Summary: Three years ago, I decided to replace my 25 year old toaster oven because it was big, homely, and didn't match all the stainless steel appliances in the kitchen. However, it did make excellent toast. This toaster looks great and has a cute little display, but it can't toast bread evenly on both sides. One side is always darker than the other. The difference is more pronounced now than when I bought the toaster three years ago.
Summary: I love how this toaster sits along the wall on the counter, instead of jutting out into the middle of precious counter space. I especially love the countdown timer - no more jumping when the toast pops up!
Summary: Toasts evenly, handles thin or thick slices, option for two-sided toast or one-sided toasting for bagels and English muffins. Very accurate darkness selection, and when finished, lever can lift bread up higher for easy removal of smaller slices.
Summary: So far I've only toasted bread and English muffins. When I plug in the toaster it defaults to a setting of 3 but I set it to 5 because I like things a little darker. Here's what I've found so far: * Toasting is consistent. I mean from day-to-day and when toasting slices one after the other everything comes out about the same way each time. My normal experience with toasters is the second slices toast faster because the toaster is already warmed up.
Summary: I bought this Krups toaster because my prior Krups toaster lasted through at least 5 years of daily family use until the interior mechanism somehow became bent, causing different sections of the toast to burn. I would have purchased the same model again, except that it had been discontinued. I liked the fact that this newer model had a digital countdown like my old one. The sleek design was appealing too.
Summary: I never thought a toaster could be so difficult. The instructions aren't helpful, and my toaster just does not toast on "1" setting as promised. I haven't tried the "3" bagel setting, but the toast does not pop back up as it should. The digital timer counts down then returns to another full count, causing the toast to burn. No, I plan to pack it up and return it. I'll go back to using my 30-year old Toast Master that never fails me.
Summary: I'll keep my review short and to the point. The toaster does look nice and has some features, such as a bagel setting, that other toasters in the price range do not have. The toaster however has 2 major problems that make it unusable and forced us to return it. First off the slots are too small for standard grocery store bread slices. I'm not sure how they designed it but we had to physically push the bread down to force it into the slots.
Summary: How can you screw up a simple thing like a toaster? Krups did! Cons: Does not toast evenly on both sides - one side is always too light and the other dark or burned. Slots too narrow - wide whole grain breads don't fit. Slots too shallow - bagels don't fit all the way to the top. Pros: Digital timer is cool. What a hunk o' junk.