Our first toaster was a gift and lasted over 13 years! The second toaster we picked out, and it died after about 6 or 7 years. So now I’m searching for a new toaster. I’d like one that will last longer than a year or two.
Obviously I haven’t bought a toaster in quite a while, Good Housekeeping lists “Budget Toasters” as those costing less than 50 dollars. Whoa! There were many brands on their list that I’d never heard of before. The con for one brand I did recognize was that the top surface of the toaster gets to over 500 degrees, not a toaster I’d want in my home.
Apparently some people want digital read outs on their toasters. Many basic models have a digital version. I would like a cord winder, to keep my counter free for making sandwiches. I’m sure that breaks eventually though.
Because I’m interested in longevity and performance I’ve checked out the toasters at the local discount store and looked at Epinions Toaster Reviews. The Krups toaster that just died is listed and gets 3.5 stars out of 5, back in 2005. This time I’d like more reviews and more stars. Which may not be possible since toasters don’t inspire many reviews. Epinions lists over 1900 toasters and their specs. Many of those toasters are older models.
I think the ones that burn a symbol into the toast are very cool. But none of the ones I’ve seen are what I’d want. Do you have a sports team logo or symbol you’d like burned into your toast? I like the Dallas star but don’t root for them so it’s pointless to pay extra for something like that.
Speaking of cost, did you know you can find toasters for over 200 dollars? Yep. That’s at Kohls, an American discount store. That inspired me to check out name brand cooking stores. Williams-Sonoma has several toasters, the cheapest is 160 dollars, by Breville. It is die cast rather than cheap plastic and it toasts two slices at a time. I wonder if it would last 13 years? Customers give it stellar review. At Intellireview the 4 slice of the same model gets 4 out of 5 stars with 129 reviews. Williams-Sonoma has toasters in the 300 dollar range as well. One toaster has a viewing window and is built to last for 30,000 uses. I’m just not that into toast!
At Consumer Search the Breville toaster showed up yet again as a Best Buy for a “Fancy Toaster.” Do I really need a fancy toaster? Like I said before, I’m not that into toast. When checking the “Pricey Toasters Worth the Splurge” page, that Breville toaster popped up as a good buy. (LOL) It turns out that a less expensive Breville toaster gets stellar reviews from Amazon and Cooking.com. So maybe I can have a stellar toaster without the stellar price tag?
Here’s what I picked out. The Breville Ikon. I got it at Bed Bath and Beyond and was able to use a discount coupon. It matches our appliances and seems resistant to fingerprints. After using it for two days I like it. The bagel toasting function really works and the only downside so far is that it beeps when the toaster is done.
Edited to Add: There seems to be some confusion about which toaster I bought. While the expensive toasters look very cool and have great features I couldn’t bring myself to spend what they cost. I bought what I hope will be a stellar toaster, the Breville Ikon. I paid less than $60 and used a coupon. Hope that makes my purchase clear.