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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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.