If you’re looking to toast some bread, the Cuisinart CPT-180 4-slice toaster is a great choice. The stainless steel and black color will blend with many kitchen color schemes. With a compact design, you will have more counter space available in your kitchen than if you bought a larger unit. Also, the toaster is BPA-free, so you don’t have to worry about the safety issues concerning that chemical.
This toaster has separate controls for both sides. Using the dual control panel, you can toast two slices of bread and a whole bagel at the same time. This is handy if you have multiple people in your household who enjoy toasted bread.
Temperature Controls/Shade Settings
Six shade settings on the browning dials will allow you to toast your favorite foods to different degrees of toastiness (is that a word?). Settings 1-2 are used for lightly shaded toast, 3-4 for medium, and 5-6 for dark. This provides great flexibility for those who enjoy barely toasted or really crispy bread.
This unit has four toasting functions: toast, bagel, defrost and reheat. For toasting, you’ll simply insert the bread and pull the lever down. With the other modes, you’ll need to push the corresponding button after pulling the lever down. The three specialty functions feature LED indicator lights that show you what mode is active. That’ll come in handy if you do a lot of multi-tasking (and multi-thinking…) in the kitchen.
Extra Wide Slots
If you’ve ever had to smash your bread into a toaster, you’ll know how handy this feature is. There are 1.5-inch extra wide toasting slots on this one. This will allow you to toast a wide variety of bread, including thicker slices of bread, french toast, bagels, and even toaster pastries.
High Lift Lever
Toasters get very hot, and you should never reach your hand into a toaster while it’s still hot or plugged in. The extra-lift carriage lever helps you safely remove things from the toaster without burning your hands. An important feature indeed!
Slide-Out Crumb Tray/Cord Wrap
Cleaning the toaster is made easier with its removable crumb trays. Simply remove the trays, shake them over the top of your trash can, and wipe them clean. After cleaning, you can wrap the cord underneath with the handy cord wrap for storage.
The dimensions of this toaster are 11.15″ L by 10.65″ W by 7.5″ H. It uses up to 1800 watts and weighs around six pounds. There is a limited 3-year warranty included.
If you want a good toaster, you can’t go wrong with the Cuisinart CPT-180. It’s got a great design, good features, and added peace of mind with the included warranty. You’ll enjoy the increased 4-slice capacity over a 2-slice toaster if you do a lot of toasting. However, check out our best 2 slice toasters guide if you don’t need the increased capacity.