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.

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 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 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.

Overall
9.1/10
9.1/10
  • Quality - 9.5/10
    9.5/10
  • Value/Pricing - 8.2/10
    8.2/10
  • Ease of use - 9.6/10
    9.6/10
  • Cooking quality - 9.5/10
    9.5/10
  • Features - 8.5/10
    8.5/10

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.

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

Your comments are welcome!

  1. Have had the product for over 6 months and love the functionality! Question though, the power cord gets quite hot when runnning on AirFry. Is this normal?

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  2. Hi Grant,
    My Air Fryer works great, except for one function. Broil.
    When making things like cinnamon toast or garlic bread, the broil function doesn’t seem effective. The top of the bread doesn’t get browned and bubbly- like it does on the regular oven or regular toaster oven broil setting. It’s more like it’s just on the bake setting. When I’ve tried to broil food, especially like a piece of bread, I waited much longer than you normally would when something is broiled, and it still never browned on top. I noticed that the coils on top really never turned red, like a broil function usually does, either. I followed all instructions for broiling- e.g. putting the food in the fryer basket, set in the #2 rack position. So just curious if you’ve ever broiled a piece of garlic/cheese/cinnamon toast and what your results were. Wondering if mine might just be defective.
    Thank you!
    Alyson

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    • Hi Alyson. You shouldn’t use the broil function but rather the toast feature. The top heating elements are on or off based on the function & temperature.

      I used broil for fish and worked well, but I would recommend you use the other functions for foods like bread. If you like you can try the convection bake features as you may find that to work better, or even try air fry and see the results.

      I haven’t tried broiling a piece of toast as I’ve only used the toaster function & position #2 so far. Yours isn’t defective unless the top heating elements don’t work on the other settings.

      Hopefully this helps! :)

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    • I just bought the Cuisinart TOA-60 and when I just toast or bake the fan comes, is that normal for the fan to come on every time you use the oven?

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  3. Hi Grant!
    I purchased a TOA-60 at Christmas and it never worked correctly because it was always too hot. The biggest problem was with baking cookies. I verified that the temperature was running way too hot. Cuisinart just sent me a replacement and I tried it out again by baking cookies. It is still a disaster. I warmed the oven up for about 10 minutes. Then I tried the bake function and set the temperature for 350F. Normally the bake time is 13 minutes. after 8 minute the tops were already starting to burn and the insides were uncooked. I then tested the oven temp and found that it was running off scale for my gage which stopped around 450F. Cuisinart is sending me out a third unit, but I have a lot of doubts. I loved the TOB-40 that I had before this, but I think there is a very definite temperature controller problem with a number of the TOA-60 units. Hopefully the digital is much better with more precise control. I am an electronics engineer so I do have some understanding of how control systems operate.
    Thanks for listening.
    Dennis

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    • Hi there Dennis. I’m sorry for the late reply as somehow I wasn’t notified when you posted your comment. Sorry to hear you’re having those problems with your TOA-60. Mine works great and others have reported similar. That’s strange to hear.

      By the way, just curious, what is the cooking time you got of 13 minutes based on? (Side note: you don’t need 10 minutes of warm up time – that’s about twice as long as it takes)

      As a matter of fact, yes the Cuisinart TOA-65 with digital controls does have better temperature regulation (and options). I’ve tested it and took notes but haven’t written the review yet. Overall, it makes cooking even easier and I like it a lot.

      Thanks for dropping by. :)

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  4. Hi i tried to broil but set it to broil then as directions say the temperature dial should go to toast/broil. I find it o ly goes to 450. Cuisinart says the knobs are stiff atfirst and to apply pressure, but I find nothing happens. Anyone else?

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    • Hi Diann. I think there’s just a misunderstanding is all. The 450° setting on the temperature dial is also the toast/broil setting. It is for both purposes (450 for other cooking modes, and sets the temperature for when toasting or broiling).

      Perhaps they didn’t understand what you meant when you asked them about it. Thanks. :)

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  5. Grant, thank you for such a thorough assessment of this air fryer / toaster oven. We got ours at the beginning of “Safer at Home”, figuring we’d be cooking more at home, and now we use it virtually every day. Question – have you had to replace the light bulb? I can’t find any instructions online to do so, or even where to buy a replacement bulb. Appreciate any help you can offer. Thanks!

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    • Hi Lianne! I haven’t had to replace mine yet. However, I did find this which is a video explaining how. It’s not as hard as it may look if you’re handy with tools.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QeW4KM-x3PE

      In the video, he mentions that he removes the cover and the socket assembly itself just to make the process easier. It unscrews from the socket but in appliances like that subject to high heat, sometimes they can stick and you might need pliers to unscrew it. I believe it’s an E17/40W bulb.

      I hope this helps!

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  6. Hi Grant, thank you for the informative review on the Cusinart Toa-60. I have been researching this product and just concerned of the size inside if it’s too small for air frying. I rely on Cusinart products And don’t want try another brand but have you tested the Cosori airfryer toaster oven? They have great reviews as well. Thank you.

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    • Hi Anna. I actually own & have tested a 3.7 qt. Cosori but haven’t written a review yet. Overall, it’s a very good air fryer and I’m pretty fond of it. In fact I gave the larger version (5.8 qt.) as a gift. I can easily recommend it.

      The TOA-60 has a pretty good basket size, but if 1) you don’t really need the other functions (toast, etc) but mainly air frying and 2) choose the 5.8 qt size, the Cosori may be a better fit for you. Also, the TOA-60 has manual controls while the Cosori offers digital presets and digital timer functions. (While the TOA-60 doesn’t, the TOA-65 is essentially the same but with digital controls, presets, etc).

      So, really I would say it comes down to convenience features you want and what you’ll be cooking regularly. If it’s nearly always air frying food, then a dedicated air fryer such as the Cosori would be easier & faster.

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  7. My old GE convection toaster oven didn’t have exposed elements. I have the same overheating issues as others do. Yesterday, a pizza slid off the rack when I tried to pull it out and landed on the elements. Fortunately, it was bread-side down, and quick work with a tongs saved the day. A lot of the burnt residue rubbed off. Customer service advised cleaning the elements with a cloth and soap and to put the baking tray in the lower position to avoid dripping cheese on the elements. I tried that once before; the tray discolored, and the pizza didn’t cook well in the middle. What did you do with your pizza? Do you use the baking tray to catch drips whenever you use the rack? How would you clean the elements?

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    • Hi Paula. Yeah a lot of toaster ovens including this brand have exposed heating elements. When I cooked my pizza in both this and other toaster ovens I didn’t have any issues with cheese dripping, so that’s a good question. I can see how that might come up.

      I think if you were to find a metal mesh material (small holes) that would be enough to allow heat through to still cook it well but keep drips from happening. You could possibly find something to put on the wire rack to do that.

      Otherwise, possibly cover the elements with something similar to that (not directly on them, but over them I mean, to prevent anything from contacting them). Sorry I don’t have a great answer to that.

      Personally I would try lightly cleaning it/them with a kitchen scrubber and see it that gets it off. If there’s still an odor of it burning you could place the oven outside somewhere and set it to medium heat and let it burn it off.

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      • Thanks for your reply. I did clean them off with hot water, soap and a cloth. Can’t tell if there’s still something on them or if some sort of coating came off. Called cuisinart customer service who said they needed to send the question to corporate. I said I couldn’t believe I was the only person who experienced food falling or dripping on the exposed coils. Finally, would you recommend using the baking pan for n the lower position? When the pandemic subsided, I’ll check out home stores for some kind of perforated stainless. Thanks again. I’ll write back if cuisinart replies.

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        • Hi Paola. I’m sure you’re not the only person to ever have had food fall on heating elements. Toaster ovens are way too common for that not to have happened (and for things cheese sticks which can drip cheese fairly badly).

          I think you should try it out and see how it works out for you with the baking pan & lower position, yep. You can also look into using a toaster oven pizza stone as well, as those seem to have good results. I hope this helps a bit! Thanks. :)

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  8. Hi Mr. Grant
    I just purchased and received my very first Cuisinart product. The TOA-60. I was persuaded by the many features and was excited at the air fryer option.
    Firstly, when I plugged it in to test it, I turned on the unit and it made a strange grinding sound. It lasted a few seconds so I turned it off. I didn’t know what to think. So about 30 seconds later I tried it again, the same thing happened. It seemed as though the fan blades were tight and rubbing. So I turned it off. However, and a third try when I turned it on, nothing happened. It seemed as if the noise had stopped. I was apprehensive but I was very excited and wanted to test it. So I air fried two hot pockets. They were done FAST! The second night, I made potato crowns. Air fried them. AWESOME! And last night, I air fried batter dipped fish portions. AMAZING!
    Now for my 2 questions, I have used it 3 times since I got it via shipping and it seems to be working well BUT I do not hear the fan or a him as described in most videos…. is it just on certain options that the fan runs, or is fan supposed to run on all options?
    Secondly, there are six heating elements (4 top and 2 bottom) but only 2 on top light up…. same question as the first. Are all the heating elements supposed to light up on every option or do only certain heating elements light up on specific options chosen?
    I have never owned anything like this and I was concerned about the sound when first plugged in and turned on… and I want to be sure that the $200 was a good investment as I am trying to downsize my life as a newly “empty nester.”
    Thank you in advance for your reply.

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    • Hi Beth I’m happy to hear it’s working out well for you and you’re enjoying some nice food. As I recall the fan runs during cooking modes like convection backing (fan symbol on the control) and when it’s cooling the unit to keep the temperature about right.

      Yes, not all heating elements are on during use. That too depends on the cooking mode and heat level you set it to. (Other toaster ovens work the same way). Thanks!

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      • Mr. Grant,
        Thank you for your response. It is encouraging.
        So, again, as the appliance is on, as I bend down to look to the top heating elements (with the oven light on), is the fan supposed to be moving? No matter what function I choose, the fan is not moving. And it doesn’t make the humming sound that everyone else mentions….it is super quiet. Is the fan actually visible from below or is it housed beyond view in the central layer the product?
        I have tried to find video on this very thing a number of times. I just want to make sure that everything is as it should be. And, as I mentioned before, I have never owned one of these products. So this is a cautious “first.”
        Please confirm that you understand my concern as sometimes I am not the best at explaining things.
        Thank you

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        • Hi Beth. The fan should be one during the convection baking function and air fryer function (as 2 examples) as I recall. If you’re not seeing or hearing it working, it could be that you’ve got a defective unit, unfortunately.

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          • It does all options (including air frying), well and I am just wondering if there is a uTube video of it in use. I have been trying to find one.
            I think my curiosity is just that it works well despite the lack of humming sound.

  9. Burnt plastic smell in a brand new oven.

    Grant, our first TOA-60 broke after two years. We loved it so much, we bought another. Unfortunately, that one, right out of the box, had a very strong burnt plastic smell when used. I ran the oven for many hours, thinking there was some coating that needed to burn off (as, indeed, some people had commented on on the internet). But the smell persisted. I tried washing the inside surfaces and heating elements with mild soap and water, but the smell persisted. So I returned it and got a 3rd unit. That one did the same thing, even after 10 hours of oven use (on the air-fryer mode at 450 degrees). So I have to return this one as well. I’m about ready to give up on Cuisinart because this is just ridiculous. You shouldn’t have to waste time and energy trying to “burn off” a smell that shouldn’t be there in the first place (and wasn’t on our initial unit). Any thoughts?

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    • Hi there, Alan. I’m very sorry to hear that. I’ve owned 2 different (& similar) models from the company without issues. It sounds like there is a quality control issue during production or something similar, unfortunately. I can’t be sure without seeing yours hands-on but it sounds like either something touching the heating element(s) or an electornics issue possibly (I don’t think it’s residue on the heating element(s) since you’ve mentioned cleaning them already).

      Ordinarily, I’d suggest letting it burn off whatever is causing it (outdoors or in the garage, etc, away from indoor air). However, you mentioned you already did that.

      I am sort-of guessing here but there may be an internal component/components that are causing this, maybe from a change or certain production run with the issue. Unfortunately, I can’t be much help in this case – however, if you like the oven in general, you could always buy one in great lightly used shape secondhand and know for sure it doesn’t have the issue.

      I’ve done that for some products I’ve reviewed as they’re already “broken in” and I don’t have to worry about this kind of stuff. I’m terribly sorry to hear about you having to deal with this!

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  10. Hi Grant,
    Thanks so much for a great post. It’s been very helpful and informative. I received my Cuisinart TOA-60C as a Christmas gift about two weeks ago. Although I’ve only used it for toast and air frying frozen food, so far both functions seem to work well. I’ve noticed that the middle two top heating elements do not turn red like the other ones. I’ve tried testing it on virtually every function and every temperature and they never go red. I’m wondering if this is a defective machine. I plan to contact Cuisinart here in Canada but I’m interested in your thoughts. Thanks so much.

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  11. I’m using this on a table. I’ve had suggestions about putting a large cutting board or cookie sheet underneath. Any other suggestions?

    Thanks for your excellent review.

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  12. Hi, thank you for this review. Trying to adjust to using this T-60. Using the manual instructions have given me burnt tops using the upper position rack in either baking or using the convection settings as well as the air fryer. Using the lower rack position was somewhat better as well turning the temperature down. Wish there was a center position in the oven. Do you have a suggestion before I decide to send it back?
    Thank you for your time.
    Cora Hernandez

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    • Hi Cora, well I was going to recommend you turn it down but I see you’ve been doing that. Of course, it depends on what you’re cooking too. Unfortunately that the best I can recommend (turn it down 25-50 degrees and see how that works out).

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    • Hi there if I recall correctly it may have been on the box. Also, as I recall there’s a small piece of paper included that you use to register it for the warranty when new. It has a QR code and some text printed on it, so you might have a look there also.

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  13. Something cooking super fast isn’t necessarily an advantage. A 5 minute pizza doesn’t have time to rise.
    Using a temperature probe, this oven is 20-150 degrees away from the setpoint. The electronics required to make the temperature control better would cost a few dollars (OP27 opamps, thermistors, resistors).
    Cuisinart is being lazy and cheap by not improving the electronics and by evidently having poor quality control. Really disappointed in an otherwise good company.
    Nice review though, thanks.

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    • Hi there Dan. I can understand your perspective, but there a few things I should point out. It’s not really about speed per se for this type of appliance (although that’s a nice benefit) but more about convenience & efficiency.

      • I can’t speak for a freshly-kneaded pizza but for frozen pizzas (as seen in the review, and what most people buy) the results are great. You wouldn’t use a 5 minute timer for raw dough anyhow.
      • I used a K type thermocouple temperature probe which is pretty accurate. I measured about +/-50°F variation, not 150°F, so I don’t think that’s correct unless something’s off or different. But +/-50° is not unusual for these types of appliances, including other brands.

      The heat process is not steady in appliances like this but is a “rise-cool/fall” cycle” in most cases, so some variation is to be expected.

      • All toaster ovens of this type (not just Cuisinart) with electro-mechanical controls unfortunately are not highly accurate about temperature. It’s a by-product of the lower cost and the components used, since the average person doesn’t need (or want to pay for) the added accuracy.

      The digital models like the TOA-65 are a lot better in that regards and use the components you mentioned, in addition to offering microprocessor controlled cooking features and accurate timers, too. I do think there’s a lot of room for improvement for electro-mechanical air fryers or toaster ovens.

      I think most brands cut the design too short in order to keep profit higher and that’s not good for the customer in the long run! I personally use & recommend models with digital control electronics for this & other reasons.

      Best regards.

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