I recently tried the Cuisinart TOB-195 Exact Heat Toaster Oven and Broiler for a period of five weeks. I did this so that I could provide an in-depth review to consumers considering purchasing this toaster oven. I put my normal toaster oven into storage and used the Cuisinart for all my daily needs. Here is my review of the Cuisinart TOB-195 Exact Heat Toaster Oven and Broiler, plus at the bottom of the page you will find my ratings for this model.
This Cuisinart toaster oven and broiler will cost you just under $150, and that does include the shipping costs. This is one of the more expensive toaster oven models available today, so my expectations are a bit higher than normal. I removed my new Cuisinart toaster oven from the box and looked it over. The appearance and feel of this toaster oven are very solid and sturdy. This is definitely not the type of cheap toaster oven you get at your local big box discount store for $25. The higher level of quality in this toaster oven is quite evident. The boxy shape, stainless steel exterior and digital controls all come together for a very pleasing, modern appearance. This toaster oven will certainly look great in any kitchen. This unit comes with an included baking pan and broil pan; both are very solid and don't feel cheap at all. There is one wire rack with two available positions. I was surprised to see the crumb tray access is in the back of the toaster oven; that is definitely not the most convenient spot they could have placed it. This toaster oven comes equipped with convection baking.
I began my toaster oven review period by making toast; I like to start with that since it is one task where many toaster ovens do poorly. I found the controls on this Cuisinart toaster oven to be pretty straightforward and easy to use. The toast was quite good; nicely browned on the outside without becoming overly dry on the inside. So far I am pleased with this toaster oven.
I decided to test out the convection baking on this toaster oven by making a batch of whole grain brownies. Even heating is very crucial with whole grain baked goods since they dry out much more easily than their refined counterparts. I was impressed with the results. The brownies baked up very evenly. They had a nice crunchy top and a perfectly chewy interior. Throughout the review period I also baked two pies and several batches of cookies. This Cuisinart toaster oven baked them perfectly also. The convection works well and is quiet compared to most models.
The first dinner I prepared in my new Cuisinart toaster oven was free-range organic bone-in rib-eye steaks. I was anxious to try out the broil feature but a little nervous to test it on such expensive pieces of meat. Many toaster ovens just don't get hot enough to properly char a steak without over-cooking the meat. My fears were unfounded; the steaks cooked up perfectly in this oven.
I checked the actual temperature many times during the review period and I am happy to report that it was always within 5 degrees of the set temperature. The exact heat sensors do a great job and ensure the proper temperature is achieved.
This is a large toaster oven; it can fit a twelve inch pizza. I loved the size of it and the versatility it provided. I only fired up my full-sized oven once during the review period to cook dinner for eight. Other than that, this Cuisinart model was able to handle all of my baking and broiling needs. I was able to fit a whole chicken and a large beef roast easily into this oven (on two separate occasions, of course.) My only complaints about this model are minor. The first is the previously mentioned crumb tray placement; the second is the lack of an interior light. Neither complaint is serious enough to dissuade me from using this fine toaster oven.
All ratings are on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the highest possible rating
Appearance rating: 9
True to set temperature rating: 10
Even heating/cooking rating: 9
Overall rating: 9