Cuisinart TOB-40N Toaster Oven Review

Alan Nguyen
Reviewer
Tuyet Pham
Culinary Consultant
Lap Vo
Test Lead
Nguyen Ntk
Visual Specialist
Reviewed
Tested Using Methodology v1.0
Cuisinart TOB-40N Custom Classic Toaster Oven Broiler Review
Power: 1800W

Overall Verdict

6.4
Overall Score
  • Performance (50%)
    6.8/10
  • Usability (25%)
    5.8/10
  • Design (25%)
    6.2/10

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. However, it not having a timer can be a hit or miss depending on your preference.

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

Things We Like

  • Spacious and non-stick interior
  • Auto-slide rack
  • 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.

We hope this comprehensive review serves to provide you with fair assessment and helpful information in choosing your next toaster oven. We’ll also share some advice on the dos and don’ts of using this oven.

Cuisinart TOB-40N Toaster Oven In-depth Review

Performance

How We Tested

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. Moreover, even though the oven runs on 1800 W, it wasn’t able to produce a good result in baking french fries.

7.1

Toast

Cuisinart TOB-40N Toast
On the left: 3/4 to Medium; In the middle: Medium; On the right: 1/4 to Dark
Cuisinart TOB-40N Toast 1
Best level: Medium
Cuisinart TOB-40N Toast 2
The first batch vs the second batch
Taste Test: 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 (adjustable)
  • Second Batch: 3m 40s (adjustable)
  • Convection: No

During our Toast test, the Medium level on the Toast knob was the best option scoring a 7.1/10. Decreasing the time resulted in too light and increasing the time resulted in too dark, although more even, a color.

Even Surface 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.

Taste

The first batch of toast had a slightly crispy outside and soft inside so we gave it a 7/10 for taste. Our head chef Tuyet Pham determined they would go great with sandwiches. They could also go with soup, eggs benedict, and omelet but not ideally.

Consecutive Usability

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 prefer the second batch, thanks to its crispiness being on point, to the first batch.

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 to ¾ to Medium.

6.5

Pizza

Cuisinart TOB-40N Pizza
Cuisinart TOB-40N Pizza 1
Cuisinart TOB-40N Pizza 2
Cooking Time: 6
20% * 6 = 1.2
Crust: 6.5
20% * 6.5 = 1.3
Toppings: 7
30% * 7 = 2.1
Taste Test: 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.

Cooking Time

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

Crust

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

Toppings

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.

Taste

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

7.4

Whole Roasted Chicken

Cuisinart TOB-40N Whole Roasted Chicken
Cuisinart TOB-40N Whole Roasted Chicken 1
Cuisinart TOB-40N Whole Roasted Chicken 2
Cuisinart TOB-40N Whole Roasted Chicken 3
Cooking Time: 6.3
20% * 6.3 = 1.3
Skin: 6
20% * 6 = 1.2
Doneness: 9.7
20% * 9.7 = 1.9
Taste Test: 7.5
40% * 7.5 = 3.0
  • Function: Rotisserie
  • Temperature Range: 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.

Cooking Time

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

Skin

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

Doneness

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

Taste

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

5.1

Baked French Fries

Cuisinart TOB-40N Baked French Fries
Cuisinart TOB-40N Baked French Fries 1
Cuisinart TOB-40N Baked French Fries 2
Cooking Time: 0
20% * 0 = 0.0
Color: 6.5
20% * 6.5 = 1.3
Texture: 6
20% * 6 = 1.2
Taste Test: 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 with a score of 5.1/10.

Cooking Time

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.

Color

The fries were able to get some colors, enough for a 6.5/10.

Texture

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.

Taste

After tasting the fries, our chef gave them a 6.5/10.

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 Box

Cuisinart TOB-40N In the Box
  • 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 oven comes with a user manual with recipes and a simple instruction to register your Cuisinart for premium customer service, special offers, and more.

7.0

Exterior

Cuisinart TOB-40N Exterior
Cuisinart TOB-40N Exterior 1
Cuisinart TOB-40N Exterior 2
Cuisinart TOB-40N Exterior 3
  • Weight
    10 lbs (4.55 kg)
  • Length
    15.94 inches (40.5 cm)
  • Width
    14.84 inches (37.7 cm)
  • Height
    9 inches (23 cm)
  • Material
    Stainless steel
  • Color
    Black
  • Door Handle
    cool-touch
  • Tray Level Indicators
    No
  • Removable Bottom Tray
     Slide-out

The Cuisinart has a stainless steel exterior with a cool-touch door handle. Stands out from its simple design is the slide-out crumb tray. The oven also has two buffers on the back to prevent it from being 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.

Control Panel

Cuisinart TOB-40N Control Panel
  • Type
    3 control knobs + Stop/Start button
  • Temperature Setting
    100°F - 450°F
  • Timer
    Not available
  • On Indicator Light
    Yes
  • Cooking Status Bar
    No
  • Light Toggle
    No
  • Convection Toggle
    No
  • Rotation Toggle
    No
  • Automatic Oven Preheat
    No
  • Audio Reminder To Turn Food
    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

Cuisinart TOB-40N Cooking Functions
  • 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.

6.0

Interior

Cuisinart TOB-40N Interior
Cuisinart TOB-40N Interior 1
  • Heating Elements
    4 nichrome
  • Convection Fan
    No
  • Lighting
    No
  • Tray Levels
    2
  • Rotisserie Socket & Bracket
    No
  • Safety Hook
    Yes

Capacity: 14.15 liters - 6 slices of toast - 11-inch pizza

The Cuisinart has a spacious interior for its size capable of fitting 6 slices of toast in addition to all of our test dishes. Although the oven only has 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 it doesn’t work with the baking pan, the safety hook does. Unfortunately, it doesn’t have internal lighting and a convection system.

Power Cord

Cuisinart TOB-40N Power Cord
  • Length
    31.1 inches (79 cm)
  • Type
    2-prong plug
  • Power
    1800 W
  • Rated Output
    120 V ~ 60 Hz

The power cord is plenty enough for household use and can wrap around the back buffers to save space. It also comes with a plastic lock to keep the cord in place.

Accessories: Baking Rack

Cuisinart TOB-40N Accessories: Baking Rack
  • Length
    11.81 inches (30 cm)
  • Width
    11.25 inches (28.6 cm)
  • Height
    0.78 inches (2 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 TOB-40N Accessories: Baking Pan
  • Length
    11.73 inches (29.8 cm)
  • Width
    11.18 inches (28.4 cm)
  • Height
    0.78 inches (2 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.

6.0

Build Quality

Cuisinart TOB-40N Build Quality

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.

Usability

How We Rated

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.

7.0

User 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.

5.0

Ease of Use

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.

6.0

Cleanability

Cuisinart TOB-40N Cleanability
Cuisinart TOB-40N Cleanability 1
Cuisinart TOB-40N Cleanability 2
Cuisinart TOB-40N Cleanability 3

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.

Prior to First Time Use

If you’re using the Cuisinart TOB-40N Custom Classic Toaster Oven Broiler for the first time, don’t forget to follow these few pieces of 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 - 1500 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. It’s normal to see smoke during this process for a new oven and it will not last longer than 15 minutes.

Cuisinart TOB-40N FAQs

Length: 11.81 inches (30 cm)

Width: 11.53 inches (29.3 cm)

Height: 7.08 inches (18 cm)

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.