Cuisinart TOB-260 Chef’s Convection Toaster Oven

The Cuisinart TOB-260 is a spacious 0.95 cubic foot convection toaster oven that can fit a 13″ pizza, 9″x13″ baking pan, nine slices of bread or an entire chicken comfortably. It offers fifteen cooking functions to completely replace your regular kitchen oven with a smaller and much more flexible countertop oven. Special settings are provided for bagels, sandwiches and speed convection. The 1875 watts of power quickly heat up the oven and the Exact Heat™ sensor creates accurate temperatures producing perfect results every single time it is used. The cooking chamber is roomy and is easy to clean with the non-stick interior coating. For those who are very specific about the shade on their toast, Always Even™ toast control settings will give you everything you have ever wanted.

Cuisinart TOB-260 Chef’s Convection Toaster Oven

Speed convection for quick heating

The speed convection function on the Cuisinart TOB-260 Chef’s Convection Toaster Oven is the most talked about feature and here is why. It completely eliminates the need to preheat the oven! We’ve all been there, going through the recipe one step at a time and in the end we see “Preheat to some temperature” and just roll eyes because nobody likes the waiting game and now, we have a solution for that too! This speed convection function cooks food much faster than the conventional convection heat by using an inbuilt fan to circulate hot air faster, thereby reducing the overall cooking time. Reduced cooking time helps to conserve energy as well as the heat generated in the kitchen. This awesome feature can be used in bake, broil, keep warm and pizza modes but is especially helpful when it comes to frozen entrees and roasting food.

Dual cooking mode because, never settle

Dual cook mode is the next big thing on the all-new Cuisinart TOB-260 Chef’s Convection Toaster Oven. Some of your amazing delicacies need not one, but two cooking modes and usually we’d have to perform one after the other in a traditional oven but all thanks to the dual cook mode, the Cuisinart TOB-260 Chef’s Convection Toaster Oven allows you to combine two functions at the beginning of the cooking process. Yes, you read that right! It lets you combine cooking functions! Now go on, let your cooking imaginations run wild. If that wasn’t impressive enough, it also lets you combine different temperature settings. For example, a higher temperature can be set at the beginning of the cook and later on lowered as required. The dual cook settings enables recipes with multiple steps to be easily done on the Cuisinart TOB-260 Chef’s Convection Toaster Oven.

Notable features of the Cuisinart TOB-260

  • Digital controls with blue backlit display and LED buttons
  • Interior lights
  • Four rack positions
  • Adjustable 120-minute timer
  • Auto slide out rack
  • Nonstick interior
  • 120 minutes automatic shutoff
  • Precise oven temperature maintained by Exact Heat sensors
  • Always Even Toast Shade Controls provide consistent results in every use
  • Packaging includes 13″ pizza stone, two cooking racks, a 9″ x 13″ baking pan and broiling pan
  • Three-year warranty

With a wide array of fifteen cooking functions, the Cuisinart TOP-260 covers the commonly available modes like bake, broil, toast and also the less commonly available cooking modes such as sandwich, roast, waffle, and leftover. There’s a total of five heating elements that turn on and off periodically and runs at different powers for the various functions chosen. The display panel with the LED buttons also has a dial to control different settings. This dial is turned and pressed to select the needed cooking mode, temperature, time, and toast shade settings. The working is quite simple and the manual provides clear instructions in any doubtful situations.

The fifteen cooking modes offered by the Cuisinart TOB-260 Toaster Oven

  • Toast
  • Waffle
  • Bagel
  • Broil
  • Bake
  • Pizza
  • Roast
  • Sandwich
  • Dual cook
  • Leftover
  • Keep warm
  • Speed convection
  • +30 seconds
  • Oven beep volume control
  • Dual temperature selector

So yes, the Cuisinart TOB-260 Chef’s Convection Toaster Oven is amazing with all its awesome new technologies incorporated but still can’t make up your mind about whether it is worth the investment? Let us weigh out the pros and cons.

A look at the pros of Cuisinart TOB-260 Convection Toaster Oven

Saves time and is convenient – The Speed convections and Dual cook features were introduced in the Cuisinart TOB-260 keeping those advantages in mind. It really makes this Convection Toaster Oven stand out from the rest of its competition. Enabling users to combine cooking modes and temperatures means that you don’t have to come back and check in on it or keep fiddling with the settings for every step in a multistep dish. Also, no preheating necessary, which saves you a ton of time.

Conserves Energy – Less cooking time means, less energy consumption, which leads to a lower electricity bill and who wouldn’t like a smaller number on their bills. It also reduces the amount of heat produced in the kitchen making cooking a smooth experience.

Generously spacious – With a 0.95 cubic foot unit, there is plenty of room to cook for an entire family. Not many Convection Toaster Ovens out there can fit an entire chicken inside like the Cuisinart TOB-260 can.

Interior light – The interior lighting does sound like a basic oven facility but the truth is, not many toaster ovens have this element but the Cuisinart TOB-260 does. You can clearly see the cooking chamber of the toaster oven and see the progress of your food.

A bit more of cooking time – The Cuisinart TOB-260 has a +30s button that adds an extra little time to your initial cooking time setting. It arms you with the flexibility and power to cook your food to the needed level of perfection.

Cooks thoroughly and quickly – The Cuisinart TOB-260 cooks any dish evenly and thoroughly. It maintains the natural juiciness and flavor of anything that you try in it. It can efficiently handle a variety of food from flounder fillets to roast chicken to even cupcakes. In the convection mode, the fan operates silently and efficiently.

And now for the cons

No alert – There is no alert at the end of cooking which could be a problem as more often than not we could forget about the oven and leave the food in it indefinitely.

Sensitive control dial – The dial selector is quite sensitive and may skip a few numbers if you turn them a little too fast. Slow turns and a steady hand are needed to set the require time in every use.

The bottom rack is too close to the door – It makes it a bit difficult to get the food out of the last rack. If you are not careful, you may scrape your hand against the door while getting food out.

A slight learning curve – For those who aren’t particularly technology savvy, a small learning curve might be present and a couple of minutes will be needed to get through the manual.

Not dishwasher safe – The accessories provided are not dishwasher safe and will have to be hand washed and dried. The crevices in the Cuisinart TOB-260 make it harder to clean.

In conclusion, with all things considered it is good to keep in mind that the Cuisinart TOB-260 is an economic choice and offers a good deal at its price.