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Walker May 29, 2006 03:08 AM

Help! I really need a new toaster that I'll be happy with. At Christmas I bought myself a beautiful Dualit. I LOVED its looks. I really wanted to love it but had to admit it could not toast well at all, even tho I was preheating like the directions suggested. Thank goodness I was able to return it. Price is not a big issue. I think Alton Brown likes the Braun toaster. Thanks.

  1. emily Jun 3, 2007 11:00 AM

    Has anyone tried the KitchenAid Pro-Line toaster? Ridiculously expensive, but I have the Pro Line blender which I love and am curious...

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      kashavarniske May 30, 2007 08:26 PM

      I purchased a Dualit toaster for $ 300.00 and have had a nightmare dealing with Dualit about it. They attempted to repair it and failed and then tried to blame me by arguing that the toaster is not expected to toast only 2 slices at a time. it is a 4 slot. The toaster toasts only one side of each slice! I have been through the mill with them and I would not advise any Dualit purchase, since they did not honor their warranty.

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        mattrapp Aug 16, 2006 01:06 PM

        I have owned a Dualit for about 5 years, and it gets more than the usual workout since we use it in a B&B. It toasts perfectly, and is still going strong.

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          mpalmer6c May 31, 2007 12:09 AM

          Yeah, I've had a Duallit for years and it's worked great, especially since I figured out that bread should go in topside down.

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          baloo Aug 16, 2006 01:02 PM

          Sorry to hear that you didn't like the dualit. I have a dualit three slot with the sandwhich cages and I absolutely love it. They make really good grilled cheeses and I especially like how the bread stays down inside (and warm) rather than popping up and cooling off. Also, I think it looks great on my counter.

          1. BarmyFotheringayPhipps Aug 16, 2006 07:02 AM

            I've owned two DeLonghi toasters, and both were terrible. Excellent styling, terrible toast.

            My advice: find a Williams-Sonoma outlet store. I bought a Dualit two-slice at the one in Wrentham, MA last summer for $59, and have never looked back.

            1. spigot Aug 16, 2006 03:13 AM

              Try here:

              http://www.slate.com/id/2138803

              Slate tested eight toasters and recommends the DeLonghi Aluminum 2-Slice...

              "Meet everyone's favorite. The DeLonghi elicited actual oohs and ahhs. When you place a piece of bread in the slot, the toaster senses it and the bread automatically descends. When the bread is finished toasting, it rises slowly to the surface. This rising is accompanied by a pleasant "ding!" If your temperature control has already been set, it's possible to make toast without ever touching the toaster. It's magic, I tell you."

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                shameless May 31, 2006 07:14 PM

                Find a restaurant supply house. The industrial ones are made to toast a hundred slices in a day and usually work better. They aren't cheap, pretty or space saving, but I think you will find they work better.

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                  KRS May 30, 2006 10:51 AM

                  I've had two Cuisineart long-slot toasters in a row. They're great for oversize slices. However, both of them burned out after a couple of years.

                  Last time I got a KitchenAid, which had been recommended. The slots are wide enough for bagels, and it has a single-side button and a warming function. However, I hate it, since the slots aren't long enough. Also, after two months, it no longer browns very well.

                  I'm shortly going to get another long-slot model. They're made by Cuisineart, Braun, Krups, Sunbeam, Delonghi, Oster, Russell-Hobbs and Toastess.

                  The Braun models are at the link.

                  I'm looking for recommendations, too.

                  Link: http://froogle.google.com/froogle?q=l...

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                    Walker May 30, 2006 12:53 PM

                    Please let me know what you get; I'm more confused than ever. Now, I'm even thinking of getting a toaster oven, instead, even though the last one took up too much room and would catch fire from melting cheese. (Does this happen with all toaster ovens?)

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                      foodstorm May 30, 2007 11:15 PM

                      I'm beginning to think it does. I had mine ignite while making a pita pizza. That was several years ago, and I've not had a toaster oven since then. Don't miss it, either.

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                      cheryl May 30, 2006 02:06 PM

                      I have a Cuisinart long slot toaster which I've had for at least 6 years and it's still working perfectly. I'm surprised you had two which expired so soon. We use our pretty heavily since we like toasted bagels for breakfast.

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                      Terry May 29, 2006 07:29 PM

                      GE Classic 4-slice Toaster. Chrome. Retro styling. I bought it at Walmart about 2 yrs ago. It has a defrost setting too. I'm really happy with it.

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                        willow May 29, 2006 03:35 PM

                        I've had a Black & Decker two-slice toaster for years, I've been pretty happy with. Michael Graves design from, I believe, Target. Reliable. It toasts fine. Not unattractive on the counter.
                        Only thing I'd look for in my next toaster is one that can toast longer bread than standard sandwich. (If I buy a round loaf, I have to chop off the ends.)

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                          MMRuth May 29, 2006 03:48 PM

                          I have a toaster (cheap) bought at Bed & Beyond about 12 years ago that has the word "Princess" "embossed" on it somewhere - i think that is the brand name. It does a pretty good job. However, the best toaster I've every used was my grandmother's - from the 1950s, still has the "fabric" covered electrical cord - my sister has it now. Perfect every time.

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                            Candy May 29, 2006 04:07 PM

                            My mother's Sunbeam toaster with the cloth cord (lucky me I do have her Sunbeam waffle baker, 4 big perfect waffles at a time, orig. 50's cloth cord)made the absloute best toast. If I could find one of those in a appliance repair shop or thrift store I would snap it up in a heartbeat. You just dropped the bread in and it lowered itself automatically.

                            In the past 32 years I have gone through a number of toasters and toaster ovens. None were as good as that Sunbeam but I have an Oster toaster now, it says Sunbeamon the bottom, It is housed in white plastic, has the long slots and makes pretty okay toast. It was cheap as well.

                            I have had my eye on the Dualits for several years, Im'm glad to hear that I should spend my money elsewhere.

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                              Hungry Celeste May 29, 2006 06:47 PM

                              I gave up on the two-slice toaster years ago; all of my "irregular" bread won't fit in the damn things. A good ol' $25 Black & Decker toaster oven works great for odd sized stuff on the "toast" setting, and it is great for reheating or even cooking small things. I do like the under-counter mounting, which frees up valuable space.

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