KitchenAid four-slice toasters are half as expensive as the Cuisinart toasters. However, Cuisinart toasters make toast better than KitchenAid toasters, and are unique in their lack of a lever.
Reviewers note that the KitchenAid toaster makes toast slowly, and the result is uneven. Both toasters feature multiple browning levels and also have settings for defrost, bagel, and reheat. The Cuisinart toaster also features a visual countdown timer to let the user know when to expect the toast. Reviewers also note that one drawback of a leverless mechanism is the inability to raise the toast to get it out without burning fingers on the metal. This is not a problem with the KitchenAid model.