Cuisinart TOB-40 Review

Cuisinart TOB-40 Review 

Cuisinart TOB-40 Summary

4.8 out of 5

The Cuisinart TOB-40 is highly regarded as one of the most feature packed and future-proof Toaster Ovens available today. In our independent and unbiased tests, we found that the Cuisinart TOB-40 successfully lives up to all of the claims it makes – and consistently provides a high level of satisfaction to consumers who have used it.

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Cuisinart TOB-40 Introduction

Toaster ovens are becoming more and more popular nowadays. This is probably due to the flexibility that they offer in what they can do and the fact that they are available in a range of sizes. They can broil, toast and bake – all in one appliance. They come in a variety of sizes and can be used in locations where a full sized oven will not fit. As they are smaller than full sized ovens they are particularly useful when only a small space is needed.

They heat up quicker and generally cook quicker than conventional ovens and, importantly, generally cost much less to run. The toasting function is more flexible than a standard upright toaster as the bread or bagels are laid flat, it can toast open sandwiches as well. There is also a broil setting. Toaster ovens vary in size (and price) a great deal, from quite compact to the same as a full sized conventional oven. The Cuisinart TOB-40 is a very compact example of a toaster oven, taking up less than 16 inches x 12 inches on the counter top. Even being so small it can still manage 6 slices of toast or an 11 inch pizza or a 5 lb. chicken in one go.

Because of their compact size they can easily be placed on a counter top or wall mounted making visibility of the food being cooked so much easier. Some toaster ovens can be attached as an under counter or under wall cupboard mount, the Cuisinart TOB-40 cannot though as it has top vents which need to be kept clear.

While some of the much more expensive toaster ovens have all types of additional features such as convection settings and rotisseries, the Cuisinart TOB-40 does not. It is a simple and inexpensive example of a toaster oven that bakes, toasts and broils and does it very well for a very competitive price.

Our Cuisinart TOB-40 Review

The Cuisinart TOB-40 is a small, compact and inexpensive toaster oven. That does not mean that it is lacking in the functions that you would expect from an oven of this type. It will toast, broil and bake. It measures only 19 inches x 12 inches and is only 8 inches tall. It weighs just under 13 lbs. yet even with the small size it will still toast 6 slices of toast, or 4 bagel halves at one time, cook an 11 inch pizza or roast a 5lb. chicken.

Cuisinart TOB-40

All though this is an inexpensive toaster oven corners have not been cut when it comes to quality, the Cuisinart TOB-40 comes with a 3 year limited warranty. Note: – the oven rack can go in three different positions for different function settings, to find out these positions you need to refer to the owner’s manual.  The toasting function of the Cuisinart TOB-40 id very simple to use and results in an even color, toasted quickly so as not to dry the inner of the bread out.

To make toast all that needs to be done is set the top function dial to the ‘Toast’ setting, choose the shade of toast that you want, either light, medium of dark and press the start button. When the toast is done the Cuisinart TOB-40 will make a series of bleeps to let you know. To toast a bagel follow the same instructions apart from selecting the ‘Bagel’ function instead of the ‘Toast’ one.  To bake or broil a baking try, which doubles as a drip try for broiling is included.

To use the ‘Bake’ function, first select the required temperature which ranges from 150 degrees to 450 degrees, then turn the top dial to ‘Bake’, the oven indicator light will come on. Wait 5 minutes for the oven to warm. Broiling follows a similar routine. Select ‘Broil’ on the temperature dial the select ‘Broil’ on the top dial, wait 5 minutes and you are ready to start broiling. That is all the setting that are needed to be able to use the Cuisinart TOB-40.

The interior is stainless steel that is coated with a reflective non-stick coating. As soon as the oven has cooled down, any spills of spatters on the non-stick coat should be wiped off. Although this is a quite inexpensive toaster oven it still has little extra features that you do not find on other more expensive over, such as that when the door is opened the oven tray comes out half way, saving you having to reach in to a hot oven.

In the manual it says that the Cuisinart TOB-40 comes with a short power cord – it is actually 34 inches which really is not that short. They say that it is short to avoid having excess cord that can get caught or tripped over. It goes on to say that an extension lead may be used if the cord is too short – that probably made sense to them.

There are 2 hooks at the back of the oven though for tidying up the excess cord. It is worth pointing out that the power cord of the Cuisinart TOB-40 is polarized, with 1 pin wider than the other. This means that it will only fit in the socket one way.

Cuisinart TOB-40 Specifications & Pros/Cons



Key Features

  • Large capacity for such a compact toaster oven.
  • 3 year manufacturer’s warranty.
  • Non-stick, easy to clean, heat reflective inner surface.
  • Exterior finished in stainless steel and black.
  • Easy and instinctive to use controls.
  • Toasts, bakes and broils.
  • Will take up to an 11 inch pizza.
  • Toasts 6 slices of toast at one time.
  • Browning settings for toast and bagels, light, medium or dark.
  • Only takes up 19 inches x 12 inches of counter space.
  • Baking tray, crumb tray and oven shelf include.
  • Automatic slide out of tray when door is opened.
  • This model has had problems with lower rear heating element in the past. However, Cuisinart have supposedly rectified this problem and now offer a 3 year warranty.
  • Compact size – the Cuisinart TOB-40 is only 19 inches x 12 inches x 8 inches high so it will fit in to almost any setting that you want to use it in
  • Light and highly portable – the Cuisinart TOB-40 weighs less trhan13 lbs. so can be mover from location to location without any effort
  • A choice of 3 different oven functions – the Cuisinart TOB-40 will bake, toast and broil
  • Toast color setting – by setting the toast dial to the color that you want, light, medium or dark, within a few minutes you will have evenly toasted bread with a still soft and chewy inner
  • Relatively large capacity for such a compact oven – even though the Cuisinart TOB-40 is very compact, an 11 inch pizza, a 5 lb. chicken or 6 pieces of toast can be fitted in at any one time
  • 3 year limited manufacturer’s warranty – a long warranty for suchan inexpensive toaster oven
  • Stainless steel and black exterior – designed to fit in with any kitchen décor
  • Reflective non-stick inner – this aids a quicker heating up of the oven and easy clean after use
  • Quick oven warm up time – the oven will reach the set baking temperature within 5 minutes

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Our Final Conclusion For The Cuisinart TOB-40

The Cuisinart TOB-40 is the third top selling toaster oven on Amazon and with its price, size and specifications it is easy to see why. It has 4 quartz heating rod, using 1800 watts of power which means that it delivers an even heat throughout the oven and heats up very quickly.

Its small compact size and light weight mean that it will fit easily in to any kitchen or could be easily take by students going away to college. Even though it is quite small it has a surprisingly large capacity interior taking an 11 inch pizza in an oven which is just 12 inches wide. And even though it only 8 inches tall it still has the capacity to take a 5 lb. chicken. Obviously a great deal of thought has gone in to maximizing the inner space while minimizing the outer size.

It seems that there have been quality problems in the past with this toaster oven, but the 3 year manufacturer’s warranty should set minds at ease over that. The Cuisinart TOB-40 is an easy to use, small compact example of a toaster oven which is well worth considering when you are looking to buy one.