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May 23, 2014 09:41 AM

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. re: Chemicalkinetics

                Just bought a Cuisinart last week, and it's going back to B,B & B! At a medium setting, first slices of toast were very underdone, upped the setting 1 click (out of 7) and second set of slices were totally incinerated and inedible. Will repurchase previously owned Breville die cast toaster which died in one year. With B,B & B, I guess I'll let them replace a new Breville again if it dies in a year!

                1. re: josephnl

                  Other than my Cuisinart stick blender bought about a year ago, my recent purchases of Cuisinart small appliances have been very disappointing -- a burr grinder that died after 3 months of use and a drip coffee maker that died within 20 months. 15+ year-old FP still a workhorse though.

              2. 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, 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?