About the Cuisinart Brand
The Cuisinart brand was first born in the 1970s shortly after its founders (The Sontheimers) visited a housewares show in France. That fateful trip led to the introduction of the American food processor, modeled after a similar device used commercially that the French called the Robot-Coupe. The Sontheimers realized such an appliance could offer limitless help in home kitchens, just as it has for years in commercial French kitchens.
For many years following this, Cuisinart only made food processors. It wasn't until the 1990s that Cuisinart branched out and began offering other items designed to make life in the home kitchen easier. Throughout many products and many years, the Cuisinart name has represented quality and cutting edge products and design. So how does the Cuisinart Toaster oven measure up to this reputation?
Cuisinart Toaster Ovens
There are multiple models to choose from when purchasing a Cuisinart toaster oven, costing roughly between $75 and $200. The more expensive models come equipped with convection baking and digital controls. While the type of controls used comes down to a purely personal preference and choice, the convection feature does not. Regardless of your cooking wants and needs, convection baking is a plus. It gives you more even baking than traditional ovens plus it heats up faster and cooks more quickly.
Most of the Cuisinart toaster ovens are very sleek and updated looking without being overly modern, making them a welcome addition to almost any kitchen. They have a modern boxy shape which leads to more available interior oven space. They have a solid, well-made feel about them. One glance will convince you that these are not the same cheap toaster ovens you see at your local big box discount store.
Cuisinart toaster ovens are really more oven than toaster. This is a growing trend within the toaster oven industry. Many home cooks are looking for a small oven to take the place of their full-sized ovens on a daily basis. Most people don't need the excess space in their traditional oven so they opt instead for one that uses less energy and heats up the kitchen less. Cuisinart has certainly filled that growing need. Most of their models are large enough to fit a small chicken or twelve inch pizza, relegating the old energy hogging ovens to mere holiday or special occasion usage.
What Do The Reviews Say?
In addition to examining and using a product myself, I like to look at any available customer reviews. This helps me to know which pros and cons to look out for. When I look at reviews, I also like to see how many are very favorable and accompanied by a four or five-star rating. Most toaster ovens fall in the 70% to 80% range, with many models that cost less than $50 falling well below that mark. Most of the Cuisinart models can boast an impressive 90%+ in this category.
The most common complaint that is found repeated throughout the reviews is the exterior gets hot while in use. Unfortunately, this is true of most toaster ovens. They are true ovens that cook with real heat, not microwaves. More expensive models do offer more heavy-duty insulation which minimizes this problem, but those will cost you about $250. Overall, Cuisinart toaster ovens are great performers and offer good value for the price.
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