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....
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.