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Breville BTA820XL Die-Cast 2-Slice Smart Toaster, 1.2-Inch Wide x 5.2-Inch Deep
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- 900-watt 2-slice toaster with intelligent one-touch auto lowering function
- Push-button controls for toast, a bit more, bagel, defrost, and lift-and-look functions
- LED panel illuminates according to selected setting on variable browning control
- Brushed die-cast metal housing; end-of-cycle beep; 1-1/5-inch-wide slots; cord wrap
- Measures 13-1/4 by 8-1/4 by 9 inches; 1-year limited warranty
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The Breville 2 Slice Smart Toaster has an internal smart chip that lowers bread into the toasting slots with a single touch and also regulates the toasting time. On the "a bit more" setting bread is automatically lowered for additional toasting time. The auto lift and look feature automatically raises the bread carriage during toasting without canceling or resetting the cycle. This enables you to view, and if necessary, cancel the browning cycle at any time. The LED panel illuminates according to the selected setting on the variable browning control. The display acts as a toasting progress indicator, counting down how long is left in the toasting cycle. The toaster beeps when the cycle is complete. Made of brushed die-cast metal the exterior wipes clean with a soft cloth. The heating element is 900 watts. Two wide slots accommodate waffles, bagels or toast. Defrost, reheat, bagel and cancel functions. Complete with a Breville assist plug for easy cord removal and cord wrap storage underneath.
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You may notice that they is no manual levelers like you normally would find. Don’t worry they thought of everything. The lift and look feature is genius.
Unlike traditional toasters you don’t have to cancel the cycle to see if it is just right. When your toast is done but you want it a little darker just push the “bit more” button.
You also have left and right controls so you can use both sides on different settings.
I created a video review of this toaster so, If you want to see this toaster in action search YouTube for ”The Best 4 Slice Toaster - Toast Has Never Tasted So Good!”
High quality is certainly applicable to the BTA840-XL, a handsome chrome 4-slice toaster with all the bells and whistles you could possibly want. At about $175, it sure ain't cheap, but I'm confident I won't be shopping for another toaster anytime soon. Though not small, the BTA840XL is more compact than it looks in photos, and it does an admirable job of producing nicely browned nicely warmed toast. It features 4 slots with dual controls: You set the desired degree of toasting on a slide on the bottom front and press the red start button. The toast is lowered automatically, and the toasting counts down with easily-read LED status bars above the sliders. When done, the toast automatically lifts for retrieval and beeps to let you know you're done. Need a bit more toasting? Press the "A Bit More" button and the toast goes back down for a little more time. Unsure if it's getting too done? Press the "Lift and Look" and the toast lifts up for you to assess without cancelling the original setting. There are also controls for Bagels and for Frozen products.
So far, I'll give the Breville BTA840XL a solid A. Positive features:
-- Handsome design
-- Heavy and solidly made; nothing cheap about this toaster
-- Easy-to-use controls
-- Delivers nicely browned toast quickly and efficiently
-- Toast is nice and warm; toaster stays completely cool to the touch
-- "A Bit More" and "Lift and Look" features are quite useful
Less than Positive Features:
-- Slots are not quite long/deep enough to take "long" slices (such as Italian bread/panini); that said, the slots seem to do better than most with this kind of bread, and the "A Bit More" feature allows you to flip the end of the toast and get the whole slice nicely toasted
-- Pricey for a toaster
It toasts everything exceedingly well...the best we've ever used.
So......why the single star?
It's not about how well it toasts but how well it WORKS.
After two weeks of use the lift carriage for the left side stopped working. The heating coils cycled off but the toast did not appear, a regular ticking sound from behind the slide bar and all five buttons were blinking. I un-plugged, waited a few minutes plugged back in....no help.
Checked crumb trays, turned unit over, nothing apparent. Picked the front up about 2" and let it drop to the counter, ticking and blinking stopped and the carriage rose. Everything working again.
Called Breville USA, explained what had happened. They stated they had no idea what may have caused the malfunction, suggested that the 'bump' may have dislodged a crumb that was stuck in the mechanism. They provided a reference number and said to call it in if it happens again
Plan of action?.....well if it makes it to 6 months, it'll get another star, and another, 6 months hence, repeating up to a max of 4....I do believe a one star PITA deduction is justified.
Well.... I guess it IS about how well it toasts after all.
First...it may be fine for a leisurely weekend brunch, not so much for a hectic workday breakfast, it simply takes too darn long, very poor performance especially at this price point.
Plus.... it NEVER toasts both sides the same, the only way I've found to even things up....stand & watch, lift & look, flip the bread around.
Again...not acceptable at this price point.
But, it does LOOK impressive sitting on the counter next to a 65yr old Toastmaster that also looks good & toasts well.