Oster Inspire ( 2-slice) Toaster

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Jun 27, 2008
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Pros:Its crumb tray is the only redeeming feature, though it's not very user friendly

Cons:It's not very sturdy and it causes a lot frustration that could be avoided.

The Bottom Line: I never liked it because it was too bulky and the light gray buttons made it very dull on the kitchen counter.


My previous toaster was a hand-me down from a friend who was just moving out of state and gave me one. I needed one anyway so I thought it will give me some time between now and when I remember to buy one. I thought buying was an easy thing. I went to a several stores and saw a variety of toasters that I couldn't choose from. I actually didn't like any. So I came home and decided to do some research on the Internet.

When I looked on the Internet a few models popped up. Also I went to a couple of stores in the vicinity of where I live. Target was one of them.

I like black gadgets in the kitchen and when I looked at black toaster it just didn't look sturdy. White didn't look that sturdy either but somehow it looked bulkier. Both the white and the black toasters looked as if they were made of cheap plastic material. I favored the white one and at 3.02 pounds it was light for a toaster, but I thought it would do the work as I needed one for toasting two slices in the morning. So, I bought the white one.

I always unplug my toaster at night so I realized that I really didn't need that blue LED buttons. I have worked with a French household appliance company and to me some of the words used were to make the toaster sound high tech and a cool gadget to have.

The slots looked wide enough to accommodate a reasonable thickness of food, like bagels and even hot pockets. I have used it to warm my left over sandwiches wrapped in aluminum foil.

Despite my being skeptical about the seven settings I overlooked this feature. Who really needs seven shades of toasting? We humans are creature of a habit. Once we choose one setting we stick to it for the rest of life, either our own or the toaster's. In the past I had used setting 4 and stayed with it. In the morning I don't need to experiment with shades.

After a little bit of experimenting my toasts came out evenly browned at setting 5. So not a big deal, one number higher than I was used to. I set it on setting 5 and thought that will be it. But that didn't seem to be the case. The toaster had a mind of its own; sometimes I had to raise the setting by one notch to get the same crispiness.

To me the frozen button which is to be used for defrosting frozen food is a waste. Well, in this day and age of microwave ovens who needs a toaster that defrosts frozen food?

Removable crumb tray is the most redeeming feature of this toaster. It is exactly this feature that helped me make the final decision, to buy or not to buy; because one thing that drives me crazy is the kitchen counter with bread crumbs. Although it was not very user-friendly. I had seen better ones.

What surprised me was the price difference for almost the same product from store to store and even on the Internet. Its price ranged between $19.99 and over $48.00. Amazon even offers some used ones as well. I don't know if it would be a good idea to buy a used one.

It did a mediocre job of toasting two slices of bread for a while but then the side lever used to pull down the toasts and keep them down stopped working. It wouldn't stay down. I was disappointed and realized that how words are used to make a simple and not very workable gadget like a toaster sound sexy. It also made me think how companies spend money on the appearance of a product rather than the quality.


Recommend this product? No


Amount Paid (US$): $21.99


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