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Cuisinart AirFryer Toaster Oven Review

A promising design that doesn't really deliver on the hopes of great, air fried food
Cuisinart AirFryer Toaster Oven
Credit: Cuisinart
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Price:   $200 List | $197.99 at Amazon
Pros:  Multiple cooking functions
Cons:  Lackluster cooking performance, poor temperature accuracy, hard to use and clean
Manufacturer:   Cuisinart
By Hayley Thomas, Max Mutter, and Michelle Powell  ⋅  Jun 17, 2021
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  • Cooking Performance - 35% 4.9
  • User Friendliness - 25% 5.2
  • Ease of Cleaning - 20% 4.0
  • Temperature Accuracy - 20% 2.0

Our Verdict

The Cuisinart AirFryer Toaster Oven attempts to be both a toaster oven and an air fryer; however, we found that it largely misses the mark. While the food it prepped in our tests wasn't terrible, it was a noticeable step below the rest of the fleet. It also proved to be one of the most challenging models to use and clean, and displayed the worst temperature accuracy of the bunch. Therefore we would only suggest the TOA-60 if you're primarily looking for a toaster oven but want the option to maybe occasionally do some air frying. If you want a toaster oven that can truly air fry, our top recommendation is the Breville Smart Oven Air, though it does cost quite a bit more.

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Pros Multiple cooking functionsFantastic cooking performance, easy to clean, easy to use, great temperature accuracy, multiple cooking functionsEven cooking, accurate temperature, good crunch, non-stick, sleek, controls are straightforwardGreat cooking performance, user friendly, excellent temperature accuracyViewing window, interior lights, two separate baskets, user friendly, straightforward cleaning, preheat function
Cons Lackluster cooking performance, poor temperature accuracy, hard to use and cleanCostTouchscreen occasionally doesn't register touch, one level in basket, limited one-hour timerNot the easiest to clean, costUnevenly cooks potatoes, does not provide proper potato crisp, large footprint
Bottom Line A promising design that doesn't really deliver on the hopes of great, air fried foodExceptional frying performance and an easy to clean design makes this one of the best options on the marketEvenly cooks food, offers straightforward controls, and provides easy cleaning - all at a great priceThis high performing, four quart model offers some of the most consistent qualityA duo basket air fryer for simultaneous cooking, with high temperature accuracy and user friendly controls
Rating Categories Cuisinart AirFryer... Instant Vortex Plus Beautiful by Drew B... Ninja Air Fryer Instant Vortex Plus XL
Cooking Performance (35%)
4.9
8.7
8.3
7.7
7.0
User Friendliness (25%)
5.2
8.4
8.4
8.8
8.6
Ease of Cleaning (20%)
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Temperature Accuracy (20%)
2.0
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Specs Cuisinart AirFryer... Instant Vortex Plus Beautiful by Drew B... Ninja Air Fryer Instant Vortex Plus XL
Outside Dimensions 14" x 15.8" x 14" 11.5" x 13.3" x 12.8" 6.1" x 10.4" x 7.4" 13.6" x 11" x 13.3" 15.9" x 12.5" x 15.1"
Capacity 1.8 qt 6 qt 6 qt 4 qt 8 qt
Accessories Air fry basket, baking tray, oven rack None None Multi-layer rack for dehydrating Two cooking trays
Power Consumption 1800 watt 1700 watt 1700 watt 1550 watt 1700 watt

Our Analysis and Test Results

The multi-function Cuisinart TOA-60 works well as a toaster oven, but we found its air frying function to be lacking.

Performance Comparison


Cuisinart AirFryer Toaster Oven air fryer - the toa-60 is marketed as both a toaster oven and air fryer but...
The TOA-60 is marketed as both a toaster oven and air fryer but fails to hit the mark as either.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Cooking Performance


During our testing, the Cuisinart's air-fried foods tasted okay but failed to highlight the actual air frying process. It yielded the same or similar results one might get from simply placing their food in a conventional oven. Onion rings ended up being the TOA-60's strong suit, as they came out with a nice crisp. However, that crisp came at the price of a dry inside and a slightly burnt taste. Like all the models we tested, the TOA-60 struggled in getting sweet potato fries truly crispy. They came out tasting more like sweet potato strips than sweet potato fries.

Cuisinart AirFryer Toaster Oven air fryer - the toa-60 did fairly well in all of our cooking tests, but...
The TOA-60 did fairly well in all of our cooking tests, but certainly was not a top performer.
Credit: Michelle Powell

Doughnuts, chicken breast, and tater tots all proved to be a bit challenging for the TOA-60's air fry function. The doughnuts came out quite burned, the chicken breast was overly chewy, and the tater tots were unevenly cooked. Needless to say, the TOA-60 simply does not offer an even cooking experience.

User Friendliness


The TOA-60 offers our least favorite user experience of all the air fryers we tested. Our complaints start with the interface. Four dials and no digital readout means you have to trust that the dials are accurate; given the play in said dials, we were never inspired to such confidence. Then there is the frying basket itself. It has to be set inside of a baking tray but has no way to attach to the tray; this makes shaking around foods mid-cook (a requirement for many recipes) quite difficult. You also need to put the rack quite high in the oven when using the air fry function, which when combined with the basket/tray combo, leaves very little room for maneuvering.

Cuisinart AirFryer Toaster Oven air fryer - the fact that the air frying tray must nest inside a baking tray...
The fact that the air frying tray must nest inside a baking tray makes access quite difficult.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Ease of Cleaning


The TOA-60's less-than-ideal air frying design also made it the most difficult to clean. First off, the fact that you need to nestle a frying basket into a baking tray means the TOA-60 leaves you with two things to clean. That problem is exacerbated by the fact that the baking tray stubbornly hangs onto grease and that the texture of the fry basket rips up your sponge when you scrub it.

Cuisinart AirFryer Toaster Oven air fryer - the toa-60's knobs feel a bit flimsy; in our testing, they also...
The TOA-60's knobs feel a bit flimsy; in our testing, they also proved inaccurate.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Temperature Accuracy


Unfortunately, the negative experience continues with temperature accuracy. The TOA-60 was also the worst of the bunch in our temperature accuracy tests. It ran about 25 ̊ hotter than the set temperature across the board, but when we set it to 400˚, the oven temperature reached a whopping 485˚.

Value


Given the TOA-60's relatively poor performance in all of our air frying tests, we think it is quite a poor value for anyone looking to do some air frying. Even its additional abilities as a toaster oven can't really make up for its lack of air frying performance.

Conclusion


Though the Cuisinart TOA-60's suite of cooking features is enticing, its air frying function is a clear step below that of all the dedicated air fryers we tested. It even lags far behind other multi-function air fryers like the Breville Smart Oven Air and the Ninja Foodi.

Hayley Thomas, Max Mutter, and Michelle Powell

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