Pros: Inexpensive, reliable, holds large, odd shaped slices of bread from bread machines
Cons: Hmmm I can't think of any
I'm the primary breadwinner in the house and my husband is the primary bread maker. Seems to be a fair trade-off. I've always wondered how someone so picky about his bread can be so tolerant of lousy toast, though. He never seemed to mind when our junky old Proctor-Silex toaster used to burn his toast EVERY time. I minded, though, since the smell would turn my stomach. Eventually, I threw out the old toaster and went in search of a worthy replacement.
After a couple of false starts and returns to the store, I settled on the Oster Toast Logic Toaster 3809 from Target for $29.99. This turned out to be a huge improvement over our previous fire-hazard and quite a bit cheaper than its less-than-adequate competition.
Features of the Oster Toast Logic Toaster
~~ Full-length slots: This is our favorite feature on this toaster. Because my husband uses the BreadMan Pro to make his special whole wheat and molasses bread, the loaf comes out very tall - almost twice the height of the regular loaf. Fitting these long pieces of bread in a toaster has always been a challenge until we ran across the Oster.
~~ Extra wide slots: The two slots are 25% wider than most toasters which makes them perfect for bagels and waffles.
~~ Self-adjusting bread guides: These bread guides gently grab the bread as you start the toaster and keeps the bread centered for even toasting. When the toast is done, the guides lift the toast up so it?s easy to grab. No more fishing around inside the toaster to get a hold of that smaller piece of bread.
~~Cool-touch exterior: The white exterior of this toaster stays comfortably cool even during prolonged toasting so curious little hands won't get burned.
~~ Simple controls: This is a toaster after all, not a high-tech invention. All you need to do is adjust the ONE lever between 1 (light) to 8 (dark). Even I can handle it.
~~ Large lever: The lever for lowering the bread and starting the cycle is large and easy to hit, even if you are distracted by a toddler hanging on to your knee cap.
~~ Stop button: Right above the lever on the top of the toaster is a small button that you can push anytime to cancel the toasting cycle. You don't have to lift the lever on pop out the toast - it happens automatically when you push this button.
~~ Removable crumb tray: Another beef I had with the old toaster was the perpetual leak of the crumb tray and difficulty in cleaning it. This crumb tray slides out easily and completely from the back of the toaster without spilling its contents - unlike our old hinged tray. I just removed the crumb tray to check it out and can tell instantly that my husband hasn't yet discovered this feature - yuck!
~~ Cord storage Any extra cord can easily be stored underneath the toaster so it doesn't leave a lot of unsightly cord on the counter.
Enough About the Features - How Does it Toast?
I admit that I don't use this toaster nearly as often as my bread-loving husband does. However, I have used it to toast frozen waffles, pop-tarts (for the kids, not for me!), bagels, and both store-bought and homemade bread. So far, I don't have any complaints. It seems to toast evenly and has never burned the toast (or toastable item). It does take a little time to get used to the ideal setting but at least it's consistent with how it toasts - more than I can say for our last one. Thankfully, I have not had to smell the sour smell of burnt toast for at least three months now.