"Compact and lightweight with four extra wide slots, the CPT-142 is a stylish toaster."
American brand Cuisinart have been known for their typically convenient home appliances for a long while now, and the Cuisinart CPT-142 is no exception to this formula. Compact and lightweight with four extra wide slots, the CPT-142 is a stylish toaster designed with busy families in mind. Being able to toast foods such as bagels and waffles as well as just toast, the CPT-142 is also a very affordable toaster that will amaze you with its versatility. For just $35-45, you can pick up a solid toaster from Cuisinart that will look great in almost any kitchen environment and can hold its own in terms of toasting ability.
As with any toaster that is built with convenience in mind, the Cuisinart CPT-142 is designed and built very well. Weighing just 4.5 pounds, this toaster is so lightweight that it can easily be moved around your kitchen without causing any bother at all, and with dimensions of 10.8 x 10.7 x 7.2 inches, it also manages to not take up too much space at all. So, if you’ve got a small kitchen that you struggle to fit everything into, the CPT-142 could be a great option for you. And with four extra wide slots that can fit more than just sliced bread inside, Cuisinart have designed a toaster that makes use of its limited space extremely well. The 1 ½ inch wide slots on this toaster can also fit waffles inside as well as bagels, which can be toasted using the toaster’s own special bagel function.
The controls on the CPT-142 are displayed using a variety of dials, levers and buttons, all of which are very simple to understand and use, making for a quick and easy process of toasting. The exterior of the toaster is formed out of plastic and while it only comes in one colour, the stainless steel accents that take up some of the toaster will help it to blend in with many of your other kitchen appliances. There is also a helpful slot for the cord to quickly and easily go into, adding to the overall efficient design of the Cuisinart CPT-142. You’re unlikely to find any real issues with the way this toaster is designed, and if you’re looking for a convenient toaster that will look nice in your kitchen, the CPT-142 might just be a great way to go.
For a toaster that will only be costing you around $35-45, you may not be expecting any ground-breaking functions from the Cuisinart CPT-142. And while this is mostly true, there are a number of smart and helpful features that make this toaster really versatile and suitable for a number of different lifestyles. Firstly, the dual-control settings are a nice touch as they allow two different toasting processes to happen at once. This feature is a godsend for any families or living partners that like their toast different but simply do not have the time to be waiting around to use the toaster in the morning. You can use two of the slots to make your toast the exact way that you like it while somebody else can use the other two slots to make their perfect piece of toast.
Like many of the best toasters, the CPT-142 also has defrost and reheat settings that allow you to use the toaster in a variety of different ways, meaning that you are not limited to just cooking toast. Furthermore, the bagel function allows you to cook other foods that toast differently to bread such as bagels and waffles, so there is a surprisingly amount of versatility for a toaster that doesn’t appear as though it is packed with innovation. The seven different browning settings also give you a wider range of choice that just add to the supreme functionality and easiness of the CPT-142.
In terms of actual toasting performance, the Cuisinart CPT-142 still manages to perform quite well. The different browning options make it much easier to craft your desired piece of toast according to your own personal preferences, again giving you a level of choice that many toasters just can’t offer. Though the toast produced by the CPT-142 is mostly good, it can perform quite inconsistently at times, and you may sometimes find an uneven amount of burning on each side of the bread which can be annoying. However, after extensive use you should be able to figure out the toaster’s tendencies and adjust the bread and the settings accordingly in order to get the piece of toast that you are completely happy with.
Ease of Use
Everything from the toaster’s design, to its functions are crafted with simplicity in mind, so it is no surprise that they Cuisinart CPT-142 is really easy to use. The different functions are all displayed clearly, making it so simple to figure how to make the perfect piece of toast for you. The lightweight nature of CPT-142 means that it can easily be moved around different spots for use, and just one use of the appliance will be enough to show you that it was manufactured with user convenience in mind. Not only do the extra wide slots allow for more toasting functions to be carried out, but the CPT-142 is also fitted with a high-lift carriage that ensures that the bread pops right out of the toaster to lower the risk of burning. This not only makes the toaster safer, especially for families, but it yet again makes the Cuisinart CPT-142 a wholly convenient piece of equipment that can make your life a lot easier.
Overall, the Cuisinart CPT-142 is one of the most appropriate and suitable toasters out there for busy houses that need to get good use from a toaster. With a design based primarily around convenience, the CPT-142 is one of the easiest toasters to use, and despite its small size, it allows you to do so much. While there are better options out there for more consistently even toasting, at just $35-45 it’s hard to imagine there being many toasters that give you the value for money that the Cuisinart CPT-142 does.