Pros / The Cuisinart Classic will swiftly toast bread.

Cons / It can be dangerous due to its low lifting height.

 Verdict / Although this toaster has a few design drawbacks, it is effective at toasting bread quickly and evenly.

The Cuisinart Classic was a good performer. It toasted bagels particularly well, earning the top score of 95%. The Smeg 2 is another toaster that makes bagels well. The Cuisinart Classic did above average on the other tests, especially on the Evenness score. While the average Evenness score was 74%, this toaster earned an 88%. The toast from that test came out evenly toasted, although one side was slightly darker than the other. Although there were a few bar marks, it performed better than most of the other toasters on the lineup.

This toaster has a solid design. It has all the common toasting features, such as defrost and reheat. The slots dimensions are all within standard size. You can fit four slices of bread up to 1.4 inches with this machine. The glossy exterior and timeless design works well with practically all kitchen decors. It is a clean looking unit that does everything you need for your morning toaster and does it fast. This unit toasted a slice of bread on medium setting the fastest at 1:27, considerably faster than the slowest time of 2:44.

The design does have a few drawbacks. It has a removable crumb tray accessed from the back. With a back facing tray you'll need to move the toaster in order to access it. This is inconvenient compared to a front facing tray, where you can just pull it out from where the toaster stands. The low lifting height of this toaster is also dangerous. We measured the visible portion of a 4-inch slice of bread in the up position and it only came out to .5 inches. With such a narrow margin of safety, you could easily burn your fingers trying to pull out a short piece of bread.

This machine comes with a three-year manufacturer warranty. The majority of modern toasters only came with a one year, making this a substantial advantage.

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  • Evenness Score
  • Exterior Temperature
  • Cord Length
  • Warranty
  1. The quality of toasting evenness.
    Higher is better
  2. 5  Cuisinart Classic
    93.0 %
  3. 100.0 %
  4. 98.0 %
  5. 80.0 %
  6. Category Average
    87.22 %

Summary

The Cuisinart Classic brings a timeless design and solid performance. Despite its few downsides, this machine toasts fast and well, making it one of the best toasters available on the market.

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Specifications and Benchmarks

Features

Dual Control
Digital Display
-
Progress Indicator
-
Lift and Look
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Illuminated Buttons
Audio Alert
-

Help & Support

Warranty
3 Years
Phone/Email
Online User Manual

Safety

Exterior Temperature (Fahrenheit)
81.2
Automatic Shut-Off
High Lift
-
Stop/Eject

Design

Removable Crumb Tray
Back
Color Options
5
Cord Length (feet)
2.4
Hideaway Cord
Slots
2 or 4
Slot Width (inches)
1.4
Slot Length (inches)
5.3
Slot Depth (inches)
5.0
Lowering System
Manual

Performance

Evenness Score
93%
Consistency Score
89%
Frozen Score
88%
Bagel Score
95%
Time to Done (minutes:seconds)
1:27
Ease of Use Score
86%
Number of Shade Settings
6
Adjustable Settings
Reheat

Dimensions

Weight (pounds)
6.1
Depth (inches)
12.5
Width (inches)
11.4
Height (inches)
8