Appearance and Size
Cuisinart TOB-40 Classic Toaster Broiler
These toaster ovens look very similar with stainless steel and black exterior. The tob-40 has a longer handle that spans the entire length of the oven door while the tob-80 is about half the size with the handle fixed to the middle of the door. This handle size difference could be a determining factor for some people – perhaps if you have larger hands.
Despite a significant difference in capacity and power (see below), these ovens are roughly the same size. So counter top space, which is always a concern for those among us with limited space, is a non-issue here.
Both machines measure about 13 inches deep x 15 inches wide x 9 inches tall and have slots for two different rack placements.
Power and Performance
The tob-80, with 1400-watts, is a little light in the power department when compared to the 1800-watt tob-40. This difference in power will certainly translate to a difference in performance. Even accounting for the difference in interior dimensions, the tob-40 will certainly heat up faster than the tob-80.
Both units have top and bottom heating elements that help to get your oven up to temperature as quickly as possible and to make sure that your food is cooked evenly.
Note: Some tob-80 users complained about its proximity to the front lower heating element.
Toast and Bagels
Both of these toaster ovens should deliver good performance in the toast department. Both have a dial that you turn to select the shade from dark to light. According to some customers, you may have to experiment with the shade dial to get your desired results.
You’ll only find the bagel function on the tob-40. When you choose the bagel function, only the top heating element will turn on – resulting in a crisp top and soft chewy bottom.
There is a big difference in the capacity of these two ovens. The tob-40 has an interior capacity of .5 cubic feet compared to .35 for the tob-80. You’re probably asking yourself how many pieces of toast can I fit in there at a time, or, can I cook a chicken in that oven?
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Well, you’ll be able to cook a 3-lb bird in the tob-40, but that’s not going to happen in the tight quarters of the tob-80. You should, however, be able to cook chicken legs, thighs or breast with no issue. With the tob-40, you’ll be able to cook 4 pieces of toast at once, large pieces. When I looked up customer feedback for the tob-80, users stated that you might be able to fit 2 large pieces of toast or 4 small ones at once. That’s a huge difference.
Another major concern for a lot of customers was pizza. The tob-40 can house a 11-inch pizza but with the tob-80 you’re looking at maybe an 8 or 9-inch pizza.
Each of these machines has three controls but they work a little differently on each one. On the tob-80 operation requires the use of all three of the dials. The top dial is used to select the function: warm, broil, bake, and toast. Then on the second dial, you select a temperature. And finally you use the bottom dial to turn the machine on or select a toast shade. It’s not very user friendly and some users have complained that it is unnecessary complicated.
The tob-40 is a little simpler to use. Like the tob-80, you use the top dial to select the function. The options are: off, toast, bagel, bake, and broil. Absent is an option for warm, but logically, the dial starts with “off”. And, unlike the tob-80, it doesn’t require the use of a third dial to operate oven.
Note: While searching through the reviews I came across more than a few users whom complained about the stiffness of the knobs on the tob-80.
Cuisinart TOB-80 Compact Toaster Broiler
Both ovens share common convenient features that make usability much better. The racks automatically slide out so you don’t have to reach for an oven mitt to check on the status of your food. It’s also a very handy feature when you are trying to place food in the oven. The nonstick interiors on these models will make cleanup very easy and so will the removable crumb trays.
Both of these ovens carry a 2-year warranty.