This is my toaster. I bought it for its good looks.
It doesn't toast worth a darn. Uneven. Extremely annoying.
I'm looking for a decent 4-slice toaster.
Sebastien Gaudard has a Dualit. And a really cute dog in a sweatshirt.
Do you love your toaster? If so, please tell me about it.
E-I am OCD about my toast. I have a Cuisinart two slot but they make a good four. You can't go wrong. xo
Laura Casey Interiors |
June 23, 2009 at 10:00 PM
i too bought a toaster for its good looks but then i wised up and got a simple black and decker from target. Works like a charm! It even has a dial on the side for bagels and such...love it.
Ashley in Tennessee
Ashley Pera |
June 23, 2009 at 10:47 PM
I highly recommend the Dualit-- it toasts evenly and quickly, and it really is a beauty!
June 23, 2009 at 11:02 PM
My Villaware toaster is just as good looking as the Dualit, no complaints had it for five years. My mom has one just like it and she's had hers for at least 10!
Sarah Farrell |
June 23, 2009 at 11:04 PM
Perhaps it's embarrassing to post about something so beneath the level of a Dualit - my cheap little Oster two slot from Target works great, but it is not pretty and not petite. It is a beast in fact. But I love it, as does Husband who needs two slices of toast with his eggs every morning.
June 23, 2009 at 11:15 PM
I have a beautiful RED Cuisinart two slice toaster that makes one slice of toast just for me, bagels or English muffins without them jamming and goes beautifully with my RED Waring blender and RED Krups coffee mill...did I mention my kitchen is RED? The walls are a beautiful mocha color available at Lowes by Behr called "Harvest Brown"...but back to the toaster! I love metal toasters, sooo cool...looking...but I burned my hand on a hot one...so my plastic encased Cuisinart is perfect!
Frances Haines |
June 23, 2009 at 11:23 PM
I have a toaster / oven from cisinart, but I ALWAYS WANTED A DUALIT!
They look great!
La Maison Fou |
June 23, 2009 at 11:26 PM
I don't love my dualit. It looks great and toasts ok, but my mom's 25 year old black and decker toaster oven makes better toast. I have tried for years to get her to give it to me and she won't give it up. maybe it's magic.
June 23, 2009 at 11:30 PM
Dualit in red. I LOVE it. :) I've had it for 10 years and it still toasts perfectly every time. Get one. You won't be sorry... and such fun colors!
June 23, 2009 at 11:38 PM
I think there is nothing better than toasting your bread in the oven. Call me old-fashioned, but it's the best toast in town...
June 23, 2009 at 11:40 PM
Love my Dualit! Owned it for about 9 years now and it has lasted longer than any other toaster I've ever had. I use it almost daily and it works beautifully. Oh, did I mention it looks gorgeous too. Husband hates it. He made my tell you this. He claims it toasts really sloooooow. Hah, no patience I think!
Alcea Abla |
June 23, 2009 at 11:43 PM
I like our black cuisinart toaster but we are on our second one since we got married ten years ago. Our last cuisinart toaster started to shoot the toast out which was really funny!
Good luck on your toaster search!
June 24, 2009 at 12:05 AM
I love love love my Dualit 4 slice toaster. Best of both worlds. Good looks and brains.
Jen West Design |
June 24, 2009 at 12:09 AM
Dualit, Dualit - ALL THE WAY! I bought mine on Ebay - presume it is refurbed, but you'd never know it. Works like a champ (and I use it daily)
alison g. (brazil) |
June 24, 2009 at 12:11 AM
I LOOOOOOOOVE my toaster from Williams Sonoma. It's a 4 slice toaster made by Breville. Here's the link. Hands down amazing!!!! I've had a Dualit too in the past, but this is perfection. My mother in law had a Dualit, but switched to the Breville. Good luck in your search!
June 24, 2009 at 12:34 AM
I have a solid metal toaster from around 1945 that I bought on ebay for around $6. I was already familiar with the model since I have one in my family. This one had the cord replaced and was in great condition. While it only toasts two slices at a time, there is no side lever that you have to push down with the toast - the bread falls slowly by itself to roast. Once it reaches the desired color, it doesn't click and scare me, it slowly raises back up. I absolutely love and and it makes perfect toast. I get lots of comments/compliments on it when it sits on my counter. It's very clean and retro looking. And it's so easy!
June 24, 2009 at 01:12 AM
I have the Breville from Williams-Sonoma too but in the 2-slice version. Love, love, love it.
June 24, 2009 at 08:27 AM
I got my Dualit at the Williams Sonoma Outlet about 10 years ago. It looks great on the counter and it works like a charm. My sister got hers at a WS outlet about 5 yrs ago. With the outlet, it's hit or miss but I think the Dualit is something that is continually restocked. Like the Kitchen Aid standing mixer, it's become a classic and you can't go wrong.
Inspired Living |
June 24, 2009 at 08:29 AM
I also got a Dualit (4 slot) at the Williams Sonoma Outlet (Wrentham, MA)about 4 years ago. Totally dreamy.
June 24, 2009 at 08:45 AM
I do not, but I love your post. wink.
June 24, 2009 at 08:46 AM
DUALIT is the way to go. We received ours as a wedding gift, (yeah!) and just LOVE it. I've also seen them at the Williams Sonoma outlet at a major discount, perfect if you happen to be lucky enough to catch one!
June 24, 2009 at 09:03 AM
I agree w/ above post..I'm old school. Toast in the oven is the best and the way my great-grandmother always made toast.. Also keeps my counters looking fresh and clutter-free. (I also squish my grill cheese sandwiches w/ the old-fashioned two pan method...sandwich in skillet and smaller pan sitting on top of the sandwich like a press...)
June 24, 2009 at 09:03 AM
Okay, I had to jump on the band wagon!!!! The absolute best is toast from a toaster oven, but they are so large and I hate all that equipment out on the counter tops.
June 24, 2009 at 09:07 AM
I had a stainless steel 2-slice Cuisinart that was great, but we also have a KitchenAid Toaster Oven, and I felt like that was overkill, so we returned the toaster. The KitchenAid is okay, definitely not as good as Cuisinart, but it's more versatile for grilled cheese sandwiches, etc. The Dualit is gorgeous!!!
Lynn Soon |
June 24, 2009 at 09:11 AM
2 slice Cuisinart...the best in my opinion...several toasting "levels". My highest recommendations :) I thought about that toaster you showed above for its good looks...boo that it doesn't work great. And I agree..the Dualit is gorgeous!
June 24, 2009 at 09:16 AM
I have a 2 slice but the 4 slots would be handy when I'm making lunch for myself and boyfriend in the morning, just don't have the proper counterspace for one! We just moved and our internet connection is wonky so today is the first day in about two weeks that I've gotten to visit and I was so excited about all the posts I'd missed! LOVE: 1. the picture of you and Darby 2. the nursery details that are so freaking exciting to see. and I really really love the color you chose. It seems like it would be sooo comforting to spend time in that room! 3. colonel littleton post.
June 24, 2009 at 09:28 AM
We have a Cuisinart two-slot toaster (the silver/chrome version) and LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it. I make toast almost every day and have never had a problem with it and have always had perfect toast. I can't recommend it enough. Also, it is beautiful in our kitchen.
Rachel P. |
June 24, 2009 at 09:37 AM
My sister gave me a Dualt a few years ago that she found at a Williams Sonoma outlet. Mine toasts 3 slices which is kind of an odd number, but it makes yummy toast (not too dry) and is quite the looker!
June 24, 2009 at 09:37 AM
by far the best toaster ever....i bought mine at crate & barrel and have never looked back!
June 24, 2009 at 09:52 AM
I have the Die Cast Four-Slice Smart Toaster by Breville from Williams-Sonoma, and it is wonderful. It works perfectly, the slots are plenty large enough for bagels and other thick breads, and it is a beauty! I also love that it doesn't have those levers that you have to slam down; instead you just push a button and the bread slowly lowers or rises. It's $180, and I would definitely recommend it.
June 24, 2009 at 09:59 AM
Dualit, no doubt. I just "found" your blog and I know you don't know me ... but the Dualit is the very best toaster ... EVER.
ABC Dragoo |
June 24, 2009 at 10:05 AM
I have a DeLonghi CTH4003 Pro-Metal 4-Slice Toaster, and it's great! Reasonably priced, and works fantastic. I have 3 kids and use it about 6 times a day. I love that it has a little "defrost" button, for when you make frozen waffles or pancakes. I'm sure you'll be making fresh pancakes every day for your daughter, but this feature is totally key for me when I'm trying to go to work and the bus is coming... pancake in 1 min! can't beat it.
By the way, I have you in my reader and haven't commented in a long time- I'm really enjoying the posts about your nursery! Congratulations!
June 24, 2009 at 10:24 AM
We just got a 4 slice cuisinart chrome toaster for a wedding present and I LOVE IT!!! It has several different settings. It was kind of pricey but was under $100 but works awesome.
June 24, 2009 at 10:26 AM
I bought my dualit for its good looks...or rather I registered for it and never dreamed anyone would by it, but they did! I have had it for 6 years, it is a beauty (martha blue) and it always performs. It is also easy to clean. My family owned a B & B and we often went through toasters, a lot of them! My dad probably spent over $500 on various brands of toasters before he got a dualit. You will love it!
June 24, 2009 at 10:28 AM
So I just looked up the Dualit toaster since so many people mentioned it and I cannot even imagine spending that much money on a toaster. Maybe I'm just cheap. My Target toaster works just fine, and like others, I like it better in the oven.
June 24, 2009 at 10:50 AM
I have a 4-slice Cuisinart classic toaster that I got as a wedding gift (from C&B, I think). 3 years later it's still making great toast and I have no complaints. Plus, I like its retro style and the stainless works with any decor.
June 24, 2009 at 11:04 AM
I have the 2-slice Dualit and absolutely LOVE IT!!!!!!! It's totally worth the investment. I've never had such evenly toasted bread before and it's darn cute sitting on my kitchen counter.
June 24, 2009 at 11:14 AM
I have a 2 slice stainless/chrome cuisinart and it works great... good price too!
June 24, 2009 at 11:23 AM
I have the Dualit as well - thank goodness it was a gift as they are pretty expensive, but I've had it for 10 years and it's still doing a great job. I don't have the one that has the trays for doing grilled cheese sandwiches so can't attest to that, but the toast is always perfect and it's a great looking kitchen accessory.
Mary Jane |
June 24, 2009 at 11:33 AM
I have a Dualit an LOVE it! I can not remember how much is cost, but I will tell you it was worth every penny! Not only does it toast to perfection, it also looks great while doing so!
June 24, 2009 at 12:06 PM
I have this 4 slot Breville Toaster from Williams-Sonoma and absolutely love it! It has a "lift and look" button as well as a "a little more" button. Each side has its own browning dial and the slots are extra wide making toasting bagels super easy! I just love it!
June 24, 2009 at 12:11 PM
We bought a Cuisinart 2 slice toaster from Costco that cost all of $15.00 and seriously, we love it. We dont usually go the cheap route but this worked! Still wish I had my antique toaster- it was the best.
June 24, 2009 at 12:26 PM
Bought my parents the Dualit for their anniversary and they RAVE about it. Plus they're big foodies, so I know it has to please big time for their approval. Dad says he LOOKS for things to toast it's so good!
June 24, 2009 at 12:29 PM
Sorry, I'm having trouble finding the toaster in the photo. Sebastien has distracted me a bit...
June 24, 2009 at 12:45 PM
I have the same toaster as you and I totally know what you mean. I usually have to rotate the toast midway to make it even. I guess I'm just used to it after having it for 6+ years now. I still do like the looks so I guess that's why I keep it.
June 24, 2009 at 12:47 PM
We have a two-slot Breville and up until this week I would have said I love, love, love it. It is just six months old and the last two times we used it it toasted one side darker than the other. I have been through the gamut of cheap to non-cheap toasters and just want a toaster that toasts both sides evenly.
I am hoping that the toast this week was an aberration, otherwise it will be back to Williams-Sonoma and untoasted bread.
June 24, 2009 at 12:52 PM
My Mom has a 4 slot Dualit and loves it! She got it at a William-Sonoma outlet for a steal and has had it for years...I sort of want one now too :)
June 24, 2009 at 12:58 PM
Let me make a quick point for toaster ovens. I got a DeLonghi as a gift and swore I didn't want it taking up my counter space, but I love it. I can cook anything without heating up the whole house..it preheats in like a minute and you can do full size pizzas. My full size muffin pan fits in it too...and it toasts great too. Just thought I would throw in my 2 cents. I probably wouldn't have listened to anyone if they told me how much I would like it.
June 24, 2009 at 01:50 PM
i too have to recommend the Cuisinart ... it toasts to perfection
sarah june |
June 24, 2009 at 02:45 PM
Erika: Cameron and I have a Dualit I bought at some factory store in Memphis. It was way cheap, or else we might have gone with the Target brand. But it toasts great...very even but it doesn't dry the bread out so it makes for a nice cruspy warm piece of toast. I think it's a 3-slice toaster.
June 24, 2009 at 03:19 PM
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