Toshiba AC25CEW-BS vs Cuisinart TOA-60 Side-by-Side Comparison

Alan Nguyen
Alan Nguyen
Reviewer
Nguyen Ntk
Nguyen Ntk
Visual Specialist
Reviewed
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Tested Using Methodology v1.0
Updated Nov 30, 2022
Tested Using Methodology v1.0
Updated Dec 1, 2022
Toshiba AC25CEW-BS Toaster Oven Review
Cuisinart TOA-60 Convection Toaster Oven Review
Power
1500W
1800W

Our Verdict

7.4
Overall Score
  • Performance (50%)
    7.7/10
  • Design (25%)
    7.5/10
  • Usability (25%)
    6.8/10
8.4
Overall Score
  • Performance (50%)
    8.7/10
  • Design (25%)
    9.2/10
  • Usability (25%)
    7.1/10

Regarding our performance tests, the Cuisinart TOA-60 consistently produced excellent results thanks to the oven’s steady and stable temperature. Although the Toshiba AC25CEW-BS performed better than most small and large toaster ovens, stood next to the former it just pales in comparison. It does have more unique functions though.

The simplistic but more sturdy design of the Cuisinart uses more durable materials. This, however, adds to its weight and size — taking up a bit more countertop space than the Toshiba. Although the Cuisinart has a completely analog control, it doesn’t lose points in terms of timer and temperature precision.

While the Toshiba has a better ventilation system, the Cuisinart has a stronger convection system and an interior light. The Toshiba has three tray levels and 4 nichrome heating elements while the Cuisinart has two tray levels and 6 heating elements.

The Cuisinart is built with a slide-out crumb tray while the Toshiba has a removable one. Besides the standard accessories, the first one has an extra air fryer basket while the second one further has a rotisserie kit and a rack clamp.

Neither scored particularly well in the ease of use department. Nonetheless, neither have any severe problems in that regard.

The Cuisinart TOA-60 is a straightforward, robust, effective, and lasting toaster oven that earned our trust as the best medium-sized unit. On the other hand, the Toshiba AC25CEW-BS, of the same size category, gives you more bang for your buck with a well-constructed oven and accessories.

Performance

7.7
Performance Scores
  • Toast (40%)
    7.2/10
  • Pizza (25%)
    9.1/10
  • Whole Roasted Chicken (25%)
    7.8/10
  • Baked French Fries (10%)
    6.1/10
8.7
Performance Scores
  • Toast (40%)
    8.1/10
  • Pizza (25%)
    9.6/10
  • Whole Roasted Chicken (25%)
    8.5/10
  • Baked French Fries (10%)
    9.2/10
7.2

Toast

8.1
Toshiba Toaster Oven AC25CEW Toast
On the left: Level 3; In the middle: Level 4; On the right: Level 5
Toshiba Toaster Oven AC25CEW Toast 1
Best level: Level 4
Toshiba Toaster Oven AC25CEW Toast 2
The first batch vs the second batch
Taste: 7.5
50% * 7.5 = 3.8
Even Surface Color: 8
20% * 8 = 1.6
Consecutive Usability: 6.3
30% * 6.3 = 1.9
  • Function: Toast
  • Number Of Slices: 4
  • Toast Level: 4/6
  • Cooking Time: 3m 55s
  • Second Batch: 3m 55s
  • Convection: No

Following the procedures of our Toast test, we determined that level 4—3 minutes 55 seconds on the timer—was the best option with the score of 7.3/10. The level 3 and 5, in addition to being lighter and darker than ideal respectively, had very uneven surface color.

The toast level 4 of the Toshiba produced four pieces with a light golden brown color but a few areas too light. Due to not having the convection fan running, the color was about 80% even and we could only give it an 8/10.

The first batch of toast was nicely crispy while soft and moist inside so we gave it a 7.5/10 for taste. Our head chef Tuyet Pham determined that it would be great to go with omelet and eggs benedict, as well as good for sandwiches. Although it may not be particularly good for soup, the second batch was.

The second batch was browner and crispier while still being moist so it got a 6.5/10. If you want the second batch to be the same as the first, remember to lower it by one level.

Cuisinart TOA-60 Toast
On the left: Light; In the middle: 1/2 to Medium; On the right: Medium
Cuisinart TOA-60 Toast 1
Best level: 1/2 to Medium
Cuisinart TOA-60 Toast 2
The first batch vs the second batch
Taste: 9
50% * 9 = 4.5
Even Surface Color: 9
20% * 9 = 1.8
Consecutive Usability: 6
30% * 6 = 1.8
  • Function: Toast
  • Number Of Slices: 4
  • Toast Level: ½ Medium
  • Cooking Time: 4 m
  • Second Batch: 4 m
  • Convection: Low (default)

During our Toast test, the Light toast level—around 2 minutes 30 seconds on the timer—gave no color and the Medium one—around 5 minutes on the timer—was too brown even though the color was even. We determined that right in the middle of Medium and Light toast level—around 4 minutes on the timer—was the best option scoring an 8.1/10.

Toasting bread for 4 minutes with the Cuisinart produced 4 pieces with a beautiful golden color throughout thanks to the deployment of the convection fan. This oven was the first one to score a 9/10 for even toast surface color.

The first batch of toast was quite crispy yet very soft inside, worthy of a 9/10. Our head chef Tuyet Pham determined they would be great to go with sandwiches, omelet, and eggs benedict. For soup, however, they didn’t cut the mustard but that could be rectified with the extra crispiness of a second batch.

While the second batch had a brown color, it had a few dark spots so it got a 6/10 for consecutive usability. If you want the second batch to be the same as the first, remember to lower it down to Light—around 2 minutes 30 seconds.

9.1

Pizza

9.6
Toshiba AC25CEW Pizza
Toshiba AC25CEW Pizza Crust
Toshiba AC25CEW Pizza Toppings
Cooking Time: 9.3
20% * 9.3 = 1.9
Crust: 9.5
20% * 9.5 = 1.9
Toppings: 9
30% * 9 = 2.7
Taste: 8.7
30% * 8.7 = 2.6
  • Function: Bake
  • Temperature: 450°F
  • Cooking Time: 5m 15s
  • Convection: Yes

The Toshiba baked a 9-inch thick-crust meat pizza evenly throughout in terms of doneness and color earning it a 9.1/10.

Even though the Pizza preset of the oven is 450°F for 10 minutes, it only took 5m15s to cook. It was really fast compared to the recommended 10 minutes on the label. In comparison to other toaster ovens in our Pizza test, it scored a 9.3/10.

The crust wasn’t dry and turned out a beautiful golden brown with some nicely charred spots. It deserved a 9.5/10. The cheese was also nicely melted and caramelized so it got a 9/10. After tasting, our chef gave the pizza an 8.7/10.

Cuisinart TOA-60 Pizza
Cuisinart TOA-60 Crust Pizza
Cuisinart TOA-60 Convection Pizza Toppings
Cooking Time: 10
20% * 10 = 2.0
Crust: 9.2
20% * 9.2 = 1.8
Toppings: 9.8
30% * 9.8 = 2.9
Taste: 9.5
30% * 9.5 = 2.9
  • Function: Bake with high convection
  • Temperature: 450°F
  • Cooking Time: 3m 30s
  • Convection: High

The Cuisinart baked a very appetizing 9-inch thick-crust meat pizza scoring a 9.6/10.

Compared to the recommended 10 minutes on the label, it only took 3m 30s to bake the pizza which was extremely fast. In comparison to other toaster ovens in our Pizza test, it deserved a whopping 10/10.

The crust came out a tempting golden brown with some nicely charred spots—if a little soft due to the short cooking time. Thus, it got a 9.2/10.

The pizza itself also had excellent even coloring all over from the good convection system. Thanks to the high and steady temperature, the melted cheese was also perfectly caramelized earning it a 9.8/10.

After tasting, our chef gave the pizza a 9.5/10.

7.8

Whole Roasted Chicken

8.5
Toshiba Toaster Oven AC25CEW Whole Roasted Chicken 1
Toshiba Toaster Oven AC25CEW Whole Roasted Chicken 2
Toshiba Toaster Oven AC25CEW Whole Roasted Chicken 3
Toshiba AC25CEW-BS Whole Roasted Chicken 3
Cooking Time: 8
20% * 8 = 1.6
Skin: 7
20% * 7 = 1.4
Doneness: 7.8
20% * 7.8 = 1.6
Taste: 8
40% * 8 = 3.2
  • Function: Rotisserie
  • Temperature: 350°F
  • Cooking Time: 1h
  • Convection: No

Even though we chose a 3 lb chicken—in accordance with our Whole Roasted Chicken test—and despite the 4-pound claim on the label, it barely fit. In addition, there wasn’t enough space below to use the drip pan so cleaning up was a hassle.

Luckily, the fat from the chicken didn’t splatter too much inside the oven. Overall, the Toshiba scored a 7.8/10 for this test.

It took the oven 1 hour, the standard amount of time, to roast the chicken to golden brown so we gave it an 8/10.

The smooth rotation caramelized the chicken skin to a superb color while maintaining the juiciness of the meat. However, the skin wasn’t really crispy without convection so we only gave a 7/10.

The rotation also allowed the whole chicken to be thoroughly cooked in 1 hour with no pink spots. The internal temperature, however, was a bit too high at 207°F compared to the USDA recommended 165°F-180°F, so it got a 7.8/10.

Even though the chicken was cooked to slightly well-done, the meat was still moist and tender so our chef gave it an 8 for taste.

Cuisinart TOA-60 Whole Roasted Chicken
Cuisinart TOA-60 Whole Roasted Chicken 1
Cuisinart TOA-60 Whole Roasted Chicken 2
Cuisinart TOA-60 Whole Roasted Chicken 3
Cooking Time: 9
20% * 9 = 1.8
Skin: 9.5
20% * 9.5 = 1.9
Doneness: 8
20% * 8 = 1.6
Taste: 8
40% * 8 = 3.2
  • Function: Bake with high convection
  • Temperature: 350°F
  • Cooking Time: 50m
  • Convection: Yes

Following our Whole Roasted Chicken test, we placed a 3 lb chicken inside an air fryer basket on top of a baking pan and it fit without a problem. Although the air fryer basket had plenty of space, the pan was quite rigid so we had to be extra careful when taking it out to flip the chicken.

Unfortunately, while cooking the chicken, fat splashed everywhere inside the oven leading to some smoking. All things considered, the Cuisinart earned an 8.5/10 for this test.

It took 50 minutes to roast, which is shorter than average and deserving of a 9/10.

Despite not having a rotisserie kit, we were able to achieve adequately crispy skin with an even golden brown color scoring a 9.5/10. We did it by spreading the chicken out and flipping it after the first 40 minutes of cooking.

High convection and flipping helped the chicken to be thoroughly cooked without any pink spots in just 50 minutes. However, the internal temperature was a little too high at 205-207°F compared to the USDA recommended 165°F-180°F, so it got an 8/10.

Due to being spread out, the wings were extremely crispy and deliciously fall-off-the-bone. However, the wings and the breast ended up a little dry so our chef gave the chicken an 8/10 for taste.

6.1

Baked French Fries

9.2
Toshiba AC25CEW Baked French Fries
Toshiba AC25CEW Baked French Fries 2
Toshiba AC25CEW Baked French Fries 3
Cooking Time: 5
20% * 5 = 1.0
Color: 6
20% * 6 = 1.2
Texture: 6
20% * 6 = 1.2
Taste: 6.7
40% * 6.7 = 2.7
  • Function: Bake
  • Temperature: 400°F
  • Cooking Time: 20m
  • Convection: Yes

The Toshiba did an acceptable job of baking 12 oz of french fries earning a 6.1/10.

Compared to other ovens in our Baked French Fries test, we had to cook the fries for 20 minutes so we could only give it a 5/10. Being baked on a tray and not in an air fryer basket, the fries lacked color resulting in a 6/10.

The fries only crisped up a little on the outside and were considerably moist inside so it’s another 6/10. Our chef gave the resulting fries a 6.7/10 for taste.

Cuisinart TOA-60 Convection Baked French Fries
Cuisinart TOA-60 Baked French Fries Color
Cuisinart TOA-60 Baked French Fries Texture
Cooking Time: 10
20% * 10 = 2.0
Color: 9.5
20% * 9.5 = 1.9
Texture: 9.2
20% * 9.2 = 1.8
Taste: 8.7
40% * 8.7 = 3.5
  • Function: Bake with high convection
  • Temperature: 400°F
  • Cooking Time: 12m
  • Convection: High

The Cuisinart baked some excellent french fries scoring a 9.2/10.

It took only 12 minutes to cook 12 oz of french fries which was very fast. In fact, it’s the fastest one throughout our Baked French Fries test so far so it scored a perfect 10/10.

Due to the shorter cooking time than ideal, the color wasn’t entirely even but was good enough for a 9.5/10.

The fries were crispy and golden on the outside while moist on the inside thanks to the strong convection and the air fryer basket. Thus, we gave it a 9.2/10 for texture.

Our chef gave it an 8.7/10 for taste.

Design

7.5
design Scores
  • Exterior (20%)
    8.0/10
  • Interior (30%)
    6.5/10
  • Build Quality (50%)
    8.0/10
9.2
design Scores
  • Exterior (20%)
    9.0/10
  • Interior (30%)
    9.5/10
  • Build Quality (50%)
    9.0/10

In the Box

Toshiba AC25CEW In the Box
  • Model: L series - AC25CEW-BS
  • Warranty: 1 year (US only)
  • User Manual
  • Baking Rack
  • Baking Pan
  • Rack Clamp
  • Removable Crumb Tray
  • Rotisserie Kit and Lifter

The packaging keeps all the 5 accessories firmly in place while being easy to unbox and convenient to repack. Besides showing some basic information, it also gives instructions on how to unbox properly.

Cuisinart TOA-60 In the Box
  • Model: TOA-60
  • Warranty: 3 years (US and Canada only)
  • User Manual
  • Baking Rack
  • Baking Pan
  • Air Fryer Basket

The user manual provides numerous recipes with all the ingredient measurements, specific cooking functions, temperatures, and times. The package also comes with a simple instruction to register your Cuisinart for premium customer service, special offers, and more. Within the warranty period, the manufacturer has their own satisfaction guarantee policy.

8.0

Exterior

9.0
Toshiba AC25CEW Exterior
Toshiba AC25CEW Exterior 1
Toshiba AC25CEW Exterior 2
Toshiba AC25CEW Exterior 3
  • Weight:
    16.2 oz (460 g)
  • Length:
    19.0" (48.2 cm)
  • Width:
    15.6" (39.6 cm)
  • Height:
    10.8" (27.4 cm)
  • Material:
    Stainless steel
  • Color:
    Black
  • Door Handle:
    cool-touch
  • Tray Indicators:
    Yes
  • Crumb Tray:
    Removable

One of the strongest points of the Toshiba AC25CEW-BS Toaster Oven is plenty of air ventilation — on two sides, the back, the bottom, and the top. It also has strong bottom stands and two buffers on the back to prevent the oven from being too close to the wall.

This was one of the few ovens where our measurements and the manufacturer’s completely coincided at 18.98" x 15.59" x 10.78". We do need to point out that we could see the internal circuits through the ventilation holes although we’re not sure if it affects the oven.

Cuisinart TOA-60 Exterior
Cuisinart TOA-60 Exterior 1
Cuisinart TOA-60 Exterior 2
Cuisinart TOA-60 Exterior 3
  • Weight:
    21.0 lbs (9.5 kg)
  • Length:
    16.34 inches
  • Width:
    15.16 inches
  • Height:
    13.58 inches
  • Material:
    Stainless steel
  • Color:
    Silver
  • Door Handle:
    Cool-touch
  • Tray Indicators:
    No
  • Crumb Tray:
    Slide-out

With its simple design, the slide-out crumb tray of the Cuisinart really stands out. The side handles make it easy to carry. It also has two buffers on the back to prevent the oven from being too close to the wall.

Our measurements of the oven’s footprint of 16.34" x 15.16" x 13.58" pretty much coincided with the manufacturer’s 16" x 15.5" x 14" with marginal differences being less than an inch.

Control Panel

Toshiba AC25CEW Control Panel
  • Type:
    LCD display + 3 control knobs + Stop/Start button
  • Temperature:
    150°F - 450°F timer
  • Timer:
    1 minute - 2 hours
  • Indicator Light:
    No
  • Status Bar:
    No
  • Light Toggle:
    No
  • Convection Toggle:
    No
  • Rotation Toggle:
    No
  • Automatic Preheat:
    No
  • Audio Cues:
    No

The control panel consists of an LCD digital display, 3 control knobs for functions, temperature, time, and the stop/start button. The glossy plastic knobs turn smoothly and seem durable.

Cuisinart TOA-60 Control Panel
  • Type:
    4 control knobs
  • Temperature:
    200°F - 450°F
  • Timer:
    1 - 60 minutes
  • Indicator Light:
    Yes
  • Status Bar:
    No
  • Light Toggle:
    Yes
  • Convection Toggle:
    No
  • Rotation Toggle:
    No
  • Automatic Preheat:
    No
  • Audio Cues:
    No

The control panel is completely analog with four control knobs and a light toggle.

Cooking Functions

  • Toast (without convection)
  • Bake (without convection)
  • Broil (without convection)
  • Pizza (with convection)
  • Cookies (with convection)
  • Defrost (without convection)
  • Reheat (with convection)
  • Rotisserie (without convection)
  • Keep warm (without convection)
  • Convection

One may argue that 10 cooking functions are too many but they are helpful for beginners in the kitchen. The Rotisserie and the Keep Warm functions are the two that stand out from the rest.

Cuisinart TOB-60N Cooking Functions
  • Toast (Light - Medium - Dark)
  • Air fry
  • Bake with low / high convection
  • Broil with low / high convection
  • Warm (200°F)

If you know your way around the kitchen, the bake and broil functions with low or high convection will be all you need.

6.5

Interior

9.5
Toshiba AC25CEW Interior
Toshiba AC25CEW Toaster Oven Interior
  • Heating Elements:
    4 nichrome
  • Convection Fan:
    Yes
  • Lighting:
    No
  • Tray Levels:
    3
  • Rotisserie:
    Yes
  • Safety Hook:
    Tray Level 2

Capacity: 23.3 liters - 4 slices of toast - 12-inch pizza - 3-pound chicken

The Toshiba has 4 nichrome heating elements and 3 tray levels which are standard for its size. This oven has a convection system which is always a plus but it doesn’t have an interior light like many other units of the same size. It received an extra point thanks to its rotisserie socket and bracket.

True to the description, it can fit a 12-inch pizza. However, it can’t fit 6 slices of toast or a 4-pound chicken but is big enough for 4 slices of toast or a 3-pound chicken.

We measured the cooking chamber’s volume to be 23.3 which was a bit different from the manufacturer’s provided capacity of 25 liters. However, it could just be a difference in measuring standards.

Cuisinart TOA-60 Interior
Cuisinart TOA-60 Convection Interior
Cuisinart TOA-60 Convection Toaster Oven Interior
  • Heating Elements:
    6 nichrome
  • Convection Fan:
    Yes
  • Lighting:
    Yes
  • Tray Levels:
    2
  • Rotisserie:
    No
  • Safety Hook:
    Tray Level 2

Capacity: 17 liters - 6 slices of toast - 12-inch pizza - 4-pound chicken

The convection fan runs as standard with most cooking functions except for Warm. It runs on the low setting for Non-Convection settings and on a high setting for Convection settings.

In addition, the oven has two heating elements at the bottom and four at the top which allows for more even heat distribution. It also has an interior light that you can turn on and off with a switch.

We measured the cooking chamber’s volume to be roughly 17 liters which coincided with the manufacturer’s provided capacity. It only has two tray levels but you can make use of the rack-up and down positions. This oven is one of the few that actually fits 6 pieces of toast even though just barely.

Power Cord

Toshiba AC25CEW Power Cord
  • Length:
    15.7 inches
  • Type:
    3-prong plug
  • Power:
    1500
  • Rated Output:
    120

The length of the power cord is roughly 15.7"—ideal for household use. It’s also long enough to wrap firmly around the two back buffer

Cuisinart TOA-60 Power Cord
  • Length:
    29.52 inches
  • Type:
    2-prong plug
  • Power:
    1800 W
  • Rated Output:
    120 V ~ 60 Hz

Even though the power cord length is enough for household use—roughly 29.52", it doesn’t fully wrap around the two back buffers.

Baking Rack

Accessories

Baking Rack
Toshiba AC25CEW Baking Rack
  • Length:
    12.60 inches
  • Width:
    11.29 inches
  • Height:
    N/a
  • Material:
    Stainless steel
  • Dishwasher Safe:
    Yes

The shape of the baking rack makes it easier to remove either with gloves or clamps.

Cuisinart TOA-60 Baking Rack
  • Length:
    12.6" (32.0 cm)
  • Width:
    11.0" (27.9 cm)
  • Height:
    0.9" (2.4 cm)
  • Material:
    Stainless steel
  • Dishwasher Safe:
    Yes

The rack fits perfectly with the guide, which helps prevent accidents when placing your food in the oven.

Baking Pan

Accessories

Baking Pan
Toshiba AC25CEW Toaster Oven Baking Pan
  • Length:
    11.7" (29.8 cm)
  • Width:
    9.4" (23.9 cm)
  • Height:
    0.9" (2.4 cm)
  • Material:
    Stainless steel
  • Dishwasher Safe:
    Yes

The baking pan has ridges and grooves which can give your food attractive roasting marks and catch the dripping better. However, it’s a little smaller than the oven capacity and has a coating but isn’t completely non-stick.

Cuisinart TOA-60 Baking Pan
  • Length:
    12.4" (31.6 cm)
  • Width:
    11.0" (27.9 cm)
  • Height:
    0.9" (2.2 cm)
  • Material:
    Stainless steel
  • Dishwasher Safe:
    Yes

The baking pan has a coating but is not completely non-stick. It does, however, easily catch any meat juice and drippings from the air fryer basket. Thus, it prevents mess and avoids any danger of fire from dirty heating elements.

Rack Clamp

Accessories

Air Fryer Basket
Toshiba AC25CEW Rack Clamp
  • Length:
    7.5" (19.2 cm)
  • Width:
    2.2" (5.5 cm)
  • Height:
    N/a
  • Material:
    Stainless steel
  • Dishwasher Safe:
    Yes

The rack clamp fits the baking pan and rack nicely but doesn’t have a good handle. Nonetheless, not all ovens come with a clamp like this so it’s a plus.

Cuisinart TOA-60 Air Fryer Basket
  • Length:
    11.1" (28.2 cm)
  • Width:
    9.4" (24.0 cm)
  • Height:
    2.2" (5.7 cm)
  • Material:
    Stainless steel
  • Dishwasher Safe:
    Yes

The air fryer basket’s decent elevation really helps to circulate heat around the bottom of the food.

Removable Crumb Tray

Accessories

Toshiba AC25CEW Removable Crumb Tray
Toshiba AC25CEW Removable Crumb Tray 1
  • Length:
    12.6" (32.0 cm)
  • Width:
    11.0" (27.9 cm)
  • Height:
    1.2" (3.1 cm)
  • Material:
    Stainless steel
  • Dishwasher Safe:
    Not advisable

The crumb tray is a useful accessory — crumbs being quite a hassle to clean up. However, some still fell to the bottom of the oven as we removed the tray. Also, upon cleaning the crumb tray after the roasted chicken test, we found it showed signs of oxidation from catching the drippings.

Rotisserie Kit and Lifter

Accessories

Toshiba AC25CEW Rotisserie Kit and Lifter
Toshiba AC25CEW Rotisserie Kit and Lifter 1
  • Length:
    12.6" (32.0 cm)
  • Width:
    9.8" (25.0 cm)
  • Height:
    N/A
  • Material:
    Stainless steel
  • Dishwasher Safe:
    Yes

The rotisserie kit does a perfect job of securing the chicken thanks to the angle-adjustable 2-pronged forks.

8.0

Build Quality

9.0
Toshiba AC25CEW Build Quality

The black stainless steel Toshiba AC25CEW Toaster Oven is quite robust while still relatively light and small. It also has more air ventilation holes than a number of other toaster ovens including the Toshiba and Cuisinart.

Cuisinart TOA-60 Build Quality

The build of the Cuisinart nails simplicity and durability from the materials to the user controls. That does, however, make it a little heavier than some of the ones we’ve tested including the Toshiba and Instant Omni Plus.

It’s also a little taller due to the convection fan being top, rather than side-mounted. Nonetheless, the removable oven-bottom tray and carrying handles show attention to convenience.

Usability

6.8
usability Scores
  • User Control (30%)
    9.0/10
  • Ease of Use (50%)
    5.0/10
  • Cleanability (20%)
    8.0/10
7.1
usability Scores
  • User Control (30%)
    7.0/10
  • Ease of Use (50%)
    7.0/10
  • Cleanability (20%)
    7.5/10
9.0

User Control

7.0

The Toshiba has 10 functions to choose from. However, the convection fan isn’t applicable to all of them. Nonetheless, you can always choose Convection, then set the desired temperature and time.

The large and detailed timer from one minute to two hours is a strong point of this oven. It’s also specified by the minute.

The Cuisinart has seven settings to choose from including both Broil and Bake with high and low convection. The four control knobs for Time, Temperature, Functions, and Toast are as straightforward as possible.

5.0

Ease of Use

7.0
Toshiba AC25CEW Ease of Use

The oven door has a heat-resistant handle and tray-level indicators on the glass. The casing has good heat insulation and only gets too hot to the touch at 450°F.

The Toshiba doesn’t have an automatic preheat phase like many other digital models. The digital display automatically turns off after a period of no interaction. After the oven finishes cooking, you will hear a very clear beep similar to when you’ve just plugged in.

There’s no audio cue when you’re adjusting the knobs. Furthermore, if you need to readjust the setting during cooking, you have to press stop and repeat all the inputs. The only thing you can adjust during cooking is the timer.

It’s hard to keep the door partially open and there’s no internal lighting. Also, this oven doesn’t turn off upon opening the door, unlike some others.

Although the accessories fit well, removing the rotisserie kit from the oven can be a little tricky even with the lifter. With a little practice, however, it’ll become much easier.

The safety hook for tray level 2 allows you to partially slide out the baking rack or tray to reposition the food during cooking. However, this feature makes it quite tricky to remove the tray or rack.

Although the oven has good heat insulation, the casing can still get quite hot to the touch after 400°F, especially after a long cooking time. After the oven finishes cooking, you will hear a very clear ding.

Opening the oven door stops it from cooking while also turning off the light but doesn’t stop the timer. Having no digital display, you can freely leave this oven plugged in and not worry about power consumption.

8.0

Cleanability

7.5
Toshiba Toaster Oven AC25CEW Cleanability
Toshiba AC25CEW Cleanability 1
Toshiba AC25CEW Cleanability 2

We cleaned the Toshiba following our toaster oven cleaning guide. Thanks to its internal and external coating and lack of difficult nooks and crannies, cleaning was pretty straightforward. In addition, enough space has been left between the heating elements and internal walls to facilitate cleaning.

Roasting a whole chicken with the rotisserie kit left some difficult stains on the ceiling but a paste of baking soda and water did the trick. One minor inconvenience was that some crumbs still fell onto the internal floor and we had to pick them up anyway.

Cuisinart TOA-60 Cleanability
Cuisinart TOA-60 Cleanability 1
Cuisinart TOA-60 Cleanability 2

We cleaned the Cuisinart following our toaster oven cleaning guide. The internal and external coating of the oven made it easy to clean. It does have some tricky nooks and crannies but all in all, they’re not too difficult.

Cleaning up the crumbs was extremely easy thanks to the slide-out crumb tray but we still had to tilt the oven to remove all the crumbs. We thought the fishnet design of the air fryer basket might make it difficult to clean any caramelized bits of food but that didn’t happen.

During the roasting of a whole chicken, fat splattered everywhere inside the oven. It left some stubborn stains on the insulators at the ends of the heating elements. Even with a paste of baking soda and water, we weren’t able to remove them.

Fortunately, there were no drippings on the crumb tray so no worries of oxidation. In addition, we’re happy to report that the gaps between the heating elements and internal walls were large enough to clean.