Cuisinart AirFryer Toaster Oven Review
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|Bottom Line||Offers average quality in its pursuit to be a jack of all trades but falls behind in temperature accuracy||A high-performing and multi-functional device with an outstanding design||Its versatility allows it to cook a wide variety of foods well and it's quite easy to use||The best toaster oven and air frying combination in our fleet||For the casual chef, this accurate and inexpensive air fryer is an absolute dream|
|Rating Categories||Cuisinart AirFryer...||Instant Vortex Plus||Ninja Air Fryer||Ninja Foodi Digital...||GoWISE USA Digital|
|Cooking Performance (35%)|
|User Friendliness (25%)|
|Ease of Cleaning (20%)|
|Temperature Accuracy (20%)|
|Specs||Cuisinart AirFryer...||Instant Vortex Plus||Ninja Air Fryer||Ninja Foodi Digital...||GoWISE USA Digital|
|Measured Dimensions (L x H x D)||14" x 15.8" x 14"||11.5" x 13.3" x 12.8"||13.6" x 11" x 13.3"||19.7" x 7.6" x 15"||13.5" x 12.5" x 11.5"|
|Capacity||1.8 qt||6 qt||4 qt||4 qt||5.8 qt|
|Accessories||Air fry basket, baking tray, oven rack||None||Multi-layer rack for dehydrating||Wire rack, air fry basket, sheet pan||None|
|Power Consumption||1800 watt||1700 watt||1550 watt||1800 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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˚.
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.
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.