The Cuisinart TOB-40 (along with the Black & Decker CTO6335S) is quite possibly the best budget toaster oven on the market today. But not for the reasons you might think. It isn’t packed with a slew of features – in fact, it’s very minimalist in design – but that is what makes it such a great toaster oven. It has all of the features that you need in a true “toaster” oven and none of the ones you don’t. You simply won’t find a toaster oven anywhere that is easier to use. The Cuisinart TOB-40 can basically be summed up in two words: simplicity and quality. And you’ll find that to be a recurring theme as you read more of this review. Let’s move on and discuss the main advantages and disadvantages of this toaster oven.
- Even Toasting – This toaster oven toasts bread and bagels very evenly, and you’ll get consistent results every single time. Don’t you hate it when one side of your toast is burnt or undercooked? Well, you won’t have any such issues with the Cuisinart TOB-40.
- Auto-Slideout Rack – Another great feature of this toaster oven is that it automatically ejects the wire rack when you pull the door open. It’s very easy to burn your fingers and hand when grabbing food out of the oven right after toasting, so this is a must-have safety feature in any toaster oven.
- Simple to Clean – Its stainless steel, non-stick interior allows for easy cleaning. Just take a damp cloth and wipe down the inside and your toaster oven will look as good as new. It has a built-in crumb tray as well, which makes it convenient for you to remove food crumbs that tend to collect on the bottom of the oven.
- Small Footprint – If you’re short on countertop space like most people out there, then you’ll like the compactness of this toaster oven. It’s relatively small, but at the same time, it’s not so small that you’ll be severely limited in terms of the variety of foods that you can put in it – you can easily toast up to 6 slices of bread or bake an 11″ pizza in it.
- High Build Quality – The Cuisinart TOB-40 is superbly constructed and efficiently designed. For a mid-priced toaster oven, it is a very high quality piece of machinery. The front is made entirely out of stainless steel, the control dials are large and made of rubber for easy gripping. Overall, it’s very solidly built with a certain heaviness that you can only find in higher end, commercial grade appliances.
- Lettering on Controls is Hard to Read – One thing that we don’t like about this toaster oven is the fact that the letters and numbers on the dials are a bit small, making it somewhat hard to read. If you have particularly bad eyesight, this may be an issue, but most people will probably find it to just be a minor inconvenience more than anything.
- No Timer – One feature that we would have liked to have seen included is a timer. Unfortunately, they only give you the option of selecting a “toast shade” when you want to toast something, so if you want to, say, reheat or bake something for a certain amount of time, you’re going to have to guess at it. Having said that, however, you need to keep in mind that this was designed to be a true “toaster” oven and not one of those multi-purpose ovens that are so common these days. If you know you’re going to be doing a lot of baking or reheating, you should consider getting something more versatile, like the Cuisinart TOB-195.
Bottom Line: Should I Buy the Cuisinart TOB-40?
If you need a high quality toaster oven that can toast evenly, is easy to clean, will last you years, and won’t cost you an arm and a leg, then the Cuisinart TOB-40 is what you’re looking for. For less than $100, you’re getting an excellent quality toaster oven that, although may not be quite on par with a Breville BOV650XL, is worlds better than any of the lower-end models out there, and is just as good if not better than any mid-range toaster oven on the market. We give the Cuisinart TOB-40 our highest recommendation.