Cuisinart CPT-435 4-Slice Countdown Toaster review

The Cuisinart CPT-435 toaster offers split controls, a countdown timer, and a stylish look.

Cuisinart CPT-435 review
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Top Ten Reviews Verdict

With a sleek design, a digital display, and a whole host of toasting functions, the Cuisinart-CPT 435 deserves to be considered one of the best toasters around. Besides all the usual functions, there’s the split control option, a bagel option to warm just one side, and the countdown timer to keep you on your toes for toast collection.


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    Numerous toasting options

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    Split control

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    Countdown timer


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    Cheaper models available

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    Only one color option

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The Cuisinart CPT-435 4-Slice Countdown Toaster both looks the part and, more often than not, is the part when it comes to the best toasters. Combining digital technology and a sleek design, Cuisinart delivers a toaster with a digital interface, a wide range of toasting options, and a countdown timer. This review is for the four slice model, but a two slice device is also available if your toast needs aren't as great.

Cuisinart CPT-435 4-Slice Countdown Toaster review: Features

All of the usual toaster functions you would expect to find are available with the Cuisinart CPT-435 including defrost, reheat, and, of course, a cancel button, should you like to be in control. 

The shading control provides for all the browning options you would expect, from light toast all the way through to dark, for those who like their breakfast on the scorched side. The bagel function, meanwhile, will appeal to bagel lovers everywhere, heating the top half only to make it crispy but leaving the bottom half soft and chewy.  

Also extremely useful for those whose toast tastes differ across the family, the Cuisinart CPT-435 has two distinct control panels. This means two slices of toast can be made one way, and two can be made another, to the degree of toastiness that each likes it.   

Finally, and rather novelly, the digital countdown timer gives you an indication of when your toast will be ready, a good option if you’re impatient by nature.

Cuisinart CPT-435 4-Slice Countdown Toaster review: Usability

A four-slice toaster, the Cuisinart CPT-435 should be adequate for the average family, while the 1.5-inch toaster slots are wide enough to accommodate thick and thin french toast, bagels, frozen pancakes, and toaster pastries, alongside the more standard slices of bread. 

Once the countdown timer has ticked down to let you know your toast is ready, in most instances it will pop clear for easy collection. But if for whatever reason, your toasted treat gets stuck, the Cuisinart CPT-435 has a HI Lift lever that can be used to push the bread (or whatever it may be) clear, without having to risk life and limb, or burnt figures, to retrieve it from the unit. A removable crumb tray means that cleaning up is also easy once you have finished the toasting at hand. 

Cuisinart CPT-435 4-Slice Countdown Toaster review: Design 

The Cuisinart CPT-435 is an attractive and somewhat stylish toaster that should look at home in almost any kitchen. The stainless steel unit is well-complemented by the blue LED function buttons and timers, while the detail on the function buttons is a nice touch too. 

When it’s not in use, the toaster has a handy cord wrap underneath the unit to make the power cord disappear from sight. 

Should you buy the Cuisinart CPT-435 4-Slice Countdown Toaster?

If you come from a family of divided toast tastes and want to know precisely when your breakfast will be ready, the Cuisinart CPT-435 has much to offer. The numerous functions should be to the delight of toast and bagel fanatics everywhere, while it’s a good-looking toaster to boot. 

Aaron McCarter

Aaron McCarter has written extensively about senior care and mobility for Top Ten Reviews, but he no longer works for the site. He's also a fan of travel, and has dipped his toe into assessing hotel sites too. Aaron holds an MBA from Utah Valley University and currently works as a writer for a Marketing firm in Utah.