Summary: when I first used this toaster it seemed to take extra time to toast properly and I had to toast things twice sometimes on rather high settings. after about a week I no longer had to re-toast anything and it now works just fine and I am happy with it.
Summary: Centers toast automatically via the way the "griddle" holder things move when you depress the toast lever. This was a problem with previous Hamilton Beach toasters (like 5 years ago) that would burn toast or make the sides uneven. Very attractive on the counter and easy to clean. You can also lift the handle a little to push the toast out a bit extra if you don't want to use a toast grabber.
Summary: I bought this toaster for one of my daughters. She and my son-in-law really like it and say it works very well. Now they are enjoying toast, bagels, etc. I think this toaster is a good buy for anyone.