Summary: I bought the Dualit Lite 2-slice toaster (in white) to replace an inexpensive KitchenAid that has begun to toast unevenly. I figured if I spent more $$ -- $80 instead of $30 -- I'd get a better toaster. Silly me! This Dualit is one lousy toaster. It felt flimsy and cheap right out of the box, especially the darkness dial. But the main thing is, it produced uneven toast, dark in the middle of the slice but barely toasted around the edges.
Summary: British style and design? Good! Chinese workmanship? Sucks! I'd have paid the extra 5% or 10%, or whatever, for this toaster if it was assembled by a reliable workforce. Why? The lever that controls the carraige never worked and the unit had to be returned for a new model. What a pain. That's okay for a cheap tosater, but for an $80 toaster it's not okay.
Summary: This toaster toasts. It has a bagel setting and a reasonably wide slot. It's simple and solidly built. After hating life with a T-Fal Avante (please, don't buy one of those), I bought this one and would buy one again if I were to lose it in a tornado or a divorce. It toasts evenly every time, and if you like black toast it will make it without pushing the button down 17 times. (Also makes great regular toast too).
Summary: Smitten by the possibility of having old English craftsmanship preparing my toast after several years of disposable toasters, I ponied up 75 bucks for this baby. When my dog sees this toaster come out, she waits patiently to race me for the slice before it hits the floor. Results are not much better than a 20 buck Chinese piece of junk. Fair to good toasting of many bread & English muffin types.
Summary: I needed another toaster for our ski lodge. I've used DUALIT chrome toaster for many, many years and just loved it. When I went to amazon.com and saw a DUALIT LITE toaster at $79.99 I was in awe of the price. Ordered it and just love it. Perfect even toasting, american style pop-up toaster and can accomodate my favorite bagels. I can't believe that you can purchase a quality DUALIT product at this pricepoint. I highly recommend that you go out and buy this item.
Summary: Just purchased this toaster and it is being sent back. Even on maximum setting, it hardly toasts. We tried different breads, different settings and it just doesn't work right. We even tried toasting (on maximum) one lot of bread (not good) and followed it by another lot of bread (better, but not adequate)on the theory that it was warmed up after the first lot of bread. Forget it. On the up side, the toaster looks good.