When I first opened this I was not impressed. I thought it felt cheap. It does look nice and fairly stylish. The first couple of uses I was weary that it would not last.
I have to say I am surprised. Though it is made mostly of plastic, it has held up really well. This gets used almost every morning now. My 12 year old can find a way to break anything, so far this has made it through him.
Very simple, very easy to use, and my toast comes out perfect. It has become a new fixture on the counter getting used all the time.
The toaster has a turn knob to select how dark you would like your toast, 2.5 gets me a nice light golden toast.
Defrost and bagel are more settings. The cancel button promptly ends the toasting and gives you your food back!
There are hooks on the underside to store the cord, and a crumb tray for easy cleaning.
Over all I am pretty pleased with this.
Pros: Easy to Clean, Looks Great, Nice Design, Stylish
The classic '50's design adds a bit of fun nostalgia to your kitchen and its cranberry red color is fitting for that era. Its exterior and the control knobs are all made of plastic which don't get hot, just warm; only its top is made of metal. I like the slots on the bottom which allow you to wrap up the excess cord so that it stays out of the way. The pull out/removable tray makes it easy to clean out the crumbs but just be sure you hold the toaster over the sink or the trash can when you slide it out as there are no sides on the tray. On its bagel setting, just one side toasts, so that is also great for hamburger buns and English muffins. All the buttons have indicator lights to confirm your selections. Though the dial is numbered from 1 to 5, you can turn it to any place in between for browning.
However, performance is just so so. The defrost function does work well as does the bagel setting. But browning is a little off from one side to the other. The darkness settings from "1" through "3" hardly do anything and you need at least "4" to get a medium brown result. And every time when the toast is done, the pop up feature has a rather lazy spring so it barely comes up. As a result, you have to finish pushing the handle up to the top and hold it there while you grab the toast.
I really like the appearance of this toaster - I just wished it worked as good as it looks.
You don’t have to be a baby-boomer to appreciate the retro look of this toaster. The candy-apple red and white with chrome accents add a nice splash of color to any counter-top.
The bread slots are extra-wide. The controls include 5 heat settings, a Defrost button, a Bagel button and a Cancel button. Each button has it's own indicator light. The Defrost and Cancel buttons are self-explanatory. The Bagel button sets the two inner elements to toast while the two outer elements only warm. This setting worked well for English muffins.
The elements themselves seem thin and don't glow very brightly. I don’t know that, that is a bad thing. It may mean that they’ll last longer. I did find myself needing to use mostly settings 4 and 5.
There is a pullout crumb tray at the opposite end. The power cord can be stored underneath wrapped around 4 hooks molded into the bottom.
The instruction booklet is printed in English, French and Spanish.
Pros: Easy to Clean, Easy to Use, Looks Great, Nice Design, Stylish
I order and returned 2 of these. The look is great. However, they didn't brown evenly on both sid...
September 12, 2020
I order and returned 2 of these. The look is great. However, they didn't brown evenly on both sides. One side brown to dark & the other side barely toasted at all : / Also, the outside on the sides get hot.