Cuisinart Compact 4-Slice Toaster

Last updated date: January 23, 2019

DWYM Score
8.6

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We looked at the top 1 Toasters and dug through the reviews from 8 of the most popular review sites including Consumer Reports, Best Reviews Guide, New York Times Wirecutter, Top Ten Reviews, CNET, Digital Trends, The Spruce Eats, BestReviews and more. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Toaster you should buy.

Overall Take

In our analysis of 61 expert reviews, the Cuisinart Cuisinart CPT-142 Compact 4-Slice Toaster placed 4th when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note April 24, 2019:
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Expert Summarized Score
9.2
8 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
7.9
3,845 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
Excellent in full batch toasting. Excellent in color range toasting. Excellent in one slice toasting. Excellent in ease of use.
- Consumer Reports
The Cuisinart CPT-122 2-Slice Compact Plastic Toaster and its four-slot version, the Cuisinart CPT-142 4-Slice Compact Plastic Toaster, both produced some of the finest, evenly browned bread of all the toasters we tested. The Cuisinarts offer a wide range of settings and easy-to-use controls, and remained cool to the touch even after toasting multiple batches. These toasters are also covered under a three-year warranty, which is exceptional compared with the one-year warranty that comes with most toasters.
- New York Times Wirecutter
The Touch to Toast is affordable for an automatic, 4-slice toaster.
- Top Ten Reviews
The Cuisinart CPT-440 was one of the steadiest toasters we tested, yielding consistently satisfying results on all settings. The classy-looking, leverless design gives it an appropriately luxurious feel for the price.
- CNET
Like the ProLine, the Cuisinart Touch to Toast also comes with seven shade settings, and features slots that automatically adjust to the thickness of your bread and ensure even toasting. The most eye-catching feature on the Cuisinart is the front-mounted LCD display. Using a diminishing bar format, the display illustrates the remaining preparation time. Even with such fail-proof design enhancements, humans may still manage to forget about their toast once it’s left their line of sight. Thankfully, the reheat option allows you to revive your forgotten, cold toast without further browning. Designed to minimize heat on the uncut sides of bagels, you can say “so long” to burnt sesame seeds on your everything bagels with the Cuisinart Touch to Toast.
- Digital Trends
The CPT-440’s four-slice design is perfect for busy households and caters to everyone’s toasting preferences with independent controls on each side. Just select your shade setting on the easy-to-read digital displays, which also act as a countdown timer once toasting starts. You can also choose from the buttons to enable specialized settings, including “Bagel,” “Defrost,” and “Reheat.” The CPT-440 is also lever-less and designed with a motorized bread lift, so it doesn’t pop up like a traditional toaster — instead, it quietly raises up your perfectly-toasted bagel and beeps to let you know it’s done.
- The Spruce Eats
Four slots with dual controls. Slots measure 1.5" each. Multi-setting browning dials. Options for bagels, reheating, and defrosting. Carriage lever with extra lift. Slide-out crumb tray.
- BestReviews
What experts didn't like
Uneven toasting.
- Consumer Reports
In our tests, the outer slots unevenly toasted the bread on both sides.
- Top Ten Reviews
Aside from the lack of a lever, the CPT-440 doesn't offer much unique functionality over cheaper competitors.
- CNET
May not toast evenly, even on settings intended to do so.
- BestReviews

From The Manufacturer

The classic toaster gets a modern update with the Compact toaster by Cuisinart. It saves space, whether placed sideways or facing forward, to fit any kitchen counter. Toasts two thick bagel halves and two thin slices of bread at once. Dual custom controls, wide slots and high-lift carriage ensure even, precise and convenient toasting, every time.

Overall Product Rankings

1. Cuisinart Compact 2-Slice Toaster
Overall Score: 9.1
Expert Reviews: 5
2. KitchenAid 2-Slice Toaster
Overall Score: 8.9
Expert Reviews: 4
3. Breville 4-Slice Smart Toaster
Overall Score: 8.7
Expert Reviews: 7
4. Cuisinart Compact 4-Slice Toaster
Overall Score: 8.6
Expert Reviews: 8
5. Bella Pro Series 2-Slice Toaster 11.8″
Overall Score: 8.5
Expert Reviews: 2
6. Breville The Bit 2-Slice Toaster
Overall Score: 8.3
Expert Reviews: 7
7. T-fal Avante Icon 2-Slice Toaster
Overall Score: 8.0
Expert Reviews: 6
8. Oster Jellybean 2-Slice Toaster
Overall Score: 7.6
Expert Reviews: 6
9. KRUPS 4-Slice Toaster
Overall Score: 7.2
Expert Reviews: 6
10. Vremi 2-Slice Toaster
Overall Score: 6.5
Expert Reviews: 2

An Overview On Toasters

Toasters are a kitchen counter standby that make every meal a little tastier. Browned English muffins add crunch to your breakfast, a toasted bagel warms your lunchtime tuna melt, and browned buns add a “wow” factor to your burgers.

The small-but-mighty toaster is responsible for all of these creations. You might not give much thought to this little appliance, but there’s a lot going on after you hit the “Toast” button.

Toasters brown your bread by turning electricity into heat. Electricity flows from your wall’s outlet through your toaster’s power cord to the inside of the unit. 

The electric current moves through a series of slender conducting filaments. If you’ve ever looked inside your toaster while it’s working and noticed glowing, red hot wires around your slice of bread, those are the filaments doing their job. The filaments beam heat towards your bread using infrared radiation. The steady supply of heat from the filaments rapidly cooks your bread.

When your bread has reached the desired toast level you selected, the toaster either turns off automatically with a timer or pops your bread up with a spring-loaded tray. All four of our top picks have removable crumb trays built into the toaster, so you can grab your piping hot bagel without getting crumbs all over your kitchen.

Toasters all use similar internal heating mechanisms, but different models have different features and options. A standard model, like Oster’s Jelly Bean Toaster, has two slots to toast two slices of bread at once. Higher-end models, like Breville’s Long Slot Smart Toaster, has four slots, including an “Extra Long” slot for larger slices of bread.

You’ve got choices when it comes to controlling your toaster’s time and intensity levels, too. Cuisinart’s Compact Plastic Toaster has a timer that goes up to seven minutes, plus a lever so you can manually lift your toast out. It also has Bagel, Defrost and Reheat buttons. Oster’s Jelly Bean Toaster has seven toast shade settings, and it uses Advanced Toasting Technology for a consistent result every time.

Different kinds of bread may require different toasters. The Oster Jelly Bean Toaster has extra-wide slots to accommodate heartier bread, while Kitchenaid’s 2-Slice Slot Toaster has a special setting for bagels and frozen bread.

Toasters aren’t purely utilitarian — they can also add a fun edge to your kitchen’s decor. Kitchenaid’s 2-Slice Slot Toaster has a modern, rounded design with a tough gunmetal finish. Cuisinart’s Compact Plastic Toaster goes the classic route with a white body and stainless steel accents, while Oster’s Jelly Bean Toaster comes in a fresh pop of purple.

Whether you go high-tech with a modern toaster or low-key with a classic design, you’ll want to think about a few things before you choose your new appliance. Our Tips & Advice can help you make a smart decision.

DYWM Fun Fact

Toasters might seem like a simple appliance, but nailing down the technology that makes it safe to heat up bread was trickier than you’d think.

Up until the early 1900s, people were still toasting bread by placing it in a metal frame and holding it over an open flame. Inventors struggled to find a safe heating element for countertop toasters. It needed to be sturdy enough to withstand repeated heated and cooling, but most materials got brittle and broke apart after a few tries. A few inventors tried making a toaster with iron wires, but they melted at high temperatures, creating a serious fire hazard.

An engineer named Albert Marsh finally solved the toaster’s troubles in 1905. He patented an alloy of nickel and chromium called Nichrome, which could heat up toaster filaments without breaking or catching on fire. The days of warming morning toast over an open fire were finally over — and today, we have more toaster options than ever before.

The Toaster Buying Guide

  • How often will you use your toaster? If you’re a big fan of toasted sandwiches and bagels, you might want to drop some extra cash for a feature-rich mode,l like the Breville Long Slot Smart Toaster. On a budget? Cuisinart’s reliable Compact Plastic Toaster works just as well without the bells and whistles.
  • What kinds of bread will you be toasting? Breville’s Long Slot Smart Toaster has an extra-long slot for artisanal bread, and Oster’s Jelly Bean Toaster has a one-touch option for warming up bagels.
  • How much free countertop room do you have? The Kitchenaid 2-Slice Slot Toaster takes up as much space as a standard piece of computer paper, and it has Under Base Cord Storage to keep things tidy when it’s not in use. Breville’s Smart Toaster is several inches larger and weighs twice as much, but it’s loaded with extra features.
  • How particular are you about your toast’s done-ness? Oster’s Jelly Bean, Cuisinart’s Compact Plastic Toaster and Kitchenaid’s 2-Slice Slot Toaster all have seven shade settings from a little crunchy to extra crispy. The Breville Smart Toaster has 12 browning settings on an LED control slide, plus a “Lift and Look” button to make sure your toast looks perfect.