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Touch to toast with the Cuisinart CPT-440 (pictures)

This fancy toaster works hard to justify a $100 price tag.

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Originally hailing from Troy, Ohio, Ry Crist is a writer, a text-based adventure connoisseur, a lover of terrible movies and an enthusiastic yet mediocre cook. A CNET editor since 2013, Ry's beats include smart home tech, lighting, appliances, broadband and home networking.
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Cuisinart CPT-440

The Cuisinart CPT-440 is a high-end toaster with a leverless, "touch-to-toast" design. Click through for a closer look.

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Room for four

The CPT-440 features dual controls and four slots in total.

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Dual crumb trays

There are also two separate crumb trays in the back.

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Thick profile

Like most four-slice toasters, the CPT-440 is a bit boxy.

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A toaster gauntlet

You'll be able to toast using different settings on each side of the toaster. In this test, we cooked frozen waffles to a crispy six out of seven on the left, while simultaneously setting Pop-Tarts to toast at a light two of seven.

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Eggo time

The waffles came out fully cooked, lightly browned and deliciously crisp.

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Pop-Tarts, too

Meanwhile, those Pop-Tarts came out nice and hot, but only lightly toasted -- exactly the result we wanted.

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Oh, and it makes toast

For toast, you get seven shade settings. Here are the results at a one, a four, and a seven. Looks good to me -- especially that nice, even, golden-brown toast in the middle.

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Bagel bummer

One weak spot: the bagel preset, which didn't toast terribly evenly. Didn't stop us from eating the test results, though.

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Price point

At $100 (just under £65, converted), this is a relatively pricey toaster. Are the fancy features worth it? Read our full review to find out.

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