Summary: We finally put this away due to disappointing results. It is heavy and takes up too much counter space. Toast produced is no better than toast from less expensive brands. Kitchen Aid should stick to making great mixers.
Summary: Fingerprints clean off easily. This looks great on kitchen counters. This performs great like any other toaster would, but I purchased it because I am partial to KitchenAid products. I am very happy with this.
Summary: This has been a darned good toaster. I don't understand everybody's complaints. (except maybe for the short slots) But the handle on the "Easy Lift Lever" is poorly designed and will split in half. Both handles broke off my daughter's 4 slice version and shortly thereafter the handle broke on my 2 slice. Rather than replace them with the same junk handle, I made some replacements that appear to work. The actual workings of the toaster have been great.
Doesn't toast evenly - but you can fix this if you're "handy".
Detritus Effluvium "User ID Incorrect", Amazon
29 February 2012
Summary: This is a nice looking toaster that doesn't toast very well. The cheap Proctor-Silex toaster it replaced would at least toast both sides evenly. It does do a good job with bagels but the toasting is still uneven. The nice stainless steel finish belies the fact that the innards are cheap Chinese materials. I'm surprised it has lasted more than 2 years. If you don't mind flipping the toast around to get it done evenly, go for it.
Summary: Does not toast well, takes longer to toast. This morning tried to toast and it would not stay down and started sparking. Unplugged the unit and it is going in the garbage. Why is it so hard to find a good toaster?
Summary: Sadly, this toaster stopped working after 18 months, as many others have mentioned (Unit no longer powers up). For the price paid, I would expect a longer life span, as my free "open a bank account" toaster is still going strong after 9 years. Clearly, you do not get what you pay for with this toaster.