Stainless steel is a hot decorating trend, and reviewers say the Cuisinart Metal Classic 4-Slice Toaster CPT-180 fits nicely into the décor of a modern kitchen. And, if you don't want full stainless, its brushed chrome also comes with black, grey or red accents. Beyond looks, like all toasters, it gets mixed reviews for even toasting, but has plenty of settings for toasting variety and wide slots to fit bagels and thick breads.
Three-year warranty. With the Cuisinart Metal Classic 4-Slice Toaster CPT-180, you can defrost and toast bagels and bread, four at a time. The dual control panels make it two toasters in one. Each has a six-setting browning dial as well as reheat, defrost and bagel buttons with LED indicators. The toaster has 1.5-inch-wide toasting slots. Some consumer reviewers say toasting is not uniform, while others rave about toast coming out perfectly. Some also report part of the toaster not working properly and handles breaking. The CPT-180 has a three-year warranty, but Cuisinart customer service gets more than a few complaints.
Simple to clean. Having a slide-out crumb tray is part of what makes cleaning easy for the Cuisinart Metal Classic 4-Slice Toaster CPT-180. After discarding crumbs, you simply wipe the tray clean and return it to its slot in the back of the toaster. Cleaning the toaster exterior is easy as well -- wipe it with a clean damp cloth and then thoroughly dry it. The CPT-180's controls are easy to use and access. It has a high-carriage bread lifter that brings toasted items above the top of the toaster for easy retrieval.
Sturdy, retro look. The stylish Cuisinart Metal Classic 4-Slice Toaster CPT-180 has a sturdy retro look with its smooth brushed stainless housing with polished chrome and black accents. It also comes in metallic red. The toaster measures 11.88 by 11.06 by 7 inches, and a number of customers like its relatively small footprint for a four-slice toaster. Its cord stores conveniently on storage cleats underneath the toaster. Even those who complain about the toaster's performance rave about its cool aesthetic.
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TopTenReviews.com includes the Cuisinart Metal Classic 4-Slice Toaster CPT-180 in its comparison of Top Ten toasters, ranking it No. 4. The review is brief, but includes pros and cons. Editors like that the dual controls make it possible to customize toasting, but note that toasting isn't always uniform.
Review: 2013 Best Toaster Comparisons and Reviews, Editors of TopTenReviews.com, Not dated
The Cuisinart CPT-180 comes in No. 7 in this roundup of the top 10 toasters, with an overall score of 8.5 out of 10. Rowland says the CPT-180 is a classic style from the past, and she likes its extra-wide slots and many features. There are no negatives mentioned.
Review: Best 4-Slice Toaster: Top 10 Rated 4-Slice Toasters 2013, Brittany Rowland, Not dated
3. The Washington Post
Washington Post writer Jura Koncius takes an overall look at toasters. At the end of the article, a Bed Bath & Beyond customer service manager for the Washington, D.C., area recommends three toasters at three price points. The Cuisinart Metal Classic 4-Slice Toaster is one of her three choices.
Review: A Good Toaster: The Best Thing Since Sliced Bread, Jura Koncius, Feb. 24, 2011
Amazon.com reviewers give the Cuisinart Metal Classic 4-Slice Toaster CPT-180 a rating of 3.4 out of 5 stars based on more than 400 consumer reviews. The reviews reflect comments about Cuisinart's two-slice and four-slice metal classic toasters, which most agree are attractive. Reviews vary on toasting evenness. Some say part of the toaster stopped working.
Review: Cuisinart 2-Slice/4-Slice Metal Classic Toaster, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of July 2013
The Cuisinart Metal Classic 4-Slice Toaster receives 2.9 out of 5 stars on BedBathandBeyond.com based on more than 20 reviews. Consumer reviewers cite problems with handles breaking and heating elements not working correctly. Some say part of the toaster stops working. Some reviewers, however, say it works perfectly. Everyone says it looks good.
Review: Cuisinart(R) Metal Classic 4-Slice Toaster, Contributors to BedBathandBeyond.com, As of July 2013