Cuisinart CBK-100 vs CBK-200 Bread Maker
Cuisinart have won a reputation for producing versatile, robust bread makers. Two of the most popular breadmakers in the Cuisinart line are the Cuisinart CBK-100 and the CBK-200. Here we will pitch the Cuisinart CBK-100 vs CBK-200 Bread Maker, presenting the pros and cons of each model. By the end of the review you should be able to make an informed decision as to whether the slightly cheaper CBK-100 is sufficient for your needs, or if you need to make the upgrade to the CBK-200.
In this section we will look at the different programmable menu options for the two breadmakers. The CBK – 100 has eleven preprogrammed menu selections. You can use the menu button to select from White, French / Italian, Whole Wheat Bread, Sweet Bread, Gluten Free, Packaged Mix, Cake/Quick Bread, Dough, Pasta Dough, James, Bake-Only and Rapid Bake.
In contrast the CBK-200 has sixteen different pre-set menu options. This includes White, Rapid White, Whole Wheat, Rapid Whole Wheat, Rapid French, Quick Bread / Cake, Low Carb, Gluten Free, Dough / Pizza Dough, Artisan Dough, Sweet Breads, Rapid Sweet Breads, Jam, Last Minute Loaf and Bake Only.
Some of this additional options offered on the CBK-200 are very useful. For example the Artisan Dough option uses an alternating heating and cooling process which ends up creating real an artisan style bread with fantastic texture. This is something that would be virtually impossible to do in a conventional oven. The low carb options are also very good because low sugar and low fat ingredients can be challenging to work with when baking. Having a pre-set option for a low carb option makes the process much easier.
The menu pads for the two bread makers have also been designed slightly differently. With the CBK-100 the number are
Both the CBK-100 and the CBK-200 provide a pan which can bake one, one and half and two pound loaves. This is great if you are purchasing the CBK-100, but it is a little disappointing that the CBK-200 doesn’t offer a slightly larger pan size. This won’t be an issue for most home bakers, but if you are looking to do something a little special, it could be annoying that the CBK-200 can’t accommodate a larger pan size.
In terms of appearance there is very little to distinguish the CBK-100 and CBK-200. Both bread makers feature a minimalist, rectangular stainless steel case. This appearance of which is elegant in a retro style way. However, it is unlikely to wow anyone either. However, the similarity between the two in looks means that this is one less thing to consider when deciding whether to buy the CBK-100 or CBK-200. One advantage of the relatively minimal design of these breadmakers is that it makes clean up very easy. No tricky nook or crannies with either of these two breadmakers.
The CBK-100 measures 18 by 12 1/5 by 15 inches. The CBK-200 is only slightly slimmer measuring 18 by 12 1/5 by 14 7/8 inches. Again, in terms of size there is negligible difference between the two bread makers.
One of the nice features of the CBK-200 are it’s automatic reminders. These can be set to tell you when you need to add additional ingredients like fruits and nuts. This is a very nice feature for busy people who may otherwise forget that they have left the bread baking. The CBK-200 also comes with an alert to tell you that the mixing paddle needs to be taken out of the bread maker when preparing specific recipes like gluten free bed.
The delay start timer on the CBK-200 is better designed that of the CBK-100. With the CBK-100 uses two flat buttons to set the delay timer. With CBK-200 there is a toggle button which allows you a greater degree of control. However, both breadmakers could be improved by allowing you to enter the exact number using a pad.
The CBK-200 features a convection fan which is fantastic for producing very even, golden looking crusts. This fan does give off a slight noise but not to an annoying level. Also you do no need to run the convection fan unless you want to.
Both the CBK-100 and CBK-200 meet the North America requirements for electrical standards. The CBK-100 and CBK-200 comes with a power back up feature which means that it can retain the memory settings for as long as fifteen minutes. The CBK-200 is also equipped with large, easy to hold stay cool handles
Cleaning either the CBK-100 or CBK-200 is very easy. All of the removable parts of the two breadmakers are safe to wash in the dishwasher, including the pan, paddle, spoon and cup. The touch pad control and the removable lid, can also both be easily cleaned using a damp cloth. Because breadmakers feature very simple, clean lines they are very easy to clean.
|Read More||Cuisinart CBK-100 2-Pound Programmable Breadmaker||Cuisinart CBK-200 2-Pound Convection Automatic Breadmaker
|Color||Smooth Brushed Stainless Steel||Smooth Brushed Stainless Steel|
|Loaf Size||1.0 lb , 1.5 lb & 2.0 lb||1.0 lb , 1.5 lb & 2.0 lb|
|Features||Programmable bread machine bakes 1.0, 1-1/2, and 2- pound loaves,|
12 preprogrammed menu options, 3 crust settings, 13-hour delay-start timer,
Viewing window, removable lid, pan, and paddle for quick cleanup
Stay-cool handles, measuring cup, measuring spoon, and recipes included.
|Programmable bread maker with convection fan. The fan adjusts for speed and timing to give you bread that is perfected. Has 16 preset menu options including Low Carb, Gluten-Free, and also Artisan Dough setting. Audible tone indicates when to add mix-ins.|
|13 Hr Delay Start||Yes||Yes|
|Baking Programs||Basic/White, French/Italian, Whole wheat bread, Sweet bread, Gluten free, Packaged mix, Cake/Quick bread, Dough, Pasta Doughs, Jams, Bake-Only Rapid Bake||Includes 16 preset options including Low Carb, Gluten-Free, and Artisan Dough.|
|Gluten Free Program||Yes||Yes|
|Keeps Bread Warm After Baking||Yes||Yes|
|Number Of Paddles||1||1|
|Quick Bake Cycle||This is a preset for a 1½lb loaf, with a medium|
crust color and cannot be changed.
|Power Interruption Protection||Yes||Yes|
|Accessories||Measuring Spoon, Measuring Cup||Measuring Spoon, Measuring Cup|
|Dimensions||18" x 12.5" x 15"||18" x 12" x 14"|
|Shipping Weight||18.0 Pounds||22.0 Pounds|
|Power||680 Watts||680 Watts|
|Warranty||Three Year Limited Warranty||Three Year Limited Warranty|
The CBK-200 is priced slightly higher than the CBK-100. For budget conscious buyers this difference in price may be enough to sway them to the slightly cheaper model.
In many regards the CBK-100 and CBK-200 are very similar. In size and shape there is little to disingenuous the two bread makers. The slightly cheaper CBK-100 also offers much of the same functionality as the CBK-200 including many of the menu options and crusts. The fact, that the CBK-200 is unable to handle a larger pan size than the CBK-100 is also a little disappointing. However, the additional menu options that the CBK-200 offers will be enough to sway some bread makers that the additional investment is worthwhile. The CBK-200’s ability to handle tricky loafs like artisan and low calorie loafs will make the upgrade a good buy. Overall, both the CBK-100 and the CBK-200 are perfectly adequate breadmakers. It is more a case of considering what the breadmaker will be used for in order to determine which is the right choice for you.