What can you ask of a toaster? It should heat things. Preferably to a crisp. Um, beyond that, toaster technology doesn't have to be all that high. However, the T75R features just enough minor luxury appointments to make you want to upgrade. The defrost button is particularly nice for fans of frozen waffles--it extends the cooking time just enough so that the item thaws and then goes immediately into toasting. The wide slots are perfect for bagels, and they cleverly close up for thinner items like Pop-Tarts. The brown level is easily adjustable and has an impressive range, from barely to blackened. And, no doubt, the thing looks cool. (Speaking of which, the "cool steel" part means the sides do not heat up during operation--the red parts are safe to touch during toasting.) I picked this up on a Gold Box offer and I'm glad I did; true to its name, it's classic and classy.
OK, if you're reading this, you're probably already thinking, "Why is it so hard to find a toaster that...well...toasts?" And no matter how much, or how little, you spend, this "simple" appliance keeps missing the mark *by that much*? Well, buy this toaster! It looks cool (unlike some of the other weirdly-shaped, overly-techie versions out there); it is easy to de-crumb (without it divesting itself of the crumbs all over the counter); and, *most importantly* it toasts: any thickness of bread product, to any degree of darkness, evenly across the surfaces--and without charring the outside and leaving your frozen stuff icy in the centre, and without making PopTarts Flambe!
For a 75th anniversary production piece, Toastmaster ought to find another line of work than producing toasters. Haven't thought much of this company for a number of years, but fell for the retro look, thinking it might also mean retro quality. Nice exterior. Too bad nice styling was married to lousy performance. Never tasted doughy toast before this experience--essentially browned on the outside and raw on the inside. Too, today, it's an easy matter for all toasters to include a "lift" feature that raises toast an extra fraction of an inch for those smaller than normal slices that don't extend beyond the top of the toaster when done. There's no reason to have to dig into the toaster to bring up the slices. Most toasters today don't hold a candle to their forerunners of the the pre-cheesy eras of the 50s and before. This model from Toastmaster looks beautiful, but if you're interested in more than decoration, buy another product.
While toasters are definitely low-tech items, this toaster has as many improvements as you can get without a computer chip. The 1950s diner design was what caught my eye, and its "cool steel" prevents you from burning yourself. The slots are wide enough for your average bagel, and you can defrost those toaster pastries if you don't want them fully toasted.
I recommend this for those looking to upgrade this ubiquitous kitchen fixture.
Update: toaster broke after 5 years in use. Not a disaster, but not highly durable either.