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Toaster recommendation

I had a Breville toaster and liked it until it burned up. DH went out and bought a Cuisinart and it is dieing. It only toasts 1 side of the bread. Does anyone have a recommendation? I do not want a toaster oven.

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  1. Planned obsolescence.
    My 3 year Viking toaster just died and I love the color of it so I found someone to repair it for $100.
    Nothing lasts anymore.
    What do consumer reviews say?
    Everything now is buy and throw away when it dies.

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    1. re: latindancer

      Even the "highly recommended" Magimix Toaster by Robot-Coupe was found by CI to have a flaw. It has a single, long slot, meant to accommodate either 2 slices of ordinary sandwich bread, or one long slice of artisanal bread. Two slices placed in the slot weren't as done at the edges as at their centers. Cost for this? $250. For toast - toast!
      All the other toasters (including many high-end names) were recommended with reservations, or not recommended.

      1. re: latindancer

        Couldn't you have just bought a new one for $100?

        1. re: EatFoodGetMoney

          Yes, for sure.

          I like the toaster….it toasts evenly and keeps the toast warm while it's in the toaster. I like the color and it fits nicely in my kitchen. It's ridiculous to put this kind of money into it, I know, and don't ask me…

          It's a stupid expense :-).
          What I find remarkable is that 'once upon a time' there used to be small appliance shops where you could take something like this in and the guy would fix it by the next day with little expenditure…
          Nowadays, there aren't too many of these guys around anymore and the expense to do it…you might as well buy a new one.
          But, then what do you buy? I've had so many over the years that last about 2-3 years and they die.

          1. re: latindancer

            Well I hope it lasts at least.
            Once my Searzall gets here I'll probably toss my toaster. It only has 2 settings, off, and char your toast into a crispy black disaster.

            1. re: EatFoodGetMoney

              The entire control panel apparently failed…this is what the very rude appliance repair guy said, anyway.
              Have no idea how it happened but it did…
              If it happens to 'fail' again then it's tossed and I'll probably go looking for one of the old Vintage ones.
              They were made to last.

              1. re: latindancer

                DH was told to avoid electronic controls, as the heat generated by the toaster will kill them. The old-fashioned way is still the best way in this case.

                1. re: texanfrench


                  I have no idea what you're talking about. Care to explain?
                  All I was told was that the control board was shot and needed to be replaced.

                  1. re: texanfrench

                    I think you'd be hard pressed to find a new toaster today without some electronic controls. I don't think there are any with just spring timers nowadays, are there...and how well would they work?

                    1. re: josephnl

                      The old ones with spring Timers work great

                        1. re: josephnl

                          NO! but many out there still to be had and they perform much better than any of today's pieces of overpriced crap( not including Industrial Models)

              2. re: latindancer

                To add to this…

                I have a relative who's had her Toastmaster, 40 years old, that toasts the same (excellent) as it did the first day she purchased it.

          2. < bought a Cuisinart and it is dieing>

            How long between "buying" and "dying"?

            I have no recommendation, but I would love to hear.

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            1. I am also in need of a toaster, and since I buy nothing without research, I've done plenty. What I've found is that 1) nobody can agree on what's good and what isn't; 2) expensive, highly-touted toasters neither make better toast nor last any longer than less-expensive, pedestrian brands; 3) with the exception of some industrial (i.e. Really big and/or expensive) models, none are made here. Most are made in China.

              In the end, I think it's about finding a toaster that has the number of slots you need, slots long enough and wide enough to toast the bread you most often like to eat, and not spending a dollar more than you must; because sooner or later it will fail, you will get pissed off, and you will throw it away, because most, if not all, small appliances are cheaper to replace then to repair.

              This doesn't even begin to cover the toaster vs. toaster oven debate.

              So what toaster am I buying? I *still* don't know. I had a Cuisinart toaster that died after a couple of years, a Sanyo Toaster Oven that flat-out failed after 3 months, and am now using a Black & Decker I had in a closet (it was a gift) that works passibly well but won't hold large English Muffins, anything longer than ordinary old-fashioned sandwich bread, and will *not* accommodate a bagel! no matter *how* I smash it.

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              1. re: mcsheridan

                I did the research. I ponied up $79.00 for some damn toaster - can't remember which one anymore. It lasted 6 months. This was my 2nd short-lived, top of the line 2 slice toaster.

                A few days after it died I was in Big Lots and a toaster with 2 big enough slots winked at me and whispered "Eight dollars - whaddya got to lose?" I brought it home and plugged it in. It takes forever to toast, but the damn thing is still working fine (if one considers leisurely toasting rate fine, that is) after 3 years. It's a Proctor Silex.

              2. Hi Candy,

                I was hanging fire on this decision, and my husband just walked into a store near the university here and came out with a cheap Oster brand two-slot toaster. He was told to unplug it when not using it, and.to.keep the setting on "toast" (ignore the fancy alternatives) and it would be quite serviceable. Even if it dies, it was less than $20.

                I'm still researching alternatives,, but it's been two years, and the toaster hasn't died yet.

                1. We have the Dualit (low end version) which is about 3 years old and makes decent toast. 2 slices or 1, thin or thick, breads or bagels. Less than $100. Looks like a toaster, pull out crumb tray, excess cord wraps underneath.

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                  1. re: ThanksVille

                    Wow! A toaster that actually looks like one. You're right; some of them look like something out of Mission Control.

                    Would it be this one?

                  2. Hi, Candy:

                    Maybe a vintage Sunbeam T-20? http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_trksi...

                    I love mine, but it won't take bagel halves.


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                    1. re: kaleokahu

                      I also have a vintage Toaster 1937 Toastmaster. Bought on Ebay for 68$ Looks awesome and works great.Toasts evenly and the build quality is currently unseen. Beats the pants off of any new Toasters I have seen (not including professional ones).

                      1. re: kaleokahu

                        I grew up with that Sunbeam toaster. I bought one on e-Bay. about $70.00. It was filthy with a lot of roach carcasses. I cent is to the recycling center.

                        Those old Sunbeams made the best and most perfect toast. Too bad a company hasn't brought those back. They had the mica lined walls that kept the heat and browning perfectly.

                        1. re: Candy

                          My Toaster was absolutely spotless and in perfect working condition.
                          Did it match the description? They almost always post pictures and descriptions.
                          Did you try to return it to the seller?

                        2. re: kaleokahu

                          I have to curse you....I've been looking for the "perfect" toaster forever. My current toaster is a Dualit...which is actually quite good. I like it in fact. BUT...I am a sucker for vintage cookware and appliances. To give the Readers Digest Condensed version...I love the classic stuff that works and stands the test of time.. (I've spent the last 2 years finding and collecting a collection of Griswold cast iron frying pans).

                          So since reading your post I have been cruising Ebay for a Sunbeam T-20..and purchased one today. Not a perfect specimen..but it works.


                          I'll let you know what it's like once I get it and test drive it.

                          Have a great weekend guys.


                        3. Two recommendations: I love the Breville Die Cast Toaster both for looks and for performance. Rec#1...buy it! Rec#2...get it at BB&B because whenever it dies (as most toasters inevitably do), BB&B will replace it w/o question!! I had a 2 yo toaster die, and I went to BB&B to buy a new one. I told the sales person what happened. He sent me home to get the old one out of the trash, then happily replaced it. I couldn't believe it, but was told that's what their 100% satisfaction guarantee means!

                          1. I've been shopping for a toaster for years. I have an ancient toaster, don't even know the brand & I know I've had it since 1973. Probably paid $1.79 for it. I have to flip anything but standard sandwich bread around to toast it and bagels are out of the question. But reading all of these reports about toasters lasting 18 months, maybe I'll hang on to the antique for another couple decades!

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                            1. re: nojunk

                              Hey, nojunk:

                              1973 is on the cusp of the Disposable Era, so you might check on repairing what you have. If it's just the element wire on one side that's broken, it's usually an easy fix. The wire is widely available, and many vintage models had manuals that showed how to fix them. Check with the toaster museum folks...


                              1. re: kaleokahu

                                LOL!! That's just it - the thing still works! I've just been looking at new ones just cuz...the cord does get hot when I use it, but it works just fine. I'm hanging on to it after reading these posts!

                            2. On Amazon there are several name brand toasters available between $15 and $20. I personally would go to BB&B and buy something they recommend for what you feel comfortable spending. If it doesn't work out, bring it back and they'll do whatever you want.

                              1. We've always done well with our cuisinarts both two and four slice. Careful it's not set on the bagel setting. On "bagel" it does only toast on one side.

                                1. I bought a new Breville. I got it on Amazon and it arrived today. It has the List and Look feature can handle 4 slices of bread, English Muffins, bagels etc. There are 2 long slots. Toast we made with it after it arrived this AM was perfect.

                                  I'm happy with it. It was $79.99 and free shipping with Prime.

                                  1. Are Tefal (Tfal in the US?) Avanti models available in the US? We have a four slice version in our office where it receives way more use and way less care than it would at home. It has worked perfectly for over 7 years.

                                    Easy to find on the web, and not expensive.

                                    1. Yeah it happens to me as well. Toaster life is not very long.

                                      1. We have never had a good toaster yet. I feel like throwing in a curmudgeonly comment here about "we can send a person to the moon, but we can't build a toaster".

                                        Our current one burns the edges of everything we put in it without toasting the center. It doesn't matter how you position the bread product or what setting you select (settings on toasters are useless, IMO, just like 87 settings on a blender), it does it to everything.

                                        It's really an engineering marvel that it can figure out how to burn the edges only of every size, type, and shape of bread.

                                        It is a long Oster.