A Toaster For The Rest Of Us

Too many over-priced and under-priced toasters! The cheapie toasters spend most of their time venus-flytrapping our toast and burping crumbs all over the counter. They only last for about six months or so and then off to the junkyard.

Those $150+ toasters, well, unless you're registering for your fancy wedding or won the Mega Millions jackpot last night, we're not sure if browning bread justifies that kind of dough. Plus we hide our toaster in the pantry. Most of these high-priced models are too heavy to haul from pantry to counter and back again every morning.

We're always happy to find a practical, middle-ground solution. We've owned this Krups two slice toaster ($59.95, Cooking.com) since Halloween and have found that it's just right. We paid about $75, so you're getting a deal here.

The toast doesn't get stuck in this Krups! Pull the lever all the way to the right and raise your toast right out of there. Even control freaks will be happy with how accurate the browning gauge is, serving up your toast your way. The stop button means you can reset the whole toasting process at any time and the crumb catcher stays in the locked position, even as we move it around the kitchen.

We've come to love this toaster, maybe because it sort of looks like a face?, but we still need to point out the flaws. The toast doesn't always come out evenly toasted from crust to crust. Sometimes the bottom isn't quite as done as the top, sometimes leaving toast a bit streaked. Also, appliance manufactures really should resist the urge to add sparks of color on their appliances. Keep it neutral, thanks, and we'll decided what color to decorate. Why must there be blue buttons on this toaster?