Inexpensive Way to Brown Your Bread
Jan 5, 2006
Review by Bryan Carey
Rated a Very Helpful Review
Most every household owns a toaster and these appliances are generally among the simplest in terns of operation and ease of use. One toaster that is about as elementary as they come is the Proctor Silex/Hamilton Beach Toaster Model 22605, simple kitchen appliance.
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Facts About This Product:
This is a two- slice toaster with slots wide enough to accommodate even a thick slice of bread or other food. Springs on the inside of this toaster move inward when the handle is pressed down and operation begins, to help hold the bread in place.
There is a round knob on this toaster that controls the lightness and darkness of the toasting process. Turning the handle clockwise results in a longer toasting time and darker, toastier bread. A small crumb tray on the bottom can be removed to empty out the small bits of food that collect over time.
This toaster measures about eleven inches in length, eight inches in height, and seven inches in width. The weight of this toaster is about 3.5 pounds and it includes an auto shutoff mechanism for safety. The wattage rating of this toaster is 780 with 120 volts.
If you would like to know more about this or other Hamilton Beach products, you can visit the web site, hamiltonbeach.com (or proctorsilex.com). Here, you can find common questions and answers, links to other sites to make a purchase, and other facts about this and other small appliances. If you need to speak with a rep, the number is 800-851-8900.
Proctor Silex/Hamilton Beach makes many different appliances and toasters are only one of several different kitchen aids produced under these brand names. These companies are now basically one and the same, and it is common to find this toaster listed under each manufacturer. Epinions lists this model under Hamilton Beach. The one I have experienced is the same toaster, but it is labeled as Proctor Silex.
Toasters can sometimes offer many different features that aid consumers in producing the perfectly browned piece of bread but the fact is that the majority of the toasters people own are very simplistic. This toaster is no exception. It offers only the minimum features that most every toaster has: toasting control knob, crumb tray, and the ability to heat up. There isnt much else to this toaster in terms of features. It is intended for those who want a simple, inexpensive, unsophisticated device to warm up their morning bread.
This toasting device does offer the cool sides design, which is common in most recent- model toasters. What this means is that the sides (that is, the short sides where the handle is located and the side opposite) remain cool to the touch when the toaster is in operation. The longer sides of this toaster will get hot, so you need to be careful to keep your fingers away when the toaster is warm.
Even though this toaster is very basic it does have some nice features that make it good enough to recommend. First of all, I like the wide slots. They are wide enough for bagels and even danishes and other foods. They can handle a nice, thick piece of bread. And if your bread or other food is thinner, you need not worry because the springs automatically move inward to hug your food item and keep it from moving around and getting toasted unevenly. I use toasters quite frequently for heating up toaster pastries- food items that are thinner than a slice of bread. In the old days, toasters didnt have these side springs and the pastry would often tilt sideways and become partially stuck when the toasting was completed. You wont have that problem with this toaster. It gets the job done by browning your bread or heating your pastry evenly and when it pops up, it comes out smoothly without getting stuck.
Could this toaster be improved? Most certainly it could. One simple change that could me made without increasing the cost of the toaster very much is to add labeling of some sort on the light/dark knob. The way it is now, there are no words at all around this knob. Instead, there are small, circular indentions going around the knob. On the left side, the indentions are smaller, indicating a lighter setting. On the right side, the indentions are larger which means the toasting cycle is longer and your bread will come out darker. Most people will have no trouble figuring out which is which, but it would become a no- brainer if the company would simply include the words Light and Dark in their respective places.
This toaster is inexpensive, but one interesting thing to note is the wide variation in prices from one retailer to the next. I took some time to research prices on the internet and I found this toaster selling for only $12 new in a couple of sites; $16 in another; $19 in another; and as high as $23 in a few others. This shows that you really need to do your homework before you make a purchase on something like this. The variation in price that I found was close to 100 percent.
Overall, this model of toaster offers a simple, inexpensive way to toast bread. There are only two slots; a simple knob to turn for light to dark; and a small crumb tray to help keep it clean. It doesnt offer much, but it does have enough good qualities to give it a modest recommendation.
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