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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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|Item Dimensions||8.25 x 13.25 x 9 in||8.54 x 13.19 x 8.58 in||7.7 x 14.9 x 7.5 in||8 x 11.25 x 7.75 in||10.5 x 6.5 x 7 in||7.95 x 12.75 x 9.29 in|
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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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We just got its replacement, which works as well as the first. Toast comes out as it should, no problems. The one feature I don't like is the bagel feature, preferring to have the bagel toasted equally inside and out. The toast feature is the one I use for bagels. The "lift and look" ensures that you get what you want.The toaster looks great in the kitchen and is easy to keep clean.
One thing it does not have is a little removable metal tray which attaches to and floats above the toaster. This is for warming things like cinnamon rolls, croissants, or already dressed bread. No more melted icing or butter in the toaster, impossible to remove.
Reading between the lines may explain the short life of Breville the First. We are going to be kinder to Breville the Second and expect that it will last much longer.
I've owned the BTA820XL for four months. This morning, I used it to reheat some buttermilk blueberry pancakes that I had made a couple of weeks ago and frozen. The first 2 pancakes heated without a hitch. When I tried to heat the second 2, the power to the toaster went out as soon as I pushed the Toast/Cancel button. It turned out that the GFCI (ground fault) had tripped. I reset it and tried several times more, with the same result. I thought it might be a faulty GFCI, so I moved the toaster to another outlet what was protected by a different GFCI, and it tripped as well. Scratching my head, I decided to plug the toaster into an outlet that was not protected by a GFCI...success...the toaster worked. I looked into the slots and saw a dark blob at the bottom of one. What really got my attention was the dazzling display of electric arcs going to the blob. I unplugged the toaster and, using a couple of chopsticks, removed a plump, wet blueberry from the depths of the slot. The blueberry had caused a short circuit between the heating element and the toaster electrical ground. Problem solved.
PROS: Beautiful appearance; motorized up-and-down; functional controls; nice crumb drawer; decent value for money
CONS: Short (5 1/2") slots; occasional control lock-ups; slightly uneven toasting
When I started looking for a new toaster, I knew I wanted something special. If I'm going to allocate precious counter space to an appliance, I want it to look good! I didn't mind paying a premium for a toaster with outstanding performance and looks. I didn't want a plastic body. I've had toasters with plastic bodies before and eventually they all melted to some degree. I have a Breville 800CPXL Die-Cast Stainless-Steel Motorized Citrus Press and a Breville BES860XL Barista Express Espresso Machine with Grinder, both of which I like, so I trusted the brand to some degree. Reading the mostly positive reviews of the BTA830XL tipped the balance.
Design: Right out of the box, there were aspects that I liked. The no-nonsense, clean die-cast aluminum body with a brushed finish is impressive. The hot parts of the body, made of chrome-plated steel, are isolated from the outer shell, making it much more difficult to burn your fingers and unlikely that the outer shell will suffer discoloration or distortion from heat over time. The dimensions of the slots are 5 1/2" by 1 1/2". The width is plenty generous, but I was immediately disappointed by the length because 5 1/2" isn't long enough for some breads and insufficient to hold 2 pieces of a muffin or bagel. The Crumb Tray is very accessible and well designed to catch the crumbs that are inevitably shed from the toasting bread.
Operation: The motorized operation of the toaster is...well...mesmerizing. There, I've said it. This is clearly the feature that separates the BTA820XL from its competition. Is it functional? Possibly, in that there is no lever to push to lower or raise the toast. Since lever malfunction is often the cause of death for many pop up toasters, this may be a plus. It remains to be seen whether the motorized mechanism will stand the test of time. There is no doubt that it's a crowd pleaser, even if it's only a crowd of one slightly drowsy denizen of the morning who has yet to enjoy a cup of coffee. I sometimes find myself watching the slow descent of the bread for way longer than I should.
Most of the other controls ('A Bit More', 'Bagel', 'Lift and Look') are useful and get a fair amount of use. I never use the 'Frozen' button because all of my bread is frozen, so I adjust the toasting time to make it work. I don't know whether it's a harbinger of nastiness to come, but twice so far (in 2 months of use), the toaster has locked up, with the toast in the down position and all lights flashing. When this happens, the toaster does not respond to any button pushing. I solved the problem by unplugging the unit and then plugging it in again. This seems to reset the control and it begins operating as if nothing had gone wrong. I considered sending it back the first time this happened, but decided against it. I hope this remains an occasional glitch and doesn't worsen over time.
My old toaster produced toast with very uneven done-ness. One side would be pale and the other almost burned. I dealt with this by flipping the toast over half way through the cycle. Really annoying. The BTA820XL does much better in this regard, but it's short of perfect. There is a slight difference from one side of the toast to the other, but it's acceptable to me.
The amount of toasting time is set by a slider, which is not unusual. What is unusual is the row of 14 LED's above the slider that give a visual indication of the amount of time remaining on the toasting cycle. I have a fairly structured approach to making breakfast and I find myself glancing over at the toaster's lights to make sure that my other activities will be completed when the toast is done and hot.
I am happy with this toaster. For me, the cost premium is justified by the appearance and operation of the machine. I will update the review once I've had it for a year or so.
Although I feel overpriced we enjoyed the toaster [while it lasted]. There are plenty of unique features, my favorite is " a bit more" button. Toast came out consistent just like my new $20 toaster.
Trouble started at 1 year mark, LED bulbs started to go out. At around 18 months LED would turn on and off by itself 24 hours a day. At 3 years inner coils stopped working completely.
Breville sells high end items and unfortunate just like 3 electric kettles before the toaster has failed in 3 year time frame.
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