The Cuisinart CBK-200 is a baker's machine. Equipped with a seemingly endless combination of programs and options, this machine's many features are most helpful to experienced and advanced bakers. So if you're looking to push an "on" button and walk away, this may not be the model for you. Many users rave about the delicious bread that this machine produces, but reports of burned loaves are also fairly prevalent. In response to those complaints, one CBK-200 fan insists that bread making is a skill that takes time and experimentation with ingredients -- even when using a bread maker. Others point out that if you take the loaf out immediately -- or even a bit early -- this problem can be avoided. All in all, unless the kitchen is your playground, you might want to pass this one by.
Mostly raves, but some rants, too. The Cuisinart CBK-200 earns mostly very positive reviews, but the negative comments are worth consideration. Fans say they use the machine often, and it always produces nicely shaped, delicious tasting bread -- full of flavor and good consistency. These bakers describe finished loaves as "hearty," "excellent" and "perfect." Alternatively, there are more than a few detractors, with the biggest complaint involving burned bread. Dry, hard and poorly risen loaves are also mentioned. Some users note that practice and experimentation with ingredients solve all these problems. From a mechanical standpoint, the Cuisinart CBK-200 also comes up short according to some users who say the pan has a tendency to pop out of the base during kneading, which results in no kneading at all.
Easy to use despite multiple functions. Even though it's chock-full of settings and choices, most reviewers say the Cuisinart CBK-200 is easy to use. We found no complaints about hard-to-read displays or complicated selections. Many also say the machine is easy to clean, although a few users maintain that the pan does not come clean easily. The biggest usage problem involves the security of the pan, with some bakers complaining that the pan pops out of its perch during kneading, and others noting that it gets stuck inside the machine and can be difficult to remove.
Sleek and stylish. A feature of the Cuisinart CBK-200 that really shines, so to speak, is its mostly stainless-steel exterior. According to editors at The Wall Street Journal, who conducted a multi-product test, the Cuisinart CBK-200 is "far and away" the most attractive machine tested. Other reviewers also applaud the design, with one saying it's a welcome change from the bulky plastic that characterizes other models. There are a handful of complaints that the unit is too big.
Quiet to some, not so quiet to others. The Cuisinart CBK-200 receives mixed reviews from users when it comes to the noise factor. Several users maintain that the machine is quiet; in fact, one user says the convection fan is almost imperceptible, even from a very close range. On the other hand, some reviewers maintain that it's noisy, with one user comparing its sound to that of a washer on the "spin" cycle.
1. The Wall Street Journal
Review Credibility: Excellent In a test of multiple bread makers, editors at The Wall Street Journal awarded the Cuisinart CBK-200 the "blue ribbon" title among the five top picks. According to writer Laura Moser, the group especially likes the machine's attractive design, which is almost entirely composed of stainless steel. Editors also like the wide variety of settings, but they report trouble with getting the pan to lock into the base on first use.
Review: Bread Makers, Laura Moser, Feb. 5, 2011
Review Credibility: Very Good About 425 users post reviews for the Cuisinart CBK-200 to Amazon.com, awarding it an average rating of 3.3 stars out of 5. Nearly 160 users give it a perfect, 5-star rating saying it makes perfect bread -- good tasting with a nice, chewy texture. They also like the removable paddle, and many report success with multiple bread types. However, more than 100 users give this model a 1-star rating. The most common complaints are that the machine burns bread, the pan pops out of its perch in the base while the machine is running and the unit is defective.
Review: Cuisinart CBK-200 2-Pound Convection Automatic Breadmaker, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of December 2012
3. Cooking for Engineers
Review Credibility: Very Good The Cuisinart CBK-200 earns an average rating of 4 out of 5 stars from nearly 80 users posting reviews to this retail website. Most home bakers rave about this model; many appreciate the variety of options and choices, as well as the assortment of recipes included in the preset menu. The delay-start feature also earns compliments, and some users note that the removable paddle means your loaf doesn't end up with a hole on the bottom. There are, however, a few complaints about overdone crusts or misshapen loaves.
Review: 2-lb. Convection Bread Maker by Cuisinart, Contributors to Cooking.com, As of December 2012
Review Credibility: Fair The Cuisinart CBK-200 garners about 55 user reviews on this consumer-opinion website, earning 84 points on a 100-point scale. In addition, nearly half indicate that they "love" this bread maker, a unique rating indicator on this website. Most users say this model performs extremely well, and they like the vast choice of settings. Many also praise the quality of recipes included in the accompanying book. A few users report baking problems such as hard bread, inconsistent results or overcooked crusts, and a couple note problems inserting or removing the pan from the base.
Review: Cuisinart Convection Bread Maker CBK-200 Reviews, Contributors to Viewpoints.com, As of December 2012