Cuisinart in Wausau, Weston and Merrill, WI

Enjoy the crunch without the calories and messy cleanup, with the Air Fryer Toaster Oven. I’ve had this product for some time already, and I can tell you that it’s one of the best air fryers on the market. Over the last several months, I’ve tested out 3 air fryers, and this Cuisinart Toa 65 convection oven is the best of them all. It also lets you create individually shaped items like doughnuts, scones, and muffins.

cuisinart toa60

Toaster ovens are one of the most versatile kitchen appliances because they can perform a variety of cooking tasks. Our finalists feature anywhere from three to 10 preset cooking functions. Six out of the seven finalists offer bake and broil settings, which is what differentiates a toaster oven from a regular toaster. Baking surrounds your food with hot air for even cooking while broiling directs the heat to the top of your food for a searing effect.

You can also buy replacement oven racks, air fryer baskets and baking trays from the Cuisinart website. Over the next few days, we air fried hand-cut French fries and roast potatoes, which were golden brown, crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside. Theoretically the air basket and baking tray combination allows air to circulate right around the food, so there’s no need to toss halfway through. However, we did find that a quick toss midway through cooking helped to brown food more evenly. In all settings, the oven timer will ring out to indicate an end to the cooking time, and the cuisinart toa60 Air Fryer Mini Oven will stop cooking your food.

I did though and it’s worth reading through the tips on how to get the best from each function as well as for recommendations on shelf positions and there are some recipes too. In fact, like with most top counter toaster ovens, first-timers may want to reduce both heat level and time to prevent any burnt foods. It features all the cooking settings of the larger model but has a much smaller footprint. So if you have a small household or only need an extra oven for the occasional dish, the smaller capacity may suit you better. We look for a crumb tray that slides out smoothly and that is easily accessible.

On the underside, the base was very crisp around the edges of the pan where most of the oil had settled, but that said, it wasn’t soft or soggy in the middle, just lightly crisped. There is a pizza stone accessory you can purchase separately if you intend to make a lot of pizzas and want a better result. All in all though, this was a delicious pizza and I was very happy with the result. When toasting bread, two slices took a little over four minutes, I didn’t turn them during toasting and although crisped on both sides, the top was much better browned than the underside. So if you’re particular about both sides being the same color, you’ll probably need to turn the bread over mid-way through.