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Cuisinart TOB-40N Classic Toaster Oven Broiler Review

Alan Nguyen
Alan Nguyen
Reviewer
Lap Vo
Lap Vo
Head of RTR
Tuyet Pham
Tuyet Pham
Professional Chef
Nguyen Ntk
Nguyen Ntk
Visual Specialist
Reviewed
Tested Using Methodology v1.0
The front of a closed stainless steel Cuisinart TOB-40N Custom Classic Toaster Oven Broiler on a white background.

Overall Verdict

The black stainless steel Cuisinart TOB-40N Custom Classic Toaster Oven Broiler is for you if you want an inexpensive medium-sized unit with a big capacity and no convection system.

This oven doesn’t have a timer, which means it has a built-in stay-on timer for every function except for Toast and Bagel. The absence of a timer doesn’t affect the oven’s performance and therefore, is not a criterion for our evaluation. It’s simply a matter of personal preference whether you like this custom choice or not.

The auto-slide rack, slide-out crumb tray, and easy-grip dials are nice touches to a simple toaster oven. However, we feel the investment for these features could have been better put into a convection system.

Things We Like

  • Spacious and non-stick interior
  • Auto-slide rack
  • Easy-to-clean stainless steel exterior
  • Slide-out crumb tray
  • Cool-touch door handle
  • Stay-on feature
  • High power output

Things We Don’t Like

  • No convection fan
  • No internal lighting
  • No safety mechanism for the door
  • Updated Jul 26, 2022:

    Review published.

The black stainless steel Cuisinart TOB-40N Custom Classic Toaster Oven Broiler has a simple and sturdy construction. For just $84.99, you’ll get a medium-sized unit with a big capacity, a slide-out crumb tray, necessary accessories and cooking functions plus a stay-on feature.

Cuisinart TOB-40N Classic Toaster Oven Performance: Could Be Improved with Convection

The Cuisinart TOB-40N performed well in making toast and whole roasted chicken despite not having a convection system. However, the lack of convection resulted in uneven surface colors on our test dishes. Even though the oven runs on 1800 W, it wasn’t able to produce a good result in baking french fries.


7.1Toast

From left to right, 24 pieces of toast for the top and bottom of three toast levels including lighter, medium, and darker.
On the left: 3m 25s; In the middle: 3m 40s; On the right: 4m 15s
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 Cuisinart TOB-40N Custom Classic Toaster Oven Broiler.
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.
Taste
: 7
50% * 7 = 3.5
Even Surface Color
: 7.5
20% * 7.5 = 1.5
Consecutive Usability
: 7
30% * 7 = 2.1
Function
Toast
Number Of Slices
4
Toast Level
Medium
Cooking Time
3m 40s
Second Batch
3m 40s
Convection
No

During our Toast test, the Medium level — 3 minutes 40 seconds on the timer — on the Toast knob was the best option, scoring a 7.1/10. Decreasing the time to 3 minutes 25 seconds resulted in a very light color, whereas increasing it to 4 minutes 15 seconds resulted in a significantly dark — although more even — color.

The Medium toast level of the Cuisinart produced 4 pieces with a light golden-brown color. However, without the convection fan, there were some brown areas on the top and dark brown spots on the bottom. Thus, we gave it a 7.5/10.

The first batch of toast was slightly crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, so we gave it a 7/10 for taste. Our head chef, Tuyet Pham, determined they would be great for sandwiches. They may not be ideal to have with soups, egg benedict and omelet, but can be served with these foods as well.

With the same toasting time as the first, the second batch had a brown color and some dark spots on the bottom. Interestingly, this was one of the few ovens where our chef preferred the second batch, thanks to its crispiness being on point.

In the end, it got a 7/10 for consecutive usability. If you want the second batch to be the same as the first, remember to only turn the knob ¾ of the way to Medium which is around 3 minutes 25 seconds.

6.5Pizza

A toaster oven baked 9-inch thick-crust meat pizza with cheese, onions, and green bell peppers on top inside a baking pan.
A toaster oven baked 9-inch thick-crust meat pizza with cheese, onions, and green bell peppers on top inside a baking pan.
The cross surface of a slice of toast oven baked 9-inch thick-crust meat pizza with cheese, onions, and green bell peppers.
Two hands break apart a slice of pizza with melty cheese, meat, and green bell peppers on top baked using a toaster oven.
Cooking Time
: 6
20% * 6 = 1.2
Crust
: 6.5
20% * 6.5 = 1.3
Toppings
: 7
30% * 7 = 2.1
Taste
: 6.5
30% * 6.5 = 1.9
Function
Bake
Temperature
450°F
Cooking Time
9m
Convection
No

The Cuisinart did an acceptable job of baking a 9-inch thick-crust meat pizza with a score of 6.6/10.

Compared to the recommended 10 minutes on the label, this oven was able to bake the pizza slightly faster at 9 minutes. However, that result only scored a 6/10 among the ovens in our Pizza test.

The crust had some charred spots and a little bit of crispiness but was still soft overall, so it got a 6.5/10.

The toppings caramelized unevenly and some areas of the cheese got darkened. Nonetheless, they weren’t dry, so we were able to give them a 7/10.

After tasting the pizza, our chef gave it a 6.5/10.

7.4Whole Roasted Chicken

A whole roasted chicken using the Cuisinart TOB-40N Custom Classic Toaster Oven on a silver baking pan on a white background.
A whole roasted chicken using the Cuisinart TOB-40N Custom Classic Toaster Oven 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 181°F and 183°F.
Seven pieces of a carved chicken including a carcass, two breasts, two wings, and two thighs on a silver 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.
Cooking Time
: 6.3
20% * 6.3 = 1.3
Skin
: 6
20% * 6 = 1.2
Doneness
: 9.7
20% * 9.7 = 1.9
Taste
: 7.5
40% * 7.5 = 3.0
Function
Bake
Temperature
350°F
Cooking Time
1h 17m
Convection
No

The Cuisinart was able to comfortably fit a 3 lb chicken for our Whole Roasted Chicken test and scored a 7.4/10.

The oven took 1h 17m to cook the chicken; this was 17 minutes longer than the standard amount of time so it got a 6.3/10.

The skin had an uneven color, ranging from light golden to golden at the ends, and was soft throughout. This was most likely the result of the absence of a convection system; we gave it a 6/10.

The chicken was thoroughly cooked and the internal temperature was 181°F-183°F, which was only a little higher than recommended by the USDA, so we gave it a 9.7/10.

The meat was soft and juicy, deserving a 7.5/10 for taste from our chef.

5.1Baked French Fries

Pieces of baked french fries using the Cuisinart TOB-40N Toaster Oven Broiler on a silver baking pan on a white background.
Pieces of baked french fries using the Cuisinart TOB-40N Toaster Oven Broiler on a silver baking pan on a white background.
A close-up of pieces of baked french fries using the Cuisinart TOB-40N Oven on a silver baking pan on a white background.
Six pieces of broken-up baked french fries are stacked on top of pieces of whole fries on a silver baking pan.
Cooking Time
: 0
20% * 0 = 0.0
Color
: 6.5
20% * 6.5 = 1.3
Texture
: 6
20% * 6 = 1.2
Taste
: 6.5
40% * 6.5 = 2.6
Function
Bake
Temperature
400°F.
Cooking Time
31 m
Convection
No

The Cuisinart left a lot to be desired in baking french fries and scored a 5.1/10.

The oven took 31 minutes to bake 12 oz of french fries to an acceptable color and doneness. With our time limit being 25 minutes, it failed the cooking time criterion of our Baked French Fries test.

The fries gained an acceptable color, enough for a 6.5/10. Even though the baking pan was large enough to spread the fries, they still weren’t able to crisp up much and got a 6/10. After tasting the fries, our chef gave them a 6.5/10.

Cuisinart TOB-40N Design: Simple and Spacious

The Cuisinart TOB-40N has a simple design but with some nice attention to detail. To accommodate its spacious interior, the oven uses 1800 W.


In the Cuisinart TOB-40N Custom Classic Toaster Oven Box

An oven rack, 3 pieces of documents, the Cuisinart TOB-40N Custom Classic Toaster Oven Broiler, a box, and a baking pan.
  • Model: TOB-40N
  • Warranty: 3-year limited
  • User Manual
  • Baking Rack
  • Baking Pan

The packaging keeps the oven as well as its two accessories in place. The accessories are also wrapped in carton pads to avoid scratches during transportation. The oven comes with a user manual with recipes and a simple instruction to register your Cuisinart for premium customer service, special offers, and more.

7.0Exterior

A closed front of the Cuisinart TOB-40N Custom Classic Toaster Oven Broiler with exterior measurements on a white background.
A closed front of the Cuisinart TOB-40N Custom Classic Toaster Oven Broiler with exterior measurements on a white background.
The front of a closed Cuisinart TOB-40N Custom Classic Toaster Oven Broiler has a control panel and the right has holes.
The back and left sides of the Cuisinart TOB-40N have air ventilation holes. The back has a power cord and two buffers.
On a grey background, the top of the stainless steel Cuisinart TOB-40N Custom Classic Toaster Oven Broiler has holes.
On a grey background, the bottom of the Cuisinart TOB-40N Custom Classic Toaster Oven Broiler has four stands and holes.
Weight
10.0 lbs (4.5 kg)
Length
15.9" (40.5 cm)
Width
14.8" (37.7 cm)
Height
9.0" (22.9 cm)
Material
Stainless steel
Color
Black
Door Handle
cool-touch
Tray Indicators
No
Crumb Tray
Slide-out

The Cuisinart has a stainless steel exterior with a cool-touch door handle. What stands out in this simple design is the slide-out crumb tray. The oven has two buffers at the back to prevent it from being placed too close to the wall. Due to their small size, the carrying handles built-in to the bottom stands are a bit awkward to use when the oven is hot.

Our measurements of the oven’s footprint were 15.94" x 14.84" x 9" which was quite different in terms of width compared to the manufacturer’s 17" x 11.74" x 8.35". This could be because we took the door handle and back buffers into account when measuring the oven’s width while the manufacturer didn’t.

Control Panel of the Cuisinart TOB-40N

The Cuisinart TOB-40N’s control panel has 1 start/stop button and 3 control dials for function, temperature, and toast shade.
Type
3 control knobs + Stop/Start button
Temperature
100°F - 450°F
Timer
Not available
Indicator Light
Yes
Status Bar
No
Light Toggle
No
Convection Toggle
No
Rotation Toggle
No
Automatic Preheat
No
Audio Cues
No

The Cuisinart has 3 control knobs for functions, temperature, and toast/bagel level. The Stop/Start button is only for Toast and Bagel functions.

Cooking Functions

The Cuisinart TOB-40N Toaster Oven’s function dial has 5 cooking functions including Toast, Bagel, Bake, Broil, and Warm.
  • Toast
  • Bagel
  • Bake
  • Broil
  • Warm (100°F)

Besides the standard Bake and Broil functions, the Cuisinart has the Warm function which maintains the oven at around 100°F. In addition to a Toast function, this oven has a Bagel function which can be useful for fans of this type of bread.

6.0Interior

The Cuisinart TOB-40N Toaster Oven’s cooking chamber has 4 nichrome heating elements, 2 guide rails, and a safety hook.
The Cuisinart TOB-40N Toaster Oven’s cooking chamber has 4 nichrome heating elements, 2 guide rails, and a safety hook.
The cooking chamber’s left wall of the Cuisinart TOB-40N Custom Classic Toaster Oven has 2 guide rails and a safety hook.
Heating Elements
4 nichrome
Convection Fan
No
Lighting
No
Tray Levels
2
Rotisserie
No
Safety Hook
Yes

Although the TOB-40N has only two tray levels, you can make use of the rack-up and down positions. Interestingly, the door has a hook to automatically pull out the baking tray only on the upper level.

Although the pull-out hook doesn’t work with the baking pan, the interior safety hook does. Unfortunately, the oven doesn’t have internal lighting or a convection system.

Capacity of the Cuisinart Classic Toaster Oven Broiler

An opened front of the Cuisinart TOB-40N Custom Classic Toaster Oven with interior measurements on a white background.
Length
11.8" (30.0 cm)
Width
11.5" (29.3 cm)
Height
7.1" (18.0 cm)

The Cuisinart has a spacious interior for its size, capable of fitting 6 slices of toast in addition to all our test dishes including an 11-inch pizza and a 3 lb whole chicken. We measured the cooking chamber’s volume to be around 15.8 liters which was different from the manufacturer’s provided 14.15 liters. However, it could just be a difference in measuring standards.

Power Cord

A two-pronged plug power cord. In the background is the stainless steel Cuisinart TOB-40N Custom Classic Toaster Oven.
Length
31.1" (79.0 cm)
Type
2-prong plug
Power
1800 W
Rated Output
120 V ~ 60 Hz

The power cord is roughly 31.1"—plenty long enough for household use—and can be wrapped around the back buffers to save space. It also comes with a plastic lock to keep the cord in place.

Accessories: Baking Rack

A stainless steel baking rack of the Cuisinart TOB-40N Custom Classic Toaster Oven Broiler on a grey background.
Length
11.8" (30.0 cm)
Width
11.3" (28.6 cm)
Height
0.8" (2.0 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

A silver baking pan of the stainless steel Cuisinart TOB-40N Custom Classic Toaster Oven Broiler on a grey background.
Length
11.7" (29.8 cm)
Width
11.2" (28.4 cm)
Height
0.8" (2.0 cm)
Material
Stainless steel
Dishwasher Safe
Yes

The baking pan does the job of catching any drippings to prevent any mess and fire danger from dirty heating elements. It has a coating but is not completely non-stick so it can be prone to some stubborn stains after a hefty roast.

6.0Build Quality

The front of an opened Cuisinart TOB-40N Custom Classic Toaster Oven Broiler with an oven rack and a silver baking pan.

The Cuisinart has a sturdy construction and durable material. Its auto-slide rack and slide-out crumb tray show attention to convenience in a simple design. Although the easy-grip dials are a nice touch, they feel flimsy at times.

Cuisinart Custom Classic Toaster Oven Usability: Only Standard Features

The Cuisinart TOB-40N doesn’t offer much in terms of ease of use. While the control panel is simple, not having a timer means you’ll need an external timer when using this oven. The oven posed no difficulties in cleaning but nothing to help either.


7.0User Control

The Cuisinart doesn’t have a timer. You simply choose a temperature setting and turn the Function knob from Off to a specific function for the oven to start running. In other words, this oven has a built-in stay-on timer for every function except for Toast and Bagel.

5.0Ease of Use

Cuisinart TOB-40N Ease of Use Video
Cuisinart TOB-40N Ease of Use Video 1

When the toasting cycle finishes, the oven will beep 5 times and turn off. After you finish using the oven, remember to turn the Function knob to Off. Having no digital display, you can freely leave this oven plugged in and not worry about power consumption.

Thanks to the safety hook for tray level 2, you can 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. Be careful as the oven can be quite hot to the touch after a long cooking time on high heat.

According to the manufacturer, the Cuisinart has an Always Even Shade Control to monitor the temperature and adjust the timing to consistently toast to the shade selected every time. However, our test result showed no significant improvement even compared to the Cuisinart TOA-60 of the same brand.

6.0Cleanability

Grease on the glass door of a closed stainless steel Cuisinart TOB-40N Custom Classic Toaster Oven Broiler.
Grease on the glass door of a closed stainless steel Cuisinart TOB-40N Custom Classic Toaster Oven Broiler.
Grease on the right wall of the stainless steel Cuisinart TOB-40N Custom Classic Toaster Oven Broiler’s cooking chamber.
Grease and chicken skin stuck to the silver baking pan of the Cuisinart TOB-40N Custom Classic Toaster Oven Broiler.
The cleaned silver baking pan of the stainless steel Cuisinart TOB-40N Custom Classic Toaster Oven Broiler.

We cleaned the Cuisinart following our toaster oven cleaning guide. The oven has an internal and external coating plus no tricky nooks and crannies so it was easy to clean.

During the roasting of a whole chicken, fat splattered everywhere inside the oven. Nonetheless, we were able to clean it all off, even on the gaps between the heating elements and internal walls. The slide-out crumb tray made it easy to clean up the crumbs but we still had to tilt the oven to remove them all.

The Cuisinart TOB-40N Compared to Other Toaster Ovens

The Cuisinart TOB-40N had a lot of similarities to the Hamilton Beach 31127D including their sizes and scores. Upon a closer look, the Cuisinart had a larger cooking chamber while the Hamilton was cheaper and easier to clean.

Compared to our best value toaster oven—the Toshiba AC25CEW, it scored lower in every aspect including performance, design, and usability. However, it didn’t fall too far behind when it came to roasting a whole chicken and toasting bread.

Standing next to the Cuisinart TOA-60 of the same brand showed what the TOB-40N lacked. The former—our best convection toaster oven—made full use of its 1800 W of power to supply its six nichrome heating elements and convection system to deliver a better cooking performance.

Cuisinart TOB-40N FAQs

No, the Cuisinart TOB-40N doesn’t have internal lighting. Yes, it has a stay-on function.

The Cuisinart TOB-40N uses 1800 Watts of power. The oven can be quite hot to the touch after a long cooking time on high heat.

This oven has a non-stick coating free of PFOA, which makes it easy to clean.

After you finish using the oven, remember to turn the Function knob to Off. Having no digital display, you can freely leave this oven plugged in and not worry about power consumption. No, the Cuisinart TOB-40N doesn’t have a turn-on timer.