settings you can choose are:

  • Light
  • Medium
  • Dark

I used the toast function for each setting and recorded the times. This way I could be sure of how long you’ll have to wait for your toast, as in my experience, cheaper pop-up electric toaster are not consistent.

However, I’m happy to report the Cuisinart’s mechanical timer was very consistent and you’ll get consistent, reliable toast results every time.

Cuisinart TOA-60 toaster time settings measurements chart

Hands-on testing with bread

For nearly all of my life, despite loving delicious toasted bread, every single electric toaster I’ve owned was really disappointing. Electric toasters are known for being flaky and not consistently producing good results.

Quality toaster ovens I’ve researched have a great reputation for fantastic, delicious toast that many owners enjoy. I decided it was time to prove what the TOA-60 can do.

Cuisinart toasted bread test results

In order to test its toasting performance, I used 4 slices of fresh white bread (although it can hold 6 slices) and set the toast level timer to Medium. I took the toast out when the timer was done – and heard that wonderful “ding” sound. The results were delicious.

To check the bread toasting function, I used 4 slices of white bread on the oven rack. Note that the TOA-60 can actually hold 6 slices, by the way.

I used the oven rack (in slot #2, the top position, as directed by the manual) and the baking/crumb tray in position #1 to catch the bread crumbs that fall.

Next I set the Toast setting to Medium and waited for the timer to end, chime the bell, and turn the oven off. Then I took out the toast.

Honestly, I was very happy with the results. Honestly, this was some of the best toast I’ve ever eaten in my life. Without a doubt, it’s the best toast I’ve ever eaten!

The bread was a perfect medium darkness, and crisp and delicious. I can’t believe I wasted so much time, stress, and money on lousy electric pop-up toasters in the past.

Convection oven test (Pizza and more!)

Toaster ovens are often especially useful for baking a variety of foods and they’re perfect for personal sized pizzas.

Convection baking uses fans to circulate the hot cooking air in the oven and more evenly distribute the air over the surface. It provides more even cooking for many types of food and is recommended for pizzas and other foods with a crust for best results.

Note: When using the convection baking mode, it’s recommended to reduce the temperature by about 25 degrees.

While many lower-priced models are more limited in the pizza size that can fit (often 9″ is the largest size), the Cuisinart can hold a small pizza up to close to 12″

I wanted to test the convection oven feature by cooking 2 types of popular frozen foods:

  • A small pepperoni pizza (about 11″ in size)
  • Hot Pockets stuffed treats
  • Chicken nuggets (1 full family sized bag)

To cook them all, I set pre-heated the oven to about 425°F (as recommended) with the mode set to convection bake. I used the top rack slot (#2) as advised also.

Pepperoni pizza cooking results

Cuisinart toaster oven pizza cooking test

I had to be sure to watch the pizza to keep it from burning! This little oven is quite powerful for its size and the pizza was hot and ready in less than 5 minutes. To check how well it was cooked, I measured the internal temperature to make sure it reached 165° as recommended on the package.

Before I knew it the pizza was ready! Honestly, I’m not accustomed to cooking a frozen pizza. I’m impressed.

To verify the cooking, I measured the internal temperature with a digital thermometer to make sure it reached at least 165° as directed.

Toaster oven frozen pizza cooking time measurement

I measured the time it took to cook a perfect frozen pizza, with excellent inside temperature and a crispy crust. In less than 5 minutes I got great results.

I won’t lie to you – I bought inexpensive test pizzas (about $2.24 each) and expected results. However, honestly the taste was better than I expected.

The pizza crust was crunchy and evenly toasted. The cheese and pepperoni were well-cooked and tasted great. If you’re a pizza lover and want that delicious, crunchy restaurant-style taste, it’s an excellent choice.

It’s like a home version of buying a pizza at a dine-in restaurant. Making your own fresh, crisp pizza is also a wonderful feeling. The Cuisinart made it easy and fun for me to do.

Hot Pockets cooking test

Cuisinart TOA-60 Hot Pockets cooking test

I cooked 2 Hot Pockets containing cheese and pepperoni. They took longer to cook (as expected) as they’re frozen foods that have to be thawed and cooked internally. This takes more time than thin foods. The results were excellent.

Similarly, I cooked a small pack (2 units) of pizza Hot Pockets which are bread-wrapped cheese and meat foods that make a great snack or easy meal.

As they’re frozen and contain food on the inside, I knew they’d take longer to cook. Again, using the convection bake feature set to about 425° and pre-heated I carefully cooked them while checking the crust.

They did take longer to cook than the pizza (as expected, as the internal temperature takes more time to rise) but were still pretty quick. After about only 6 minutes they were ready.

Checking the internal temperature and crust, I found the outer crust to be very well toasted – and deliciously crunchy! A microwave simply can’t do justice to this kind of food.

Caution! The outside of the oven gets very hot while in use so you’ll need to be careful. Never place heat-sensitive objects on top while it’s in use or allow children to be around it to avoid burns.

Chicken nuggets test

Cuisinart TOA-60 chicken nuggets cooking test

I was able to cook an entire family sized bag of Tyson chicken nuggets all at one time in the baking tray. To help keep things more neat, I covered the oven rack with foil before cooking (although you can use the baking tray instead). The nuggets turned out crisp, fresh, and great as well.

One thing I like, and that you can’t do with other toaster ovens, is that I was able to cook an entire large bag of chicken nuggets all at once.

I set the cooking time to 10 minutes and waited for the bell, telling me my food was ready to check.

Ding! And just like that they’re ready.

The TOA-60 is powerful enough to handle them all and cook them evenly with ease. They were fresh and hot with a crunchy toasted outer breading.

I’m not a chicken nugget fan myself but I know a lot of you out there are (especially those of you with families). Once again the oven test passed very well and as long as I gave enough cooking time the results were excellent.

Air fryer test (Chicken wings and fries)

Let me be honest: this is my first air fryer I’ve ever tested!

According to friends, they’re great appliances to have, and they absolutely love theirs. I was really wondering what the hype was about, so I did my homework beforehand and made sure I used the Cuisinart to its greatest potential.

Sure, you could spend more money and get a separate air fryer but why would you do that when it’s built-in here?

Air fryer control use

Following both the quick start guide and owner’s manual, I used Cuisinart’s recommendations for getting optimal results from the air fryer mode.

While air frying is a substitute for deep-frying and saturating food in oil or grease, the ideal method is to brush or spray a light coat of cooking oil on the surface of the food before cooking.

In order to do so, I did the following when I tested 2 types of popular foods (chicken wings and french fries):

  • Set the oven mode to air fry
  • Allowed the oven to pre-heat to about 450°
  • Placed the fry basket on top of the baking tray/drip tray
  • I sprayed a light coating of canola oil on the food in the basket
  • Inserted the basket & tray into slot #2 (the top position)
  • Set the timer to 10 or 15 minutes

Chicken wings test

Cuisinart TOA-60 chicken wings air fryer test example

To test the air fryer with both wings and fries, I placed the food in the fryer basket, placed on the drip tray, and then applied a light coating of canola oil. Note that other types of oils can be sprayed or brushed as well. I set the timer for about 12 minutes and checked periodically. The wings came out great! Crisp and fresh, rivaling restaurant wings I often eat.

I’m a big chicken wing fan and often dine out locally, enjoying delicious “original” fried dry rub or sauce-coated favorite flavors. The problem with wings, however, is they money you’ll spend – as well as having to drive to the restaurant or pay for delivery.

Having been very curious what air fryers are all about, I just had to see if I could cook my own at home.

Cuisinart air fryer drip pan used example image

When using the air fryer and cooking some meats or other foods the baking pan serves as a drip tray. After cooking oils and fats within the food may be released. It’s a huge change from the dripping oils from fried food! Clean up was pretty easy. However I recommend lining the pan with aluminum foil for easier use.

I coated the wings lightly with a healthy canola oil before cooking them in air fryer mode with the timer set to 12 minutes (although it turned out it takes a bit less time, in fact).

I allowed the wings to darken to a crisp and after allowing them to cool I tasted them. The result was crunchy, well-cooked wings that reminded me very much of restaurant-fried original wings.

What’s interesting is there wasn’t any “strange” flavor – I didn’t miss the fried taste at all. In fact, I kind of like how they’re different and far healthier as they’re not soaked in frying oil or shortening.

Restaurant-style french fries

Cuisinart TOA-60 air fryer french fry cooking test

I picked up a large bag of crinkle-cut french fries to try, too. I’m not a fried food fan, so using the air fryer makes new things possible as it’s so darn healthy, yet gives great results. I cooked a basket full of fries (I did need to shake and turn them a bit while cooking). The fries were crunchy, crispy, and amazingly delicious!  Not only that, but there was not terrible cooking oil dripping everywhere when they were done.

Similar to how I cooked the wings I was able to fit an entire large bag of crinkle cut french fries into the basket.

After applying a moderate amount of spray oil I set the timer to 15 minutes and periodically checked on them. When they started to crisp a bit I removed the basket and stirred them to check for any uncooked french fries.

After just a few more minutes they were done. The french fries were nice and toasted, had a lovely golden brown color, and were amazingly crispy. If you’ve ever wondered how french fries are supposed to taste, this is it!

Ordinarily I don’t eat french fries because of how terrible local restaurants are with their fried foods: dirty, stinky fryer shortening is used over and over and and it food a strange taste I hate. Used fryer oil wreaks of an odor I can’t seem to forget and I hate it.

However, for once, I really enjoyed the french fries I ate. Guilt-free, fresh, healthy, and most of all, they were mine that I cooked myself!

Broiling test (Fish)

The oven features 2 broil modes: (standard) broil and convection broil. Convection broil uses fans to distribute the heated air more efficiently for enhanced cooking.

Cuisinart TOA-60 broiled fish cooking test results

I tested the convection broil feature using frozen tilapia fish filets. The timer was set to 15 minutes and I made sure to check the cooking progress as time went by. The fish was done soon and was quite nice! Fresh, hot, and thoroughly cooked.

Using the broil feature, like convection baking, is just as simple. I used the baking with a light cooking oil spray to avoid sticking and cooked 8 tilapia fish filets.

The mode dial was set to convection broil (indicated by a small fan symbol next to the name) and the cooking timer set to 15 minutes.

What I found was great – the fish was well-cooked and is some of the best I’ve had. While in the past I attempted to use my standard (large) oven it was always a time-consuming process because of the long times required.

Once again, the cooking test results were great and the oven impressed me with the broiler function, too.

Owner’s manual quality

As not everyone will know how to use it right away. and especially to get the most out of it, you’ll definitely want to read the quick start guide included in the box.

I always like to check the instruction manual included with a product to make sure it’s clear, helpful, and will give enough information.

Cuisinart owner's manuals image

Top: The quick start guide is a short pamphlet that shows the basics for setup and operation of the toaster oven. Bottom: The owner’s manual is clear, helpful, and goes into a bit more detail of the various cooking functions. It also includes any warnings (like how the outside gets hot) and best practices. I really like that it includes some great recipes as well.

Checking the quick start guide included, I found it easy to setup the oven racks for cooking right away. The instructions also told me nearly all I needed to know for getting started quickly.

Likewise, the owner’s manual is really good, too. However, it goes into more detail especially about the various cooking functions and how they work. Additionally there’s warning, cleaning, and cooking tips to know.

One more pleasant addition: Cuisinart provides some great toaster oven recipes in the manual as well. It’s a nice touch I appreciate.

Cuisinart product registration card image

The manufacturer provides a 3-year warranty which is pretty darn good, considering most are normally 1 year. The included registration card made registration really easy.

You’ve got 3 ways to submit the serial number/register:

  • Send a phone of the registration card serial by text message
  • By email
  • By registering online at the website

That’s pretty cool and really avoids any headaches in my opinion.

Should you buy it ? Final thoughts & review score

Here’s my honest opinion: I’ve tested a lot of products in my time, but few have improved my quality of life the way the Cuisinart TOA-60 has.

While I do have a few complaints (see the review summary for details), and I prefer a nice digital display, in testing the TOA-60 I found it to be a great performer, very easy to use, and I got excellent results.

The meals I prepared were just as good as take-out food and were much less expensive, too! I loved it so much I’ve awarded it my Editor’s Choice award for being a solid value.

Cuisinart TOA-60 review Editor's Choice recommended product image

Based on my test results – and the great-tasting food it made – the Cuisinart TOA-60 is a fantastic choice for affordable, healthy, and delicious food.

If you love good food, you’ll love the Cuisinart TOA-60. Be sure to head over and check out the amazing buyer reviews and current low price at Amazon.

9.1 Total Score
A great toaster oven and excellent air fryer too, the TOA-60 cooks delicious and crispy food you'll love. Don't pass this one up.

The Cuisinart TOA-60 is a popular toaster oven that cooks healthy and FANTASTIC-tasting air fried, baked, toasted, and broiled food. Despite cooking food twice as fast and with 1/2 the power of traditional ovens, the results of my tests were nothing short of wonderful. It's well-built, easy to use, and the Cuisinart allowed me to enjoy some of the best food I've ever eaten at home! I can't recommend it enough. Just don't touch the outside while cooking (it's hot enough to burn your hand) and allow it to pre-heat before using for best results. While digital controls would have been nice, in real-world use I never missed them. It's definitely one of the best for your money.

Quality
9.5
Value/Pricing
8.2
Ease of use
9.6
Cooking quality
9.5
Features
8.5
PROS
  • Stainless steel finish
  • 7 cooking functions
  • Easy to operate
  • 1800W power
  • Baking tray acts as crumb/drip tray
  • Air fryer mode gives excellent results
  • Uses about 1/2 energy of large ovens
  • 1/2 the warm up time of trad. ovens
  • 60 minute cooking timer
  • Oven light
  • Nonstick interior (easy cleaning)
  • 3-shade toast darkness timer
  • 6 slice toast capability
  • Fantastic for 12" pizzas and many foods
  • Large oven interior (12 x 12")
  • Lower rack slot allows cooking a whole chicken
  • Clear, helpful instructions
  • Quiet operation
  • Timer bell when done
  • Cord wrap on rear
  • Easy to move and carry
  • Includes recommended recipes
  • 3-year warranty
CONS
  • Outside gets very hot during cooking
  • Oven light can't be used with door open
  • No additional colors available
  • No digital controls
  • More expensive than smaller models
  • No second oven rack included for dual cooking
  • Crumbs can still fall to bottom when tray is used
  • Temp. control not precise like some competitors
  • Timer bell volume is a bit low
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  1. I didn’t find a lot of difference between bake and convection bake, did you? The fan comes on during the regular bake cycle – and I wondered if you noticed that as well. Breads seem to get burned before the middle is completely done.

    • Hi Polly! Yes, I have found a difference between the two cooking modes:

      – Convection baking works more effectively, like a hotter temp, and also cooks food better as the heat moves better around the food
      – Convection baking is also really good for pizzas and other foods with a crust or surface to cook

      Convection baking uses a fan at all times while working, while standard baking does not. The reason you may hear a fan turn on while in standard baking mode is because the oven temporarily runs a fan to maintain the cooking temperature you set.

      I observed this when first testing the oven’s preheating time.

      Not having cooked bread yet, I haven’t had the experience of burning it, but it sounds like you should be using convection baking if you’re not already. That, from what I’ve seen with the oven, should help. Also I am very careful to check the cooking progress as the oven is a bit faster cooking then I originally expected.

      Once I note cooking time I can then just use the timer and not worry as much about burning.

      I hope this helps! Thanks for your comment & questions. 🙂

  2. Your display for cooking chicken nuggets, you used aluminum foil over the wire rack. I read in the opening instructions of my manual to never us aluminum foil. My initial question when coming to the computer was: Can I use aluminum foil w/the shiny side down on the bake and drip tray to help me keep unit clean as I have done w/my Cuisinart toaster oven. You seem to have contradict the recommendation. Can you help me out here? Lastly, it seems I get confused between the function of “bake” and “the symbol in front of bake’. The 1st is bake, the 2nd convection. Are either functions taking less time?

    • How do i know when the preheating temp hs been reached? Am I missing something?

      • Hi Grant.
        Your review is helping my mind to get this oven toaster. But before making final decision, I have one question. I have a toaster oven nook that can hold this toaster oven, but wondering how hot side/back of the toaster gets when roasting/baking/air frying? Do you recommend placing some heat shield inside the nook?
        Thanks for your suggestion in advance!

        • Hi there and that’s a good question. By the way, I’ve tested 2 dedicated air fryers since this review. However, my opinion of the Cuisinart has not changed. If anything, I’m even more fond of it now given the good cooking times and flexibility that dedicated air fryers can’t offer.

          Before responding to your question, I measured the actual temperature of the chassis while it’s operating. The highest temp I measured was around 230°F (hot to the touch).

          The owner’s manual recommends 2-4″ of space between the oven and a wall. In my opinion you’ll be fine without a shield if you follow that recommendation.

          When in use there’s some heat (in general) around it, but it’s not particularly intense behind it so your nook should be fine. The rear air vents periodically blow out hot air when it’s maintaining the internal temp during cooking, so I wouldn’t push it directly against the wall/nook.

          I hope this helps! Thanks for dropping by & let me know what kinds of great food you make with yours. 🙂

      • Hi Carole. It’s pretty simple, actually. Just set it to the cooking mode you’ll be using (like convection bake) and then set the cooking timer to roughly 6 mins and you should be good.

        When the chime goes off it should be ready and warmed up to the right temperature.

    • Hi Sandy. I can see why you would think they meant aluminum foil products are not to be used, but they meant no aluminum packages for food.

      They should have been more clear about that and the note about no utensils as the reason why is in case they might fall or get bumped around and could end up on top of the heating elements.

      Also they might be assuming that some people would use an aluminum container entirely rather than using it on top of the baking rack as intended. You know how some people will do crazy things!

      You can definitely use aluminum foil to help keep it clean. I had to wrap mine tightly so it would slide in properly, but it wasn’t hard.

      You also need to make sure there aren’t long stretches of foil hanging down to touch the heating elements.

      Bake (no fan symbol) is the standard oven baking, no fan circulating air. With convection bake (fan symbol) a fan is used to circulate air while baking for more even toasting and better heat distribution. It also tends to be more effecient at cooking and you may need to turn the heat down a bit.

      Most people recommend reducing the temperature by 25 degrees when using convection baking. It does also seem to take a bit less time from my personal experience, since the food gets heated better.

      I hope this helps, and thanks for stopping by!

  3. Can I trim a silicone baking mat to fit on the baking tray for oven use?

    • Hello, Helen. Yes, you can trim an oven-safe silicone baking mat for the baking tray.

      Before buying a silicone mat I would check reviews if possible to see how buyers’ mats held up.

      Thanks!

  4. Good Morning Grant—I have only used my Cuisinart Air Fryer Toaster Model No.TOA-60 a couple of times and enjoying it quite well—–my question for you is where can i but additional accesories to use such as a PIZZA STONE, another WIRE MESH BASKET and a DRIP PAN—if you can help me out I would appreciate it..
    Thanking you in advance.

    • I have a question about the smell of this device when it heats up. It’s pretty strong and I’m wondering how long it takes to dissipate. Can you answer this question, as it bothers my lungs and I really want to keep this oven. Thanks

      • Hi Charlotte. There shouldn’t be an odor unless perhaps it absolutely brand new, and even then it’s almost nothing.

        Did your food drip anything onto the heating elements? Any chance someone got a cleaning product on them? Ordinarily there should be no odor present at all.

        I’m sorry to hear that you’re having that unusual problem somehow.

    • Good morning, Charlotte! I’m glad to hear you’re enjoying your toaster oven too. The french fries I made with it were amazing!

      I checked and so far I found the replacement parts available at Cuisinart’s website directly (under the Parts section at the oven’s page here)

      Home Depot also carries a 13″ pizza stone (you’ll need to order it) but I didn’t have any luck finding 11″ like the Cuisinart uses. So it looks like Cuisinart is the best place to get those parts at this time.

      I hope this helps! Have a great day.

  5. Hi Grant — thank you for this review (especially love the comparisons with conventional oven energy use — so helpful!). I just purchased this air fryer model and after reading the manual I’m left wondering whether I could bake with my silicone bakeware in it? The manual says only use metal bakeware. Would it make a difference to use silicone only with the conventional baking function rather than the convection function? I’m new to convection baking so any help you can give me is much appreciated. Thanks 🙂

    • Hello Kate and I’m glad you like the review!

      I believe as long as the silicon bakeware is rated for the temperature you’re going to cook at it’s fine to use. Just that it needs to never touch the heating elements that are exposed at the top and bottom as that wouldn’t be safe.

      In fact you actually reduce the temperature by about 25 degrees if you’re using the convection bake function (as I recall there’s a note in the manual about that).

      I hope this helps! 🙂

      • Hi there. Nice review. I am on my second try on this oven. The first one was very far off in the temperatures. Like set at 400 and it was off the thermometer at 570 degrees plus, so there is a problem with some units. All other settings were 50 to 100 degrees off. It would have been about $100 to ship back and use company warranty. But I had bought from a store and they exchanged for free thank goodness.

        I am trying to test this one before keeping since I only have 30 days to return to store if needed. Temps are better. Bake and air fry are perfect. Convection bake is about 50 degrees too high which I can live with. But I’m wondering when all four top elements should be on? So far I have not seen the two middle ones turn red at all. Tried all settings. Thought surely broil would make all four heat. I have searched for this info but cannot find it.

        I want to love the oven but if this one is also defective I will give up on Cuisinart because of their misleading warranty and poor quality control. When you have to pay half the cost of the item to get warranty service, doesn’t matter how many years it is.

        Thanks

        • Hi Pattie and thanks for the comment. I’m sorry to hear that you had a defective one. While the quality of these is very good compared to other brands I’ve used, unfortunately just like anything else it’s possible to get a defective unit.

          Definitely the design and build quality is good. Otherwise I wouldn’t be recommending it.

          I am curious about one thing. How are you measuring temperatures? I use a very precise K type thermocouple digital thermometer for my testing & measurements. Other instruments won’t be nearly as accurate.

          For appliances that use heat to cook it’s also important to measure it over a period of time, rather than at only one given instance.

          There are few things you should know:

          Convection bake is about 50 degrees too high which I can live with.

          1. All electromechanical (non-digital) toaster ovens and other cooking appliances are never perfectly 100% right at the set cooking temperature. That’s normal.

          They can fluctuate a bit (as much as 50 degrees or more) but that’s expected and is fine. Once the temperature reaches a certain point they bring it back down to where you’ve set it. It’s the same principle for a regular oven, air fryers, etc.

          2. Is there some reason you want the extra heating elements to turn on? For all toaster ovens, the additional heating elements are only used when they’re needed for a higher cooking temperature. That’s not normally specified in the manual.

          If you’re really wanting simply to get all the elements to turn on I can find out the setting (I believe it was bake, set to the maximum temperature possible, but I’d need to double check).

          I’ve measured cooking temperatures for a variety of modes and the temperatures used for the Cuisinart are what I’d expect.

          Overall, it’s a good performer and can cook some fantastic food. If you have more precise needs, you might consider spending the extra money for a model with digital controls.

          I’m a bit puzzled though at how return shipping could cost that much, as that’s WAY outside what it should cost to ship one via UPS or FedEx. For any product, I normally recommend buying through a retailer like Amazon who provides free or low-cost return shipping in case of a problem.

          Thanks for your feedback. 🙂

  6. Thanks for all the info. I am just trying to verify it all works before I set it back up as a permanent appliance. That’s why I was concerned that perhaps the elements were not working since I have not seen them turn red. Just overly cautious now since had to return one already.

    I am using a standard commercial grade oven thermometer. I know it is not as accurate as the one you use but it works well enough. As I mentioned, the other model was off the scale when set at 400 and not consistent at the other temps. I believe you are correct about variances in the temps being acceptable.

    As far as shipping costs, what I see for UPS standard ground, for a package that size and weight is between $42 and $46, one way. Cuisinart wants you to pay shipping both ways and adds the $10 charge. So around $100 to return to company and get a replacement. Was very fortunate I had bought it from a retailer with a generous return policy. But now it has changed the policy to 30 days, hence the desire to try everything out. And I really want it to work right.

    I do love it’s looks and it does cook nicely when the temp is right. And the cleanup is easy with the non-stick coating they used. The crumb tray is great! I covered my tray with foil to begin with since they always get stained.

    Thanks for that detailed review and your attention to your comments.

    • Hi Pattie, ok I understand where you’re coming from now, especially regarding the heating elements. Thanks for explaining the shipping charges as well. The more information we have, the better.

      Yes, I’m really fond of it too. Although dedicated air fryers like the Cosori & others I’ve used are great, you can’t do things like make amazing toast or cook pizzas in them like you can with the Cuisinart.

      These days I test all electronic items I buy, as unfortunately while it’s not so common, things do happen. Also there are instances I’ve had several times where I purchased supposedly new items and the seller didn’t check it and sent me someone else’s returned item.

      Thanks for your time! 🙂

  7. Thanks for the great review, I an an engineer and love your work. So much that I just ordered one. If it does not live up to the hype it is totally your fault. (Just kidding, lol)

    • Do the elements turn red when in use? I was air frying last night but didnt see any red color at all from any of the six elements. My food cooked but Im wondering about the elements

      • Hi Dana. That’s perfectly normal, actually. For toaster ovens including the Cuisinart, the heating elements turn on as needed for a given temperature setting & cooking mode.

        Sometimes you may have to bend down a bit & look up inside to see the ones that are glowing & producing heat as there are some in the top as well.

    • Hi Patrick & thanks for the comment. No hype here – just real & honest info based on quite a few hours of time & effort.

      In order to provide a good review to people like you & others, I have to make sure I use a product thoroughly to know what people can expect for their money. A good review should give detailed, honest info to help you make your own buying decision based on your wants & needs.

      Just be sure to monitor food when cooking it your first time to be sure it doesn’t overcook. That and to use cooking spray for crispy foods are my 2 bits of advice for getting some tasty food you’ll love.

      Thanks for your time & support. I look forward to hearing what kind of awesome foods you cook at home with it.

      (Note: The fries I cooked as seen in the pic were wonderful. Wings, tater tots, and lots of other great treats are fantastic as well!) Honestly the food I cooked in the Cuisinart TOA-60 were much better than I anticipated – and even better without grease dripping off it like you’d get from a restaurant.

  8. Cuisinart says basket, rack, pan and tray are not dishwasher safe. Any idea why? I put a lot more fragile looking items in the dishwasher regularly. If it’s only to preserve “original appearance”, I’d opt for my Bosch.
    Thanks.

    Also, this is a very well done and informative site.

    • Hey Brian thanks for your comment. That’s a good question you asked.

      So, apparently Cuisinart is a bit strict in their recommendations about what is “dishwasher safe” and what isn’t.

      They don’t consider the metal items like the basket, pan, and etc dishwasher friendly since they’re metal and can potentially be exposed to rust, although that’s not something I would expect to be a problem realistically.

      Long story short, if you’re mindful of not leaving in the dishwasher all the time or soaking in water a lot I think you’ll be fine using the dishwasher.

      Personally I prefer handwashing the items with a soft sponge & non-scratching pad. I also like using foil on the drip tray to make life easier.

      Don’t let that small detail discourage you from picking up one as I think you’ll really enjoy it.

  9. Thanks for the great review and all the information! I read your article both before I purchased and after since it takes some time to get used to using. Have it about a month and I love it.

    I have found that the temp does vary from the temp setting, but I will use my oven thermometer and take notes because I got a great deal on ebay. What I don’t understand is that the temp difference between the setting and actual is not consistent for example 400 setting was 475 but 350 was 415. Could different cooking functions have different actual temps for the same setting?

    Seems to me that Cuisinart is against dishwasher cleaning as there is a coating (non-stick?) on both the baking pan and the basket. Soaking in hot water and dawn detergent does the trick for easy cleanup.

    Lastly, I am a huge parchment paper user. I have used it on the baking pan, oven tray and the basket and it works like a charm. Easy to line, does not tear like foil & does not burn and cleanup is a breeze. Cut the parchment paper a little oversized, let it curl up slightly on the sides and you will have no trouble sliding the pan or oven tray in or out.
    I saw online that some were selling parchment paper with tiny perforations for airflow for another air fryer brand so this will be my next experiment. I must perfect french fries – ha ha. I’ll update when I’ve finished.

    • Hi Harriet & thanks for your comment. The tip about parchment paper is a great one! I’m sure others will appreciate it and I’ll give it a try, too.

      Regarding the temperature, when it reaches a higher temp limit (like 475°F) it will cool back down to around 400° as that’s how many of these types of appliances work. They do cycle a bit and use a fan to cool it back down once the heat builds up.

      Yes, Cuisinart seems to be a bit more strict with their recommendations regarding cleaning. But it really best to be very careful. Thanks for the note regarding soaking the cooking parts.

      I like to always use warm water and nonscratch pads to clean them with but I’ll give your way a try as well.

      You’re going to love the french fries. When done right, they’re DELICIOUS. I’ve also made some fantastic tater tots, too – and I never cared for tater tots before!

      Yes, feel free to update and let me know. Thanks! 🙂

  10. Question on the packaged fries… aren’t they already coated with oil? I wonder about that as on my Plant Based program, we can have zero oil… thanks for this AMAZING review! Have been sitting on the fence for SO long but I must get off soon as I LOVE FF and Crispy Tofu. BTW, have you ever tested the Mealthy Crisp Lid for the pressure cooker? Only problem I see with that is there’s no enough room for a good bit of FFs.

    • Hi Nancy. No, the ones I’ve bought were just pure frozen potatoes, no oil. I’m glad you liked my review!

      Definitely these were some of the best french fries I’ve ever had – so perfectly golden, too!

      No, I haven’t tested the Mealthy Crisp Lid but I’ll be sure to read more about it. Thanks for the suggestion & for dropping by!

  11. Does preheating make a difference in the results which I believe is why my fries & frozen pizza do not cook well?

    • Hi Shirley. I strongly suspect it does. I’ve always pre-heated my air fryers and toaster ovens because if I don’t I can’t be sure they’re cooking at the right temp for the start, and I would have to try to figure out the additional time needed.

      Without pre-heating, you can’t cook food for the same amount of time as a hot toaster oven as there’s no way the internal temperatures are the same yet.

      If you preheat it as recommendeded your fries and pizzas should turn out excellent just like mine have. It’s only a few minutes waiting and the results are worth it. 🙂

  12. Hi Grant,
    I love my Cuisinart! My only complaint, I cannot get my phone to take a pic of the bottom that they will accept for the registration. Am I missing something when it comes to finding the serial number to send in?
    Thank you. Roxanne

  13. Just bought a Cuisinart TOA-60 Convection Toaster Air Fryer, Looking on line I see many (maybe most) recipes for air fryers recommend placing a sheet of perforated parchment paper on the bottom of the fryer basket to keep foods from sticking to the basket. However, all perforated parchment sheets are round or square while the basket here is about 8 x 11 rectangular.Does no on sell parchment inserts for the TOA-60? Does Cuisinart address this at all?????

    • Hi Ed. Hmm, well to be honest many manufacturers in general don’t address details like this, but rather the basic stuff only.

      I know what you mean, as I’ve used parchment & deli paper for different things and the sheets don’t fit quite right. What I’ve found that’s easy and fast to do is buy a size that’s a bit larger than the container/basket, then just fold the sides so it fits.

      Also you can get paper that’s on a roll, then just tear off (with the cutter on the box) the approximate size you need then fold the larger sides to fit. I was using scissors to trim them but folding them works great and is just a lot faster.

  14. I just purchased the TOA 60 and have had a TOB 100 for years. I loved the 100 and also tried a cheap air fryer and liked the wings. So when I saw the 60, I had to have it. So far, I am a little disappointed because the TOA 60 definitely runs too hot. I always cooked Kielbasa at 350 for 30 minutes and got perfect results. The 100 cooked almost to burnt at 20 min. I tried toast and they cooked faster. I ran the oven for 5 min with a empty tray in lower rack set for 350 and with a digital temperature measuring infra red device and it measured average 443 in oven. I will keep testing, wish I could adjust the temp to match the dial???

    • Hi Robert. Well, if you previously had the TOB 100 I would have suggested the TOA-65 model which has digital controls as well. But I understand what you’re saying.

      It is pretty normal for electro-mechanical toaster ovens (non-digital controls) and appliances to not have a precise temperature. They “cycle” as they raise the temperature then it cools back to a range close to the setting you used. But in all cases, the heating behavior is always different from one model to the next. (For example, the TOA-60 has a bit more volume inside too, which makes a difference).

      Your TOB 100 I imagine had a more precise themostat as the TOA-65 would too.

      When I measured temperatures, it cycled as I mentioned above. If you’re using the convection bake feature, definitely reduce the temp by at least 25°. If not, you may still want to reduce the temperature a bit until where the expected cooking time & etc are closer to what you’re happier with.

      I feel it does run hot, yes, but once I got accustomed to its operation I was really happy with the results. Also I feel like the owner’s manual slightly overstates cooking times needed. I needed less for the foods I tried.

      I’m not sure how long you’ve owned it, but if you are still within your return period you could swap it for the TOA-65 which I believe is about $70-$100 more depending on where you shop.

      Thanks!

  15. Grant, just got the toa-60 and I’m trying to figure out what setting I should use to fix frozen Texas toast.

    • Hi Alan! Glad to hear you’ve got a new TOA-60 toaster oven and I hope you try all kinds of great foods to cook!

      It’s a little bit different than regular toast since they’re frozen. I would put the oven rack & backing tray in the top slot (position 2) and preheat to 320-350°F, set to convection bake. Then try it on the 5 minute setting, being careful to see how it’s going until 5 minutes is up.

      If you want to toast the bottom also, you can try flipping the toast over once the first time is done and go for another 2 minutes or so.

      The frozen texas toast package may call for 425°F in a conventional oven, but in a toaster oven you can get great results with a lower temperature setting because they’re more efficient and the heat is more concentrated.

  16. BEST, Consis Review of any product I have researched! BRAVO!

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