Taking on the Cuisinart TOB-195
There are times when you’re busy cooking that you could use more oven room for baking or toasting special items like side dishes or desserts. More room can also help when preparing smaller sized main dishes. The Cuisinart TOB-195 toaster oven provides that extra help in an attractive, functional way.
If you wonder what is in the making of the TOB-195 that the Cuisinart guys have gotten it right, this Cuisinart TOB-155 toaster oven review is going to dissect all the features that so many owners have come to love about. But of course we’re not going to forget about the other side of the world where it has fallen short of expectations.
About the Cuisinart TOB-195 in 3 Sentences
Any negative reviews tend to cite the same issue of the oven door getting too hot and experiencing burned fingers if users are not careful. For the most part, however, this oven gets rave reviews. Many reviewers score the Cuisinart TOB-195 in the range of four to five stars.
Most Loved Features of The Cuisinart TOB-195
One highly praised feature is the oven’s size, which is big enough to bake a 12-inch pizza. In technical terms, the oven features 0.6 cubic foot of capacity.
The interior is easy to clean. The exterior is attractive brushed chrome, which blends well in any kitchen decor. The front panels are made of stainless steel, while the handle is a professional style brushed chrome.
The TOB-195 features special settings that allow you to defrost and heat frozen bagels. This is in addition to the 4 essential settings that are expected to be present in any good toaster ovens: Convection mode, Pizza baking, Toasting and Broiling.
This top-of-the-range toaster oven from Cuisinart comes with countdown timer that automatically shuts itself after four hours of idling. I’m not sure about you, but it seems that this is a feature that is loved by a number of owners (including myself).
I know some of you would question why four and not 1 or 2. Afterall, leave your pizza in the oven longer than 2 hours and you’ll get nothing but burnt doughs. I agree. But if you are the forgetful sort like myself, it’ll at least give you a slight piece of mind.
Control Panel Design
Again, this is one design feature that will not make everyone happy. You either love it or indifferent. Why?
If you are already struggling to reserve a spot for your new toaster oven, you know that every inch of width matters. Grab any oven and more likely than not, you’ll find the side control panel occupying at least 30% of the oven width.
“Such a simple design yet no one seems to get it”, a common remark from frustrated kitchen owners.
If that rings a bell with you, you’ll be glad with the control panel placement of the TOB-195. That side panel saving means that you have room for larger pizzas and bagels.
While this is one aspect that not many oven seekers would be paying attention to when they are going through their toaster oven reviews, this turns out to be a well-loved part of the TOB-195.
If you are parents of young kids, you know what that BPA-free label can mean to the health of your family.
Most Reported Issues With The Cuisinart TOB-195 Toaster Oven
The most commonly reported issue with the Cuisinart TOB-195 is the fact that the front and top parts of the oven get very hot. Users should wear oven mitts when they touch any part of the oven, just to be on the safe side.
Some owners reported burns on the knuckles of their hands from improperly opening the door without heat-proof oven mitts. If you are getting this oven, be extra careful during your first few usages.
Some users also reported issues with things not being cooked properly. It is a valid issue but after going deeper into it, I found that this issue is mostly due to their use of improper cooking settings. Carefully reading through the instructions that come with the oven and using the cookbook that also comes with it is the best advice to ensure properly cooked food.
Remember! Don’t skip the manual!
Other issues mentioned include the lack of a light inside the oven, and the fact that the crumb tray slides out towards the back of the oven instead of in front.
By far, the positives outweigh the negative aspects of the Cuisinart TOB-195. Many users are very pleased with their choice of this oven. Comments are often made that the oven is spacious, easy to clean and that the controls are clear, easy to read and use.
Users had high praise for the fact that they can often use this smaller oven in place of a large oven, especially on hot summer days. The kitchen does not heat up as much when using this toaster and convection oven.
Do you think the Cuisinart TOB-195 toaster oven deserves a space in your kitchen top? You decide.
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