cuisinart counter-top-ovens

Information about the problems and breakdowns of Cuisinart counter-top ovens that were reported from 2011 to 2022.

Common problems: blowing up, burning, electric shock, electrical, explosion, fire, glass shattering, melting, overheating, sharp edges, smell, smoke, turning on/off.

Faulty modules: buttons, control board, door, heating element, rack, thermostat, timer.


95 issues reported

Cuisinart TOB30BC

  • Date: 3/23/2011

Consumer stated the Toaster Oven's switch was sparking and smoking. Consumer unplugged the unit to stop the smoking.

Cuisinart TOB-40N

  • Date: 10/17/2020

The Consumer reported that the factory replacement toaster oven turned itself on even when Function was set to OFF. The Consumer stated that this is the same problem as in the first unit they received.

Cuisinart TOB-160BCW

  • Date: 3/23/2018

Toaster Oven caught fire. The fire was behind the control panel and smoke and flames were coming out the top of the unit. I got it unplugged & out of the house where my wife deployed a fire extinguisher. There were no injuries. The oven was a loss.

Cuisinart TOB-40

  • Date: 9/11/2015

Consumer was utilizing toaster oven in normal day-to-day use & noticed that heating element expanding & forming balloon on one area of element. Consumer was concerned that it would explode.

Cuisinart TOB-40

  • Date: 12/19/2014

Using a Toaster oven & noticed the front heating element is badly warped. I heard a cracking & popping sound so I shut it off. I called the manufacturer to find out if this was normal &/or dangerous. They said it was dangerous, could be a fire hazard & not to use it.

Cuisinart TOB-40

  • Date: 8/10/2016

Within 2nd year of use one of the front bottom elements of toaster oven became severely warped. Company sent a replacement oven. The front bottom heating element warped extensively on replacement unit . When [59 YOF] I turned off toaster oven, I received an electrical shock.

Cuisinart TOB-135

  • Date: 1/27/2018

The consumer stated that their heating elements in the 3.5 year old toaster oven have significantly warped and split open through only ordinary kitchen use. When used, the heating element core is now exposed and presents a significant fire hazard.

Cuisinart TOB-40N

  • Date: 8/25/2021

62 YO consumer reports tat the toaster oven turns itself on when not in use and in the OFF position. Consumer also notes that sometimes the power button to switch the unit on does not always work and will immediately tur back off. This product is a potential fire hazard.

Cuisinart TOB-40

  • Date: 12/28/2014

Bought a toaster oven. Recently one of the lower heating elements outer coating split open, thus exposing the heating element itself which gets bright hot during use. Not sure if it is unsafe.

Cuisinart CTO-390

  • Date: 8/17/2011

Consumer was heating up food, using the bake option of toaster oven. Nobody was in kitchen when consumer heard explosion & came back to find the glass door had exploded glass up to 15 feet away.

Cuisinart TOB-40

  • Date: 11/28/2016

The consumer stated that the toaster oven element is warping and cracking after 3 years, exposing and overheating posing a fire hazard.

Cuisinart TOB 60 260

  • Date: 12/13/2016

Toaster Oven caught fire. Flames came out the top through door. No injury . Burned wall.

Cuisinart TOB-40

  • Date: 11/22/2011

Toaster oven/broiler was used for toasting & baking. Unit was turned off. Few minutes later consumer smelled melting plastic type smell & saw heating element still going. Unit was unplugged & machine cooled down. Same thing happened again that evening.

Cuisinart TOB-40

  • Date: 3/5/2015

The consumer stated that while using the toaster oven, the temperature went very much off. Her food was burned. She turned off all the knobs but later saw that the top coil was still on despite all knobs being in the off position. The only way to turn off was to unplug unit.

Cuisinart TOB-40

  • Date: 8/18/2015

Consumer stated that after working fine for year or two lower heating element of toaster oven split open & power cord became hot.

Cuisinart TOB-40

  • Date: 7/12/2017

Consumer reported that the toaster oven broiler developed a possibly dangerous problem: the bottom front heating element recently and very rapidly became warped.

Cuisinart TOB-30BW

  • Date: 12/13/2011

Middle rotary switch that changes modes on 28 YOM's toaster oven has give out. Something arcs inside of unit & leaks smoke & makes sound of 'electricity jumping.' Greenish light flickers inside. He can't use product anymore because of smoke.

Cuisinart TOB-40N(DL)

  • Date: 4/25/2022

The consumer indicated, that the Toaster Oven turns itself on and begins to heat up without input from the user and without supervision.

Cuisinart TOB-40

  • Date: 11/9/2017

Toaster oven coil warped approximately two inches and occasionally the warped coil sparks when turned on. Clearly a defect in production. Seems like a dangerous fire hazard.

Cuisinart TOB-40N

  • Date: 2/24/2020

Consumer reported that lower heating rods of toaster oven severely warped, causing over heating of unit. This caused the plug to become very hot to unplug.

Cuisinart TOB-40N

  • Date: 8/4/2020

The consumer reported that the toaster oven turns itself on while rotating MODE knob is in OFF position. Light lights and interior is warm. The consumer stated, that pushing the ON/OFF button turns off the oven, but it sometimes comes back on at a random interval.

Cuisinart BRK-200

  • Date: 3/6/2014

3 yom male sustained 2nd degree burns from touching the outside of the convection toaster oven after being turned off 10+ minutes. Emergency room treatment received.

Cuisinart TOB-40

  • Date: 1/8/2015

Consumer reported that one of four heating elements of toaster oven developed split in outer covering. As time passed the split became bigger & started glowing hot & red. Toaster lasted just over three years. Consumer stated that this is fire hazard.

Cuisinart TOB-40N

  • Date: 3/9/2021

48 YO consumer reports that their toaster oven has had an issue starting by itself even when the setting knob is in the off position. This has happened with three units of the exact same model. This is an unsafe product and a potential fire hazard.

Cuisinart TOB-40N

  • Date: 12/27/2020

Toaster oven turned itself on & off several times, while it was plugged in & in toast position. It was unplugged & then plugged back in. Next morning it was on again with hot top. Manufacturer replaced it. Consumer stated, that new unit came on & off by itself multiple times.

Cuisinart TOB-30BC

  • Date: 3/9/2012

Consumer reports that for the last couple of months the toaster oven has been making a buzzing sound when the dial is turned, and for the last couple of days they have noticed sparks inside the unit when in use which appears to be a fire hazard.

Cuisinart TOB-60N

  • Date: 3/30/2017

Consumer's toaster oven's plug had melted to the back of toaster oven when consumer moved the oven to clean counter. There is no visible warning on the oven that back panel could get hot enough to melt the plug. Consumer states this is a safety hazard.

Cuisinart TOB-260N

  • Date: 9/3/2019

Consumer indicated that the toaster oven thermostat stopped working. The toaster oven operates at full blast and actually drew enough power to heat up the power cord so that it melted into the adapter for the phone that was plugged into the same outlet.

Cuisinart TOB-40

  • Date: 10/30/2014

Purchased a Toaster Oven. About two and a half years after purchase noticed that the bottom heating element was warped and cracking. Continued to use it until now, when I became concerned about safety.

Cuisinart TOB-40N

  • Date: 6/20/2021

Toaster Oven began turning on randomly on its own & unit got hot, despite it was turned off. Consumer had to unplug it, when unit was not in use. Consumer received replacement, & nine months later unit turns off when used in toast or bagel mode, & it has to be kept pressing.

Cuisinart TOA-60

  • Date: 6/13/2022

The Consumer reported that their air fryer toaster oven broiler stopped working. Upon removing the unit from the counter, it was found the plug had melted and so had the wall receptacle.

Cuisinart TOB-40

  • Date: 3/22/2015

The consumer stated that a bright spot appeared on the element on their toaster oven and gradually became thinner and brighter and larger red. Now the heating element has itself gone from straight to a curved arch. The consumer is concerned it's a fire hazard.

Cuisinart 10B-260N1

  • Date: 2/15/2017

Convection oven has two hooks, one on each side. They are shaped like finger box cutting tool. 78 YOM reported that when cleaning door someone can easily cut finger. He has nicked himself several times, no 1st aid received. Manual doesn't mention these hooks safety.

Cuisinart TOB-40

  • Date: 11/14/2017

[52 YOM] The toaster oven door has started opening difficult. Today after cooking toast twice when I went to open the door 2nd time it was once again hard to open & then completely shattered all over the place. I was not hurt by small glass fragments that went everywhere.

Cuisinart TOB-40N

  • Date: 6/28/2020

35 YOF noticed that toaster oven would turn on & off by itself. She typically unplug it when it was not in use. Auto shutoff didn't seem to work. Unit was replaced but less than six months later, she was experiencing same problem, toaster turned on by itself,.

Cuisinart TOB-175

  • Date: 12/4/2013

After using the toaster oven to toast (shuts off automatically), both the oven and broiler elements turned on. Consumer smelled it and noticed it glowing brightly. She attempted to shut it off but it wouldn't shut off and began to flame. They unplugged it and the fire stopped

Cuisinart TOB-40

  • Date: 4/18/2017

The toaster oven bottom heating element has warped badly over time. Today the glass door of the oven shattered into hundreds of tiny pieces. It looked like the element had warped enough to touch or come very close to touching the glass door, causing it to overheat & shatter.

Cuisinart TOB-30W

  • Date: 11/14/2011

Using toast mode, the toaster oven never shut off and could not be turned off. Unit had to be unplugged in order to get it to turn off.

Cuisinart TOB-40

  • Date: 1/11/2016

The consumer stated that both heating elements on the toaster oven had bent severely and cracked open revealing the inner core. They received a replacement. Recently the rear element on the replacement has also bent and cracked open, and it's pressing down on the crumb tray.

Cuisinart TOB-40

  • Date: 10/20/2014

Lower front heating coil on toaster oven has bent & broken open on right side. This causes hot spot that sparks & occasionally has flames come out of it.

Cuisinart CTOA-120PC1

  • Date: 5/10/2021

The function selector knob of air fryer toaster oven became very hard to turn to all functions except Toast. The consumer noticed some melting of the plastic around its power plug, but did not notice any fire or smell anything

Cuisinart TOB-30BW

  • Date: 1/11/2013

Consumer found that when they pull toaster oven plug out of the wall, the cord and plug are hot. Consumer's wife needed to use a pot holder to pull the plug because it was so hot after toasting one item. They always pulled it by using the plug & not the cord.

Cuisinart TOB-40

  • Date: 1/17/2017

The consumer stated that the toaster-oven-broiler first purchased was returned because the front-lower element was overheating. On the replacement, the same element slowly warped and displaced vertically a full inch to where it blocks the bread rack and will set food on fire.

Cuisinart TOB-40

  • Date: 1/25/2014

Lower heating element on a Toaster Oven Broiler split open and started small fire inside the oven. When consumer's 40 year old husband pressed the power button to turn it off, he received an electric shot. The fire stopped after unplugged the power cord from the wall.

Cuisinart TOB-195

  • Date: 8/29/2016

The side of a toaster oven broiler was made out of plastic. It melted because it was near a gas stove. The side panel just melted from the heat. Consumer states this is a major hazard.

Cuisinart TOB-40

  • Date: 8/18/2014

I noticed the lower heating element of a Toaster Oven had warped upwards and the insulation had split about 1 1/4 inches, exposing the element. I experienced sparking.

Cuisinart TOB-100

  • Date: 1/6/2015

68 yom purchased Toaster Oven. When he took it out of box, his left index finger was cut by sharp edges of unit. Upon inspection the back panel of unit has sheet metal folded over & screwed to the rear of the unit. 3 sides of the sheet metal are exposed & extremely sharp.

Cuisinart TOB-40

  • Date: 5/5/2015

The consumer stated that she noticed that the front heating element in her about 4 years old toaster oven broiler had warped. Subsequently while using it, she noticed that it was glowing brighter, and upon closer inspection realized that there was a crack in the element.

Cuisinart TOB-40

  • Date: 12/9/2013

63 YOF reported that one of four heating elements of toaster oven developed split in outer covering which started glowing very hot & red.

Cuisinart TOB-60

  • Date: 10/29/2014

The consumer stated that to run this toaster oven, the dial has to be turned past 20 minutes, then back to where you want it, usually about 3 or 4. Eventually the dial comes back to zero, it stops ticking but never dings, and doesn't turn off. It has to be manually turned off

Cuisinart TOB-30BW

  • Date: 1/16/2014

The toaster oven was in use when sparks and flames shot out of the cord where the wire enters the plug.

Cuisinart TOB-40

  • Date: 6/11/2017

About one year ago the consumer noticed the a front coil of the toaster oven had a small warp to it. Recently the warp has become significantly worse and was actually touching the bottom crumb tray and caused a small fire inside of the toaster oven.

Cuisinart TOB-40

  • Date: 2/20/2019

52 YOF had been cooking in Toaster Oven Broiler at approximately 375° for approximately 25 minutes. She heard loud POP & sound of glass shattering. She found that toaster oven burst & shattered glass door, blasting handle completely off door.

Cuisinart MOB-40

  • Date: 6/12/2017

The consumer stated that there are many incidents reported of this toaster oven's heating element sagging, touching the bottom of the oven, and burning out. He stated that theirs failed after two years of service. It went out with a spark and a hissing noise and overheating.

Cuisinart TOB-30BW

  • Date: 12/17/2012

Consumer says his current toaster oven was previously replaced due to sparks near the switches. He reports that the unit should turn off when the toast has reached the desired darkness level, but this feature has malfunctioned and does not turn off which is a fire hazard.

Cuisinart TOB-40

  • Date: 5/10/2014

A 43 YOM reports that while cooking a pizza, within the usage recommendations provided by manufacturer, the glass on the front "door" of the toaster/Broiler Oven shattered when she opened it. The entire door failed- handle came off, & the left side of the door came off too.

Cuisinart TOB-40

  • Date: 4/18/2016

The consumer stated that while using the toaster oven he noticed that it was running too hot. He turned the switch to off but it didn't turn the unit off. He stated that the unit runs at max temp disregard of the knob setting and does not turn off when the knob is set to off.

Cuisinart TOB-200

  • Date: 10/12/2017

A 33 YOF consumer turned on toaster oven at 350F & suddenly she heard a boom sound of glass explosion & her 19 mo son who was close to toaster oven started screaming & crying. A glass went inside the child's eye & he kept crying until next day the glass came off his eye.

Cuisinart TOB-40

  • Date: 4/4/2017

Consumer noticed lately that the bottom removable crumb catch pan of the toaster oven had a burn mark on it and when consumer looked inside the toaster oven the rear heating element was actually bent down toward the pan. Consumer stated that it is a fire hazard.

Cuisinart TOB-80

  • Date: 2/8/2021

The Consumer reported that the bottom heating elements of the toaster oven warped so badly the are touching the rack on lower setting.

Cuisinart TOA-60

  • Date: 2/22/2021

The Consumer reported that when they removed the air fryer toaster oven from its location for cleaning their countertops, they noticed that the electrical cord and the power outlet were melted.

Cuisinart TOB-155

  • Date: 3/8/2013

63 YOM set temperature of toaster oven to 450 degrees & cooked food in it & when he fully opened glass door of it using over hand, his middle finger above knuckle touched metal trim on outside of glass. It caused burn & 1st aid he received by non-medical professional.

Cuisinart POB-50

  • Date: 12/6/2011

Consumer reports that while toasting bread in the toaster oven on medium heat for approximately 3 minutes, smoke started emitting from the unit and the slices of bread caught on fire. Consumer feels the oven automatically increased to broil causing the incident.

Cuisinart TOB-40

  • Date: 12/26/2011

A 47-YOM consumer reports that when he plugged in the brand new toaster oven for the first time he received a huge electrical shock up his arm when he touched the power button. Consumer says there is no ground (3rd) prong on the plug.

Cuisinart TOB-30BW

  • Date: 5/9/2012

Consumer stated that while he warm up some food in toaster oven he noticed smoke& flames coming out of unit. He unplugged it. Coating started to melt onto the food and elements. Coating on inside of toaster oven started flaking before incident.

Cuisinart TOB-30BW

  • Date: 9/30/2012

Consumer exchanged the toaster oven with the same model when with the dial in the "off" position after use it was found hot. She says after about 2 1/2 yrs, when the dial in the new oven is turned to any function, a buzzing noise is heard and smoke comes out from the dial.


  • Date: 8/27/2012

Consumer stated that while he toaster oven was set to the bake setting, the switch sparked and then she saw smoke. She immediately unplugged the unit and the smoke stopped. Consumer stated that this issue has been going on for approximately two weeks.

Cuisinart TOB-155

  • Date: 8/14/2013

Consumer reported that after toaster oven was on for about 10 minutes her husband took food out of unit. He left door open & within one-two minutes, door exploded & glass shattered everywhere. Oven was used on toast setting.

Cuisinart TOB-30BW

  • Date: 6/25/2013

Consumer noticed the food in the toaster oven was smoking, while the oven was in use at 200 degrees. The heating elements were on bright red. The same thing repeated next day. She turned the oven off but did not unplug it. Later, she heard a high pitch noise from the oven.

Cuisinart TOB-30BW

  • Date: 11/1/2013

Plug & cord on toaster oven become extremely hot during use. It happens each time consumers used it & sometimes they have to use hot mit to unplug toaster oven. 38 YOF & 41 YOM have burned their finger when unplugging unit. They received no medical aid.

Cuisinart TOB-40

  • Date: 11/16/2014

Consumer recently noticed that one of two bottom electric heating element of toaster oven was bent upwards & had longitudinal split. There is now separation between two layers of element. There was no indication that something had happened.

Cuisinart TOB-40

  • Date: 3/7/2015

40 YOF reported that while they were toasting bread, one of bottom heating elements of toaster oven caught fire. There was nothing touching element when it ignited. She shut off unit & unplugged it, & flame slowly dissipated. heating element is now deformed (bubbled).

Cuisinart TOB-40

  • Date: 1/13/2015

Toaster oven sits on top of microwave with grounded metal exterior. Consumers started getting electric shock if they turn the toaster oven on, and the hand makes contact with both the microwave exterior and the toaster oven button. Front lower heating element has warped.

Cuisinart TOB-40

  • Date: 4/13/2015

Some time after consumers used toaster oven for toast, device activated itself & heating element became red hot. They awoke to smell of burning plastic & found toaster oven with hot elements glowing, even though dials & lights indicated it was off. They unplugged it.

Cuisinart TOB-40

  • Date: 11/23/2015

The consumer, 70, stated that she has burned her fingers and wrists a number of times while using this oven because of a metal strip near the upper edge on the inside of the oven door. The opening is so narrow and the metal strip is so positioned that it's easy to get burned.

Cuisinart TOB-10

  • Date: 7/25/2016

81 YOM used toaster oven to make toast & it was on for few minutes. He stated that toaster was very hot. He burned left hand on unit; he didn't seek medical attention. He decided to check temperature & used 3 different thermometers to check temperature. It was 242°F.

Cuisinart TOB-40

  • Date: 4/17/2016

The consumer stated that she noticed a crack in the lower heating element on the toaster oven. That area glows brighter than the rest of the element. The consumer is uncertain how long the crack had been there before she noticed it.

Cuisinart TOB-40

  • Date: 4/18/2016

The consumer, 43, stated that the bottom elements in the toaster oven become warped and catch fire. She stated that the oven does not turn off while toasting once this happens. The consumer reported injury to herself.

Cuisinart T0B-40N

  • Date: 1/31/2019

The consumer stated that he was toasting a sandwich in the toaster oven. After about a minute, the entire glass front of the oven blew out. No one was injured. The consumer contacted the firm who is willing to replace the product.

Cuisinart CSO-300N

  • Date: 11/18/2018

There was 120 V between electric counter-top oven's case & earth ground. It was discovered after 43 YOM being shocked when touching another appliance that was at ground. This appliance has two prong plug which means it doesn't blow GFI circuit if there is ground fault.

Cuisinart TOB-40N

  • Date: 7/9/2017

The consumer stated that the first day they used the toaster oven heating up a food dish according to the directions at 375 degs, the door "exploded". There was a hole across the top of the door and the remaining glass was shattered. Her husband, 76, was cut while cleaning up

Cuisinart TOB-40

  • Date: 7/10/2018

A 59 YOM reported that he used the toaster oven to toast. He said red indicator light went off & he heard a beep, but he noticed that the bottom 2 heating elements stayed on. He moved the knob from toast to off, but the elements stayed on. He unplugged the unit. Fire Hazard.

Cuisinart TOB-40

  • Date: 7/31/2017

43 YOM reported that several times toaster oven heating element didn't turn off. Once oven beeps indicating toasting is complete, indicator light turns off, however upper heating elements do not turn off & only way to turn off unit is to unplug it.

Cuisinart TOB40

  • Date: 3/24/2017

This consumer is reporting his toaster oven. After around five months the unit began overheat, the cord would become so hot that it couldn't be touched. The manufacturer replaced it with the same model which also overheated.

Cuisinart CSO-300

  • Date: 6/14/2019

72 YOM sustained electric shocked when he touched toaster oven, it was on convectional bake, & his leg was touching dishwasher face. He turned unit off. He didn't seek medical attention. He states that whenever unit is touched there is shock whether oven is on or off.

Cuisinart TOB-60N1

  • Date: 6/21/2019

The consumer indicated that this oven has a toast function, but there is no timer associated with it. The consumer believes that, if someone turns the unit to a toast function and forget to turn off after it is done, it could cause a fire d/t the product overheating.

Cuisinart TOB-40N

  • Date: 3/26/2021

The Consumer reported that the glass door on their toaster oven shattered. The Consumer stated that they believe this was due to a warped bottom heating rod.

Cuisinart TOB-40N

  • Date: 1/27/2021

Lower front heating element of toaster oven begun to warp/bend, but still it worked. Recently, while making toast, 52 YOF noticed that left side of element was white hot, like flame. It looked like it was swelling at connection point and she yanked plug from wall.

Cuisinart TOB-5

  • Date: 6/16/2021

The Consumer, 69, reported that while using the toaster oven, he cut his index finger deeply on the door bracket for rack removal placement.

Cuisinart TOB-40N

  • Date: 3/30/2022

The toaster oven turns on by itself when plugged in.

Cuisinart TOB-40

  • Date: 2/18/2017

Consumer reports that the far bottom heating element of the toaster oven warped out of shape. It is now making contact with interior metal of oven. Consumer considers the oven to be an electrocution and fire hazard.

Cuisinart TOB-40FR

  • Date: 1/3/2013

53 YOF set toaster oven temperature on 350 degrees. She noticed smell so she turned it to 250 degrees. She placed one hand on back & other on top of oven. He fingers were bruned. She received first aid by non-meidcal professional.

Cuisinart TOB -155

  • Date: 9/6/2011

Right behind handle of toaster oven is a metal strip which is a part of door frame. This metal strip gets extremely hot. Space between handle & strip is about one inch. When 54 YOM grab handle he touch this hot metal. He burned fingers twice & 46YOF burned fingers 3 times.

Cuisinart CTO-140PC

  • Date: 12/1/2015

Consumer was preparing toast on Convection Toaster Oven when heard the oven make an odd electrical sound. Upon examining it, he noted that oven appeared to have shorted internally. He could see flames inside & smoke started billowing out of top vents. He unplugged the unit.

Cuisinart TOB-165

  • Date: 8/13/2012

47 YOM's toaster oven's elements are on top & close to steel casing. There doesn't seem to be sufficient insulation between elements & steel. Outside of unit gets hot. 47 YOM & his wife burned their hands. He received no medical aid. He is concerned about 11 YO touching unit.

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