"A high-end toaster that might just be worth it"
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A high-end toaster that might just be worth it
Hey I'm c|net's Ryan Crist and this is a review of the Cuisinart CPT-440 Four Slot Toaster that retails for $100.
Now, I know what you're thinking.
That is an expensive toaster.
Why would you ever spend 100 bucks on a toaster?
There are toasters out there that cost a lot less and do the exact same thing.
I hear you.
I don't necessarily disagree with you.
But as $100 toasters go, the CPT440 is a pretty good one.
Now, for your money, you're getting what I think is a fairly attractive brushed metal design, and backlit blue LCD screen, and nice touch buttons.
There's no lever on this thing.
You're not gonna push down to toast.
You just push a button, and the toast will automatically depress down into the toaster.
At the end of the cycle, it'll raise back up the same way, and I. Nice and slow.
That does mean, though, that there's no way to boost the toast up at the end of the cycle.
If you wanna lift it up to get an easier grab at it, you can't do that with this toaster.
That's one of those little things you might miss after upgrading.
You can select your specific level of doneness from a seven point scale by pressing the plus and minus buttons below the LCD screen, and also select from one of the presets.
You've got usual suspects here.
Bagel mode, reheat.
Defrost mode for frozen Eggo waffles and things like that.
All of it worked really well.
We tested it out quite a bit.
Made a whole lot of toast, whole lot of waffles, Pop Tarts, bagels.
Artisan thick bread.
Anything we could throw in this thing to see how well it did.
It handled all of it really well.
Very good results at all settings, on the low settings, you got nice, lightly toasted bread.
At the high settings, you got dark, almost burnt bread, but, you sorta want that extra power at the high end in case you're toasting something out of the refrigerator.
I like the way this thing works.
Each one of those seven settings would give distinct results that were predictable and satisfying, it was evenly toasted, all the four slots gave me.
Get the same results and that's not something that we can say with every model we tested, including incredibly high end models like the Kitchen Aid Pro Line toaster.
It sells for $500.
So if you think this thing's expensive, get a load of that.
At any rate, though, I think this is a good toaster that lives up to the performance expectations that it puts on itself with its price tag.
At $100 it isn't cheap, and there are definitely cheaper alternatives out there that get good reviews on Amazon.
And look as well.
You might consider some of those first.
I couldn't blame you for it, but, if you want to splurge, I think this is the one you should get.
Thank for watching.
Be sure to check out my full review at cnet.com along with the rest of my small appliance reviews.
For CNet appliances, I'm Ry Crist.
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