Summary: I have used this toaster for 3 years and highly recommend it. The design is very attractive in stainless steel and a retro look that is reminiscent of the art deco style from the 1920's and 1930's. I owed a variety of toasters in over 30 years and this is the first one that truly toasts everything evenly every time, from thin sliced breads to over-sized bagels.
Summary: I ordered this toaster thinking it was polished on the sides as the picture of it shows, and satin finish in the center area by the toaster lever. It came dull stainless steel satin finish all over, not polished on the sides. I wound up exchanging it for black sides and satin finish. It looks good and works well, blending in with my other appliances.
Summary: Right out of the box, the 'carriage' lever would not lock down. It's difficult to mis-operate a toaster but I did read the instuctions and had my wife try it. No go! I don't have a very high opinion of Cuisinart's QA. I did quite a bit of research to find a top-of-the-line toaster. What a pain to have to return it; I'll look for another brand.
Summary: As we have tried out a lot of different toasters in the past 50 years and we feel that this one ranks near the top. Its only only draw back is that it toasts a little lighter on one side of the bread. We are very pleased with it.
Summary: Very solid. Fantastic price. Makes great toast. And while larger than I expected, it has a nice retro look. I ran a test on the carriage. It always works while plugged in and doesn't when it isn't. Carriage up looks fine at rest. Check out the photo.
Summary: This is a WONDERFUL toaster and most likely one ot the best deals for a quality toaster anywhere at this price. I do have to wonder though if the people that said the carriage wouldnt lock down realized that the toaster must be plugged in to an outlet for the carriage to lock down???hmmmm???