Cuisinart Touch to Toast Leverless Toaster Review


PROS:
  The automatic toasting function starts the toasting cycle at a press of a button.

CONS: There is no way to add more time to the toasting cycle once it has started.

VERDICT: The Cuisinart Touch to Toast Leverless is solid automatic toaster, but it lacks some of the toasting functions included on more premium toasters.

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The Cuisinart Touch to Toast Leverless is an automatic toaster that comes in two- and four-slice models. You start the toasting cycle by pressing the toasting control button on the side of the toaster, and the motorized lift lowers the bread inside to begin. The lift also raises the bread automatically when the toasting cycle is complete.


The Cuisinart Touch to Toast Leverless has a digital display with seven shade settings to provide consistent and precise browning. The LCD display doubles as a countdown timer, giving you a precise sense of how long is left on the toasting cycle. However, this type of control doesn't provide you with much variety between the preset shade levels. If you want a shade different from a preset shade setting, you will have to press the cancel button mid-cycle.


The wide toasting slots are great for bagels and thicker artisan breads. The self-centering slots will place the bread evenly between the toasting elements during the toasting cycle for even browning. The Cuisinart Touch to Toast Leverless includes a reheat function, which is a feature found on the best of toasters. If your toast becomes cold after the toasting cycle, the reheat function warms it without browning the toast further. The function provides warm toast for you when you want it.


The stainless steel design of the Cuisinart Touch to Toast Leverless looks great in modern kitchens. It is also light enough, at 6.5 pounds, to store without much trouble. The Cuisinart Touch to Toast has solid toasting functions included, but it lacks some features normally found on automatic toasters. For example, it doesn't have a function that lest you lift the bread out mid-cycle so you can inspect the browning, and there’s no way to add additional time onto a preset toasting cycle while the toaster is running.


The Cuisinart Touch to Toast Leverless has removable crumb trays. This will make cleaning simple since you can just pull out the trays and dump the excess crumbs instead of turning the toaster over to shake the crumbs out. The toaster has a hideaway cord feature. The cord wraps up underneath the toaster out of sight. This saves storage space whether you want to keep the toaster out on the kitchen counter or in a cupboard. The aesthetic design of the toaster is good, but doesn’t stand out from other stainless steel toasters we reviewed.


The Cuisinart Touch to Toast Leverless has a three-year manufacturer’s warranty. This is excellent, as a standard warranty for toasters is only a single year. This warranty is limited to defects in materials and workmanship under normal home use and it is nice to know that Cuisinart stands behind its products. Cuisinart provides a phone number for product inquiries and product returns. This number is active during normal business hours and for select hours on the weekend, which is more than most other help lines. There is also an email form on the website where you can submit any additional questions you might have about your toaster.


Summary

The automatic toasting feature of the Cuisinart Touch to Toast Leverless will start the toasting cycle at the touch of a button. The digital display and LCD countdown feature helps you get consistent browning levels. However, if you want a shade setting between preset levels you will have to stop the toasting cycle manually. Overall, the Cuisinart Touch to Toast Leverless is a good automatic toaster, but it does lack some of the toasting functions included on more elite automatic toasters.

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