Our toaster, a Breville Ikon, died. I'm tempted to get another (really like it but don't' think 3-4 years is long enough for the price). Anyone have other thoughts?
I wanted a toaster that could handle two long slices of bread. Found a Cuisinart, narrow, black toaster that can handle 4 standard or two long in two slots. Absolutely love it. And it was........ $5.95 at a second hand shop.
The sad fact is that toasters don't last like they used to. I've had two Cuisinart toasters in the last 5 years. Before that, a Black & Decker (which lasted 7 years but made lousy toast); before that a Krups, and so on and so on. If I were you, I'd buy the toaster on sale at the moment at Bed Bath & Beyond or Walmart, or Target and keep your fingers crossed. There' s always the option of toasting your bread in a broiler, 3 or 4 minutes per side. It always works and you save on electricity.
I gave up on toasters long ago. I really prefer my bread lightly buttered and just toasted in a frying pan.
Though I used to have a toaster oven (until it broke, but it lasted a good 10+ years). I guess I'm not a big toast lover, but I did love to do 'stuff' on toast in the toaster oven. They do take a little longer for just regular toast I suppose, but I did like that it would shut off and keep my toast warm for a bit if I was busy elsewhere.
Oh how I miss cleaning the crumb tray and those toast crumbs floating all over the counter....