It comes with a heavy heart that I must report that it is time to retire my favorite toaster oven that I have ever owned. I cannot tell you how many wonderful, quick, and easy meals that I have made with my Cuisinart TOB-155 because I simply lost track. It was an old reliable friend that I leaned on many a night to make myself something simple and fast. From pizza, to bagels, to even the occasional full blown recipe. I am not a master chef by any stretch, but sometimes, very briefly, I felt like one using this countertop oven.
But alas, it is time to find something new as it finally just died on me. I have already been looking for a replacement. While going through some of the newest toaster oven reviews and ratings at GourmetWorrier.com we decided to splurge a little this time. Before moving forward let’s look back and give a quasi obituary for my old friend and list a few things that made this oven stand out for us.
Large Capacity: The TOB-155 was built to accommodate those who like to cook for more than one person. Cook a whole chicken, casseroles and up to 6 slices of bread. Its small enough for the counter top, but big enough to replace a lot of the everyday uses of a full sized oven.
Exact Heat Technology: This feature uses a sensor inside the oven to deliver the right amount of heat exactly where it is needed. This helps ensure that food is cooked evenly and turns out just right.
Front Digital Touchpad Control: The controls on this oven are in the front so that it does not take up extra space on the side of the unit. The digital control pad is strategically laid out and the timer and settings are easy to read and use.
Modern Styling: With stainless steel and brushed chrome finishes, the TOB-155 was designed to accentuate any type of kitchen. While performance is always the most important aspect of any kitchen appliance, it doesn’t hurt to also look good.
Accessories: The TOB-155 comes with crumb tray, broiling pan, baking pan and drip tray. It also comes with a nice manual as well as a recipe book.
What I Adored
Performance: The TOB-155 is capable of many different cooking tasks and it delivers on just about all of them. Owners typically love how well this unit performs. It heats up fast, and the Exact Heat feature of this toaster oven is a huge hit. Food comes out perfect. Customers consistently rate the overall performance of this toaster oven very high.
Versatility: This is one aspect of this toaster oven owners really rave about. It lets them do all kinds of cooking without the need to use their full sized range. From baking cookies to preparing an entire chicken, users are extremely satisfied with everything that the TOB-155 lets them do in the kitchen.
Toast: It does a wonderful job on toast. It has seven different browning settings and it cooks both side evenly. One gripe in this area is that it might not be the fastest in regards to doing toast.
Broiling: Owners really like this function and how fast and simple it operates. High marks from users for this feature.
Crumb Tray Location: Some owners wish that the crumb tray was accessible from the front rather than from the back. This is not the most convenient location.
No Interior Light: This would have been a nice touch and made it easier to keep an eye on what your cooking.
No Auto-Eject Rack: This also would have been a nice feature to have as some users wished that the rack would auto eject when the door was open.
This was not the absolute best option on the market when I first bought it. It did not have all of the bells and whistle, but it was super dependable and it made cooking somewhat fun for us. I never thought I would get as much use out of it as I did, but now I am left looking to find a replacement. Breville smart ovens look appealing, but I must say that the family is partial to the Cuisinart brand. This time we are going to get something with a convection feature as I found a few recipes I want to try. Cooking can get so emotional sometimes but it is always best to keep moving forward. Man, this all made me really hungry.