Summary: We bought this toaster less than a year ago for the wide toasting, and it has been good for bagels and such. We've had two incidents now where the toast fails to pop and instead just burns and burns, filling rooms with smoke. It's made us wonder about our smoke detectors, but that is secondary to this product's review.
Summary: I didn't mind the cord coming out of the front rather than the back (why do so many toaster manufacturers do that? Makes not sense at all.). Controls were great, and it toasted fairly evenly. The slots were wide enough for bagels. But now the lever won't stay down to activate the toaster, after only one year, so I'm buying a new toaster. Cheaply built (feels plastic all over) and obviously not built to last.
Summary: Review for Black and Decker 2 slice toaster (black). Toasters are so tricky! I don't want to spend a lot on one in case it's a dud, but I also don't want the cheapest one around. So, when we bought a new one last year, we settled on one that was in the middle of the road price range--this one. This one is okay. Just okay, not great, and not bad.
Summary: I've used this toaster daily for a couple of weeks now, and the only thing it has going for it is looks and price. I read Amazon reviews for everything else, don't know why I didn't in this case. The first problem is that it doesn't toast evenly. Some of the "coils" don't seem to get hot (red), so there are bands in your toast that aren't browned. It has to be turned up very high to get the whole piece, then the rest is so hard it's unpleasant.
Summary: Had it for 3 years and never liked it. It never toasted even and one side always burned everything. It feels clunky, didn't pop toast up far enough, and the only way to cancel toasting (like if it was burning something) was to unplug it. Recently got a Hamilton Beach, costs $15 less than this toaster, and it works beautifully.
Summary: I should have read the reviews BEFORE buying it, but I was in a hurry. This is probably the worst toaster I've ever had. It takes forever to toast and it doesn't pop up enough after it's finished. I always have to stick my fingers down inside the toaster to try and pull out a regular size piece of bread. Also, I have trouble with the staying down in the "toast" mode sometimes. I'm trashing this and looking for a different brand.