Cuisinart CPT-160 2-Slice Toaster

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Cuisinart CPT- 160 2- Slice Toaster Looks Good, but is Average in Most Ways

Mar 15, 2012
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Pros:Nice appearance; Multiple settings; Removable crumb tray; Useful cord wrap

Cons:Sides get hot; Toasting not even; Pricy

The Bottom Line: This is an average toaster overall, with an almost equal share of pros and cons


Toasters are all very similar in abilities with slight differences from one manufacturer to the next in terms of bells and whistles. That is why many consumers base their final toaster- buying decision on price and brand name. And one toaster that is a little pricy but is stamped with a name most associate with quality is the Cuisinart CPT- 160 2 Slice Toaster.

Toaster Facts and Figures:
 
Cuisinart CPT- 160 2 Slice Toaster is a stainless steel toaster with polished chrome and black accents. The two openings are about 1.5 inches in width and can accommodate most any bread, bagel, or pastry.

Settings on the Cuisinart CPT- 160 2 Slice Toaster include special options for Bagel, Defrost, and Reheat, along with a Cancel button to stop the toasting cycle. A dial, with settings from 1 through 6, is located underneath the four buttons and allows the consumer to set the dark/light to just the right level.
 
The Cuisinart CPT- 160 2 Slice Toaster includes a pull out crumb tray at the base for easier cleanup, a lever that is easy to push down to start the cycle and lift up to remove the food, a  cord wrap underneath the toaster, and an instruction book. The Cuisinart CPT- 160 2 Slice Toaster measures approximately 10.75 x 7.125 x 7.125 inches and comes with a limited 3 year warranty.
 
Final Thoughts:

Toasters are a must- own appliance and I have either owned or used dozens of different toasters in my lifetime. Like other small (and large) appliances, toasters continue to add more and more features and manufacturers continue to look for ways to make toasters more user- friendly but also more sophisticated at the same time, with multiple settings, special heating options, deluxe crumb trays, etc.

The Cuisinart CPT- 160 2 Slice Toaster is a toaster with more features than the toasters of old, but not with a very large number of features like some of the more modern toasters. This might seem a little surprising at first, considering that Cuisinart’s name is on the side of the toaster, but the features the toaster offers are still more than those found on the toasters most of us grew up with. The Defrost button is good when you have a frozen pastry, the bagel setting is good for the thicker bread of a bagel, and the reheat option allows for a more moderate toasting cycle that doesn’t get as hot as the regular settings.  Depending on individual needs, these are useful features that can help heat or toast the food to just the right level.

I don’t use my toaster very frequently for bagels and defrosting, however. I use it mainly for toasting bread and in this important area, the Cuisinart CPT- 160 2 Slice Toaster performs well, even if not exceptionally. The toasting is reasonably even, with only a few marks on the slice of bread indicating where toasting is more intense. I don’t find it as even as some other toasters I have used, but it still isn’t bad. The spring mechanism is good for gripping the bread/bagel/pastry and holding it in place while the cycle completes. It hugs the item so that it doesn’t move around, doing its best to toast the food more consistently.  

Cuisinart is certainly a popular name and I know that some will be drawn to this toaster for the name alone. But this is not the perfect toaster or even the above average toaster consumers may expect. First, the metal construction, while certainly attractive on a countertop, does get hot. You have to be careful after the cycle completes and avoid touching the sides of the toaster, because they are quite hot. Then, there is the problem with the toasting evenness- it isn’t terrible, but I have used toasters that performed better in this area. Finally, I have issues with the lever- it lifts food out easily as long as the food is larger. But stick a smaller item, like an English muffin, into one of the two slots and you make be forced to unplug the unit after the cycle completes and use a knife to dig it out.

Going back to the positive points, the best feature of this toaster is its appearance. Sitting on a countertop in a kitchen filled with stainless steel and/or black appliances, the toaster looks very nice. I like the cord wrap on the bottom and I like the removable crumb tray. But the abilities to toast and the convenience are only average. Not only that, but the price of this toaster is close to $50. This seems awfully high for an appliance with only average toasting abilities.

Overall, I consider the Cuisinart CPT- 160 2 Slice Toaster an average small appliance and one that will be rated highly by some and low by others. I am going to give it a middle rating of three stars and a marginal recommendation for the reasons listed above. It’s okay, but for a price of nearly $50, most consumers could do better.


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