Cuisinart TOA-60 Toaster Oven Review

Alan Nguyen
Reviewer
Tuyet Pham
Culinary Consultant
Lap Vo
Test Lead
Nguyen Ntk
Visual Specialist
Updated
Tested Methodology v1.0
Cuisinart TOA-60 Convection Toaster Oven Air Fryer Review
Power: 1800W

Overall Verdict

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

The Cuisinart TOA-60 Convection Toaster Oven Air Fryer shines in simplicity. It’s suitable for seasoned home cooks who are willing to spend a bit more on a robust, effective, and lasting toaster oven.

Correctly-sized accessories are proof of a good design as they minimize inconvenience and the danger of electric shocks. The oven comes complete with an air fryer basket and a user manual that includes a variety of recipes.

The only thing to be nitpicky about this oven is that it doesn’t offer many convenient features.

Things We Like

  • 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

Things We Don’t Like

  • Opening the door also turns off the light
  • A bit heavier and taller than other same-type ovens
  • Not very budget-friendly

If you’re all about straightforwardness and simplicity, the silver stainless steel Cuisinart TOA-60 Convection Toaster Oven Air Fryer is right for you. It features a sturdy design and durable material. However, the price of around $230 might make you wonder if it’s worth it.

To determine the efficiency and practicality of this oven, we ran it through a series of relevant tests. The score, from 0 to 10, represents the quality of the design in performing the respective functions.

We also needed good direct comparisons to bolster the claims we would be making. Therefore, a range of other toaster ovens including the Instant Omni Plus 18 and Toshiba AC25CEW-BS was put through similar tests.

The goal of this comprehensive preview is to provide you with helpful information and authentic test results that will aid your purchase decision. Furthermore, we will give you some advice on the dos and don’ts of using this oven.

Cuisinart TOA-60 Toaster Oven In-depth review

Performance

How We Tested
8.7
Performance Scores
  • Toast (40%)
    8.3/10
  • Pizza (25%)
    9.6/10
  • Whole Roasted Chicken (25%)
    8.2/10
  • Baked French Fries (10%)
    9.2/10

A big win for the performance of the Cuisinart TOA-60 Convection Toaster Oven Air Fryer is its steady and stable temperature. Combined with the fact that the convection fan is always deployed, it consistently produced excellent test dishes.

8.3

Toast

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 Test: 9
50% * 9 = 4.5
Even Surface Color: 10
20% * 10 = 2.0
Consecutive Usability: 6
30% * 6 = 1.8
  • Function: Toast
  • Number Of Slices: 4
  • Toast Level: ½ Medium
  • Cooking Time: 4 m (adjustable)
  • Second Batch: 4 m (adjustable)
  • Convection: Low (default)

During our Toast test, the Light toast level gave no color and the Medium one was too brown even though the color was even. We determined that the Medium Light toast level (right in the middle of Medium and Light) was the best option scoring an 8.7/10.

Even Surface Color

The Medium Light toast level of 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 10/10 for even toast surface color.

Consecutive Usability

While the second batch had a brown color, it had a few dark spots so it got a 4/10. If you want the second batch to be the same as the first, remember to lower it down to Light.

Taste

The first batch of toast was quite crispy yet very soft inside. 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. For the taste, our chef gave a 9 to the first batch and 8 to the second batch.

9.6

Pizza

Cuisinart TOA-60 Pizza
Cuisinart TOA-60 Crust Pizza
Cuisinart TOA-60 Convection 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 Test: 9.5
30% * 9.5 = 2.9
  • Function: Bake
  • Temperature: 450°F
  • Cooking Time: 3m30s
  • Convection: High

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

Cooking Time

Compared to the recommended 10 minutes on the label, it only took 3m30s to bake the pizza which was extremely fast. In comparison to other toaster ovens in our Pizza test, it deserved a 10/10.

Crust

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.

Toppings

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.

Taste

After tasting, our chef gave it a 9.5/10.

8.2

Whole Roasted Chicken

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: 8
20% * 8 = 1.6
Doneness: 8
20% * 8 = 1.6
Taste Test: 8
40% * 8 = 3.2
  • Function: Bake with high convection
  • Temperature Range: 350°F
  • Cooking Time: 50 minutes
  • 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 8.2/10 for this test. 

Cooking Time

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

Skin

Despite not having a rotisserie kit, we were able to achieve adequately crispy skin with an even golden brown color scoring a 8/10. We did it by spreading the chicken out and flipping it after the first 40 minutes of cooking.

Doneness

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 so it got an 8/10.

Taste

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.

9.2

Baked French Fries

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 Test: 8.7
40% * 8.7 = 3.5
  • Function: Bake with high convection
  • Temperature: 400°F
  • Cooking Time: 12 m
  • Convection: High

The Cuisinart baked some great french fries scoring an 8.6/10.

Cooking Time

It took only 12 minutes to cook 12 oz of french fries which was very fast. However, this was shorter than the ideal 15 minutes that we were able to conclude from our Baked French Fries test. Therefore, it could only score a 10/10.

Color

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

Texture

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.

Taste

Our chef gave it an 8.7/10 for taste.

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

Where the Cuisinart TOA-60 Convection Toaster Oven Air Fryer shines most is in its simplistic design. Even though it only offers a few features, it does them all justice.

In the Box

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.

9.0

Exterior

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:
    16.0" (40.6 cm)
  • Width:
    15.5" (39.4 cm)
  • Height:
    14.0" (35.6 cm)
  • Material:
    Stainless steel
  • Color:
    Silver
  • Door Handle:
    Cool-touch
  • Tray Level Indicators:
    No
  • Removable Bottom 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.

Control Panel

Cuisinart TOA-60 Control Panel
  • Type:
    4 control knobs
  • Temperature Setting:
    200°F - 450°F
  • Timer:
    1 - 60 minutes
  • On Indicator Light:
    Yes
  • Cooking Status Bar:
    No
  • Light Toggle:
    Yes
  • Convection Toggle:
    No
  • Rotation Toggle:
    No
  • Automatic Oven Preheat:
    No
  • Audio Reminder To Turn Food:
    No

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

Cooking Functions

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.

9.5

Interior

Cuisinart TOA-60 Interior
Cuisinart TOA-60 Convection Interior
Cuisinart TOA-60 Convection Toaster Oven Interior
  • Number Of Heating Elements:
    6 nichrome
  • Convection Fan:
    Yes
  • Lighting:
    Yes
  • Tray Levels:
    2
  • Rotisserie Socket And Bracket:
    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 only has two tray levels but we didn’t find this to be a big problem.

This oven is one of the few that actually fits 6 pieces of toast even though just barely.

Power Cord

Cuisinart TOA-60 Power Cord
  • Length:
    29.52 inches (75 cm)
  • Type
    :
    2-prong plug
  • Power:
    1800 W
  • Rated Output:
    120 V ~ 60 Hz

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

Accessories: Baking Rack

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.

Accessories: Baking Pan

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.

Accessories: Air Fryer Basket

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.

9.0

Build Quality

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

How We Rated
7.1
usability Scores
  • User Control (30%)
    7.0/10
  • Ease of Use (50%)
    7.0/10
  • Cleanability (20%)
    7.5/10

Due to its simplistic approach, the Cuisinart TOA-60 Convection Toaster Oven Air Fryer doesn’t offer many usability features. However, it also doesn’t pose any problems.

7.0

User Control

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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.

7.0

Ease of Use

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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.

The oven can be 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.

7.5

Cleanability

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.

Prior to First Time Use

If you’re using the Cuisinart TOA-60 Convection Toaster Oven Air Fryer for the first time, keep in mind these few pieces of good advice:

1. Place the oven on a flat surface with at least 5 inches of space above and around all sides.

2. Make sure your outlet is 120 V - 1800 W.

3. Do not operate the Cuisinart on the same circuit with another appliance to avoid electrical problems.

4. Make sure the interior of the oven is dry and clean before use.

5. Burn off the new ovens’ smell from the materials and protective layering. Do this by setting the temperature to max, convection on, and timer to 15 minutes. During this process for a new oven, there may be smoke but it will not last longer than 15 minutes.

Cuisinart TOA-60 FAQs