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Cuisinart Classic CPT-180 toaster review

The Cuisinart Classic CPT-180 toaster is a high-performing four slice toaster with a classic look. It can defrost bread and toast pastries with ease, and creates perfectly even toast slices.

Cuisinart Classic CPT-180 toaster review
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Our Verdict

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

For

  • The Cuisinart Classic will swiftly toast bread
  • Toasts a variety of products well
  • Bagel, reheat and defrost settings

Against

  • Low lifting height makes bread hard to take out sometimes

The Cuisinart Classic CPT-180 toaster is a good toaster overall. It toasted bagels particularly well when compared to the best toasters. The Smeg 2 is another toaster that makes bagels well, but it doesn't have a specific bagel setting. The Cuisinart Classic CPT-180 toaster particularly impressed us by creating evenly toasted bagels and bread. The classic stainless steel design of the Cuisinart Classic CPT-180 toaster will fit well into any kitchen, and for a model with space for four slices, it's reasonably priced, too. 

Cuisinart Classic CPT-180 toaster review: What you need to know

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 thick 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.

Controls are modern, but not over complicated. The Cuisinart Classic CPT-180 toaster comes with two six-setting browning dials, dual reheat, defrost and bagel buttons with LED indicators

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Cuisinart Classic image: The dual control feature enables you to toast with two different settings simultaneously.

Cuisinart Classic image: The dual control feature enables you to toast with two different settings simultaneously.
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Cuisinart Classic image: Removable crumb trays make cleanup easy.

Cuisinart Classic image: Removable crumb trays make cleanup easy.
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Cuisinart Classic image: Although attractive, the glossy finish smudges easily.

Cuisinart Classic image: Although attractive, the glossy finish smudges easily.
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Cuisinart Classic image: The 1.4-inch slots will have no problem toasting thick slices of bread.

Cuisinart Classic image: The 1.4-inch slots will have no problem toasting thick slices of bread.
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Cuisinart Classic image: This toaster performed well in our test, but it lacks high-end features such as an automatic lift and progress indicator.

Cuisinart Classic image: This toaster performed well in our test, but it lacks high-end features such as an automatic lift and progress indicator.
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Cuisinart Classic image: The toast came out evenly done in our tests.

Cuisinart Classic image: The toast came out evenly done in our tests.

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 fiddly, meaning oddly shaped bread slices may be hard to grab from the top of the toaster. With such a narrow margin, you could easily burn your fingers trying to pull out a short piece of bread. The Breville Smart Toaster BTA840XL is a safer option. 

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.

Should you buy the Cuisinart Classic CPT-180 toaster?

The Cuisinart Classic brings a timeless design and solid performance. It has a few downsides, such as the crumb tray which can be difficult to access, and the potential difficulty in reaching smaller slices of bread. However, the Cuisinart Classic CPT-180 toaster has useful and versatile features and toasts fast and well, making it one of the best toasters available on the market.