Summary: I bought this Krups toaster less than 3 years ago because my previous positive experience with small Krups appliances, finding them to be well-designed and very durable. However, this China-made toaster began falling apart very soon after I received it, though it received very light use. Though it looks decent, it is a poorly made toaster. The push-down toaster latch fell apart. Then the "off" button stopped working. Now only two of the four toaster elements work.
Summary: Toaster worked well at first. Now at the 18 mth mark, after use 2-3x per week, it only toasts one side of the bread. Is it too much to ask that something that costs $50, works for longer than 18mths? Of course it will cost more to fix than to purchase a new one.
Summary: Nicely built toaster as one would expect from Krups. My main complaint is it won't handle oversize slices, the bigger slices now commonly found in whole wheat breads. But makes great toast, works fine on bagels too.
Summary: This thing takes FOREVER to toast a piece of bread, and as for a bagel, fuggeddabouddit. I give up waiting and eat beige toast or a lukewarm bagel. The nameplate says 850 watts but my Kill A Watt measured 790. And in bagel mode, 340.
Summary: I bought this because of the quality of Krups products. I replaced a very inexpensive ($9.98) but excellent toaster I had gotten at K-Mart. The Krups toaster does not toast evenly. At the second lowest setting, the bread is burnt black on one side and not toasted on the other. The bread does not pop up. You have to reach into the slots and pull the bread out. The slots have wire bread holders that are are supposed to adjust to the width of the bread or bagel.
Summary: For whatever reason it's hard today to buy a toaster that works. This toaster is more highly rated than others and I bought it with confidence. But I discovered that the slots are too narrow even for even ordinary bread. It's really nice in pretty much every other respect. But being able to put bread in the toaster without having to bend or fold it--the result of doing so is unevenly toasted bread--is right near the top of my list of desirable toaster characteristics.