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Cuisinart TOA-60 Air Fryer vs Mueller 4 Slice Toaster Oven Side-by-Side Comparison

Cuisinart TOA-60 Air Fryer Toaster Oven vs Mueller 4 Slice Toaster Oven. Their match’s outcome is obvious given the different overall score.

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Cuisinart TOA-60

Mueller 4 Slice

Cuisinart TOA-60 Air Fryer vs Mueller 4 Slice Toaster Oven

Overall Verdict

The outcome of the match between the Cuisinart TOA-60 Air Fryer Toaster Oven and the Mueller 4 Slice Toaster Oven (MT-175) is obvious given the difference in their overall score. The former is our definitive best convection pick while the latter is our best-value pick in the small category only.

The Cuisinart is a more expensive medium size, which correlates to its higher score in all aspects including design, usability, and performance. It has two convection settings, six nichrome heating elements, an interior light, a slide-out crumb tray, and an air fryer basket on top of the standard oven rack and baking pan.

The Mueller, on the other hand, only has two quartz heating elements and a detachable crumb tray for cleaning the interior. Credits where credits due, the oven has a build quality nearly as high as the Cuisinart shown in its thick casing and firm, precise dials.

With a strong power draw and convection, the Cuisinart easily excelled at all of our performance test, including toasting bread, baking pizza, roasting whole chicken, and air-frying fries. The Mueller don’t have the advantages of the Cuisinart but its scores are still high, especially for a small unit.

Ranking by
OverallScore Performance50% Design25% Usability25% ScoreOverall 50%Performance 25%Design 25%UsabilityCuisinart TOA-60Mueller 4 Slice8.48.79.27.16.17.05.35.2
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Pros & Cons

  • Simple and straight-to-the-point control knobs
  • Sturdy design and durable material
  • Convection fan is all-applicable
  • Electrical safety feature for the door
  • Convenient slide-out crumb tray
  • Easy-to-clean stainless steel exterior
  • Plenty of recipes included in the user manual
  • Lightweight and small size
  • Easy-to-clean stainless steel exterior
  • Cool-touch door handle
  • Simple control knobs
  • Stay-on feature
  • Quartz heating elements have safeguards
  • Energy-saving
  • Opening the door also turns off the light
  • A bit heavier and taller than other same-type ovens
  • Not very budget-friendly
  • No convection fan
  • No internal lighting
  • No safety mechanism for the door

Key Specs

Dimensions
L16.34 x W15.16 x H13.58 inches
L14.96 x W11.61 x H8.86 inches
Weight
21.0 lbs (9.5 kg)
9.0 lbs (4.1 kg)
Control Type
4 control knobs
3 control knobs
Temperature
200°F - 450°F
150°F - 450°F
Timer
1 - 60 minutes
1 minute - 30 minutes + stay-on
Cooking Functions
5
4

Where to Buy

Price at publication
$235.00
$64.55

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Analysis and Test Results

Performance

Overall Performance Scoring
8.7
7.0

Toast

8.1
7.5
From left to right, 24 pieces of toast for three toast levels including lighter, medium, and darker. On the upper row are the top sides, and on the lower row are the bottom sides of the toast.
On the left: 2m 30s; In the middle: 4m; On the right: 5m
From left to right, 24 pieces of toast for three toast levels including lighter, medium, and darker. On the upper row are the top sides, and on the lower row are the bottom sides of the toast.
The best four pieces of toast from the Cuisinart TOA-60 Convection Toaster Oven Air Fryer. On the left are the top sides, and on the right are the bottom sides of the toast.
On the left are four pieces of toast from the first batch, and on the right are from the second batch. On the upper row are the top sides, and on the lower row are the bottom sides.
Mueller 4 Slice Toaster Oven Toast Test
From left to right, 24 pieces of toast for the top and bottom of three toast levels including lighter, medium, and darker.
The top and bottom of the best four pieces of toast from the stainless steel Mueller MT-175 4-Slice Countertop Toaster Oven.
On the left are the top and bottom of four pieces of toast from the first batch, and on the right are from the second batch.
Function
Toast
Toast
Number of Slices
4
4
Toast Level
1/2 Medium
⅓ to Dark
Cooking Time
4 m
4m
Second Batch
4 m
4m
Convection
Low (default)
No

Pizza

9.6
7.6
A toaster oven baked 9-inch thick-crust meat pizza with cheese, onions, and green bell peppers on top. The pizza is inside a grooved silver baking pan on a white background.
A toaster oven baked 9-inch thick-crust meat pizza with cheese, onions, and green bell peppers on top. The pizza is inside a grooved silver baking pan on a white background.
The cross-section of a toaster oven baked pizza slice showing the pizza crust. In the background is a 9-inch thick-crust meat pizza with cheese, onions, and green bell peppers on top inside a grooved silver baking tray.
Two hands break apart a slice of baked pizza using a toaster oven with melty cheese, meat, and green bell peppers on top. In the background is a pizza on top of a grooved baking tray.
Mueller 4 Slice Toaster Oven Pizza Test
 Mueller 4 Slice Toaster Oven PizzaA toaster oven baked 9-inch thick-crust meat pizza with cheese, onions, and green bell peppers on top inside a baking pan.
Two slices of oven baked 9-inch thick-crust meat pizza with cheese, onions, and green bell peppers on top of one another.
Two hands break apart a slice of pizza with cheese, meat, onions, and green bell peppers on top baked using a toaster oven.
Function
Bake with high convection
Toast
Temperature
450°F
450°F
Cooking Time
3m 30s
9m
Convection
High
No

Whole Roasted Chicken

8.6
7.0
A golden brown whole roasted chicken using a toaster oven on a white background. The chicken is spread out and back-side up inside an air fryer basket with a silver baking pan below.
A golden brown whole roasted chicken using a toaster oven on a white background. The chicken is spread out and back-side up inside an air fryer basket with a silver baking pan below.
A tray of whole toaster oven roasted chicken. The thermometer has two probes inside the chicken and displays 205°F and 207°F.
The golden brown roasted whole chicken is carved into seven pieces inside an air fryer basket with a silver baking pan below. There’s a carcass, two breast pieces, two wings, and two thighs.
Two fingers holding a juicy chicken thigh roasted in a toaster oven. The skin is golden brown and the meat is thoroughly cooked.
Mueller 4 Slice Toaster Oven Whole Roasted Chicken Test
A whole roasted chicken using the Mueller MT-175 Toaster Oven backside up on a silver baking pan on a white background.
A whole roasted chicken using the Mueller MT-175 Toaster Oven belly up on a silver baking pan on a white background.
A tray of whole toaster oven roasted chicken. The thermometer has two probes inside the chicken and displays 185°F and 192°F.
Eight pieces of a carved chicken including two carcass halves, two breasts, two wings, and two thighs on a baking pan.
Two hands pulling apart a roasted chicken thigh. In the white background is the rest of the roasted chicken on a baking pan.
Function
Bake with high convection
Toast
Temperature
350°F
350°F
Cooking Time
50m
1h 20m
Convection
Yes
No

Baked French Fries

9.2
3.6
Pieces of golden baked french fries using a toaster oven inside a stainless steel air fryer basket on a grey background.
Pieces of golden baked french fries using a toaster oven inside a stainless steel air fryer basket on a grey background.
A closeup of pieces of golden baked french fries using a toaster oven inside a stainless steel air fryer basket on a grey background.
Pieces of golden baked french fries using a toaster oven. Nine pieces of broken-up fries are stacked on top of pieces of whole fries inside an air fryer basket.
Mueller 4 Slice Toaster Oven Baked French Fries Test
Mueller 4 Slice Toaster Oven Baked French FriesPieces of baked french fries using the Mueller MT-175 Toaster Oven on a grooved silver baking pan on a white background.
A close-up of pieces of baked french fries using the Mueller MT-175 Toaster Oven on a baking pan on a white background.
Ten pieces of broken-up baked french fries are stacked on top of pieces of whole fries on a grooved silver baking pan.
Function
Bake with high convection
Toast
Temperature
400°F
400°F
Cooking Time
12m
27 m
Convection
High
No

Design

Overall Design Scoring
9.2
5.3

In the Box

Top to bottom and left to right are a baking rack, baking pan, three documents, the Cuisinart TOA-60 Convection Toaster Oven Air Fryer, and a box.
A box, the Mueller MT-175 4-Slice Toaster Oven, a recipe booklet, a baking pan, an oven rack, a user manual, and a brochure.

Exterior

9.0
5.0
A closed front of the Cuisinart TOA-60 Convection Toaster Oven Air Fryer on a white background. The exterior is 16.34 inches long, 15.16 inches wide, and 13.58 inches high.
A closed front of the Cuisinart TOA-60 Convection Toaster Oven Air Fryer on a white background. The exterior is 16.34 inches long, 15.16 inches wide, and 13.58 inches high.
The front and the right sides of a closed Cuisinart TOA-60 Convection Toaster Oven Air Fryer on a white background. The control panel is in the front. The right side has air ventilation holes.
On a white background, the back and the left sides of a closed stainless steel Cuisinart TOA-60 Convection Toaster Oven Air Fryer both have air ventilation holes. The back side has two black buffers.
On a white background, the top of a closed stainless steel Cuisinart TOA-60 Convection Toaster Oven Air Fryer. In the front are the door handle and the control panel with four control knobs.
On a white background, the bottom of a closed stainless steel Cuisinart TOA-60 Convection Toaster Oven Air Fryer has four base stands and two carrying handles on the sides.
A closed front of the stainless steel Mueller MT-175 4-Slice Toaster Oven with exterior measurements on a white background.
A closed front of the stainless steel Mueller MT-175 4-Slice Toaster Oven with exterior measurements on a white background.
Mueller 4 Slice Toaster Oven ExteriorThe front of a closed stainless steel Mueller MT-175 4-Slice Toaster Oven has a control panel and the right has holes.
The back and left sides of the Instant Omni Plus 18L have air ventilation holes. The back has a power cord and two buffers.
The top, front, and right sides of the Black+Decker TO1760SS 4-Slice Natural Convection Toaster Oven on a white background.
On a white background, the bottom of the Mueller MT-175 Toaster Oven has a detachable crumb tray, four stands, and holes.
The detached crumb tray of the stainless steel Black+Decker TO1760SS 4-Slice Countertop Toaster Oven on a white background.
Weight
21.0 lbs (9.5 kg)
9.0 lbs (4.1 kg)
Length
16.3" (41.5 cm)
15.0" (38.0 cm)
Width
15.2" (38.5 cm)
11.6" (29.5 cm)
Height
13.6" (34.5 cm)
8.9" (22.5 cm)
Material
Stainless steel
Stainless steel
Color
Silver
Gray
Door Handle
Cool-touch
Cool-touch
Tray Indicators
No
No
Crumb Tray
Slide-out
Detachable

Control Panel

From left to right, the control panel of the stainless steel Cuisinart TOA-60 Convection Toaster Oven Air Fryer has four control dials for on/oven timer, temperature, function, on/toast timer, and a light toggle.
The control panel of the Black+Decker TO1760SS 4-Slice Toaster Oven has 3 control knobs for temperature, function, and timer.
Type
4 control knobs
3 control knobs
Temperature
200°F - 450°F
150°F - 450°F
Timer
1 - 60 minutes
1 minute - 30 minutes + stay-on
Indicator Light
Yes
Yes
Status Bar
No
No
Light Toggle
Yes
No
Convection Toggle
No
No
Rotation Toggle
No
No
Automatic Preheat
No
No
Audio Cues
No
No

Cooking Functions

From left to right, the control panel of the stainless steel Cuisinart TOA-60 Convection Toaster Oven Air Fryer has four control dials for on/oven timer, temperature, function, on/toast timer, and a light toggle.
The function dial of the Black+Decker TO1760SS 4-Slice Toaster Oven has 3 cooking functions including Bake, Broil, and Toast.

Interior

9.5
1.0
The cooking chamber ceiling of the Cuisinart TOA-60 Toaster Oven has a convection fan cavity and four nichrome heating elements. The cooking chamber also has a safety hook on the left and interior light on the right.
The cooking chamber ceiling of the Cuisinart TOA-60 Toaster Oven has a convection fan cavity and four nichrome heating elements. The cooking chamber also has a safety hook on the left and interior light on the right.
The cooking chamber ceiling of the Cuisinart TOA-60 Toaster Oven has two bottom nichrome heating elements. The cooking chamber has two guide rails with a safety hook on the left.
The cooking chamber ceiling of the Cuisinart TOA-60 Toaster Oven has a convection fan cavity and four nichrome heating elements. The cooking chamber also has a safety hook on the left for the upper guide rail.
Mueller 4 Slice Toaster Oven InteriorThe Mueller MT-175 4-Slice Toaster Oven’s cooking chamber has 2 quartz heating elements with guards and 2 guide rails.
Mueller 4 Slice Toaster Oven InteriorThe Mueller MT-175 4-Slice Toaster Oven’s cooking chamber has 2 quartz heating elements with guards and 2 guide rails.
The Mueller MT-175 Oven has 1 bottom heating element with a guard and 2 guide rails on its right cooking chamber wall.
Heating Elements
6 nichrome
2 quartz
Convection Fan
Yes
No
Lighting
Yes
No
Tray Levels
2
2
Rotisserie
No
No
Safety Hook
Tray Level 2
No

Power Cord

A two-pronged plug power cord. In the background is the Cuisinart TOA-60 Convection Toaster Oven Air Fryer.
A two-pronged plug power cord. In the background is the stainless steel Mueller MT-175 4-Slice Countertop Toaster Oven.
Length
29.5" (75.0 cm)
30.7" (78.0 cm)
Type
2-prong plug
2-prong plug
Power
1800 W
1100 W
Rated Output
120 V ~ 60 Hz
120 V ~ 60 Hz

Accessories

A stainless steel baking rack of the Cuisinart TOA-60 Convection Toaster Oven Air Fryer on a white background.
A stainless steel baking rack of the Mueller MT-175 4-Slice Countertop Toaster Oven on a white background.
Length
12.6" (32.0 cm)
10.5" (26.7 cm)
Width
11.0" (27.9 cm)
8.8" (22.4 cm)
Height
0.9" (2.4 cm)
0.5" (1.3 cm)
Material
Stainless steel
Stainless steel
Dishwasher Safe
Yes
Yes

Build Quality

9.0
8.0
The front of an opened Cuisinart TOA-60 Convection Toaster Oven Air Fryer on a white background. From the bottom up are one baking rack, one baking pan, and an air fryer basket.
The front of an opened stainless steel Mueller MT-175 4-Slice Countertop Toaster Oven with an oven rack and baking pan.

Capacity

An opened front of the Cuisinart TOA-60 Convection Toaster Oven Air Fryer on a white background. The cooking chamber is 12.59 inches long, 11.4 inches wide, and 7.08 inches high.
An opened front of the stainless steel Mueller MT-175 4-Slice Toaster Oven with interior measurements on a white background.
Length
12.6" (32.0 cm)
10.6" (27.0 cm)
Width
11.4" (29.0 cm)
9.8" (25.0 cm)
Height
7.1" (18.0 cm)
7.5" (19.0 cm)

Usability

Overall Usability Scoring
7.1
5.2

User Control

7.0
6.0

Ease of Use

7.0
4.0
Cuisinart TOA-60 Ease of Use Video
Cuisinart TOA-60 Ease of Use Video 1

Cleanability

7.5
7.0
Caramelized meat juice and grease on the silver baking pan of the Cuisinart TOA-60 Convection Toaster Oven Air Fryer on a grey background.
Caramelized meat juice and grease on the silver baking pan of the Cuisinart TOA-60 Convection Toaster Oven Air Fryer on a grey background.
On a grey background, one hand brushing the silver baking pan of the Cuisinart TOA-60 Convection Toaster Oven Air Fryer with baking soda and water, the other holding a spray bottle of vinegar and water.
A hand brushing the stained upper heating elements’ ends inside the cooking chamber of the Cuisinart TOA-60 Convection Toaster Oven Air Fryer with baking soda and water.
Mueller 4 Slice Toaster Oven CleanabilityPermanent stains on the left cooking chamber’s ceiling and the upper heating element’s guard of the Mueller MT-175 Oven.
Mueller 4 Slice Toaster Oven CleanabilityPermanent stains on the left cooking chamber’s ceiling and the upper heating element’s guard of the Mueller MT-175 Oven.
Permanent stains on the right cooking chamber’s ceiling and the upper heating element’s guard of the Mueller MT-175 Oven.
The cleaned grooved silver baking pan of the stainless steel Mueller MT-175 4-Slice Countertop Toaster Oven.

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