Agree w/OP on several points. Previous DeLonghi's were higher end. Hard to clean interior. But it is BIG inside, and toasts/bakes very evenly. And the outside is black, which is easier to keep clean than the white or stainless steel ones.
Recommend this product?
It also takes up less room on the counter for a fairly large interior. Bought another one that loomed so huge on the counter we took it back. Another high end Japanese brand w/convection broke on us (fan stopped - toast brown on one side only) within a few months.
So it's back to DeLonghi. At least they are reliable.
Owned this one 3 months, constant use, works well.
Amount Paid (US$): 64