Hamilton Beach 2-Slice Toaster - Brushed Metal
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- Smudgeproof brushed finish
- Versatile functions-cancel, bagel and defrost buttons
- Cool touch exterior
- Auto shutoff
- Extra-wide slots
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Hamilton Beach 2 Slice Toasters are popular not only for their expert toasting performance-they also look great in your kitchen. Wider slots and smart buttons allow you to uniformly toast and warm bagels, English muffins and other breads, and advanced toasting technology ensures consistent results with each use.
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Pros:1. The toasting is what it should be. If the knob is turned to 3 (1-4) it's perfectly Brown. I tried my blueberry bagels and they fit easily and extra. I don't use the bagel button cause I like both sides toasted but it works too.
2. Ok that "chemical smell these fools are talking about is a lie. Anytime you buy any toaster NEW it will have the same 1st time smell. It's not even a big deal. Barely can even smell it then it's gone...so don't fret. If it didn't have that smell it means it be USED.
3. Dude...it's under $30
4. Looks nice near my other black and silver appliances
5. Power supply cord is I'm about 2 ft...no reason to be longer!
6. I could definitely see how my old one slowly lost power over 20 years of use because when I turned this on the red electrical lines had a nice red glow
6. Just get it if this is your$$ range
I'm not positive but I feel like the knob (1-4) will probably give out meaning not responding in correlation with the number to toaster...soo just leave it on 3 and that's fine for my bread. Pretty much stick to a number and you'll be fine. My bagels are "Thomas blueberry pre sliced bagels" (average thickness of a good bagel) and it fit perfect.
I'll write another review a few months later
By most standards this is a handsome toaster, or at least as handsome as any toaster has a right to be. It's got a pleasing shape, is simply composed with a classic scheme of black-on-silver, and appears to be very simple and intuitive in terms of buttons or dials.
When this came out of the box, I was stoked (I'm odd like that). I plugged it in, and began toasting. The first five toasts were wondrous, and I felt confident that I'd made a great purchase. The bagel setting is brilliant, and the toast setting dial was easy to find just the right level of golden crunch that I enjoy. On the sixth toasting, however, the small metal baskets that gently cradle the toast during operation bound together. That was the beginning of the end.
I attempted to fix the issue myself, and upon taking apart the unit I discovered that Hamilton Beach had skimped a little when reinforcing the guts of this handsome devil. It's effectively only holding the toast on one end. The weight of the item being toasted is free to simply dangle unsupported over the opposite end. It doesn't take much before one of the inner components bends, and no amount of tinkering will get these exactly aligned for proper toasting ever again.
Rather than immediately return or purchase another one, I've lived with it thus far. When toasting a toaster strudel for example, I know ahead of time that one of the tasty tarts is going to be toasted as expected, suspended gently between the two heating elements. The other is going straight to the bottom, and in order to extract my delicious breakfast I'm going to have to roll the toaster onto its side, and spank its bottom until the force of which sends my lost strudel to the top.
Perhaps I received a faulty toaster. Perhaps I operated it in a way that it wasn't expecting (e.g., put item for toasting gently into one or both slots, turn dial to desired toast level, firmly but not forcibly press down on lever until item(s) disappear into the depths of toaster hell to be made warm and delicious). Perhaps I said something to discourage or insult it. Whatever the reason, this toaster disappointed me greatly, and if you don't enjoy taking odd gambles on core kitchen appliances, avoid this one. It will trick you with its devilish good looks before becoming the bane of your kitchen existence.
First, the look of this toaster is pretty nice. It's slender, made with stainless steal, and the slots for the bread fit bagels comfortably too. It doesn't have fancy bells and whistles, but it has what you need - two slots for toast, button for bagel (so it toasts only one side), cancel button, defrost and dial for how dark you want the toast to be. The level pushes nicely too.
I think for the price, it does a good job. The toast darkness can be a little inconsistent at times, but not enough to complain about. The one star off is for how hot the product gets, and for the fact that the toast doesn't pop off far enough. Be careful with this toaster, as it does get REALLY hot - you could burn yourself if you touch it during or after toasting. I'm not sure if this is pretty standard for toasters but it took me by surprise. The other thing is that the toast doesn't pop up high enough so for smaller pieces of bread, it's hard to get them out of the slots. You may need to push the lever up a bit to get it out.
Overall, solid toaster. I've had it for 8 months now, and it's still working great. None much to complain about, and a satisfied customer.