Several of years ago I recall watching a TV program highlighting what some people collect. One of the fellows collected old toasters. Hmmmm... I immediately thought this guy was a putz, but I listened on. He claimed the junkyard near his home had lots of them. He showed off a few of them, especially his cherished ones. Towards the end of the segment the interviewer asked him which one he uses to make breakfast? It was the Cuisinart CPT-140!
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Well, when we moved to our new home my wife wanted to updated all of our appliances, including the toaster that did not always toast when the lever was pushed down. I looked into fixing it, but the problem was due to a broken heating element. The old toaster was toast!
She picked up the Cuisinart CPT-140 at Bed, Breakfast, and Beyond (or as she refers to it: "The lady's Home Depot"). She had a few 20% off coupons she wanted to use, and thought this would be a good opportunity to spend some cash. I was introduced to it the following morning at breakfast. "What do you think of it?"
Well, first of all, it can make up to four slices of toast at the same time. There are two levers in the front, each controlling two toast slots. For each lever, there are two thermostats that you can set the toasting heat. The dials control an LED display that can be set from a range of 1 -9.
I plopped a couple of pieces of raisen bread in two of the slots and let it toast at level 5. The toast popped up a moment later nice and warm, and not over done - just the way I like it! It has been over a couple of years now since we've owned this toaster. It has always performed to our liking and we never had a problem with it. It is especially convenient for our family since we have children and it allows us to make lots of toast quickly.
Recently, I plugged the toaster in my Kill-A-Watt meter to determine if the toaster used any power when plugged in but not in use. The meter indicated no wattage was being used. So, those LEDs do not indicate a draw of power, even though they are always on when the toaster is plugged in. On the other hand, each time you press down a lever, the unit toasts uses 1,000 Watts! Thats a lot of Watts! And, if you press two levers down, it toasts at 2,000 Watts. It also adds Watts if you increase the temperature on the toaster thermometer.
One of the really nice features is that after toast pops up (signifying that it is done), if the toast is to short, you can pull the lever up and toast will rise out of the slot. This way you do not burn your fingers or need to stick a knife in the slot to fish out the toast (probably how our old toaster got destroyed). Also, this toaster can handle some pretty wide slices of bread (over an inch wide!)
On the downside, the toaster is rather bulky. My wife hates to keep it on the counter as it limits her cooking area when she snaps into action. She usually stores it in a pantry. It is light weight and easy to store, albeit a bit bulky. If crumbs flake off and fall on the bottom, there are two easy to remove trays on the bottom that allow you to dump the crumbs. Simply wipe them off and stick the trays back in. The sides are made of acrylic plastic and are also easy to maintain clean - simply wipe it down with a wash cloth.
So, in my opinion my wife did good (she usually does! She has VERY good taste!) I would recommend this toaster to anyone who has a family that likes toast. It is a bit pricey (about $50) but you can often find them on sale or use a BB&B coupon for 20% off! The toaster is also available all over on the internet. Thanks for reading my review and best wishes for a nice day!
Amount Paid (US$): 49.99