Classic Chrome 4 Slice Extra-Wide-Slot Toaster - A Perfect Fit
Dec 7, 2008 (Updated Dec 7, 2008)
Review by Mark Dakhlian
Rated a Very Helpful Review
We ended up with the Hamilton Beach Classic Chrome 4 Slice Extra-Wide-Slot Toaster after our old four slice toaster morphed itself into a two slicer. Half of the elements quit working rendering it nearly useless in our home, especially when all the kids returned home at the same time. This extra-wide slot toaster became a perfect fit for our needs.
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The one feature we insisted upon having in addition to being a 4 slice model was it had to have extra-wide slots for bagels or English muffins. The Classic Chrome 4 Slice Extra-Wide-Slot Toaster definitely hasn't disappointed in this aspect. Unless you're really having a bad day and cut a bagel ridiculously uneven, everything you throw into this model will fit and pop up easily when it's done.
As is the case on many toasters currently on the market, this model can be cleaned easily. It has dual crumb trays, one for each two-slice sections. The trays stay securely locked in place during regular use but slide out and are completely removable for simple cleaning. This is a far cry better than our old model which had hinged doors underneath the toaster. In that toaster we had to pick up the entire appliance and wipe it down, usually over the sink so crumbly pieces of toast didn't end up all over our kitchen.
Also similar to any other toaster you will consider, this Hamilton Beach model has a shade selector which allows you to choose your lightness or darkness preference. Make no mistake, you can still end up with blackened or insufficiently toasted items if you are not careful in your choice. Time and experience are the best and quickest path to perfectly suited results.
Hamilton Beach boasts of their Breakthrough Bagel Technology. Well, there is a bagel button on each side of the toaster that I have a hard time referring as "breakthrough technology". When you select the bagel option, this model will toast only one side of each slot, so if you enjoy your bagel toasted on top and soft on the bottom than you'll be impressed with this space age technology. I personally like both sides toasted anyway but the function is there should you so desire.
In addition, this toaster does have several other smart function buttons. There are two additional selections you can make. The Defrost button is available for items such as frozen waffles. Once the cycle has been started, depressing this button will add additional time for the frozen item to thaw and heat through. You may also select the Reheat button once you've started the cycle. This will, in effect, cancel your original selection and heat the item for 30 to 50 seconds.
We have owned this toaster for over a year and it still looks just as nice as the day we bought it. The chrome surface is easy to wipe down, leaving no sign of messy fingerprints At a cost under $40 on sale, we felt the Classic Chrome 4 Slice Extra-Wide-Slot Toaster was a fairly priced option. My wife actually saved about six bucks with a Bed Bath and Beyond coupon which she always seems to have handy. We've owned this model for about a year and it is used 2 to 3 times a week except when all the kids return home when it gets a true workout. We have not experienced any problems to date and have to give it a 4 out of 5 star Epinions rating.
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