Does your choice of toaster depend as much on its looks as on how it toasts? If you have all stainless-steel appliances in your kitchen, it only makes sense to look for a stainless-steel toaster to match your décor.
The Cuisinart Metal Classic 4-Slice Toaster CPT-180 (Est. $145) is two toasters in one. It has attractive brushed stainless-steel housing with polished chrome and black accents; it also comes in a stylish metallic red front piece. Expert reviewers give this toaster very high ratings for both style and performance. As with most toasters, it gets mixed reviews from consumers for toasting ability but is overall well-rated.
The dual control panels operate independently, which enables you to set it to cook bagels and toast at the same time on different settings, which is a nice feature for people of different tastes. It has reheat, defrost and bagel buttons with LED indicators. This toaster also has wide slots, a high-carriage bread lifter and a slide-out crumb tray for easy cleaning. Its cord stores conveniently on storage cleats underneath the toaster. The CPT-180's warranty is for three years, which is longer than many other toaster warranties.
The Black & Decker 4-Slice Toaster T4030 (Est. $50) has many of the same features as the Cuisinart CPT-180. Made of stainless steel and black plastic, its sturdy look is attractive in any kitchen's décor. The T4030 -- like the Cuisinart -- basically is two toasters in one unit with independent control panels for the two sides. It has wide, self-centering slots and a high-carriage bread lifter. Function indicator lights let you know when the bagel, frozen/defrost and cancel settings are at work. There is no reheat setting. Lightness/darkness for toasting is set by dial with six settings. Slide-out crumb trays located in the back of the Black & Decker 4-Slice Toaster T4030 help make cleanup easy -- just dispose of the crumbs and wash the tray. The T4030 has a one-year warranty.
For the cook who wants a quality toaster with the good looks of stainless steel, the Cuisinart Metal Classic 4-Slice Toaster CPT-180 fits that bill and gets high marks for its cooking abilities too.