Black & Decker T1029 2-Slice Toaster
(4 Epinions reviews)
Epinions Product Rating:
shiny, tricky, small little toaster
May 26, 2006
Review by njchicaa
Rated a Very Helpful Review
We bought the Black & Decker T1029 Classic Chrome 2-Slice Toaster because we needed something to toast English muffins and frozen bagels. We considered a toaster-oven but realized that we don't need lots of fancy features--we just wanted an appliance that would brown bread and bagels.
Recommend this product?
From company website:
Bagel mode toasts golden brown and crunchy inside and soft outside
"Frozen" button for one-step toasting of waffles, French toast, and more
Auto Power-Off feature stops the toasting if food jams in a slot
Extra-wide slots with guides that automatically adjust for bagels, English muffins and thick-sliced breads
Cancel button stops the toasting at any time
Chrome and black styling complements any kitchen decor
Cord wrap reduces counter clutter
Dimensions: 7.60 x 7.50 x 12.40
This toaster has a "bagel" mode designed to toast the outside while going easy on the soft center. There also is a "frozen" mode that toasts at a lower temperature for extra-long to cook and brown the waffle, bagel, etc. It also has a "cancel" button that causes the food to immediately stop toasting and pop up--very handy when you forget that you're toasting an English muffin for the second time and it's burning/stinking up the house. (not that I know from experience or anything)
This toaster is very attractive just sitting on my counter. It is chrome with black detailing and handles. It is a small, rectangular-shaped appliance that does not require much space on your kitchen counter. I have to admit, the appearance is more impressive than the performance.
The Darkness Knob
I prefer my toasted foods (bagels, english muffins, bread) very-well toasted--fairly dark. The knob has been set on "extra dark" since I unpacked the toaster from the box. After many months I have learned that the first time I toast something in the morning and want it "extra dark", it requires 1.5 toasts. The second item you toast and want very dark will only require 1 full toast. It is a tricky game and constantly requires adjustments and understanding when your food is under or over-browned. If you are a perfectionist who likes their food toasted the same way every single time--this toaster is not for you.
Cost and Availability
I paid about $30 for this toaster at Kohl's. I have seen it listed online for $25.99.
You can find Black & Decker products at discount retail stores, home improvement stores, department stores, home interior stores, and online.
The Black & Decker T1029 Classic Chrome 2-Slice Toaster is a decent appliance. It can be tricky to work at first but, once you figure out its little quirks, it is fairly easy to use with reliable results. There is a removable crumb-tray to clean out the bottom of the toaster--but it took me 2 years to discover it. (it's not particularly obvious) This pretty little toaster gets the job done--but, then again, my expectations were never particularly high for this appliance.
Amount Paid (US$): 30
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