Summary: After 2 weeks of normal toasting usage, the white plastic melted around the top - not worth the price even as it was cheap, just skip right past this product and go get a Breville Toaster - they are more expensive, but have more options and the only thing that heats up is the item in the toaster (not the toaster outside and absolutely no melting of exterior). So sorry I had "cheaped" out the first time around.
Summary: Over the few years we've had this, the plastic in it has randomly started to melt - you can't miss that smell! But then it stops and we go back to using it, out of habit. Don't think that was smart, as burning plastic isn't good for humans!
Summary: We've had this toaster for seven years and use it occasionally (once a week or so at the most). The plastic near the openings has gradually been melting over the last year or two. I'm not picky about toast, so it otherwise functions as I need it to. But I think I've seen enough melting plastic on this one that we'll have to replace it soon. Too bad... I appreciate that it is small, simple, and lightweight. But I think I will have to avoid plastic toasters from now on.
Summary: I bought this toaster at a local brick and mortar. Bad move. Had I bought it here I would have checked the reviews first and probably not bought it. Anyway, for my story. I brought this toaster home from the store, plugged it in and ran it through a couple of cycles to burn off the dust etc. that accumulates after manufacture. I then popped in one slice of bread. At this point I realized that the standard white round top bread was sticking out of the top of the toaster.
Summary: I bought my second one, this time. I'm pleased by the even, consistent toasting, the cool case that doesn't burn, the slide out crumb tray, the size of the slots, the frozen food setting, and that for small items the handle lifts up the toasting tray for easy access. If you just need two things toasted @ a time, this is as good as toasters get.
Summary: I was looking for a white toaster that had everything I needed. All I found were silver ones & expensive white ones. This was exactly what I was looking for. Also it's an Oster. It is cool to touch, wide slots, wrap cord on the bottom, pull out crumb tray, & a cancel button. There really wasn't any that were what I want out there with the cool touch & the other things too. Also many had either four slgts which I would never have use for or extra long slots.