Cuisinart CPT-120 2-Slice Toaster

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Cuisinart CPT-120 Toaster Works, but Watch Those Settings!

Sep 14, 2009
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Pros:Defrost option and reheat option; Cool sides

Cons:Tends to over- brown; Shallow crumb tray

The Bottom Line: This is a good toaster, but there are others just as good for the same or lower cost. 


Toasters are one of a handful of small appliances found in most every kitchen and this is due to two important reasons: The simple necessity of an appliance like this and the relative low price compared to other small appliances. Most toasters are similar to each other and only a few small differences set one apart from the next. One toaster I have used and found good enough to recommend is the Cuisinart CPT-120 Two Slice Toaster, a toaster from one of the well-known names in small appliances.

Basic Toaster Facts:

The Cuisinart CPT-120 Two Slice Toaster is a basic toaster with two openings that self- adjust to accommodate bagels, muffins, and other food items. The slots are 1.5 inches in width so they can accommodate larger pieces of bread and other like foods.

Controls on the Cuisinart CPT-120 Two Slice Toaster include a browning knob with nine different numbered settings and four different heating control buttons: One for bagel, defrost, reheat, and cancel. The first three options deliver a different level of heat and are intended for specific needs. The cancel option is used to stop the toasting cycle immediately.

This toaster is somewhat smaller than most, measuring about 11.5 by 8 by 8.5 inches. The walls of the toaster are plastic and cool to the touch. A pull out crumb tray helps keep the inside of the toaster clean and the outside wipes clean with a damp cloth or paper towel. The toaster comes with a limited three- year warranty.

 
Final Thoughts:
 
Toasters are a popular appliance and there probably isn't a person among us who hasn't used dozens of different toasters over their lifetimes. Toasters in the past were very basic, often offering nothing more than a knob that could be turned between lighter and darker. They accomplished their main task, but offered little in the way of control over the toasting process.

Today's toasters are more sophisticated and the Cuisinart CPT-120 Two Slice Toaster, while certainly more sophisticated than the toasters of old, is actually a little simpler when compared to other toasters- particularly those that wear the Cuisinart label. This toaster offers a few extra toasting options and an electronic display that lights up the chosen selection (bagel, defrost, or reheat), but other than that, it is a simple toasting device intended for everyday toasting jobs.

The electronic display on this toaster is also present with the light/dark knob and a small window, just above the knob, indicates the level of darkness with a number from one through nine. This number cannot be seen unless the unit is plugged in. There are no numbers etched on the toaster, next to the knob. You have to check the electronic display to see where the darkness level is set. This fact may surprise new users of this appliance. You look at the knob and you see no numbers or other indicators. Only when you plug the appliance in do you realize that the number is displayed in the small window above the knob.

As for toasting ability, the Cuisinart CPT-120 Two Slice Toaster is generally good, but one must be careful about the setting. The numbers on the light/dark control range from one to nine, but I don't recommend using the upper settings because they will result in bread that is too dark. I have found that a setting of two or three is best. I'm not sure why Cuisinart designed the toaster this way and I would bet that many first- time users burn their first batch of toast because they think the setting needs to be higher. Also, toasting isn't perfectly even with this toaster, but it is good enough and it doesn't affect the final quality of toasted bread in any negative way.

The defrost setting on this toaster is handy for several uses. Frozen pastries are often very difficult to toast properly and they often emerge from an ordinary toaster with a cold interior. The defrost option helps to heat a pastry slowly and evenly, thawing out the interior of the pastry so that it can be toasted in the normal manner. The reheat function can also be useful when all you want to do is warm- up your previously toasted bread. People often throw out their toast when it gets cold, but the reheat function provides a means to salvage those extra pieces of bread.

Cuisinart CPT-120 Two Slice Toaster is cool to the touch and the sides of the toaster reach a level of warmth that isn't enough to burn. However, one needs to be careful not to touch the metal on the top of the toaster. It gets very hot and it is easy to accidentally touch it when removing the toast. You have to be careful and make sure your fingers touch the food item and nothing else.

Overall, the Cuisinart CPT-120 Two Slice Toaster is a good toaster but I'm not so sure it is good enough to justify the thirty dollar price tag. It is very easy to burn your toast in this toaster and the shallow crumb tray makes it easy to spill the crumbs and make a mess. It does offer some good extra settings (defrost and reheat) and it toasts to a satisfactory level provided that the browning knob is kept down around the two level. Add everything up and you have a fairly good toaster that is a little overpriced but certainly performs well enough to consider a purchase. 


Recommend this product? Yes


Amount Paid (US$): 30


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