Cuisinart CBK-200 Review
The Cuisinart CBK-200 is an excellent, basic bread machine. There are a handful of automated bread makers on the market, but the Cuisinart CBK-200 stands out for two reasons. First, it is a Cuisinart machine, which you already know means efficiency and reliability. On top of the that, the CBK-200 is one of the more versatile, easy to use machines out there. It can do just about anything you’d want a bread maker to do, and then some. On top of that, it’s timely, healthy, and fine-tuned to produce some of the best bread you can expect to get – anywhere.
Pick your Pane
In the mood for French bread? The CBK-200 can help. Dinner rolls? There’s a setting for that. Light-crust white bread? That’s an option. Have an artisan dough you want to bake with a thick, rustic crust? Just hit the right button. As you can see, the CBK-200 is chock full of special settings that allow you to make everything from basic loafs of bread to specialties you can only find in high-end bakeries. This eliminates the need for you to find such a bakery just so you can spend too much money there, which is another great feature of the CBK-200.
Easy to Use
The CBK-200 is designed with the average home-user in mind. This means you don’t have to be an engineer to figure out how to set it up, and it means you don’t have to be an engineer to be able to clean it. In fact, the parts list stops at 9, and none of those parts are hidden. When you need to clean, it’s as easy as opening the lid and cleaning out the chamber with a cloth. Maintenance with the CBK-200 is so easy it might as well be a joke.
Using the Cuisinart CBK-200 is so easy it’s not even funny, though. Add your ingredients, and press the right buttons. Seriously. It’s that simple. Dump white flour and yeast in the right proportions into the appropriate chambers, select “white”, choose your crust lightness, go to sleep, wake up, eat your bread. The sleep step is optional, but the entire process is as easy as it seems: There’s little to learn, beyond what kinds of flour you need to make the bread you want and what buttons to press. But even that’s straight-forward. The LCD control panel is almost impossible to misread. Even a child could do it.
The Cuisinart CBK-200 is a powerful machine that produces some very healthy bread. Choose low-carb or gluten-free presets if you want; bake exclusively multigrain and heavy cereal-based breads if that’s your thing. Add dried fruits to wheat breads for an efficient way to get whole-grains and fruits all in one. Bake a loaf of bread that will be ready the minute you get home from the gym so you can indulge in custom, freshly baked post-workout carbs with your shake or meal. The possibilities are endless, and that is why the Cuisinart CBK-200 earns a solid 4/5 stars.